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Fareed Zakaria

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PostGlobal co-moderator Fareed Zakaria is editor of Newsweek International, overseeing all Newsweek's editions abroad. He writes a regular column for Newsweek, which also appears in Newsweek International and often The Washington Post. He is a member of the roundtable of ABC News' "This Week with George Stephanapoulos" as well as an analyst for ABC News. And he is the host of a new weekly PBS show, "Foreign Exchange" which focuses on international affairs. His most recent book, "The Future of Freedom," was published in the spring of 2003 and was a New York Times bestseller and is being translated into eighteen languages. He is also the author of "From Wealth to Power: The Unusual Origins of America's World Role" (Princeton University Press), and co-editor of "The American Encounter: The United States and the Making of the Modern World" (Basic Books). Close.

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Who's More Realistic: McCain or Obama?

On the campaign trail, the debate over foreign policy has been muted of
late. That might be because more important topics such as lipstick and
hockey moms have taken center stage. But the contrasts between the
presidential candidates also seem to have softened. Their differences over
Iraq policy have shrunk as the place has stabilized somewhat and the Iraqi
government looks for a timetable for a U.S. withdrawal. Both candidates
oppose Iran's nuclear ambitions and Russia's incursion into Georgia. Both
support a vigorous fight against the Taliban in Afghanistan and Pakistan.

Yet there's clearly a fundamental difference between the two that might
best be captured by asking a simple question: What kind of world do we live
in? Neither candidate has been asked this, and I doubt either would answer
as frankly as I am suggesting, but here's my guess -- drawn from their
writings and speeches -- about what each might say.

We live in a very dangerous world, John McCain would respond. In his eyes,
Islamic extremism is the transcendent challenge of the age. Jihadist
warriors -- funded and supported by states that adhere to their views -- pose
the central threat to the United States. In the rise of China, Russia and
India, McCain sees turbulence. Russia and China, being autocracies,
represent a special danger. Moscow's attack on Georgia was, for McCain, the
"first serious crisis since the end of the Cold War." The role for America,
in such an environment, is to aggressively use its power -- hard power -- to
defeat the enemy and spread freedom.

Barack Obama's sense of the world is more optimistic. The dangers are real
but not so all-encompassing. Obama speaks less of Islamic extremism in
general and more of al-Qaeda and its affiliated groups specifically. He
points out that compared with the Cold War -- when thousands of Soviet
nuclear missiles were pointed at American cities -- we face lesser threats
today. He argues that most people in the Islamic world want development and
a better life, not jihad. America's promise remains alive even in these
countries.

America's role, for Obama, is to restore its military strength, fight
al-Qaeda and its ilk, and deter rogue regimes such as Iran. But it is also
to stay calm, because in overreacting to dangers, we often cause new
problems and crises. To lump together all Islamist groups is to exaggerate
and misunderstand the threat. The Iraq war, for Obama, is a prime example
of an alarmist overreaction, one that led the United States to an
unprovoked and hugely costly invasion and occupation. If America can keep
its cool and provide the help that countries really seek -- in development
and democracy-building -- we will gain in both security and legitimacy.

There is some truth to both visions, but in my view the reality is much
closer to Obama's -- more so than most U.S. politicians seem willing to
admit. We live in remarkably peaceful times. A University of Maryland study
shows that deaths from wars of all kinds have been dropping dramatically
for 20 years and are lower now than at any point in the past half century.
A study from Simon Fraser University finds that casualties from terrorism
have been steadily declining since Sept. 11, 2001. It is increasingly clear
-- look at their voting from Indonesia to Iraq to Pakistan -- that very few
Muslims anywhere support Islamic fundamentalists. More countries than ever
before now embrace capitalism and democracy.

It's also worth noting that since World War II, the United States has
tended to make its strategic missteps by exaggerating dangers. During the
1950s, conservatives argued that Dwight Eisenhower was guilty of
appeasement because he was willing to contain rather than roll back
communism. The paranoia about communism helped fuel McCarthyism at home and
support for dubious regimes abroad. John Kennedy chose to outflank Richard
Nixon on the right by arguing that there was a dangerous missile gap
between the Soviets and the United States (when in fact the United States
had almost 20,000 missiles and the Soviets had fewer than 2,000). The 1970s
brought a frenzied argument that the Soviet Union was surpassing the United
States militarily and was about to "Finlandize" Europe. The reality, of
course, was that when neoconservatives were arguing that the U.S.S.R. was
about to conquer the world, it was on the verge of collapse.

Since the end of the Cold War, similar alarms have been sounded several
times. In the 1990s, the Cox Commission argued that China was building a
military to rival ours, citing numbers that soon proved to be bogus. Then
there was Saddam Hussein, who was described as a powerful and imminent
threat to the United States. In fact, the greatest problem we have faced in
Iraq is its weakness, its utter dysfunction as a state and a nation.

Rhetoric about transcendent threats and mortal dangers grips the American
imagination. But it also twists U.S. foreign policy in ways that can prove
to be extremely costly to the country and the world.

The writer is editor of Newsweek International and co-host of PostGlobal,
an online discussion of international issues. His e-mail address is
comments@fareedzakaria.com.

Comments (91)

baron:

Note: "America's role, for Obama, is to restore its military strength"

We have plenty of combat capability, so the military is not weak. The idea that it is, is false. I hope oil gets weak this week. Pain at the pump is killing us.

baron:

Obama is slicker and McCain more realistic. It's difficult to know what the public wants. TV suggests they don't want too much reality. Oil suggests they are worn down by slick. If oil comes down in price, the one who is best able to take the credit will get the votes. As for me, I just want more cash so they can fight over the credit. I believe oil will go down in price. Could be a dime a dollar or much more. The market can't support the price. You have jets and trucks parked and those are potential buyers and you never want to stop the buyers from spending cash. It's like raising the price of the newspaper and then losing sales followed by advertisers to get to the L.C.D. and losing millions to get there. You can double your price and increase your losses. Oil is creating losses around the world. Demand is dropping and so will prices. This is good news for cash and stocks since your dollar will go farther. Who wants their dollar to get less? Boneheads.

Roism007:

Obama 2008

Anything else would be uncivilized in the 21st century for the continual existence of humanity on this planet.

McClain is knocking on hells door begging to get in. Actuaries around the world would give McLame less then 5% chance of survival in the next four years given his medical history.

Bevin Baddorf:

I think that the author makes a valid point regarding the steady decline of deaths due to terrorist attacks making the world a safer place. Is it just a coincidence that these attacks have steadily declined since 9/11 though? Not very likely. He states this as though radical extremists were just casually putting down their weapons. His information is however, very helpful in gauging the direct effect of the US response to terrorism since 9/11. It is more likely that the military and economic response in Afghanistan, Pakistan, and yes, even the politically unpopular Iraqi War have been the cause behind this decline. We can not look at these trends and continue to be ignorant of the the cause and effect relationship. If extremist factions are not challenged directly where the live and train then we will return to the period of unchecked worldwide terrorism that precipitated the 9/11 attacks.

How am I to square the world becoming steadily more peaceful during the last 20 years with the terrorism against America within the past 20 years?

Why am I to assume that this rosy world trend has happened in spite of American intervention in Iraq instead of at least partly because of it?

"We face lesser threats today." Really? Considering the potentialities of bioterrorism and suitcase nukes, I'm going to take it that you mean "lesser" as smaller groups of perpetrators, not smaller effects. And isn't that more dangerous?

I agree that we need to be more accurate and judicious in our deliberation of the use of force. But to be optimistic about it? Isn't that the accusation made against Bush about invading Iraq-- a willful optimism? Why is a willful optimism that certain world events are not all-encompassing any better? I prefer a healthy skepticism.

Jon:

McCain is a hawk in disguise. Have we not had enough of hawkish administrations in power for too long? Look at what this has done to us: war in Iraq, souring relations with Russia, straining the military to the point of breaking, and a bankrupt treasury. I say enough is enough. This talk from McCain about "We are all Georgians" is total BS. The only reason we are at all talking about Georgia (the country) is the Euro gas pipeline that run through it. Get real; see what the real issue is. Stop believing in the media and campaign hype. Is Georgia really that innocent? Was the Russian attack truly "unprovoked"? Last I heard S. Ossetia and Abkhazia were de-facto independent since the break up of the Soviet Union.

DEPUISLEJOUR:

The only thing I can see between the two folks who try to jump into the whitehouse is they still not have a fist fight each other! these folks are picking on each other at all means to discredit each other!
It is real sad! sad! sad!
All efforts they invest into are to discredit each other! While none of them have relevant capability and backgrounds to function as a valuable leader of the USA!
Who on earth can vote for these folks????
If these folks force me to choose one of them inthe year 2008 then I will stay home to surf Internet or go fishing or going out to chat with some beautiful girls will make my day more meaningful!
How will you decide to vote in 2008 ???
The year 2008 is the worst year in several decades of the nation! None of these folks have a appearance of a "commander-in-chief" at all instead of a "commander-in-joke"!

Regarding the piece by Fareed Zakaria it ought to be time the campaign put aside the pigs, lipsticks and hockey mums in order to concentrate on the important issues that America must confront. As the elections are just around the corner. I believe the horrific collapse of the US economy has been a wake up call to both sides.
McCain or Obama..or as it seems the race at this point is between Palin or Obama!!

jem:

If we're really concerned about religious fundamentalism, how about taking Christian fundamentalism seriously as a threat to democracy. Why does so much of America not only tolerate, but advocate a government takeover buy religious fanatics? What dark times these must be for fiscal conservatives. Where is their Republican party? Out plotting another war, and facilitating a complete government takeover of the economy. America's very own communist revolution, at the hands of the neo-cons. How long before America notices the danger inside her borders, I wonder?

