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  1. Benjamin Cole

    US efforts in the Mideast have been counterproductive and fantastically expensive.
    Human or women’s rights in Iraq or Afghanistan? They execute apostates in Afghanistan. Women had it better under Saddam than the Shias.
    Sarah Palin’s comment was glib…but she always hits some germ of truth in her commentary…why throw money at intractable Mideast religious disputes?

  2. After Assad used chemical weapons, the President was gung-ho to bomb Syria. It was the Congress who pushed back, and we ended up with Kerry’s accidental diplomacy.
    The indifference comes from Congress not the executive.

  3. You neo-conservatives need to just stop. Most of us are tired of your hypocrisy and naivety.

    Barack has been a disappointment for a number of good (domestic) reasons, failure to focus on the economy and jobs, choosing to spend his political capital on a health care law that has only made health care more complicated and expensive, failure to encourage the energy revolution in this country (passing keystone and putting pressure on democrats in states like NY to allow fracking), reform our regulatory and tax systems to promote economic growth and business start ups.

    These are his failings.

    It’s not the job of the President of the United States, to make the lives of people in Iran, Syria, etc, better. Unless the security of the United States is threatened, we shouldn’t be spending billions of dollars attempting to build other nations and policing the world. WE DON’T HAVE THE MONEY.

    Sarah Palin was absolutely right. When republicans get back in power, there is a young generation of us who will fight to insure you neocons don’t get your way.

  4. Henry Bechard

    But for the nuclear threat posed by Iran, the mideast turmoil would result in a new Ottoman world that was destroyed and artificially reconstructed after WWI. Another point, Israel must be accepted as a legitimate state by all Arab states but that will not happen as long as the Arab world continues to play the “blame game” for all their shortcomings and quasi-religious issues. I fear for Israel who stands alone and strong amidst all this chaos. I also fear for our country being led by a feckless, clueless and disdainful excuse for a President who is a disgraceful and shameful example of progressive liberalism and the sordid emptiness it exemplifies.

    1. I agree our country has definitely been run by a “feckless, clueless and disdainful excuse for a President”, but fortunately ‘W’ can’t run again.

      Why does Israel have to be officially accepted as legitimate by all Arab states. It would be nice, but it is sitting there with the bomb, and mostly not being bothered by any of them–while at the same time murdering Iranian scientists, Turkish protesters, and mostly impotent Palestinians.
      Taiwan does fine, and no state of any consequence recognizes it.

      Real Question: how can we have an America with capitalism and freedom, but without “sordid emptiness”. Some of our freedoms are just going to result in that sort of thing as a by-product. I think people have to choose meaningfulness. And then there is the argument as to what is meaningful, and what is emptiness.

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