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  1. Max Planck

    Now THIS is a brilliant remark. Do you people actually screen your contributors?

    “Yes, Osama bin Laden is dead, though the president didn’t actually kill the terrorist leader himself.”

    Did you expect the President to PERSONALLY go to OBL’s compound and challenge him to a fist fight?

    This is got to be the lamest comment I have ever seen on ANY political or economic website, and believe me, I have seen LAME.

    “President Truman did end WWII by dropping the atomic bomb. But let’s face it: It’s not like he piloted the Enola Gay himself or anything.”

    God almighty, when does it end?

    1. Yeah but Truman did not go around bragging about it like Obama does.

      It was a 10 year operation, and considering they found him in Pakistan is really scary.

  2. “Failure to advance an international trade agenda. A lot” Should this be actually the biggest failure?

  3. Ugh. You are the worst.

    1) I’ll let Max handle that one.

    2) A-10s are being retired, B-52s are still on the docket because they are the best asset for the job; new flashy equipment such as the F-35 or the LCS which we are buying does not seem to reach Ms. Pletka’s assessment; because then she’d have to acknowledge all the problems our procurement process has
    More to the point the defense budget today is more than double what it was in 2006!! which is several times larger than in the 1990s and comparable to Cold War spending. Do we really think terrorism is equal to the Soviet Union in terms of our resource allocations? Most Americans don’t.

    3) China. So now we must also intervene because Ms. Pletka is not pleased with how China organizes its own economy? More to the point, the “pivot to Asia” happened just a few months ago so pretty impossible to assess properly. Moreover, it has been followed by remarkable diplomatic bandwagoning by SE Asian countries on a US plank, massive military sales to build an anti-Chinese coalition; but again, since we hate Pres. Obama, we won’t acknowledge any of that.

    3) The Muslim Brotherhood did not “take over” Egypt; it was democratically elected – you know the core value that American foreign policy revolves around. Hezbollah’s hold on Lebanon is significantly weaker today than at any point in past 5 years. Turkey is anti-American, but again repeatedly shown to be on roughly the same page with the US when it comes to strategic priorities (except on Israel, which is really what Ms. Pletka means), Syria… well until Ms. Pletka sends her kid to fight Syria, the less said the better.

    5) Europe – well done, you have stated that the EU has problems. The inability of Europe to finance its own security umbrella has been a problem for decades, not just the last five years but thanks for noticing…

    6) To say a US-India partnership is in “collapse” is just a lie. A flat lie.

    7) North Korea? You mean the country that is now militarily outmatched by South Korea alone, on the verge of collapse, losing support from even China, and is still ringed by our overwhelming firepower? Oh and never mind its missiles don’t really make it off the ground anymore, hyperbole works better

    I’m done. AEI does great work sometimes. This is most definitely not one of them.

    1. You know we still have troops(more troops then any where else) on the border between North and South Korea if South Korea could defend it’s self why don’t we just leave.

      1. Because AEI would have a fit?

        I don’t oppose us offering security agreements to key allies, and making them credible – i.e. having troops in the DMZ – so I’m not quibbling that.

        South Korea IS now militarily more powerful than the North, but whether you believe that or not, to argue that North Korea is really a serious “threat” to the US that we desperately need to do something about is just flat out laughable.

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