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US focus on 'terror war' sinks image to all-time low: report (AFP)
AFP on Yahoo ^ | 11/06/07 | AFP

Posted on 11/06/2007 7:34:14 PM PST by NormsRevenge

WASHINGTON (AFP) - The United States needs to shift from muscle-flexing to alliance-building when it seeks to wield power in the world if it wants to patch up its battered global image, said a report on Tuesday.

"America's reputation, standing and influence are at all-time lows, and possibly sinking further," the report by a 20-member think-tank commissioned by the Center for Strategic and International Studies (CSIS) said, citing half a dozen opinion polls from around the world.

"The terrorist attacks on 9/11 caused America to become a frightened and angry nation," it said.

"We reacted in ways that alarmed people the world over ... we relied excessively on hard military power to fight the war against terrorists and violent extremists.

"Ultimately this is a battle that will be won by ideas, not bullets. Just like the Cold War, we will prevail when the world chooses the opportunities we defend over the despair offered by our enemies."

The report, which was more than a year in the making, said the United States has focused too much on the war on terror and relied too heavily on military might in its foreign policy.

"The Pentagon is the best trained and best resourced arm of the federal government ... it tends to fill every void.

"The United States must become a smarter power by investing once again in the global good -- providing things that people and governments in all quarters of the world want but cannot attain in the absence of American leadership."

It called on the next US president to chart a new course towards a "smarter" foreign policy that balances hard power -- "wielding carrots and sticks to get what you want" -- and soft power -- "the ability to attract people to our side without coercion."

By shifting its foreign policy focus from the war on terror to championing the global good, the United States will not only defeat terrorism but will also restore its greatness, the report said.

The commission included former military commander in Iraq Anthony Zinni; ex-US ambassador to the United Nations, Russia and Israel Thomas Pickering; former Supreme Court justice Sandra Day O'Connor; members of congress; business leaders and the heads of non-profit organizations.

Before the United States seeks to redress its global image, it has to tidy up its own back garden, the report said.

"One of the terrible lasting impressions of Hurricane Katrina is that the US government is both unfair and inept in the face of real challenges that impact people's lives.

"Implementing a smart power strategy depends on the government's ability to organize for success. Many Americans, though, have lost faith in government's ability to adapt and work effectively in today's world.

"This perception of an uncaring, ineffective US government is even more pronounced abroad among non-US citizens."

Among recommendations the commission gave to help restore the good image of the United States were a renewed commitment to international treaties and institutions, and reinvigorated alliances.

The United States must also not have double standards in terms of international legal norms, the report said.

"The images of prisoner abuse from Abu Ghraib ... seemed emblematic of this double standard."

The commission urged more commitment to global development, more equitable global trade talks, a revitalized public diplomacy effort under which "every US citizen serves as a diplomat", and greater investment in education to ensure the United States does not fall back from the cutting edge of science and technology.

It urged more openness to foreigners -- in particular to students -- and concrete steps to enhance energy security.

"America has the capacity to be a smart power," the report concluded.

"It is the most important mandate for our next president."


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"Ultimately this is a battle that will be won by ideas, not bullets. Just like the Cold War, we will prevail when the world chooses the opportunities we defend over the despair offered by our enemies."

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Uh, OK.

I guess we as a nation should have just curled up in a fetal ball and wished away our attackers with pleasant thoughts.

It may make one pause and wonder if it would have been better to just let Germany and Japan have their ways with the rest of a world that doesn't appreciate freedom and liberty and prefers tyranny and treachery.

Oh well.

1 posted on 11/06/2007 7:34:16 PM PST by NormsRevenge
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CSIS Commission on Smart Power
http://www.csis.org/smartpower/

America must revitalize its ability to inspire and persuade rather than merely rely upon its military might. Despite the predominance of U.S. hard power, there are limits to its effectiveness in addressing the main foreign policy challenges facing America today. America’s standing in the world is diminished, and although there have been discrete “soft power” successes – most notably the progress against HIV/AIDS and malaria, and the creation of the Millennium Challenge Corporation - many of the traditional instruments of soft power, such as public engagement and diplomacy, have been neglected and fallen into disrepair.