DEPUISLEJOUR:

NEITHER OBAMA NOR MCCAIN THAT HAS EXPERIENCE AND MIND TO SOLVE THE MASSIVE NATIONAL BURDENS AND CHAOS IN ECONOMY! IN FOREIGN POLICIES! IN JOB CREATION! IN DOMESTIC FINACIAL DISATER! IN NATURAL DISASTER PROBLEM! IN FIGHTING WORLD TERRORISTS! IN DEALING WITH OTHER HIGH RISK NATIONS! IN BOOSTING TECHNOLOGICAL AND INDUSTRIAL CHALLENGES WITH THE WORLD NATIONS!
I HAVE SEEN THESE BOTH CANDIDATES DO NOT HAVE REQUIRED TALENTS AND MIND LEAD THE NATION INTO SAFER PLACE INSTEAD OF POSSIBLY LEADING THE NATION INTO THE UNPREDICTABLE FUTURE!
A POOR MINDED LEADER IS THE GREAT DISASTER FOT THE NATION AT LEAST FOR 4 MORE YRS! IF HE WILL HAVE OPPORTUNITY TO LEAD THE NATION WITH HIS QUESTIONABLE "TALENTS" AND "CAPABILITY" AND "EXPERIENCE"!!!
THIS 2008 YR WHICH HAS PREDICTABLE HIGHEST LEVEL OF RISK IN SEEKING A RIGH MAN FOR THE IMPORTANT JOB!!!
IN A BASKET THERE ARE TWO EGGS TO CHOOSE NONE OF IT IS SUITABLE TO USE! HOW CAN YOU SIT AND THINK HOW TO CHOOSE AN EGG IN THIS BASKET????
THE BETTER CHOICE IS TO FIND A THIRD EGG STAYING OUTSIDE OF THIS BASKET!!!! AND WHERE IS THE THIRD EGG FOR AMERICAN VOTERS TO CHOOSE???

daniel:

Zakaria's piece was somewhat contradictory. The world is not so dangerous Zakaria says, but we should vote for Obama over McCain because presumably McCain might make it more dangerous. The world a safe place except for people like mcCain...So is the world safe or not? If safe then McCain can hardly make a difference. If unsafe, then...do we need people like McCain after all? This was not the best piece of writing by Zakaria.

aleks:

Obama thinks that we are all Americans, and bases his policies accordingly. McCain thinks that we are all Georgians, and pursues the policies subsequent to that belief.
I think Obama is more realistic, but I guess that's up to every American, and possibly Georgian, voter to determine.

LarryA:

An optimist belives the wolf at the door only wants to be "petted", a realist knows it wants to kill and eat you.

Ajit:

The use of war (and the perpetual threat of war) as a source of national unity and purpose, as preached in some form by Leo Strauss, is a part of the core of neo-con ideology.

DEPUISLEJOUR:

BY USING COMMONSENSE, I WOULD BELIEVE THAT NEITHER OBAMA NOR MCCAIN WHO HAS REAL CAPABILTY AS A PROBLEM SOLVER TO DEAL WITH ECONOMY CHAOS AND FOREIGN NATIONS PROBLEMS AND TROUBLES!
MAN-MADE PROBLEMS IN THIS WORLD ARE COUNTLESS AND THESE FOLKS WERE NOT TRAINED AS THE REAL VALUABLE FOLKS TO DO THE IMPORTANT JOB OF A NATIONAL LEADER AND AN ECONOMIST OR A GOOD VISIONARY MAN TO ACT AS A TRUSTED PROBLEM-SOLVER! THE JOB AS THE COMMANDER-IN-CHIEF IS OUT OF THE QUESTION DUE TO THESE FOLKS CAN NEVER DESERVE AS A COMMANDER-IN-CHIEF AT ALL!
THESE FOLKS CAN DO THE JOBS AS PICKING ON EACH OTHER AND THAT ALL THEY CAN DO!!!
SAD SAD SAD FOR WHOM WHO STILL BELIEVES TO VOTE FOR THESE FOLKS IN THE 2008!
I STRONGLY PAY MORE EFFORTS TO FIND A THIRD PERSON TO VOTE FOR IN THE 2008 INSTEAD!DUE TO I DON'T WANT TO FEEL SORRY IF I MAKE A MISTAKE TO VOTE FOR ONE OF THESE FOLKS!
SO HOW WILL YOU DECIDE IN 2008 FOR YOUR VOTING???

Garak:

It's not realistic to expect peace when should you elect a man whose only tool is a hammer and thus sees every problem as a nail.

MK:

A corollary question to your article is:

After eight years of the Bush Doctrine, how much will realism play in our foreign policy going forward?

I know this seems rhetorical and Orwellian, but be asured it is not a trick question.

After all, many people's careers and reputations have been built on defending the practice of "gutt-instinct" when acting towards other countries.

Will realism become the new intellectualism, something to be mocked and scorned the way intelligent and informed people are presently disdained in politics?

American Proletariate Movement for Gridarian Democracy & Transfinite Civilization 2013+:

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Imagine if Pannama [John McCains Birth Place] was attacked/invaded , by Mr. Chavez, not by Mr. Saakashvilli, via Venezualia? Or

Imagine Cuba attacked/invaded Puerto Ricans (like Ossetian & Abkazians have Russian Passports, they have American Passports)???????

Mr. Zakaria; Ye DEvilishly & Freudiantly slipped & saith;

".. Moscow's attack on Georgia .." ????????

"Moscow's attack on Georgia was, for McCain [Obama?], the "first serious crisis since the end of the Cold War." [1990]. WOW! WOW! WOW!

Note: Mother/Father Russia Does not Want Caucus Geargia! To Russians , who Clothed them, saved them, educated them & fed them Georgians {they should pay Seewt Sweet Russia back] That

Commy STALiN was Georgian & he Mass Murdered 7/8 Million Russians but only 100,00 Georgians.??

Note again: Them Caucus-Georgians are worse than Gypsys! Go live with them & you will see why. Russians Call them , "The People From The ABROAD!" Sooo Mr Fareed,

No, No No! You should, instead, rightly sayth to ye audience here & there, the TRUTH (opposite of Myth, or self serving Lies) Thus,

"In Moscows Defense of It's Friend Ossetia & Abkazia {neighbors].. That Preemtive Trouble maker & Attacking Georgia [an American Puppet Regime that had Chaney/Bushs Blessing, before hand, aka Conspiracy to provoke War & to Destract other Ailing American Issues at Home & Abroad]"

Note: Georgia has a large deposit of 'OIL" off-shore.

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Note: America Needs WAR Dividends! Not Stock Dividends!

Paying U.S. Soldiers [808,000 employees] & Maintaining Bases is a major form of Employment here & there & Having Congress Write Checks to Grease their 'Military Industrial Complex' [owned mostly by Evangelical base] and their 'Captains of Industry' {not to mention their Robber Barons, like Shearson Lehamn et al] via

their 'Commander in Chief' or 'Excecutive' who's goal is Provoking someone somewhere or Bullying, via nice & Convincing Words, is what America is about.

Note: What or who is the next [Enemy/Scape goat, aka Blame Game] after Iraq or Afghanistan going to be???

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Alex:

fr anonymous Sept 14:

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Vote Yes Proposition-8! .... P R O P O S I T I O N-8!-- And, ...

NO, Please do NOT vote yes on that horrible prop 8, unless YOU want to deny GLBT couples the RIGHT to marry the legal, consenting, unattached adult of their choice.

Solo3:

There are hopeful signs that Obama and Dems are starting to get the message on the foreign policy. If the US could do business with the USSR, it certainly can do business with Putin's Russia. The foreign policy of the US should switch back to "containment", i.e. keeping Russia's geopolitical influence and ambitions in check should they emerge as threatening to US or Western security. No such Russian plans exist today. NATO expansion, the attempts to revive ABM arms race, aggressive maneouvers on Russia's borders to interfere politically with her capacity as a global energy supplier (http://www.silobreaker.com/DocumentReader.aspx?Item=5_899405570) are wrong-headed and weaken US strategically.
Obama announced last week that his administration would scrap the plans for ABM deployments in Eastern Europe. This is excellent news, which should be followed by a larger strategic plan for US policy toward Russia, one based on further integration of the world's largest country into the world's economy, its financial systems, its political and security structures. Let sanity prevail. The US needs to get off its current strategy of a geopolitical suicide bomber.

GT Verghese:

Fareed's appraisal of the US Foreign Policy is very realistic and deserves a lot more notice than afforded by Post Global. There is always a tendency for the US political groupings to exaggerate certain threats and at the same time diminish others. To cite an instance is the case of Pakistan's perfidy and even complicity with regard to the overwhelming presence of Taliban in that country. It is quite evident that they are present in every nook and corner with the support and approval of the rogue elements in the Pakistan Army and ISI and despite many warnings emanating from India, US has wilfully chosen to look the other way until Taliban commenced attacking them across the Pakistan border into Afghanistan. Islamic terrorism came into being in Pakistan during the time of Soviet Occupation of Afghanistan and it was fostered by several US administrations who never knew that the cock would come home to roost on 9/11. GT Verghese


Hillary Rodham Clinton Angered By Sarah Palin's Comments:

PRESIDENTIAL AND VICE PRESIDENTIAL CHOICES

I'm a little confused. Let me see if I have this straight.....

If you grow up in Hawaii, raised by your grandparents, you're 'exotic, different.'

Grow up in Alaska eating mooseburgers, and its a quintessential American story.

If your name is Barack you're a radical, unpatriotic Muslim.

Name your kids Willow, Trig and Track, you're a maverick.

Graduate from Harvard law School and you are unstable.

Attend 5 different small colleges before graduating, you're well grounded.

If you spend 3 years as a brilliant community organizer,
become the first black President of the Harvard Law Review,
create a voter registration drive that registers 150,000 new voters,
spend 12 years as a Constitutional Law professor,
spend 8 years as a State Senator representing a district with over 750,000 people,
become chairman of the state Senate's Health and Human Services committee,
spend 4 years in the United States Senate representing a state of 13
million people while sponsoring 131 bills and serving on the Foreign
Affairs, Environment and Public Works and Veteran's Affairs committees,
you don't have any real leadership experience.

If your total resume is: local weather girl, 4 years
on the city council and 6 years as the mayor of a town with less
than 7,000 people, 20 months as the governor of a state with only 650,000
people, then you're qualified to become the country's second
highest ranking executive.

If you have been married to the same woman for 19 years while raising 2 beautiful daughters,
all within Protestant churches, you're not a real Christian.

If you cheated on your first wife with a rich heiress,
and left your disfigured wife and married the heiress the next month,
you're a Christian.

If you teach responsible, age appropriate sex education, including
the proper use of birth control, you are eroding the fiber of society.

If , while governor, you staunchly advocate abstinence only,
with no other option in sex education in your state's school system
while your unwed teen daughter ends up pregnant , you're very responsible.

If your wife is a Harvard graduate lawyer who gave up a position in a prestigious law firm
to work for the betterment of her inner city community, then gave that up to raise a family,
your family's values don't represent America's.

If you're husband is nicknamed 'First Dude', with at least one DWI conviction
and no college education, who didn't register to vote until age 25 and
once was a member of a group that advocated: the secession of Alaska from the USA,
your family is extremely admirable.

OK, much clearer now.

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Okey:

Fareed, You hit the bull's eye. Obama edges McCain even on domestic issues. Your oversight however is that you failed to mention that America's hysteria of enemies around creates the illusion of enemies and endangers the world. This unfortunately has become the voter mobilisation strategy of any Republican administration, and would-be administration. It is axiomatic that a lie told a thousand times assumes the toga of truth, reality. Isn't it about time America realised this gameplay?

ron:

Excellent article, Fareed. Too bad so many nutheads have to post such nonsense in commenting. Guess it's all part of the McCain circus.

