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America’s last crusade
Creators Syndicate, by Patrick J. Buchanan

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Posted By:jackson, 9/25/2012 8:59:51 AM

For Americans of the Greatest Generation that fought World War II and of the Silent Generation that came of age in the 1950s, the great moral and ideological cause was the Cold War. It gave purpose and clarity to our politics and foreign policy, and our lives. From the fall of Berlin in 1945 to the fall of the Berlin Wall in 1989, that Cold War was waged by two generations, and with its end Americans faced a fundamental question: If the historic struggle between communism and freedom is over, if the Soviet Empire and Soviet Union no longer exist

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Pat takes the long view and questions the entire enterprise- With a trillion dollar defense and a sixteen trillion dollar debt -"What are we doing? And why?"

      


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Reply 1 - Posted by: WAN2, 9/25/2012 9:44:06 AM     (No. 8888428)

It is either possible or impossible to be the world's policemen. The impossible is the insane.

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Reply 2 - Posted by: PoliticalJunky, 9/25/2012 11:03:46 AM     (No. 8888668)

This is one of those "might have been" contemplations. George W. Bush, in my opinion, invaded Iraq not just to eliminate a sadistic dictator but to set us between Israel and Iran. Iraq was a modern country with roads our tanks could travel and it is not very large. It would have been a great base. Afghanistan, on the other hand, cannot be of use. It is a very large country and it is tribal. It would be as though the Pilgrims arriving in MA had addressed the Indians, "Listen up you guys, we are going to establish a country here and we are all going to live together in peace, one country, indivisible, and you will all have a vote in how it is to be run." How would that have worked? It would not have. That's Afghanistan. Unless we live there and kill them all off as we pretty much did the tribes, it can't work there. It's over.

All that can be done now is to reestablish our power sufficiently that we can protect our own country and Israel. Then if the Iranian citizens ever rise up again, support them in changing the regime.

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Reply 3 - Posted by: FL_Absentee_Voter, 9/25/2012 12:13:56 PM     (No. 8888904)

Unfortunately, #2 is waaaaaaaayyyyyy to pragmatic for today's geo-political-think.

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Reply 4 - Posted by: Japanorama, 9/25/2012 3:49:22 PM     (No. 8889488)

The Soviet Union no longer exists?
Perhaps not de jure, but certainly de facto.

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