Foreign Policy

Obama's Foreign Policy

"Recall that earlier generations faced down fascism and communism not just with missiles and tanks, but with sturdy alliances and enduring convictions. They understood that our power alone cannot protect us, nor does it entitle us to do as we please. Instead, they knew that our power grows through its prudent use; our security emanates from the justness of our cause, the force of our example, the tempering qualities of humility and restraint."

-- Barack Obama, during his inaugurational speech, 20 Jan 2009

Some crappy little country...

"Every ten years or so, the United States needs to pick up some crappy little country and throw it against the wall, just to show the world we mean business."

-- Michael Ledeen, resident scholar in the Freedom Chair at the American Enterprise Institute

The United States' larger interest...

"The United States' larger interest would be served by the demise of the Taraki Amin regime, despite whatever setbacks this might mean for future social and economic reforms in Afghanistan."

-- a 1979 State Department memo which strips any pretense of the U.S. being a force for freedom in the Middle East: Boomerang, Mark Zapezauer, p134

Objectivity, concerning foreign nations

"The lack of objectivity, as far as foreign nations are concerned, is notorious. From one day to another, another nation is made out to be utterly depraved and fiendish, while one's own nation stands for everything that is good and noble. Every action of the enemy is judged by one standard--every action of oneself by another. Even good deeds by the enemy are considered a sign of particular devilishness, meant to deceive us and the world, while our bad deeds are necessary and justified by our noble goals, which they serve. Indeed, if one examines the relationship between nations, as well as between individuals, one comes to the conclusion that objectivity is the exception, and a greater or lesser degree of narcissistic distortion is the rule."

-- Erich Fromm
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