Anonymous:

Steve Chan:
I failed to see why so many thought that McCain has such an advantage over Obama on national security and terrorism. To begin with, neither McCain nor Obama has ever dealt with terrorism, so they are on par. In terms of national security, Gen. Clark was exactly right on: just because one has flown a fighter jet and got shot down does not qualify him to be commander-in-chief even though the media made a big deal out of that comment. In fact, our fighter jets had all kinds of anti-missile system and McCain did not even push the right button to avoid getting shot down. Sure we do honor his service and his behavior as a POW but if he could not even push the right button in a cockpit, what guarantees do we have that he will be able to push to right button flying the ship of the state?
Posted September 15, 2008 10:55 PM
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Other than Gennifer Flowers, what buttons had Bill Clinton pushed? Why did he suggest we leave our fallen heroes behind in Somalia? There is something that obasmics will never comprehend, and that Massa Obama (cue "hateful" responses) after a lifetime of community organizing could never develop, and that is the love for this country bred by sacrificing on its behalf.
David Matthews for Secretary of Defense.

Robert17:

Steve Chan:

I failed to see why so many thought that McCain has such an advantage over Obama on national security and terrorism. To begin with, neither McCain nor Obama has ever dealt with terrorism, so they are on par. In terms of national security, Gen. Clark was exactly right on: just because one has flown a fighter jet and got shot down does not qualify him to be commander-in-chief even though the media made a big deal out of that comment. In fact, our fighter jets had all kinds of anti-missile system and McCain did not even push the right button to avoid getting shot down. Sure we do honor his service and his behavior as a POW but if he could not even push the right button in a cockpit, what guarantees do we have that he will be able to push to right button flying the ship of the state?

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Your ignorance on all matters is astounding.

Saqib Hussain:

In response to Mr. Matthews,

Mr. Matthews I would like to know how it is possible that America is the victim of terrorism at this point, given the following information.

As Mr. Zakaria alluded to, there have been no terrorist attacks on the US or it's citizens since 9/11.

Infact every single suicide bomb attack that has occurred since the 1980's up until 2006 has occurred in an area which is seen to be disputed territory. (Source Dying to Win, Robert Pape)

You also claim that '[c]ountries such as India and Israel have struggled for decades to stop the killings by Islamic terrorists'

In fact, there has not been one single suicide attack on Indian soil in the passed decade and as I said before both India and Israel are seen as occupying territory illegally (in Israel's case Palestine and in India's case Kashmir).

With this in mind you might see how people who believe their land has been stolen from them and occuppied by foreign military might want to fight back in some capacity. They may be wrong in thinking this but the fact is that if they do, their 'fight' (terrorist attacks) would seem slightly more legitimate.

Also you claim 'And now, the US is also a victim of the terrorists. We can no longer be the victims.'

Please review the United States record in Latin America where we helped fuel a civil war which killed 100,000's of people in Nicarauga, where we also fueled a war in Costa Rica, and where we have a establish the 'School of the Americas' which is a US funded organization which trains soldiers to kill and 'terrorize' civilian population with the goal of political influence.

In addition, you may have forgotten that after 5 years in Iraq, over 100,000 Iraqi civilians have been killed. After 7 years in Afghanistan over 3000 Afghani civilians have been killed and both are ranked 5 and 7 respectively on Foreign Policy Magazines 'Failed States list'. Also as a side note, Pakistan is ranked 9th on that list.

So with this in mind I would like you, Mr. Matthews, to think about the people in each of those countries. The citizens. Do you think an Iraqi child who has seen his father dragged out of the house and his mother humilated infront of him by US soldiers, do you think that kid sees the United States as his countries liberator?

What about the butcher in Afghanistan whose store and livlihood was bombed by a US airstrike. While Fox News will claim that the US performed a 'successful airstrike over a terrorist stronghold in the Anwar Province in South Afghanistan', the butcher whose only ever sought to sell enough meet to provide for his family and who has nothing to do with any terrorist organization, I wonder what he will think about the country that sent those F22 Raptors to bomb his town.

And what about that mother who lives in the building which was struck by an MQ-1 Predator drone in Wazristan in northern Pakistan. Her 3 children are now dead after Fox News may claim a 'US drone has knocked out a terrorist unit in Pakistan'.

Lastly, I would like you to think about the 2,974 people who died on September 11th, 2001. An Al Qaeda leader may tell his subordinates that on that day 4 planes were won by our soldiers and used to perform 'airstrikes' against a foreign aggressor.

Do you understand the cycle my friend?

(And yes Mr. Matthews, maybe all this is made up and maybe I am 'exaggerating' because afterall even though I am an American, I am still a Muslim like Mr. Zakaria.)

Saqib Hussain:

In response to Mr. Matthews,

Mr. Matthews I would like to know how it is possible that America is the victim of terrorism at this point, given the following information.

As Mr. Zakaria alluded to, there have been no terrorist attacks on the US or it's citizens since 9/11.

Infact every single suicide bomb attack that has occurred since the 1980's up until 2006 has occurred in an area which is seen to be disputed territory. (Source Dying to Win, Robert Pape)

You also claim that '[c]ountries such as India and Israel have struggled for decades to stop the killings by Islamic terrorists'

In fact, there has not been one single suicide attack on Indian soil in the passed decade and as I said before both India and Israel are seen as occupying territory illegally (in Israel's case Palestine and in India's case Kashmir).

With this in mind you might see how people who believe their land has been stolen from them and occuppied by foreign military might want to fight back in some capacity. They may be wrong in thinking this but the fact is that if they do, their 'fight' (terrorist attacks) would seem slightly more legitimate.

Also you claim 'And now, the US is also a victim of the terrorists. We can no longer be the victims.'

Please review the United States record in Latin America where we helped fuel a civil war which killed 100,000's of people in Nicarauga, where we also fueled a war in Costa Rica, and where we have a establish the 'School of the Americas' which is a US funded organization which trains soldiers to kill and 'terrorize' civilian population with the goal of political influence.

In addition, you may have forgotten that after 5 years in Iraq, over 100,000 Iraqi civilians have been killed. After 7 years in Afghanistan over 3000 Afghani civilians have been killed and both are ranked 5 and 7 respectively on Foreign Policy Magazines 'Failed States list'. Also as a side note, Pakistan is ranked 9th on that list.

So with this in mind I would like you, Mr. Matthews, to think about the people in each of those countries. The citizens. Do you think an Iraqi child who has seen his father dragged out of the house and his mother humilated infront of him by US soldiers, do you think that kid sees the United States as his countries liberator?

What about the butcher in Afghanistan whose store and livlihood was bombed by a US airstrike. While Fox News will claim that the US performed a 'successful airstrike over a terrorist stronghold in the Anwar Province in South Afghanistan', the butcher whose only ever sought to sell enough meet to provide for his family and who has nothing to do with any terrorist organization, I wonder what he will think about the country that sent those F22 Raptors to bomb his town.

And what about that mother who lives in the building which was struck by an MQ-1 Predator drone in Wazristan in northern Pakistan. Her 3 children are now dead after Fox News may claim a 'US drone has knocked out a terrorist unit in Pakistan'.

Lastly, I would like you to think about the 2,974 people who died on September 11th, 2001. An Al Qaeda leader may tell his subordinates that on that day 4 planes were won by our soldiers and used to perform 'airstrikes' against a foreign aggressor.

Do you understand the cycle my friend?

(And yes Mr. Matthews, maybe all this is made up and maybe I am 'exaggerating' because afterall even though I am an American, I am still a Muslim like Mr. Zakaria.)

Unsettled American:

Yay! Nice to have a cheerleader for nuclear conflict post on this board - thanks David!

david matthews:

I think that Zakaria is underestimating the Islamist threat, perhaps because he is Muslim. Countries such as India and Israel have struggled for decades to stop the killings by Islamic terrorists (and also Sikh terrorists in the case of India). And now, the US is also a victim of the terrorists. We can no longer be the victims. We have to strike back hard, with a vengeance, against the terrorists and against countries such as Pakistan which promote terrorism.

War On Error:

HI Fareed. Miss you on Friday nights.

HOW ABOUT A TITLE "WHO IS THE SCARIEST"

PALIN SHOULD SCARE EVEN EVANGELICALS

This is an excerpt from an article and interview Mr. Bess, an 80 year old, straight,
married former minister who has compassion for gays.
He is a true, tolerant
Christian.
He has known Palin for years.

HIS IS THE BOOK PALIN WANTED TO BAN FROM THE LIBRAY!

BE AFRAID, PLEASE

"Another valley activist, Philip Munger, says that Palin also helped push the evangelical drive
to take over the Mat-Su Borough school board. "She wanted to get people who believed in
creationism on the board," said Munger, a music composer and teacher. "I bumped into her
once after my band played at a graduation ceremony at the Assembly of God. I said, 'Sarah,
how can you believe in creationism -- your father's a science teacher.' And she said,
'We don't have to agree on everything.'


"I pushed her on the earth's creation, whether it was really less than 7,000 years old and whether
dinosaurs and humans walked the earth at the same time. And she said yes, she'd seen images
somewhere of dinosaur fossils with human footprints in them."

Munger also asked Palin if she truly believed in the End of Days, the doomsday scenario when
the Messiah will return. "She looked in my eyes and said, 'Yes, I think I will see Jesus come back
to earth in my lifetime.'"

Bess is unnerved by the prospect of Palin -- a woman whose mind is given to dogmatic certitude
-- standing one step away from the Oval Office. "It's truly frightening that someone like Sarah has
risen to the national level," Bess said. "Like all religious fundamentalists -- Christian, Jewish, Muslim --
she is a dualist. They view life as an ongoing struggle to the finish between good and evil.

Their mind-set is that you do not do business with evil -- you destroy it. Talking with the enemy
is not part of their plan. That puts someone like Obama on the side of evil.


"Forget all this chatter about whether or not she knows what the Bush doctrine is. That's trivial.
The real disturbing thing about Sarah is her mind-set. It's her underlying belief system that will influence
how she responds in an international crisis,
if she's ever in that position,
and has the full might of the
U.S. military in her hands.

She gave some indication of that thinking in her ABC interview,
when she suggested how willing she would be to go to war with Russia.

"Alaskans liked that certitude when she was dealing with corrupt politicians
and the oil industry -- and there is something admirable about it. But when
you're dealing with a complex and dangerous world as commander in chief,
that's a different story."

Bess said that he and fellow valley residents have long been charmed by the
Sarah Palin who is now dazzling the American public. Despite their strong
political differences, "she always has a warm greeting for me when we
bump into each other.

She's the most charming person you'll ever know."

"But," Bess adds, "this person's election would be
a disaster for the country and the world."

http://www.salon.com/news/feature/2008/09/15/bess/index1.html

Enough said.

Do we want to risk having an American Christian Taliban in the USA?
Research Joel's Army. Very Scary, tatoo sporting, Soldiers for Christ people.

And I am a devout Christian. His way is not militant.

Blessed are the peacemakers.

Love one another.