In addition, there remains a lack of strategic vision for how to integrate soft and hard power into “smart power” to address current and future challenges. The next year offers a unique opportunity for the United States to engage in a national dialogue on the best way to draw to its side the support of friends and allies in the pursuit of its national security interests.


2 posted on 11/06/2007 7:37:23 PM PST by NormsRevenge (Semper Fi ... Godspeed ... ICE’s toll-free tip hotline —1-866-DHS-2-ICE ... 9/11 .. Never FoRGeT)
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To: NormsRevenge

all time low?

Yeah, when the start refusing to take our money, get back to me.


3 posted on 11/06/2007 7:38:37 PM PST by Names Ash Housewares
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To: NormsRevenge

Moonbats trying to influence Voting Day.

What else is new?


4 posted on 11/06/2007 7:38:39 PM PST by acapesket (never had a vote count in all my years here)
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To: NormsRevenge
20-member think-tank commissioned by the Center for Strategic and International Studies (CSIS) said, citing half a dozen opinion polls from around the world.

Isn't the CSIS affiliated with the Dems?

5 posted on 11/06/2007 7:39:05 PM PST by SuziQ
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To: NormsRevenge

Abu Grahib?? Did Alan Combs write that?

This is just pure BS. We are kicking al qaeda’s ass around the world without the help of the CSIS.


6 posted on 11/06/2007 7:39:45 PM PST by Perdogg (Elections have consequences.)
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To: NormsRevenge

Just in time for the release of the movie, Lions for Lambs, and to hear Robert Redford utterly trash the United States WoT on Larry King tonight.


7 posted on 11/06/2007 7:40:02 PM PST by rintense (I'm 4 Thompson!)
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I should qualify my statement..

It may make one pause and wonder if it would have been better to just let Germany and Japan have their ways with the rest of a world that doesn’t appreciate freedom and liberty and prefers tyranny and treachery.

Choosing Isolationism versus Engagement, building a Fortress America and staying out of foreign entanglements may have been a more viable path to have taken in the short-term, but in the long term, it would only be a matter of time before those and other enemies would come to our shores... and have.

No amount of alliance building was going to stop certain events from happening and from the events to come.


8 posted on 11/06/2007 7:41:28 PM PST by NormsRevenge (Semper Fi ... Godspeed ... ICE’s toll-free tip hotline —1-866-DHS-2-ICE ... 9/11 .. Never FoRGeT)
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To: NormsRevenge

Reputation is only what others think of you.
Character is what you are in the dark.


9 posted on 11/06/2007 7:41:50 PM PST by ClaudiusI
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To: NormsRevenge; Calpernia; AuntB; upsdriver; dano1; Eric Blair 2084; Kevmo; Brandie; WalterSkinner; ..

Huckster:

In his speech, Huckabee said the United States has a self-
important image on the world stage. “Our prestige in the world has been marred, not because we are a superpower, but by the manner in which we handle our power. (Anything) we can do to encourage our neighbors, rather than simply showing our muscle, is an important part of rebuilding America’s prestige.” Council on Foreign Relations speech - Sept 28. 2007

Hunter:

“I would say this to every other nation in the world:
when you were sick, the Americans brought medicine. When you
were hungry, the Americans brought food. When you had
earthquakes and tsunamis and floods, the Americans came. And
when when you were insecure and you were attacked,
the Americans left the safety of their own homes and came
to defend you. I will never apologize for the United States
of America”. - Iowa Straw Poll, August 2007


10 posted on 11/06/2007 7:41:54 PM PST by pissant (Duncan Hunter: Warrior, Statesman, Conservative)
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To: NormsRevenge

Maybe the CSIS should pick up a few history books.


11 posted on 11/06/2007 7:42:06 PM PST by ilgipper
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To: NormsRevenge
What is AFP? Not Armed Forces Press, I hope?

