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Date Posted: 00:31:42 07/12/05 Tue
Author: Debbie
Subject: An eternal optimist...
In reply to: Chuck in ND 's message, "Maybe it really IS all about oil" on 08:39:02 07/06/05 Wed

...I'll continue loving my husband, my family, my dog...

I'm a slow ready with too much on my plate these days. Still looking to turn the last page of Martha Nibley Beck's book I'm beginning to feast on Exporting America, by Lou Dobbs. My husband the history lover devoured Thomas Friedman's recent offering in a few days and I've only nibbled a peek at Chalmers Johnson's prologue inside his book, The Sorrows of Empire: Militarism, Secrecy, and the End of the Republic:
"...slowly but surely the Department of Defense is obscuring and displacing the Department of State as the primary agency for making and administering foreign policy. We now station innumerably more uniformed military officers than civilian diplomats, aid workers, or environmental specialists in foreign countries--a point not lost on the lands to which they are assigned. Our garrisons send a daily message that the United States prefers to deal with other nations through the use or threat of force rather than negotiations, commerce, or cultural interaction and through military-to-military, not civilian-to-civilian, relations."
I am not a sociologist but maybe this easily mirrors principles of threat-force that play out in daily living of simple ordinary folk.

Through the looking glass it appears large and less than comely.

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