"I am willing to die for my cause, but I an not willing to kill for it"
Ghandi

Lastly, I am convinced that both evolution and creationism happened on
our earth. That is why there is a missing link.

Why not both. Parallel creations on one planet.

Steve Chan:

I failed to see why so many thought that McCain has such an advantage over Obama on national security and terrorism. To begin with, neither McCain nor Obama has ever dealt with terrorism, so they are on par. In terms of national security, Gen. Clark was exactly right on: just because one has flown a fighter jet and got shot down does not qualify him to be commander-in-chief even though the media made a big deal out of that comment. In fact, our fighter jets had all kinds of anti-missile system and McCain did not even push the right button to avoid getting shot down. Sure we do honor his service and his behavior as a POW but if he could not even push the right button in a cockpit, what guarantees do we have that he will be able to push to right button flying the ship of the state?

Annabella:

Curious, the only comment here that I think is a thoughtful and considered opinion is Zakaria's own.

Clausewitz held that war and diplomacy are on the same spectrum. Clearly, if you engage in one and refuse to engage in the other, you are at a disadvantage.

We have had eight years to learn how useful it is to engage in war without diplomacy. Nothing I have heard from Obama suggests to me that he eschews war -- in fact, he wants to beef up our commitment to Afghanistan.

However, unlike a flyboy who, despite his own tortures, never saw anybody blown to bits before him, Obama appreciates that war in a nuclear world is not a casual undertaking.

We always have people pushing for war. I'd like to see some more push for diplomacy.

For those of you who haven't noticed, much of our Foreign Service is now peopled with retired military officers. I imagine they have an idea of how to conduct a war -- and a vested interest in conducting forceful and effective diplomacy.

nononsense:

Question:
Who's More Realistic: McCain or Obama?

Answer:

None!!!

Make sense?

associate christ:

"It is indeed sad that many western countries have forgotten the lessons of World War II. Theodore Roosevelt had it correct -- speak softly and carry a big stick."

Blair, which of our candidates is doing that?
McCain is a blowhard, Obama is ... what? I have no sense of how big a stick he would be willing to wield on our enemies.

I don't trust McCain because I doubt his intelligence. I doubt his self-control I doubt his ability to perceive subtlety when that is best course.

While Obama far outclasses McCain intellectually, is he too much the professor and not enough the leader? Will he reach for subtlety when dealing with a Saddam Hussein or Chavez, men who can only be kicked, not massaged?

It stinks that these two men are the choices the parties have chosen for us.

blair:

Just because something hasn't happened for a number of years, it doesn't mean that it won't happen again.

Earthquakes, for example on a natural scale.

On a human factor scale, the recent dropping of the 'short only on an uptick' rule because over a period of some decades it didn't have much use. Now, with the stock market being pounded away, it turns out that hedge funds are pounding away at stocks because they don't have to wait for an uptick.

Those that ignore history are bound to relive it.

It is indeed sad that many western countries have forgotten the lessons of World War II. Theodore Roosevelt had it correct -- speak softly and carry a big stick.

Race and politics-The American mainstream media are in denial,the only thing holding Obama down is his race period fulstop.
I must add that if Obama was a McCain and McCain be Obama,this race would be far way out of reach for the Republicans.
That Obama is not doing well in the polls is racism-call it that and the mainstream meadia are not willing to talk about it.
They only talk about white blue collar workers,white women--come on America you must be the only people in the world to se it any other way.

I have followed these American elections with keen interest and I must admit that I am baffled by the low level of debate from McCain side of the divide.The issues affecting Americans have huge repercussion for the worl and yet they are talking about lipstick and pigs.

This man should be addressing foreign policies he claims are his strengths.
I know he wont debate economic issues becasuse he doesn't know about the basics of it-no wonder he says the fundermentals are strong while those of us who must remit money to our families must do so in the dollar.

Under the Bush presidency I have had to pay an extra US$200.00 to cover for the dollar in turmoil.That is why I care a for who is going to be the president of your country.

On foreign policy Plain has no knowledge about China,Japan and even Africa no wonder they dodge issues with phoney and baloney messages, untruths and outright character assasination.
If these are the leader Amercans can give give then we are better of without America and we must look elsewhere for inspiration-from China?,resurgent Russia?,maybe France? or the land of the Lords? I think the land of Mandela,Nyerere or TJ-that young and bright man whose star was extinguished-any relation to McCain ad!!?-Senator Obama's star is fading from the land of senior Obama.

artistkvip:

i like your articles , you are a bright man i am a little dissappointed you left it as a take it or leave with the two people mentioned...the bait and switch game or the watch this hand whil i pick your pocket with the other hand being played as a team by the republicans and democrats, this is where many foreign countries underestimate and incorrectly don't give credit to the intelligengence of the american people.... nader is the actual answer if the two parties insist upon thier puppet show theatre that i guess is supposed to mesmermize the voters into forgeting thier banks treat them more like hostages and money mak9ng slaves, than customers thus causing thier cash flow problems, my opinion is this is and always has been abiout cash flow not housing, housing is only one facet. and the politians will find the same empty sock when they blithely come to collect thier $200 and pass go like normal this year... this is not fantasy iseland.. americans are the people europe and asia and africa and where ever sent the people they did not wish to deal with ... we aren't going anywhere and we want our country back...every business manager knows the truth of the statement that there is only so far you can drive , push , motivate, scare or intemidate people into doing work before they tell you to shove it...and get nothing...an old american phrase that seems very approriate to the banks and ..representative? right now lol..how stupid can banks be.. when they made debit cards and massive puniative overdraft money makers, allow people to automatically take funds out of thier accounts with thier approval. the banks apperntly think thier customers work for them its bizarre but true. in the computer age it would have been just as easy and the right thing to do to insure the opposite that you couldnot overdraw the account.. that all the technology made your money safer but what they did was put people money up for grabs.. in the real world people do not like that. some brite person with a golden parachute decide it actually made sense in the real world to finance the busines well being by making the poorest customers pay the most cost and the people who could and should and would have paid for thier services got it for free... they for fogot the actual money in cash flow and liquidity is with the smaller customers, they are the lubrication which makes the machine actually work.. are they actually surprised the people simply went back to paying in cash when they found out the bank was nolonger ther freind because of the new banrupsy laws and the new no limit no notice intrest rates on credit cards...not to mention talking them into ballon loan on thier equity they actually owned in thier homes in transactions that were baait and switch, and in america thos fact are not just inasanity they are criminal.. this was no mistake lets see who the genius's were behind this. all wil straiten out when they simply put back the money they stole from thier customers or.. wait for god to make thier money worthless.. they have no real choice.. whats that song on tv bad boys bad boys whut ya gonnnna do... i think its cops this tinme the people go to real jail and never are allowed in business and politicks again..

Kyle Lascurettes:

Great post, Fareed. Indeed, I am always baffled by the lack of attention paid to America's troubling history of overreaction in foreign policy. Somewhere in the postwar era, probably forged within the Cold War Consensus, came the view that the most prudent planning in USFP was worst-case scenario planning. The extent to which this kind of thinking still holds legitimacy in the face of substantial evidence that it has led to some of America's biggest mistakes (Korea, Vietnam, the unnecessary collapse of detente, the near escalation to war in the early Reagan years before Gorbachev came to power, Iraq 2003) is frankly baffling. Why is it that only the lessons of appeasement, isolationism, and Pearl Harbor are consistently evoked by U.S. policymakers, while lessons of disastrous policies stemming from overreaction have been lost by the wayside? Why are those advocating comparably soft-line policies always seemingly fighting an uphill battle in national debates and elections on these issues? Finally, is this hypersensitivity a problem for all preponderant powers throughout history, or this an acutely American problem with its origins in America's culture or political system?

Thomas Raymond Lopez:

Conservative interests, i.e. those wishing to preserve and even to expand their power, need the conservatives in opposing camps to control their own populations. If we didn't have real enemies who "clearly" present a "dire threat" what would we do? Fear mongering is a very old game. We must remain prepared and vigilant, lest we lost our "way of life" to Them.

Moshe Maizels:

Thank you Fareed. Very smart. I try to convince my friends of this, but I think they, like many either people, construct their reality of the of the world based on the minority we see on tv.

Arthur Edelstein:

Thousands of Russian nuclear missiles are still pointed at American cities! That danger has not disappeared.

zounds on Vashon Island:

ZQLL: wrote for more countries now embracing democracy, isn't such an end consistent with the Bush Doctrine?

So the United States and President Bush are solely responsible? The utter hubris of that comment. I'd agree the Bush Doctrine had some responsibility for the rise of Hezbollah in Lebanon, the Muslim Brotherhood in Egypt and al Qaeda in Iraq but to somehow link him to a worldwide longing for democracy truly stretches the imagination to heights never before seen.

You really think the US is the center of the world?

spiderman2:

I've said it before and I'll say it again. All these bank foreclosures are a result of their greed. There was a time when homeowners where DRIVEN OUT of their homes because OF VERY STEEP INTEREST PAYMENTS. The banks could have intervened for the sake of mercy and could have restructured the payments that will allow the homeowners to stay. BUT NO, they didn't. For them it's the LAW OF THE JUNGLE. Survival of the fittest. Now that law has turned agains them coz they have killed the goose which lays the golden eggs. They have shut off OR SHOO OFF the people who feeds them in DROVE.

People don't realize that in a true survival of the fittest world, NOBODY LIVES. All these banks who has exposures to mortgages will surely die even how big it is and it is now happening. BRING BACK THE MORTGAGE PAYMENTS BACK TO NORMAL AND ALL WILL BE WELL AGAIN. GIVE BACK THE FORECLOSED HOUSES TO ITS PREVIOUS OWNERS and let them pay their mortgages at previous low rates. The government can INITIATE this because they now own FANNY MAE AND FREDDIE MAC. The rest of the banks could follow suit.

This crisis won't end unless the source of the problem is solved and the problem is the foreclosed houses. Give it back together with a SANE (not insane) interest rates.