The un and the rest of the third world disorder (along with 1/3 of our population) like it best when America has been struck and seems vulnerable. Thats why they liked carter and clinton. They didn't kick ass and take names, they asked "How did we hurt your feelings?"

12 posted on 11/06/2007 7:42:08 PM PST by Eagles6
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To: NormsRevenge
"The United States must become a smarter power by investing once again in the global good -- providing things that people and governments in all quarters of the world want but cannot attain in the absence of American leadership."

Translation: "We want more money." -The World

13 posted on 11/06/2007 7:42:47 PM PST by rabscuttle385 (Sic Semper Tyrannis * U.Va. Engineering * Go Hoos! * Fred Thompson 2008)
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To: SuziQ

CSIS Commission on Smart Power

http://www.csis.org/smartpower/staff/

Project Staff & Scholars
Co-Directors
Carola McGiffert – chief of staff; co-project director for the Commission on Smart Power

Craig Cohen – deputy chief of staff; co-project director for the Commission on Smart Power

Project Scholars

Grant Aldonas, William M. Scholl Chair in International Business

Jon Alterman, director and senior fellow, Middle East Program

Pierre Chao, director of Defense Industrial Initiatives and senior fellow, International Security Program

Jennifer Cooke, codirector, Africa Program

Reginald Dale, senior fellow, Europe Program

Peter DeShazo, director, Americas Program

Gerald Epstein, senior fellow, Homeland Security Program

Moana Erickson, deputy director and fellow, Scholl Chair in International Business

David Heyman, director and senior fellow, Homeland Security Program

Gerald Hyman, senior adviser and president of Hills Program on Governance

Sarah Ladislaw, fellow, Energy and National Security Program

Alex Lennon, editor in chief, The Washington Quarterly

Eric Lief, senior associate, Africa Program

Sarah Mendelson, director, Human Rights and Security Initiative; senior fellow, Russia and Eurasia Program

Johanna Mendelson Forman, senior associate, Office of the Chief of Staff

Derek Mitchell, senior fellow, International Security Program

Stephen Morrison, executive director, HIV/AIDS Task Force and director, Africa Program

Erik Peterson, senior vice president; William A. Schreyer Chair in Global Analysis; director, Global Strategy Institute

Vincent Sabathier, senior fellow and director, Human Space Exploration Initiatives

Teresita Schaffer, director, South Asia Program

Julianne Smith, director and senior fellow, Europe Program

Karin von Hippel, codirector, Post-Conflict Reconstruction Project and senior fellow, International Security Program

Sidney Weintraub, William E. Simon Chair in Political Economy
Anne Witkowsky, senior fellow, Homeland Security Program


14 posted on 11/06/2007 7:43:09 PM PST by NormsRevenge (Semper Fi ... Godspeed ... ICE’s toll-free tip hotline —1-866-DHS-2-ICE ... 9/11 .. Never FoRGeT)
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To: rintense

Sorry, no more Mr. Nice Guy. We kick butts rather than play with them.


15 posted on 11/06/2007 7:43:44 PM PST by mathurine
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To: NormsRevenge

I have no doubt the report is in the main correct. What we have to do to get into the good graces of the world’s mullahs, communists, socialists and appeasers is to be more like them. Maybe we should all become Muslims—that’d make the world happy.


16 posted on 11/06/2007 7:43:46 PM PST by CivilWarguy (CivilWarGuy)
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To: NormsRevenge

I actually agree with much of what the article describes about the report. Soft power is exceedingly important for us, and we’ve neglected that greatly. However, even in our successes such as funding for HIV/AIDS and malaria and other efforts, we do virtually nothing to publicize those efforts. We allow others to dictate our image. This is one area where the EU and, yes, even the Chinese have us beat hands-down: Learning how to toot your own horn effectively.

I also disagree with the frequent assessment that we became “angry and frightened” as a nation. I think we have every right to be angry, and that we are perfectly within reason to expend a great deal of our resources in what we perceive to be a war on terror. Fear is certainly a component of that, but to describe us repeatedly as a “frightened” nation or people is silly. At worst on this point we have an administration that has put too much of its public time (what little there is of that) on terror. Repeatedly going to Asian economic summits and talking about little more than the WoT, for example, is ridiculous. To me, though, this is representative of poor PR management, not of a frightened, scared nation.


