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Is Talking the Shortest Path to War?
American Magazine, by Michael Rubin

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Posted By:eagleblurst, 2/19/2014 10:04:54 AM

On January 21, 2013, President Barack Obama outlined his vision for his second term and legacy, saying, “We will show the courage to try and resolve our differences with other nations peacefully — not because we are naïve about the dangers we face, but because engagement can more durably lift suspicion and fear.” His desire to engage was both genuine and in alignment with long-held conventional wisdom among senior statesmen. A half century worth of experience, however, does not support the thesis that diplomacy with rogue regimes or terrorist groups brings peace. [Snip]

      


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Reply 1 - Posted by: civilservant, 2/19/2014 11:24:48 AM     (No. 9738416)

"To jaw-jaw is better than to war-war"

The one time that Churchill was wrong.

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Reply 2 - Posted by: mc squared, 2/19/2014 12:00:03 PM     (No. 9738473)

Most of us learned how to handle bullies back in the day but even bullies have been made illegal now. We are ordered to talk-out our differences (and apply bandages at home.)

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Reply 3 - Posted by: velox, 2/19/2014 2:14:03 PM     (No. 9738666)

Winston Churchill Quote:
“You were given the choice between war and dishonor. You chose dishonor and you will have war.”

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Reply 4 - Posted by: Japanorama, 2/19/2014 4:21:21 PM     (No. 9738838)

Neville. Chamberlain.

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