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Date Posted: 12:50:38 06/21/05 Tue
Author: Chuck in ND
Subject: An excellent question
In reply to: Eppy 's message, "Something I Have Been Thinking About" on 09:54:13 06/21/05 Tue

If we look at history (like that last 100 yrs or so) I think it's clear that there's not a single case of US intervention where we made an unmitigated improvement in the world scene. And for the most part we actually made things worse. So withdrawing from an interventionist agenda would, at worst, leave things unchanged. At best, we may actually be able to restore some good feelings and have greater influence because we have better, stronger friendships.

I just started reading a great book yesterday--The Sorrows of Empire by Chalmers Johnson. The author was a long-time consultant for the CIA and has extensive diplomatic and strategic experience with the gov. I highly recommend it. One of the points he makes is that the Armed Forces says that it has 725 military installations throughout the world. Think of it--725! The only place we don't have soldiers is Antartica. He says we have more military in in more countries than we do members of the diplomatic forces. Can that approach ever lead to peace?

Joe, you approve of most of Bush's agenda--I'd love to hear your thoughts.

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