17 posted on 11/06/2007 7:43:47 PM PST by Sandreckoner
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Board of Trustees and Counselors
http://www.csis.org/about/trustees/

CSIS trustees are drawn equally from the worlds of public policy and the private sector. They contribute a wealth of expertise to the Center’s mission and management. One asterisk (*) denotes a member of the Executive Committee and two asterisks (**) denote a CSIS Counselor.

Chairman
Sam Nunn* ** — Cochairman & CEO, Nuclear Threat Initiative

Vice Chairman & Co-Founder
David M. Abshire — President, Center for the Study of the Presidency

Chairman of the Executive Committee
William A. Schreyer* — Chairman Emeritus, Merrill Lynch & Co., Inc.

Vice Chairman of the Executive Committee
Anne Armstrong* — Former U.S. Ambassador to Great Britain

President & CEO
John J. Hamre* — President & CEO, CSIS

Trustees
George L. Argyros — Chairman & CEO, Arnel & Affiliates
Richard Armitage — President, Armitage International
Betty Beene — Former President & CEO, United Way of America
Reginald K. Brack — Former Chairman & CEO, Time, Incorporated
William E. Brock** — Counselor and Trustee, CSIS
Harold Brown** — Counselor and Trustee, CSIS
Zbigniew Brzezinski** — Counselor and Trustee, CSIS
William S. Cohen — Chairman & CEO, The Cohen Group
Ralph Cossa — President, Pacific Forum/CSIS
Richard Fairbanks — Counselor and Trustee, CSIS
William H. Frist — Trustee, CSIS
Michael P. Galvin* — President, Harrison Street Capital, LLC
Linda W. Hart — Vice Chairman & CEO, The Hart Group, Inc.

Ben W. Heineman, Jr. — CSIS Trustee and Senior Adviser
Thomas O. Hicks — Chairman, Hicks Holdings LLC
Carla A. Hills** — Chairman & CEO, Hills & Company
Ray L. Hunt — Chairman & CEO, Hunt Consolidated, Inc.
E. Neville Isdell — Chairman & CEO, The Coca-Cola Company
James L. Jones — Trustee, CSIS
Henry A. Kissinger** — Chairman & CEO, Kissinger Associates, Inc.
Kenneth G. Langone — President & CEO, Invemed Associates, LLC
Donald B. Marron — Chairman & CEO, Lightyear Capital
Joseph Nye — Distinguished Service Professor, Harvard University, Kennedy School of Government
E. Stanley O’Neal — Chairman and CEO, Merrill Lynch & Company, Inc.
Joseph E. Robert — Chairman and CEO, The J.E. Robert Companies (JER)
Felix G. Rohatyn — President, Rohatyn Associates, LLC
David M. Rubenstein — Cofounder and Managing Director, The Carlyle Group
Charles A. Sanders — Former Chairman & CEO, Glaxo Inc.
James R. Schlesinger** — Senior Adviser, Lehman Brothers, Inc.
Brent Scowcroft** — President, Forum for International Policy
Rex Tillerson — Chairman & CEO, Exxon Mobil Corporation
Murray Weidenbaum — Hon. Chair, Weidenbaum Center, Washington University
Frederick B. Whittemore — Advisory Director, Morgan Stanley

TRUSTEES EMERITUS

Dolores D. Wharton
Amos A. Jordan

COUNSELORS

William E. Brock — Counselor and Trustee, CSIS

Harold Brown — Counselor and Trustee, CSIS
Zbigniew Brzezinski — Counselor and Trustee, CSIS
Frank C. Carlucci — Counselor, CSIS
Richard Fairbanks — Counselor and Trustee, CSIS
Carla A. Hills — Chairman & CEO, Hills & Company
Henry A. Kissinger — Chairman & CEO, Kissinger Associates, Inc.
Theodore McCarrick — Counselor, CSIS
Sam Nunn — Cochairman & CEO, Nuclear Threat Initiative
James R. Schlesinger — Senior Advisor, Lehman Brothers, Inc.
Brent Scowcroft — President, Forum for International Policy


18 posted on 11/06/2007 7:44:16 PM PST by NormsRevenge (Semper Fi ... Godspeed ... ICE’s toll-free tip hotline —1-866-DHS-2-ICE ... 9/11 .. Never FoRGeT)
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To: NormsRevenge

“report by a 20-member think-tank...”

