Effective diplomacy can greatly reduce the need for expensive defense measures

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  • bluecollar Kearns, UT
    Sept. 14, 2012 5:01 p.m.

    "Anyone who has ever looked into the glazed eyes of a soldier dying on the battlefield will think hard before starting a war." (Otto Von Bismark).
    We cannot afford another war!!! Neither in treasure nor in blood; we cannot afford another war!! We must absolutely use every diplomatic resource available and we must avoid war at all costs. When our children's and grandchildren's lives could be endangered, and when missiles are a million dollars apiece and warplanes are tens of thousands of dollars per hour to operate you bet; diplomacy is a much better idea than swashbuckling bravado. It's easy to criticize a leader and say he isn't strong enough and doesn't do enough to protect American interests abroad; it's a lot tougher to agonize over committing to military solutions.

  • Moderate Salt Lake City, UT
    Sept. 13, 2012 11:50 p.m.

    patriot claims "Our relationship with our only ally Israel is in shambles."
    After Mitt Romney's visit to Israel, Minister of Defense Ehud Barak said that the Obama Administration has done more for Israel's security than any previous administration.

    Unprecendented support. Is that what you mean by "in shambles"?

  • Hutterite American Fork, UT
    Sept. 13, 2012 10:32 p.m.

    I am unapologetically voting Obama, if for no other reason than foreign policy credibility.

  • What in Tucket? Provo, UT
    Sept. 13, 2012 6:24 p.m.

    Obama's foreign policy is that the US has been overbearing, arrogant, etc. He has continually apologized for that bad America. What a disastrous foreign policy.

  • Wonder Provo, UT
    Sept. 13, 2012 3:38 p.m.

    I just don't get when Obama ever apologized. In this case he definitely didn't. But I don't get the allegation that he ever did. Just because you say you want to try diplomacy doesn't mean you're apologizing for anything. Sheesh, haven't we had enough belligerence from the neo-cons in the past 10 years? I could understand starting the Afghanistan war, but the Iraq war was a huge mistake. That is one of the main reasons I won't vote for Romney; I feel that he would be more likely to follow in Bush's foreign policy footsteps than I am comfortable with.

  • patriot Cedar Hills, UT
    Sept. 13, 2012 1:50 p.m.


    John F Kennedy NEVER apologized for the response to the Cuban Missile Crisis. Reagan NEVER apologized for the cold war. Obama ALWAYS apologizes for everything! Hmmm, see the difference in leadership here?

  • Rifleman Salt Lake City, Utah
    Sept. 13, 2012 12:37 p.m.

    Countries like Iran, North Korea, China and Russia aren't deterred by a weak country with strong appeasement skills.

    It is the strong country that is in position to negotiate. Why do you think Iran is in such a rush to develop the bomb?

  • cjb Bountiful, UT
    Sept. 13, 2012 12:25 p.m.

    Yes proper diplomacy can be an effective substitute for a large
    part of our overly expensive military. Because I realise this and
    have for years, I understand the wisdom of a president
    apologising when needed.

    Better we apologise than fight when its avoidable.

    Too bad so many others, who would be our leaders don't have
    this level of wisdom.

  • patriot Cedar Hills, UT
    Sept. 13, 2012 11:38 a.m.

    re:WHAT NOW?

    "If elected, the last thing ryancare/romney will ever cut will be the defense budget."

    So let me get this straight....

    We live in a world where Iran and other middle east terror states are joining forces now and sharing intel. Iran is ever so close now to getting its first nuke. We see the Muslim Brotherhood in Egypt exploding into the American Hating radicals as we predicted they would be and Lybia is killing our citizens.

    Russia and China grow ever stronger especially with their nukes and Navy.

    So after all of this your first response is to CUT our military strength??? Did I understand you correctly??

    Yes - PEACE is ONLY achieved through strength. JFK and Reagan were both firm believers. As any diluted liberal usually does you have a knee jerk reaction anytime a candidate talks about strength and you falsely equate that to WAR. When we are WEAK is the time to fear war guy - not when we are strong!!!

  • WHAT NOW? Saint George, UT
    Sept. 13, 2012 11:04 a.m.

