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Another Fine Mess (Con’t.)

September 12th, 2013 - 6:17 am

Stanley Kurtz:

The president’s speech confirms that he is committed to taking significant strategic risks on behalf of strictly humanitarian goals. That is not typical of American foreign policy, which is precisely what U.N. Ambassador Samantha Power aims to change, and precisely why we’ve run into trouble.

We did see an earlier humanitarian intervention with Clinton’s campaigns against Serbia, but that was a rare case, and fraught with far less strategic risk than a strike against Syria.

This speech was a close reflection of Power’s views. The overwhelming emphasis was on humanitarian goals, with a brief, secondary, and noticeably weak effort to buttress that case with talk about threats to our interests.

It’s foreign policy as wishful thinking wrapped in naiveté, and smothered in ignorance.

Powers got her trial run in Libya, which seemed to go well enough — right up until Benghazi. Now the country has more or less ceased to exist. But you can get away with that kind of failure, you can sweep it under the rug, in a low-population backwater like Libya. But Syria is important enough that the big boys like Putin will come out to play, and expose Wiggleroom’s and Powers’ thinking for the muddled mess it really is.

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The great humanitarian except for the unborn, post termies, Christians being persecuted, white folks in ghetto areas, Jews everywhere, non-union workers, starving North Koreans, people in red States, political 'enemies', whistle blowers, embassy staffs under fire, tea partiers, Constitutionalists, 2nd amendment protectors, small business owners, veterans, and on and on.
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"The president’s speech confirms that he is committed to *shooting off his mouth* on behalf of strictly humanitarian goals."

FIFY.
45 weeks ago
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The Great Humanitarian-in-Chief believes it's more humanitarian to chop off your enemies' heads or splatter them all over the pavements than to jail them in Gitmo.
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For all values of 'Humanitarian', such that Humanitarian == Jackwagon.
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Akshully I'mna thinking it would be more humanitarian to erase Persia, err, Iran in nuclear fire rather than wait for them to start launching, or packing and shipping. See Belmont Club's 'Three Conjectures', available on this site. Back in the day, we knew how to defeat our enemies so that they bloody well knew they'd been defeated and needed to change their ways. The trend towards surgically applied, oh so controlled violence doesn't let the target populace at large know they've PO'd the wrong guy and really need to cease and desist. W.T.Sherman was right.
45 weeks ago
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W.T.Sherman is not a link, you stupid machine...I blame Gates. Hey, he's handy.
45 weeks ago
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Plenty of knowledge, no wisdom.

Humanitarian Human-rights Human Humans trying to enforce their views on the people who see many, many others as less-than-human.

You're supposed to force your opponent to change his course of action. Game Theory fundamental that missed our law school heroes, Barry and Samantha.
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