Why not just say “20 idiots?” These think tanks usually consist of politically motivated underachievers who were chosen because they would produce the report that the appointers wanted.


19 posted on 11/06/2007 7:46:13 PM PST by Brilliant
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To: Eagles6

AFP = Agence France Press, a left wing hate-America French news agency.


20 posted on 11/06/2007 7:47:05 PM PST by jveritas (God bless our brave troops and President Bush)
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To: NormsRevenge

ideas, and not bullets, huh?

Try these ideas on Osama and al Zawahiri.


21 posted on 11/06/2007 7:47:07 PM PST by Brilliant
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To: Sandreckoner

We allow others to dictate our image. This is one area where the EU and, yes, even the Chinese have us beat hands-down: Learning how to toot your own horn effectively.

re: the EU and China. They don’t have an American media intent on making us like their citizens, docile muted serfs subservient to a global elite agenda.


22 posted on 11/06/2007 7:47:53 PM PST by NormsRevenge (Semper Fi ... Godspeed ... ICE’s toll-free tip hotline —1-866-DHS-2-ICE ... 9/11 .. Never FoRGeT)
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To: NormsRevenge
if it wants to patch up its battered global image,

And what if it doesn't? What if America doesn't give a tarnished tinker's damn about its "global image" anymore, after decades of abuse, insult, and humiliation on the world stage? What if America is giving a one-finger salute to "the world" and telling it that we, America, will go it alone if we have to, but that we will NOT apologize to any bunch of sissified handwringers because we dare to defend ourselves.

Note to world: go to hell.

23 posted on 11/06/2007 7:48:33 PM PST by IronJack (=)
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To: Names Ash Housewares
"Yeah, when the start refusing to take our money, get back to me.

Ever hear of supply and demand?


24 posted on 11/06/2007 7:48:45 PM PST by ndt
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To: pissant

What Duncan said.


25 posted on 11/06/2007 7:48:52 PM PST by NormsRevenge (Semper Fi ... Godspeed ... ICE’s toll-free tip hotline —1-866-DHS-2-ICE ... 9/11 .. Never FoRGeT)
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To: NormsRevenge

Another commision that needs to be mothballed. What a bunch of defeatist morons.


26 posted on 11/06/2007 7:49:24 PM PST by upsdriver (DUNCAN HUNTER FOR PRESIDENT!!!! The steakiest steak in the race!!)
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To: NormsRevenge

Apparently the citizens of Iraq and Afghanistan were not included in the study.


27 posted on 11/06/2007 7:50:40 PM PST by Wuli
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To: NormsRevenge

Jeeze, who wrote this crap ? We should send them into the panshir valley humming the melody from kumbiyah and see how their “smart” approach serves in keeping their heads attached to their bodies.

Of Course the enemy is mad at us, we shot back.


28 posted on 11/06/2007 7:50:44 PM PST by prov1813man (While the one you despise and ridicule works to protect you, those you embrace work to destroy you)
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To: pissant

“Our prestige in the world has been marred, not because we are a superpower, but by the manner in which we handle our power. (Anything) we can do to encourage our neighbors, rather than simply showing our muscle, is an important part of rebuilding America’s prestige.” Council on Foreign Relations speech - Mike Huckabeee Sept 28. 2007

But, but, but....dot, dot, dot his website says he is a strong supporter of the US Military and the WOT.


29 posted on 11/06/2007 7:50:55 PM PST by Eric Blair 2084 (Alcohol, Tobacco and Firearms shouldn't be a federal agency...it should be a convenience store.)
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To: Eric Blair 2084

Sounds like GHWB’s call for a kindler, gentler America. What trash.