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36 (Level 1) not really. majority may decide even for hillary be the nominee of democrats. The basic problems are in other issues related with nominations All three major candidates john mcCain (gop), hillary clinton (democrat) barack hussain obama (democrat) have been alleged with felony violations. a gop candidate and hopeful the rev dr kamal karna k roy aka ans was born as joseph geronimo jr, bon in guam of u s citizens parents , who turned orphan due to killing of parents in british india due to racial riot,turned full orphan once again an an adult us born citizen as an ordained clergy on vow of poverty (IRS rule), thus a member of have_nots in usa, a member of weaker communities , as u s born, poor, a member of disadvantaged people in usa who together is 25% of population of 300 millions of citizens in usa, he made claim to his electibility as a very highly qualified clergy, an mba from suny maritime college , ntc 1774 id #578804399 and other foreign qualifications vix doctorates (2) . ll. B )law); as well as adv diploma in public admn, 1973, id 578804399 (usda graduate school, washington dc; dr roy went to 46+ usd courts of federal jurisdictions to allege that u s presidential race 2008 was a corrupt episode like dog_fight of privileged dogs, no simple dog may not participate in race as per rights. the defendants included u s a govt, u s american human_animals' coceived and custom god/s and religion, us news media were involved in corruptions due to negligence towards implementation of campaign laws or violations of laws including fact that u s media behaved like god_father to auction the leadership to a favored nominee. The race was alleged to be a farce. kamal demanded the u s presidential election process be declared void and election be suspended as inequitably the weaker communities based candidates were even named as candidates in media as such kamal roy raised about five millions of u s dollars falling short of hundreds of millions by so called major candidates as of gop and democrats. he spent all money in outsouced campaigning and nearly his committee of campaign was broke. But kamal roy would survive race until district courts settle issues or circuits courts oa appeals decie fate of action or the matter be resoled in the supre court of u s , wshington. But us may not remain without a us president, as prayer was made that court may suggest us house of representatives, washington dc appoint one interim u s president w e f 1. 20 .2009 with consent of u s sena anmd current incumbent u s president hon'ble g w bush. :
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DEMOCRACY NEEDS TO BE WHITER FOR WEAKER PEOPLE IN USA. UNDOCUMENTED PEOPLE IN USA MUST NOT BE ALLOWED TO LEAD USA AS U S PRESIDENT. MCCAIN /OBAMA ARE NOT US BORN NATIVES OF USA. USA GOVT ET AL MUST GIVE WE THE PEOPLE OF USA HOW MCCAIN/OBAMA PRETEND OR LAWFULLY CLAIM NATIVE BORN U S CITIZENS OF USA:
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KAMAL K ROY DEMAND BE ON US PRES 08 BALLOT:REBEL CANDIDATE DUE CORRUPT GOP ET AL;USCA 9CT_APPEAL USDC HI JUDGE?
APPEAL FILED ON JUDGEMENT ENTERED 9.11.2008 IN THE CLERK'S OFFICE ON ORDER OF HON S K MOLLWAY FOR DENIAL OF THE REV DR KAMAL KARNA ROY TO BE PLACED ON U S PRESIDENTIAL BALLOTS IN ALL STATES AS DEFENDANTS DURING 2007-08 WERE ENGAGED IN SKY HIH CORRUPTION TO DENY DR ROY TO EQUITABLY COMPETE U S PRESIDENTIAL ELECTORAL COMPETITION 2008 AS MANDATED BY U S CONSTITUTION AND OTHER STATUTES OF U S A. JOHN MCCAIN AND B H OBAMA ALLEGED TO BE PANAMIAN & KENYAN CITIZEN BY BIRTH WITH AT LEAST ONE U S PARENT BUT WITHOUT JURISDICTION OF LAW OF USA & APPARENTLY THEY NEVER TRIED LEGAL PROCESS OF LAWFUL STATUS IN USA /OR NATURILIZATIONS IN USA , THEY ARE NO MORE THAN 13+ MILLIONS OF UNDOCUMENTED PERSON OF USA. THE REV DR KAMAL KARNA ROY UNDER PENALTY OF PERJURY BY LAWS OF USA STATE THAT ALL FACTS STATED HERE & AT U S COURT OF APPEALS ND USD COURT HI ARE TRUE & THEREFORE, UNDER FREEDOM OF INFORMATION ACT RELEASE ALL TRUTHFUL AND RECORDED INFORMATION WITH NOW HOMELAND SECURITY DEPT/ DEPT OF STATE USA/ STATE OF HAWAII PROVIDE DR ROY HOW DID MCCAIN /OBAMA RECEIVED NATIVE BORN STATUS IN USA. DR ROY PRAYED IN USCA 9TH CIRCUIT THAT U S PRES ELECTION BE SUSPENDED FOR NATIONAL FRAUD AND CORRUPTION TO DENY PEOPLE OF WEAKER COMMUNITIES TO BE ELECTED AS U S PRESIDENT (VIZ DR ROY A CLERGY ON VOW OF POVERTY RULE I R S. HE APPEALED ALSO THAT MCCAIN AND OBAMA BE PROVIDED AMNESTY FOR RESIDENCE, LAWFULLY IN USA WITH RECOMMENDATION OF COURT.
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KAMAL K ROY ET AL VS NATIONAL COMMITTEE OF REPUBLICAN (GOP) ET AL : FAILURE TO NOTE TRUTHS OF VIOLATIONS OF U S CONSTITUTION ALLEGEDLY BY MCCAIN /OBAMA FOR DOCTORING BIRTH RECORDS TO CONTEST U S PRES ELECTION 2008 .THIS IS GROSS VIOLATIONS BY A JUDGE TO UPKEEP U S CONSTITUTION AND RULE OF LAWS, TO SUSTAIN DEMOCRACY IN USA, WHEN DEMOCRACY IN IN VIRTUAL PERIL FOR PEOPLE OF WEAKER COMMUNITIES VIZ DR KAMAL ROY WAS DENIED EQUITABLE DEMOCRATIC RIGHT TO LAWFULLY CONTEST U S PRES ELECTION, GOP, HOPEFUL; DEMAND WAS MADE TO COURT TO PLAC REV DR ROY AS A REBEL CANDIDATE GOP IN BALLOT OF PRES ELECTION 2008.
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Kamal karna roy story of epic war in u s democracy. believe .it affects u. usa democracy is in periil:true?
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36 (Level 1) not really. majority may decide even for hillary be the nominee of democrats. The basic problems are in other issues related with nominations All three major candidates john mcCain (gop), hillary clinton (democrat) barack hussain obama (democrat) have been alleged with felony violations. a gop candidate and hopeful the rev dr kamal karna k roy aka ans was born as joseph geronimo jr, bon in guam of u s citizens parents , who turned orphan due to killing of parents in british india due to racial riot,turned full orphan once again an an adult us born citizen as an ordained clergy on vow of poverty (IRS rule), thus a member of have_nots in usa, a member of weaker communities , as u s born, poor, a member of disadvantaged people in usa who together is 25% of population of 300 millions of citizens in usa, he made claim to his electibility as a very highly qualified clergy, an mba from suny maritime college , ntc 1774 id #578804399 and other foreign qualifications vix doctorates (2) . ll. B )law); as well as adv diploma in public admn, 1973, id 578804399 (usda graduate school, washington dc; dr roy went to 46+ usd courts of federal jurisdictions to allege that u s presidential race 2008 was a corrupt episode like dog_fight of privileged dogs, no simple dog may not participate in race as per rights. the defendants included u s a govt, u s american human_animals' coceived and custom god/s and religion, us news media were involved in corruptions due to negligence towards implementation of campaign laws or violations of laws including fact that u s media behaved like god_father to auction the leadership to a favored nominee. The race was alleged to be a farce. kamal demanded the u s presidential election process be declared void and election be suspended as inequitably the weaker communities based candidates were even named as candidates in media as such kamal roy raised about five millions of u s dollars falling short of hundreds of millions by so called major candidates as of gop and democrats. he spent all money in outsouced campaigning and nearly his committee of campaign was broke. But kamal roy would survive race until district courts settle issues or circuits courts oa appeals decie fate of action or the matter be resoled in the supre court of u s , wshington. But us may not remain without a us president, as prayer was made that court may suggest us house of representatives, washington dc appoint one interim u s president w e f 1. 20 .2009 with consent of u s sena anmd current incumbent u s president hon'ble g w bush. :
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rev premnmsu r das , reverend mr makhan lal das . rev ms paromita r baidya. rev ms gargi r lahiri, rev ms atreyee roy sen, sisterdishari ro sen, sister saheli roy das, revemrs jolly das, rev mita das roy of Birati, 24 parganas w b india reportin in conference meeting with the rev dr kamal karna k roy gop candidate and hopeful to be nominee of gop vs john mccain of gop but an alleged corrupt as u s senate member with allegations against him for influence pedling or sale o usa for sexual pursuits with middle aged beauty in role of lobbyist for paxson business_ john mccain_ paxon business arizona scandal.
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WE THE PEOPLE OF USA PURSUANT TO U S CONSTITUTION DEJMAND TO ALL U S A WINGS O GOVT , VIZ EECUTIVE, LEGISLATURE AND JUDICIARIES TO LAWFULLY CHECK AND BALANCE EACH OTHERS OPERATIONS AS WE AS UNIT OF PEOPLE BY THE REVEREND DR KAMAL KARNA KARUNA ROY FIND THAT THE SYSTEMS HAVE FAILED PERIODICALLY ESPECIALLY BY THE FACTS ESTABLISHED THAT MANY COMPLAINTS WERE RAISED IN RESPECT OF FACT THAT A U S PRESIDENTIAL ELECTION IS SCHEDULED AS ON NOV 4 2008 TO FILL VACANCY TO BE CREATED ON 1.20. 2009 FOR ELECTORAL COMPETITIVE POST OF U S A VIZ U S PRESIDENT TO BE SEATED AT THE WHITE HOUSE AND PROCESS STARTED IN CAMPAIGNING AS PROVIDED IN U S CONSTITUTION, . MANY COMPLAINTS WERE FILED IN U S DISTRICT COURT ABOUT IN 46+ U S D C JURISDICTION TO COPLAINTD SKY HIGH CORRUPTION TO ELECT THE LEADER WHEN THE ELECTORAL CONTESTANTS ARE BEING DISCRIMINATED BUT JUDICIARYU FAILED TO ORDER INVESTIGATIONS ON CIVIL AND CRIMINAL ACTS OF DEFENDANTS NAMED FOR VIOLATIONS PRORATED FOR DAMAGES CALCULATION ON VOLATILE SITUATION OF CRIMINAL AND CIVIL VIOLATIONS AND SUCH VIOLATIONS ARE BEING ENHANCED BY NEWS MEDIA CONGLOMERATES, WHO HAVE BEEN INTERFEREING FREE ELECTION BY CURBING THE COMPETITIONS BETWEEN CANDIDATES OF HAVE_NOTS IN USA, DIADVANTAGED IN USA, THR WEAKER PEOPLE IN USA ON ONE SIDE AND THE SUPER RICH. HUMAN_GODS IN USA, uS AMERICAN HUMAN_ANIMALS' CONCEIVE GOD/S OF RELIGIONS, RELIGIONS , THE LATERS FAILED FOR POOR EXHIBITION OF EQUITIES OF RATIONALITIES. THIS COMMENT , OPINION, COMPLAINT IS BASED ON TRUTH THAT CHECK AND BALANCE OF U S A GOVT WINGS ARE FAILING AS SOME ALLEGEDLY ONE OF THE CORRUPT LEADER MCcAIN, HILLARY CLINTON , BARACK HUSSAIN OBAMA SHALL BE INSTALLED AS U S PRESIDENT ALTHOUGH FELONY CHARGES WERE REPORTED IN NEWS MEDIA WITH SUFFICIENT EVIDENCES OF CORRUPTIONS AGAINST EACH OF THEM, BUT US GOVERNMENTAL FAILURES OF CHECK AND BLANCE MAY INSTALL A WOULD BE FELON INTO THE WHITE HOUSE JOB WHEN CANDIDATE OF GOP VIZ DR KAMAL K K ROY SHALL SUFFER TRILLIONS OF U S 4 worth of damages for denial of govt to secure him equitable right to compete in electoral competition equitably. pl act before thje us leadership is hijacked in the corrupt enviroments of abuses to weaker people. respectfully submittes to authorities, news media and "we the people" units of usa pursuant to u s constitution. reports are sworn by candidate dr kamal k k roy under penalty of perjury in statement of allegations. the details of allegations made can be supported in court filing from web reference "federal justia docket,,, plaintiff roy..et l or viit web with engine search google et al with words "kamal karna roy us president hopeful 2008 ...et al as words for search , or search "project votr smart kamal roy.
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wardropper:

McCain, like all Republicans, builds his own fantasy world and his own reality.