    Peace through strength...

    has morphed into...

    Effective diplomacy can greatly reduce the need for expensive defense measures.

    Make them an offer they can't refuse?

    ryancare/romney have sold their souls to the neocon war machine.

    If elected, the last thing ryancare/romney will ever cut will be the defense budget.

  • patriot Cedar Hills, UT
    Sept. 13, 2012 10:49 a.m.

    This article reminds me of similar articles during the Iran Hostage Crisis of the Jimmy Carter years. Yes diplomacy. The "solve all" solution in the liberals mind.The language of Nevil Chamberlain and other appeasers of the past. Certainly diplomacy is always the first attempt and should be but without an 800 lb gorilla standing behind those words the barbarians of the world simply laugh it away and spit in your face. Look at the middle east today and tell me how the "Arab Spring" is working for ya all. Iran and other middle east terror states are now joining forces and sharing intel as never before. Iran is dangerously close to getting its first working nuke. Our relationship with our only ally Israel is in shambles. And here stands the US frozen in the mud and leading from behind. Romney was exactly right when he said that we MUST have THE most powerful military in the world - times 10 - so that no one dare step out of line. Without that threat the terrorists of the world could care less about teleprompter speeches or Nobel Peace prizes. They spit on them both and murder Americans instead!!

  • Liberal Ted Salt Lake City, UT
    Sept. 13, 2012 10:25 a.m.

    ‘In our opinion: Effective diplomacy can greatly reduce the need for expensive defense measures’

    a better title

    'In our opinion: Effective diplomacy won't reduce the need for defensive measures'

    Could you imagine a football coach coming out and stating, we talk soo well with the other teams that we will continue having a strong offensive game, with the understanding that we will weaken our defensive game. After all everyone loves us now!

    And diplomacy worked soo well during WWI, WWII, Civil War, Korean War, Vietnam War, Desert Storm I, Desert Storm II, Afghanistan War, Pakistan War, Libya War, Egypt War, Bosnia War, War on drugs, War on gangs, War on crime....

    The fact is, nothing is going to change. That would require every leader in the world to agree on everything all of the time. That has never happened in Socialists countries, Democracies, Theocracies, Dictatorships, military chain of command etc.

    There is always someone that is going to feel that they are getting the raw end of the deal. Diplomacy should always be tried first, but, when it fails you need a good back up plan.

  • Ultra Bob Cottonwood Heights, UT
    Sept. 13, 2012 9:25 a.m.

    While you’re thanking a soldier, you should remember to thank the American businessman.

    The economic oppression of people is the main cause of all these troubles for people in all the countries of the world.

    The reason Americans are so hated is because we helped unscrupulous and criminal governments to oppress their people.

    Our foreign aid, largely military, is because of the profits that are made by the American military industrial complex. When we lend money to foreign governments to buy American military goods , the money goes to American businessmen and the tanks and guns go to the foreign government.

    History has shown us time and again that when one nation becomes so great and powerful as to rule the world, the other people and nations will combine in strength to bring that nation down.

  • Esquire Springville, UT
    Sept. 13, 2012 8:33 a.m.

    Astounding. @ Hellooo wants Gaddafi back?

  • Hellooo Salt Lake City, UT
    Sept. 13, 2012 7:40 a.m.

    These attacks demonstrate the ineffectiveness of diplomacy and the need for a strong military to protect american interests. I see nothing in the attacks on these embassies that would indicate the diplomacy was effective, perhaps heroic and without a doubt tragic. But, not effective at reducing the need for a strong military presence. After all, the current Libyan regime was established by the Presidents misuse of the military, and these tragic deaths are a result of his misguided policies. The President is directly responsible for setting up the conditions that led to this tragedy. He should be held accountable for it by the media, and hopefully by the citizens of this country come election day, and the families of those that were injured and killed.

  • Esquire Springville, UT
    Sept. 13, 2012 7:02 a.m.

    If you believe this, then you should support the re-election of the President rather than supporting Romney and his team of neo-cons. They get in and I guarantee we will have more war. I am not kidding and this is not mere rhetoric.