30 posted on 11/06/2007 7:52:11 PM PST by pissant (Duncan Hunter: Warrior, Statesman, Conservative)
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To: pissant

I have a feeling that Hunter might disagree with this commissions opinions.


31 posted on 11/06/2007 7:52:13 PM PST by upsdriver (DUNCAN HUNTER FOR PRESIDENT!!!! The steakiest steak in the race!!)
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To: NormsRevenge

Big-power nations can either be feared or held in contempt. There are no other options.


32 posted on 11/06/2007 7:52:46 PM PST by denydenydeny (Expel the priest and you don't inaugurate the age of reason, you get the witch doctor--Paul Johnson)
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To: NormsRevenge

Was this written by Howard Dean and the DNC staff?


33 posted on 11/06/2007 7:53:11 PM PST by 2ndDivisionVet (Your "dirt" on Fred is about as persuasive as a Nancy Pelosi Veteran's Day Speech)
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To: upsdriver

Suffering fools is not his strongest trait.


34 posted on 11/06/2007 7:53:19 PM PST by pissant (Duncan Hunter: Warrior, Statesman, Conservative)
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To: pissant

Well, GW was not a big fan of nation building either during his 2000 campaign.


35 posted on 11/06/2007 7:55:59 PM PST by Eric Blair 2084 (Alcohol, Tobacco and Firearms shouldn't be a federal agency...it should be a convenience store.)
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To: jveritas

Thanks J. Hope you are well and being careful.


36 posted on 11/06/2007 7:56:02 PM PST by Eagles6
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To: NormsRevenge

Why do they always have to bring up Katrina?

The membership looks like a bunch of leftists and commies.


37 posted on 11/06/2007 7:56:10 PM PST by 2111USMC
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To: Eric Blair 2084
Not sure how nation building relates to kinder, gentler. I’m kinda happy we have forcibly created two allies from enemy nations.
38 posted on 11/06/2007 7:58:18 PM PST by pissant (Duncan Hunter: Warrior, Statesman, Conservative)
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Synopsis:
http://www.csis.org/component/option,com_csis_pubs/task,view/id,4156/type,1/

America's image and influence are in decline around the world. To maintain a leading role in global affairs, the United States must move from eliciting fear and anger to inspiring optimism and hope.

In 2006, CSIS launched a bipartisan Commission on Smart Power to develop a vision to guide America's global engagement. This report lays out the commission's findings and a discrete set of recommendations for how the next president of the United States, regardless of political party, can implement a smart power strategy.

The United States must become a smarter power by once again investing in the global good—providing things people and governments in all quarters of the world want but cannot attain in the absence of American leadership. By complementing U.S. military and economic might with greater investments in soft power, America can build the framework it needs to tackle tough global challenges.

39 posted on 11/06/2007 7:58:30 PM PST by NormsRevenge (Semper Fi ... Godspeed ... ICE’s toll-free tip hotline —1-866-DHS-2-ICE ... 9/11 .. Never FoRGeT)
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To: rintense

What did ‘bobby’ have to say? Oh, never mind, I don’t care.


40 posted on 11/06/2007 7:59:23 PM PST by Eagles6
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To: NormsRevenge

Incredible! It reminds me of that old saying, “When you’re up to your a$$ in alligators, it’s too late to ask who forgot to drain the swamp”. These clowns want to go back and drain the swamp, while pretending that the alligators still in the swamp are a minor nuisance with which we just have to live. This is nothing but a Clinton Campaign commercial, all the buzz words point to that: Abu Ghraib, Katrina, money for AIDS-related programs. Thanks to the exertions of rough men, who have driven the wolves from our door, it’s now possible to dream of a Socialist Utopia again.


41 posted on 11/06/2007 8:04:05 PM PST by pawdoggie
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To: Eagles6

Thank you Eagle, I am doing fine and trying to be careful :)


42 posted on 11/06/2007 8:08:56 PM PST by jveritas (God bless our brave troops and President Bush)
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To: NormsRevenge

“citing half a dozen opinion polls from around the world”

That’s some rigid research!