It's obvious that Obama knows and recognizes the world as it actually is.
That is a realist.

Anna:

Fareed, I respect your opinion. I believe a McCain/Palin administration will lead to more wars and loss of life. I think the two are a lethal combination because Palin has the same violently aggressive mindset as McCain.
In my opinion Americans are not able to see beyond race and the highest level of education. They vote based on their gut and a "cowboy and cowgirl" are attractive to them regardless as to whether they have the ability to think and reason out situations on a level higher than their initial response to conflict.
The world will become more dangerous with those two in charge.

R Becker:

Did this man sleep through the 70s and the height of the Soviet empire? What did he say about radical Islamic fundamentalism in the months after 9/11? He's utterly clueless about the world's dangers and the tyranny caused by the bullies of the world.

Tobey:

zqll:
Prior to 1914 and prior to 1939 the "world" was pretty much optimistic about world peace what with a balance of power in Europe in the early 1900s that kept the world "safe" and "secure" and in the 30s a Germany defeated and contained and a strong British and French alliance which insured "peace in our time." What seemed like a localized quarrel between Serbia and Austria-Hungary and what seemed like the lunatic ravings of a small group of national socialists and its small-time and inconsequential leader led to the false optimisims that resulted in close to 100 million deaths.

Since America's global involvement since 1945 the threats to world peace have been no less serious but more readily acknowledged than those in the early 20th century. Because of a relentless push-back of communist totalitarian forces and now a relentless push-back of theocratic totalitarian forces we have avoided war on the scales brought to us by those well-intentioned but naive and irresponsible world-views which are now espoused by Zakaria and his hollow-man Barack Obama.

We've seen what a complacent and tolerant attitude toward evil has brought us in the past. I don't think many of us are ready to accept that humanity has matured so much in the past 20 years that such evil no longer exists, regardless of what Zakaria and Obama would like us to believe.

Too, Zakaria's article shows a complete lack of critical thinking. He writes but doesn't question why:

"A University of Maryland study
shows that deaths from wars of all kinds have been dropping dramatically
for 20 years and are lower now than at any point in the past half century.
A study from Simon Fraser University finds that casualties from terrorism
have been steadily declining since Sept. 11, 2001. It is increasingly clear
-- look at their voting from Indonesia to Iraq to Pakistan -- that very few
Muslims anywhere support Islamic fundamentalists. More countries than ever
before now embrace capitalism and democracy."

As for more countries now embracing democracy, isn't such an end consistent with the Bush Doctrine?

Zakaria should try to answer those questions he brings up himself.


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Wow ZQLL,
Who helped finance the little man in the funny mustache??


Oh..That banking concern that George W. Bush's grandfather worked at..hmm..

Prescott Bush aided the Third Reich..you know that is true..what else doesn't get discussed is that Prescott Bush was prosecuted for Trading With the Enemy..you know that is true also..

The right wing in this country has always put its money on the oppressors..things are different now..we have a generation of young people who have had enough..and they are voting..

zqll:

Prior to 1914 and prior to 1939 the "world" was pretty much optimistic about world peace what with a balance of power in Europe in the early 1900s that kept the world "safe" and "secure" and in the 30s a Germany defeated and contained and a strong British and French alliance which insured "peace in our time." What seemed like a localized quarrel between Serbia and Austria-Hungary and what seemed like the lunatic ravings of a small group of national socialists and its small-time and inconsequential leader led to the false optimisims that resulted in close to 100 million deaths.

Since America's global involvement since 1945 the threats to world peace have been no less serious but more readily acknowledged than those in the early 20th century. Because of a relentless push-back of communist totalitarian forces and now a relentless push-back of theocratic totalitarian forces we have avoided war on the scales brought to us by those well-intentioned but naive and irresponsible world-views which are now espoused by Zakaria and his hollow-man Barack Obama.

We've seen what a complacent and tolerant attitude toward evil has brought us in the past. I don't think many of us are ready to accept that humanity has matured so much in the past 20 years that such evil no longer exists, regardless of what Zakaria and Obama would like us to believe.

Too, Zakaria's article shows a complete lack of critical thinking. He writes but doesn't question why:

"A University of Maryland study
shows that deaths from wars of all kinds have been dropping dramatically
for 20 years and are lower now than at any point in the past half century.
A study from Simon Fraser University finds that casualties from terrorism
have been steadily declining since Sept. 11, 2001. It is increasingly clear
-- look at their voting from Indonesia to Iraq to Pakistan -- that very few
Muslims anywhere support Islamic fundamentalists. More countries than ever
before now embrace capitalism and democracy."

As for more countries now embracing democracy, isn't such an end consistent with the Bush Doctrine?

Zakaria should try to answer those questions he brings up himself.

frayedcat:

Realism requires an open mind. The more realistic candidate is the candidate whose perception of reality is the least clouded by desire for personal gratification, fame, power and fear of (another) failure or loss.

Obama states he seeks office for altruistic reasons - to fulfull the will of the people who asked him repeatedly to run.

McCain states he seeks office because HE is better, HE will do a better job, HE has experience, HE knows how - he seeks office for himself and his idea of himself, and for his handlers the GOP skull and crossbone guys.

Unfortunately for all you party zealots out there, realism also requires that one abandon all of the one-sided, fanatical, unrealistic, extremist party platforms.

Both candidates (or their staff at least) seem to have a hopefully unrealistic view of the general intelligence of the American public - how DARE they think we would fall for these absolutely ridiculous and childish ads they've both been running. Oh please let this be unrealistic.


Larry in Florence:

Well now. Amid all the pontificating about the messiah comes news that he tried again to undermine our troops. After months of mouthing off about immediately withdrawing them from Iraq, we find taht he tried to get the Iraqis to delay the troop withdrawl until months after he thinks he will be in office. What a phony. He is an empty suit affirmative action nitwit who seems to be as big a liar as Bill Clinton. See the news about his double dealing below:

http://www.nypost.com/seven/09152008/postopinion/opedcolumnists/obama_tried_to_stall_gis_iraq_withdrawal_129150.htm?page=0

Olu:

Mr Zakaria,

You are absolutely right for saying that Obama's sense of the world is optimistic, why, because he is an educated human being who is not afraid of telling the world what it is. Yes, there are Muslim extremists but at the same time there are Christian extemists too. Extremism is acting violently to your believe, the Muslims extremists blow themselves and others and the Christian extremists blow buildings which may consist of human beings. Obama has publicly declared that he is a Christian but yet some ignorant and under-achievers still believe him to be Muslim..go figure. The only way to combat this threat is by engaging with the rest of the world economically and socially not by bullying one another. The world is hungry for a change and I hope Obama can achieve this goal because our reputation around the world has tornished by the present administration and McCain who I admire spoke often of violent instead of collaboration with your enemies. I am afraid McCain will find a way to create another tention in the middle east instead of engaging in political dialogue.

Colby:

Wow, that Demski person is a loon--next we'll be hearing about how people with vowels with last names are all Catholics trying to destroy our righteous Protestant nation. Same crap we've been hearing for 200 years. What nonsense!

Chaotician:

While the Neo-Cons are guilty as charged; it is a larger and more hidden group of Straussian followers who have trumpeted the world dangers as their "noble" lie of choice! This group is in both parties although largely in the Republicans, think-tanks, academia, corporate board rooms, and generally where they can manipulate information. The Straussians have gotten some reality dosage with the abject failures of their schemes by this Straussian dominated regime...perhaps they will return reconsider their ideology? Course this is pretty heady stuff and their religious and corporate fascist allies have done well in the "unholy" alliance!

karsh:

Frankly, I see this forum and many like these and find them quite funny, even stupid sometimes and quite bizzare. Lest I hurt sentiments, I will immediately apologize and explain. I apologize.

To think Bin Laden and jihad had anything to do with economy is ridiculous just based on the fact that they claimed they would "hit" it. I think you give them far more credit than they deserve.

As for GOP and McCain's claims that this country was kept "safe" for the past seven years based on policies is laughable... to say the least. The reason I think nothing else happened was simply based on geography and where USA is on the world map. Turn it around and ask McCain how safe he has kept America from the Mexican immigrants and he will show his record in Arizona for it.
Contrast that with the blasts in Delhi this week or the blasts in Europe over the past few years. They are closer to the Muslim world and have greater ties with them. So, they are more susceptible.

From what the GOP and McCain seem to be suggesting, it seems to me that you would want to completely avoid the Muslim world but then again, I think about oil and I say, really? Naah... cant be true. Which is where the point of oil drilling comes in... GOP wants to drill - Obama not so much. Because, when there is a crisis, Obama wants to cash in and use this oppurtunity to enourage non-oil based energy source development.

So, it is an interesting discussion that Fareed Zakaria started with his article and it got morphed by people who want to blame everything on jihad, outsourcing, world and blah blah blah. The point is this: do you want to go with short term gain or a long term gain (read McCain and Obama)?

Jack K:

IMHO, the calculation is whether a foe is deterrable or not. The Soviet Union was indeed a dangerous foe, as Russia could be. (It seems that we are all undecided whether Russia is a foe or not these days) But the Soviet Union was deterrable: the Soviet Union could have attacked America proper; but it chose not to. Instead, it attacked American interests abroad, attempting to mirror the containment strategy that America was implenting as well. Furthermore, deterrence was greatly enhanced by the fact that we knew the Soviet Union was a clearly identified enemy. Sure, they could use proxies and harm American interests - but since we literally knew where they lived, we knew where to hit them back. And they knew this. And we knew they knew this.

