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Seventy years of ‘the classics’

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The irony of post-Second World War America is how consistently immature our politics has been about foreign policy…the arguments never change, we just cut and paste the locations.

In the late 1940s the Republicans blamed the Truman Administration for not adequately pouring in enough tax dollars into the last cause of the hopelessly corrupt Chang government.  The fact that there was little to practically do about it was never really considered, or the point.

Seventy years later, a whole litany of wasted lives and wasted dollars that under the best case scenario led to stalemates have come and sadly often not gone.

Naturally, this leads to the only possible reaction to events in the Ukraine.

House Intelligence Committee Chairman Mike Rogers (R-Mich.) accused
President Obama on Sunday of being too soft in his dealings with Russian
President Vladimir Putin, who just received the Russian parliament’s
permission to move troops into Ukraine.

Yes, because clearly if only Obama had been willing to drop bombs, things would have gone differently. Besides how can last week’s Hitler have any chance against this week’s Hitler?

Or maybe he should have done this?

“I looked the man in the eye. I found him to be very straight forward and trustworthy and we had a very good dialogue.

I was able to get a sense of his soul.”

And speaking of old classics, John Kerry did his bit to add to the irony over the weekend.

 ”You just don’t invade another country on phony pretext in order to assert your interests.”

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