/sarc


43 posted on 11/06/2007 8:10:25 PM PST by Shermy (A rising tide lifts all boats, but sinks those on the other side of the ocean.)
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To: pissant

Let me put it to you this way...if these Muslim extremists weren’t so insane I wouldn’t be here talking to you today.

They only understand one language and that’s violence. Thankfully they only speak third grade broken violence whereas we speak fluent violence. (F-15s, laser guided bombs) We have a PhD in the language.

Whatever it is, I’m in favor of any candidate who will leave me alone as an American citizen and slaughter the enemy.


44 posted on 11/06/2007 8:13:09 PM PST by Eric Blair 2084 (Alcohol, Tobacco and Firearms shouldn't be a federal agency...it should be a convenience store.)
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To: Eric Blair 2084

That is a good platform, frankly.


45 posted on 11/06/2007 8:14:22 PM PST by pissant (Duncan Hunter: Warrior, Statesman, Conservative)
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To: IronJack
"Note to world: go to hell"

Note to USA: send them there.


46 posted on 11/06/2007 8:14:52 PM PST by I see my hands (_8(|)
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To: NormsRevenge
Drinking Coffee  It's funny how America's standing is so low.  How does one explain Jacque Chirac, an avid anti-American, Bush-hating prig being thrown out of office and replaced by an extremely pro-American, pro-Bush fellow named Sarkozy?

How do these people explain social democrat Gerhard Schröder, a man who based his entire reelection campaign on an anti-American, anti-George Bush platform being replaced by the very pro-Am, pro-GWB chancellor Angela Merkle?

How on Earth did those nasty anti-American Canadians throw out the Liberal party and wind up electing Stephen Harper who on on March 20, 2003, as the United States launched its invasion of Iraq,  rose in the Canadian House of Commons and bitterly condemned his country's refusal to join the fight. The government "has betrayed Canada's history and values," he thundered. "The government has for the first time in our history left us outside our British and American allies in their time of need." ???

How is it that Prime Minister John Howard still manages to run the Aussies from down under, with his unabashedly Pro-Bush, pro-American outlook on life?

I'll not even mention Koizumi of Japan, all of the ex-Soviet bloc countries, Manmohan Singh of India etc.  I think these people have their heads up their arses.
47 posted on 11/06/2007 8:18:20 PM PST by HawaiianGecko (There are scandals that need to be addressed. Republicans address them, Democrats re-elect them.)
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To: NormsRevenge

Wringing my hands, holding my head, unable to stop weeping....well, time for another beer.


48 posted on 11/06/2007 8:20:49 PM PST by Rembrandt (We would have won Viet Nam w/o Dim interference.)
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To: NormsRevenge
China may be able to make a billion cell phones, but they lack the innovation to develop the first one.

The EU may make a copy of the GPS cloud of satellites, but obviously they lack the innovation to develop them first.

The USSR may be able to reverse engineer stealth technology, but they lack the innovation to create them first.

Japan may be able to create tens of millions of cheap knock-off automobiles, but they lack the innovation to create the first ones.

The day that America stops, human progress forward stops.

If America's reputation is tarnished, it's because the left the world over has worked so very hard to tarnish it.

Whether the left believes it or not, AMERICAN WARS SET MEN FREE!

Ask al queda whether it was European/Canadian "soft power" that beat them out of Afghanistan and Iraq.

That's the answer to all of these kind of questions.

49 posted on 11/06/2007 8:22:09 PM PST by HeartlandOfAmerica (The way to stop discrimination on the basis of race is to stop discriminating on the basis of race.)
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To: Eagles6

“What is AFP? Not Armed Forces Press, I hope?”

AFP is a news service which fancies itself to be a big time deal. It is based in Paris, France. Fancy that.


50 posted on 11/06/2007 8:23:32 PM PST by Rembrandt (We would have won Viet Nam w/o Dim interference.)
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