Unfortunately, the terrorist threat is a different creature. Can we clearly identify who the terrorists are? At first glance, the answer seems simple: al-Qaida. But what is al-Qaida? More importantly, who is al-Qaida? Where do they live? The answers to all these questions are quite amorphous and have been brewing for at least the past fifty years. Much of al-Qaida's fight may have been sparked with American foreign policy choices, but their philosophical disagreements, to use an understatement, are stemmed from a virulent disagreement with American cultural values. Why else would influential writers such as Sayyid Qut'b refer to America as in a state of "jahaliya", or a state of ignorance (of Islam) that must be remedied?

Now there are clear lines between Islamists (such as our friends in Turkey who use what we can call a democratic process to gain power) and the terrorists. But the line between the extreme Islamist and al-Qaida is a very fine one. We cannot, and do not have the means to track every single Wahabist who turns into a terrorist. Thus we do not know who they are, or where they live - or who may become a terrorist. One of the easiest ways of deterrence is lost.

In fact, it may in the end be impossible to go on the defence against terrorists at all - as one former CIA official put it, terrorism cannot be ended, it must be "managed." The ideologically driven cannot be deterred - especially those on the front lines. It would have been impossible to deter Mohammed Atta to stop his plan of attack, as it is impossible to deter Ayman al-Zawahiri, who is still running and scheming in the Afghan hills. A person watching al-Jazeera angry at American foreign policy choices can be deterred through a more careful selection of foreign policy - that same person, angry with America and wishing to kill as many Americans as possible, cannot.

This is not to say that Russia and China do not pose any danger to America - they may. But they do not pose as existential threat as the undeterrables do, who pose this threat with fewer economic advantages than Russia and China, despite their steady flow of funding from wealthy Saudi wahabists. For the threat the undeterrables pose is one that attacks Americans themselves. As Sun Tzu said, "do not worry about your beard when your head is in danger." It is a threat that cannot simply be relieved by choosing a more moderate foreign policy, or allowing states to develop. Saudi Arabia, which fielded eighteen of the nineteen 9/11 hijackers, has no need for any official development assistance. The threat is one that has created the Tom Friedman-esque "super man" that wields a force multiplier that Donald Rumsfeld could only dream about.

In this case, both candidates are wanting. John McCain's solution has the danger of pushing more of the deterrables into the undeterrable camp. However, Barack Obama has no real solution against the undeterrables. In the case against the most dangerous threat to America itself neither candidate has a suitable answer.

But then again, this is the rhetoric of electoral politics. Once in power, candidates have learned to face the realities of the executive. Unfortunately, if we look at the example of this administration, it took the White House six years to formulate a more realistic North Korea strategy - hopefully the learning curve for the next candidate is not as long.

Hans B:

McCain and Obama are both right. Each has a vision of foreign policy that is self-fulfilling. When you exaggerate the power of your enemies, as McCain does, you induce them to increase their power. When you seek new enemies, again as McCain does, you will find them. Conversely, when you sit down and talk, as Obama will do, you find out your "enemies" are complex entities which can be painted out of the corner as easily as in it. (As Bush should know, after having asked for and received Iranian help in the overthrow of the Taliban).

As for allies: for many Europeans, this election is a final test, after the one Americans spectacularly flunked in 2004 (we can forgive 2000 as a mistake). Either you turn out to be a country that listens to reason, fit to lead the world, or you are a country that reacts to the manipulation of primal emotion, a danger to anyone that comes close.

Demski:

I won't be surprise with your opinion. After all, you and Obama share the same religious faith. Nope, Obama is not a "devout christian" but a muslim! Why? Simply because he has still a muslim full name. That's how simple it is!

Bill:

The Peace Corps budget is being slashed. U.S. weapons sales are skyrocketing. The corporate warfare state flourishes.
Why in the name of any god would we put our trust in Republicans after eight years of misrule and malfeasance? McCain is no maverick, and, by the way, what's the appeal of a maverick anyway? We need a conciliator like Obama who knows America's real strength is its people and ideals.

Anonymous:

Thank God for the Internet
Ted Land (907) 762-9269 of KTUU TV an NBC affiliate in Alaska who did the news story of a huge rally in Alaska against Sarah Palin. I told him that I was amazed that none of the networks carried or asked for any of the footage. He said that he was just as amazed as I was especially when NBC did not request any footage. He also said that CNN was there. I told him the only story that I heard concerning a protest on CNN was about Oprah. What's going on here folks? I found out about the story at KTTU.COM There are a lot of people, (over a thousand)especially women, democrats and republicans alike who disagreeD with Palin and thinks she's dangerous for the country. The protest started with 8 to 10 women sitting around realizing that Palin doesn't represent them. A nasty radio host broadcast their names over the airways and others tried to stop the rally. It was big news in Alaska and you can see the story on KTTU.COM website. This goes to show you that Rick Davis has far reaching arms. Palin will be hidden from the legit media as well as any negative press. Alaska is a small community so there will be some backlash but still these people weren't afraid to speak out. What happen to our press coverage here about the protest IN ALASKA. CALL TED AND ASK HIM ABOUT THE STORY

Laura in Austin:

Jeff Taylor,

"Massa Obama"???

Hateful language kills your credibility -- in an instant.

rss:

Fareed says. "He (Obama)points out that compared with the Cold War -- when thousands of Soviet nuclear missiles were pointed at American cities -- we face lesser threats today."
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I respectfully disagree, was the Soviet Union much more powerful than al Queda or any other terrorist group we are confronting today, of course. But in the 40+ years of the cold war never once was America attacked. And certainly never once did the death and destruction that happened on 9/11 happen. The USSR was strong but it was also SANE. Put it this way whose the largest threat to the biggest kid on the block? The next biggest? Nope.. The biggest threat is the CRAZIEST kid on the block. The USSR had WMD but we could reason with them, if al Queda gets hold of WMD do you think they will worry about reason?

Max4:

Obama's views on Middle East/Islamic world are far more realistic. One needs to remember that the West has been a dominant player in that region since the fall of the Ottomans in 1917. Various countries and forces in the Middle East have been challenging us on that score for obvious reasons. The Neo-Cons, in a cynical fashion, painted all these challengers under the "terrorist" label. Al Queda is a separate case, which was founded by the nihilistic foreign remnants of Soviet-Afghan war, mostly because they had nowhere to go after the Soviets left. McCain is still subscribing to the false view that anyone in that region who does not like the West's dominance is a part of the "terrorist" monolith. Obama is right in keeping Al Queda's account separate.

Citizen of the post-American world:

Mr. Zakaria: "It's ... worth noting that since World War II, the United States has tended to make its strategic missteps by exaggerating dangers."

The first question that should have been asked is "why?". What needs to be investigated and analyzed fully is "why?" The key question still in need of a clear, straight answer is "why?"

As usual, of course, what is most interesting remains that the key question is seldom asked, let alone answered.

Given the author refers to Dwight Eisenhower, here is what could be the beginning of an answer to that key question, in Eisenhower's own words:

“My fellow Americans:

(…) this evening I come to you with a message of leave-taking and farewell, and to share a few final thoughts with you, my countrymen…. we have been compelled to create a permanent armaments industry of vast proportions. (…) three and a half million men and women are directly engaged in the defence establishment… The total influence --- economic, political, even spiritual --- is felt in every city, every state house, every office of the Federal government. We recognize the imperative need for this development. Yet we must not fail to comprehend its grave implications. (…) In the councils of government, we must guard against the acquisition of unwarranted influence, whether sought or unsought, by the military-industrial complex. The potential for the disastrous rise of misplaced power exists and will persist. We must never let the weight of this combination endanger our liberties or democratic processes.” ***

Lest we forget (or do we simply prefer to act as though we did?), at the source of what has been called "Abuse of Power" by both, among others, Theodore Draper ("US Foreign Policy from Cuba to Vietnam") and Noam Chomsky ("The Assault on Democracy") is that military-industrial complex, incessantly crying, like a newborn baby, constantly demanding to be fed.

***

http://fr.youtube.com/watch?v=qdrGKwkmxAU

http://fr.youtube.com/watch?v=13Gt1bhKLhs

http://www.eisenhower.archives.gov/speeches/farewell_address.html

Anonymous:

Jeff T, I would rather choose intelligent community organizer rather than ignorant and trigger happy stubborn senator!

Anonymous:

Hello:
Jeff Taylor, you are a petty little boy.
It's quite easy to see through the eyes of John McCain our country will be fighting the Crusades for many generations while we alienate countries simply because they don't share our philosophy.
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Eu nao sei se voce ja andou nas ruas de Sao Paulo nos dias depois de 11 de setembro. Eu nao sei se voce ja presenciou a ira da juventude contra o nosso pais mesmo enquanto os mortos ainda se encontravam sob os escombros. Eu vi, eu ouvi e eu sou testemunha que milhoes de pessoas nos odeiam. Ao mesmo tempo, eu vi a fila de pessoas na frente do consulado americano--pessoas buscando liberdade e oportunidade. Ou seja, embora sofremos o odio do mundo tambem somos vistos como um abrigo. Penso eu que, em vez de ter um foco somente no oriente medio, deveriamos sim dar enfase aos lacos de amizade que temos com Brasil e outros paises aqui no nosso hemisfero para construirmos juntos um bloco forte de liberdade, para assim melhor enfrentar os que nos perseguem.

Anonymous:

Jeff Taylor - what is this "Massa Obama"? Until I got to your post, I was thinking what an intelligent forum this was compared to many others which sink to a meaningless repetition of insults. Of course Obama is the more realistic of the two candidates - McCain hasn't said anything coherent in months. The only thing we hear about is his being a prisoner of war - he had my respect until he chose Sarah Palin which was the most cynical thing he has done yet.

Ah, the poetry of logic...

Well said!

If only the rest of your media kin would invest as much time as you do in thinking about their topics!

In a silly season populated with the droppings of an inordinate amount of pundit dung - it is refreshing to periodically clear one's olfactories by reading a measured well written piece.

While confessing I do not agree with all of your assertions; I nevertheless applaud you for giving me 'food for thought'. It is so much better that the diet of junk food I am exposed to elsewhere.

p.s. Mayhap, you could now pen a column on the disconnect between the media's obsession with the politically inane vs. its inability the address complex issues?


deja vue:

Truly remarkable that Fareed Zakaria, a Reaganite, who was all gung ho for the invasion of Iraq, would come to the conclusions stated here.

Or is it? Reagan of the 600 ship Navy picked his fights--Libya, Grenada--and accepted virtual humiliation by refusing to sacrifice an additional 300, or 3000, or whatever, combatants to avenge the massacre of 300 Marines in Beirut. Somewhere along the way he was transformed from the "let's have it" and "evil empire" polemicist to the man who made peace with Gorbachev.

Based on rhetoric and stated goals for U.S. foreign policy and the means to achieve those goals, Obama is the clear choice. Except, when he cricitizes the "surge" in Iraq while promoting a "surge" in Afghanistan, one must take pause. After all, LBJ was the "peace candidate" in 1964, promising that he would not "send American boys to Southeast Asia to do what the Vietnamese must do for themselves."

So, one might need to sort out electioneering rhetoric from forthrightly articulated policy positions, from both candidates. But, Sen. McCain has made that chore unnecessary, by asking us to put an uninformed, Bible-thumping, ignorant, Creationist, End Times ideologue one heartbeat from the presidency.

Anonymous:

RCLAB says:

McCain is hardly a realist. He is either a dreamer, suffering from dementia, or untruthful. Take your pick.

how about all the above?

Center:


Stability, prosperity and Democracy are values many countries would like to have...including Muslim states..

It seems that McCain, like Bush, would continue to deliver these values wrapped in gun shells, antagonism and fear. McCain's way is the wrong way.

I see Obama working with states to develop a well educated middle class that has invested in and has a stake in the stability of their countries.

Development is an evolving process; Obama knows all about it.

Cain:

Jeff Taylor,

The biggest danger to US security is IGNORANCE!

A question for you Jeff Taylor; which is more dangerous to the US security: Islamic terrorism or resurgent Russia? Why?

Please help me understand your answer to my question. Have an ignorant day, won't you?

SA:

The greatest threats facing the US today are not foreign, they are domestic. Under Bush, eight classes of children who "weren't left behind" but still failed to learn basic skills are now in the workforce. They can't read, can't add or subtract, but they're out there in stores and fast food restaurants across the nation giving you incorrect change.

rclab:

To determine which is a "realist" all you have to do is look at their campaigns during and since the Republican convention. McCain has determined that he can convince the electorate that: (1)That he represents "change" and after more than twenty years in Washington, he now knows how to change it, and (2) that Sarah Palin is experienced and qualified to be President. McCain is hardly a realist. He is either a dreamer, suffering from dementia, or untruthful. Take your pick.

deliziosa:

McCain is very much a war monger. In fact the only thing he's running on is a sacrifice he made for his country 40 years ago as a prisoner of war. However, that was 40 years ago! There are many people still living who were imprisoned in war, should they all be viable candidates for president? The policy McCain will continue to uphold is one that will have us, our sons & daughters, will be part of an endless war, on an unrealistic mission, and an unattainable victory.

Homeland security is an important issue. But leaving our homeland to fight terrorists while constantly creating new ones through our methods, is such a ridiculous idea, it's hard for me to properly communicate!

McCain is counting on the American people to still have enough fear in their hearts that they will vote for someone to "keep us safe" from Islam, Iraq, Iran, anyone else, rather than vote for someone who will put the interests of American generations to come, first.

Obama's stance may seem naive to some, but in my opinion, historically people who are optimistic are usually considered to be naive until their hopes and dreams prove to be realistic. There was a time when those who believed that things such as the English control of America, women not being allowed to vote/second class citizenry, slavery, and segregation could not last forever and would some day improve, were considered naive. But now that it's been realized, those people are considered champions before their time.

I do believe it's important to remember the wars and battles that have been fought in our history, both the "necessary" and unnecessary. (Although many people who suggests we "never forget" terrorism and war, say they believe it's improper for black people to complain about the tragedy of slavery, but I digress). At the same time we remember and appreciate, It's also important to recall that moving foward is impossible while looking back. I on the other hand appreciate someone who gives the nation a view of optimism. I admire someone who doesn't attempt to control our minds, thus our votes, by playing on our fears, misinformation, and stereotypes.

Ray:

Obama definitely has a better sense of what the world is today than McCain with his '60's and '70s ideas about US Supremacy and spreading "democracy" to Georgia and Iran. The world has fundamentally changed in the last 30 years, and no amount of chest-thumping and hyper-ventilating about a bunch of jehadist thugs under the generic brand of al Queda posing an "existential threat to USA" is going to change that. The world in the 21st century is going to be dominated by multiple powers: in Asia: India and China; in Europe: EU and Russia; in America and parts of latin America: USA.. Africa and mideast will be a hotbed of national/ethnic wars where these above powers will back warring parties for access to minerals and fossil fuels. One has to be blind to not see the declaration on TV watched by billions, by China to be the emerging super-power during the incredible and superbly executed Beijing Olympics in August. Similarly one has to be senile to not realize what the right-wing neocon dominated Bush-Cheney regime has brought forth in the last eight years: a) a reckless war against Iraq costing more than $700 billion, while neglecting the real al Queda & Taliban regrouping in Afgan-Pakistan tribal areas; b) predatory capitalism and insatiable greed of Wall St crooks which has caused the imploding ponzy scheme fashionably named the sub-prime crisis; c)giving the biggest tax-cut to the top 10% while claiming that we are in a fight for survival against islamic jehadists that has resulted in annual deficits of $400+ billion dollars, and total debt to close to $9.5 trillion dollars; d) giving a free-rein to big-oil so that they could (along with hedge-fund speculators) artificillay jack-up price to more than $140/barrel, and reaping $300 billion doallars in wind-fall profits in 2007.. This is while doing nothing to support R&D to alternatives to fossil fuels such as wind, solar, hybrid cars etc

So my net is: if McCain/Palin can skillfully fool the voting public to get elected, they will continue the same old Bush-Cheney policy of US occupation of Iraq, big-oil dictating US energy policy, and more tax-cuts to the top 10% of the super-rich, and increasing total debt to $12+ trillion dollars. We as a people deserve the economic and social turmoil that will continue
until we face a national economic calamity not seen since the Great Depression..

Sally Perkins:

Al Quaida does not need to "hit our economy"--our own greed has done that quite nicely. Exhibit A: Wall Street, Sept 15, 2008.

David:

You use the word "jihad" incorrectly, sir. I do believe even Muslims in the throes of development and prosperity will long for jihad -- just not the violent type of jihad.

nick:

Great analysis. I totally disagree with RPW3 that we should move to the Right. How much further Right could we move. The bluster and hard power of the Extreme Right neo-cons have created the situation we are in -- backed into corners of our own making on all fronts. The rest of the world now sees our naked motives and is not impressed. We need to step down from our high horse and see how much more effective the Brits have been in prosecuting terrorists using the criminal justice system instead of the so-called interminable War on Terror. More intelligence (in terms of thinking power on the part of the Chief Executive) less mouth. More realism, less ideology, especially since the ideology which appropriates the language of democracy is really about empire and control, something most Americans and all the rest of the world don't want.

Muddy:

The only country or group that could potentially have the same relative economic power as Hilter or the USSR is China, or perhaps India. The Islamic world hasn't supported extremism to any great degree, and lacks any real economic powers. The Islamic world only threat is oil, and that threat could be removed for a cost far, far less than the Iraq war. Russia economy is still a one trick pony, and will remain so unless they deal with the corruption.
Neither China or India is spending anyting close to the USA on their military, and the USA still spend more than the rest of the world combined.

Senator Obama's foreign policy is the only one that gives the USA a hope for the future as our relative economic power rapidly declines. Senator McCain's policy is just GW's on more battle fronts we can't afford to use hard power on. The current military expenditures have already bankrupted our future, and carrying on like the last 8 years for the next 4 will put the USA far past the point of no return.

L.Kurt Engelhart:

The issue of what is real is central to the controversy at the heart of this election. Republicans cleave to the reality of Hitler and Stalin, while Democrats beg us to create a better reality. Republicans believe they are not responsible for the crisis that has grown over the last decade. Democrats ask us to take responsibility for the reality around us, and attempt to fix it. Which of these realities is better? It depends on your level of education. Too bad education is not on the list of things to fix.

Hello:

Jeff Taylor, you are a petty little boy.

It's quite easy to see through the eyes of John McCain our country will be fighting the Crusades for many generations while we alienate countries simply because they don't share our philosophy.

Can the United States economy continue in this manner for generations?

Is it possible that when Osama bin Laden told us "If their economy is destroyed, they will be busy with their own affairs rather than enslaving the weak peoples. It is very important to concentrate on hitting the U.S. economy through all possible means." And here is what al Qaeda second-in-command Ayman al-Zawahiri said in September 2002: "We will also aim to continue, by the permission of Allah, the destruction of the American economy."

http://www.usnews.com/blogs/capital-commerce/2007/9/11/so-how-goes-bin-ladens-war-on-the-us-economy.html

The United States is certainly on the path that bin Laden prescribed from what I'm witnessing.

PG:

But the dangers we face now are completely UNLIKE those in WWI, WWII or the Cold War. In those conflicts, organized nation-states believed that they could stand equal with the U.S. in a military contest. We proved them wrong, and nowadays, no nation would openly bomb Pearl Harbor or even sink the Lusitania. Instead, the threat we face is primarily from non-state actors who have nothing to lose -- they hold no official power. We can crush the government and military of any nation tied to terrorism, as with the Taliban government of Afghanistan, but we cannot force the remnants to become functional, much less pro-American.
The clip at the Republican convention, which tried to link 9/11 to the Iranian revolutionaries' occupation of the American embassy and taking of American hostages in 1980, completely missed this basic fact about the difference between those who aspire to run a country and will use force to get their way, and those who are nihilistic destroyers. Those revolutionaries knew better than to so much as break a finger of a hostage, lest that bring down the entire military force of the U.S. onto Iran. The 9/11 terrorists, bound to no nation, sought to kill as many Americans as possible.

Julie from Nebraska:

On September 12, 2001, the world was very much united behind the US. That unity and sorrow was squandered, and yet, the world is still remarkably forgiving of the US. I believe Obama is the more realistic of the two (the information he has been given as a result of being on the Foreign Affairs Committee should have removed any rose-colored glasses.) Furthermore, much of the world seems to be fairly optimistic about his potential Presidency. That's not a bad place to begin from. I'd like to see an interview with Obama on Zakaria's Sunday CNN show.

RPW3:

Obama's view appears somewhat naiive. People all over the world are requesting more cultural rule -- a more nationalistic stance by their politicians to serve the interests of their citizens. This is contrary to the move by Obama towards more culture-blind civil rule, but explains electoral prejudice which is culture based.

Nations worldwide are moving Right for self preservation. Americans must perform an adaptive move to the Right also, to protect their interests.

The unresolved issue in America is the nature of that Right Move. Ultimately, the question becomes, “Which identifiable individuals and groups must relinquish portions of their civil rights and voluntarily accede to social rule (what is good for the nation), to preserve their Country?”

Must the owners of corporations sacrifice profits from foreign operations? Must workers and professionals accept lower wages? Must more Americans be drafted into the Armed Services? Must all Americans give up their privacy to be covertly investigated for anti-American activities?

Who is standing in line to sacrifice their private interests for the National Good?

Jeff Taylor:

We lost 400,000 men in World War II. They weren't killed by rhetoric. They were killed by Germans, Italians, Japanese, etc. Now, you might think it's time to forget those chapters and focus instead on organizing the community with Massa Obama. But just like in Bombay, or good bahia, we cannot forget the lessons of the past. We recognize that our good bay can be disrupted when we let our guard down. Surely someone from Mumbai understands the dangers of islamic terrorism.

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