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Opposing Lawlessness, At
Home and Abroad

Washington Examiner, by Melanie Sturm

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Posted By:Aspenhuskerette, 3/24/2014 8:45:09 AM

Since Teddy Roosevelt counseled, “Speak softly and carry a big stick,” U.S. presidents have mostly followed his advice, cautioning adversaries to resolve conflicts peacefully or suffer consequences. Even President Carter brandished America´s big stick upon learning that bad things happen when you´re not respected, prompting him to reconsider deterrence, given “the Soviets´ ultimate goals.” But today, after unilaterally “resetting” relations with repressive regimes, including Iran andRussia -- whose Ukraine incursion is “the gravest threat to European security and stability since the end of the Cold War,” proclaimed NATO´s chief -- America´s posture is more akin to “speak loudly and carry a toothpick.” 

      


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Reply 1 - Posted by: weirdone, 3/24/2014 9:08:12 AM     (No. 9781645)

Speak softly and have a ready apology.

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Reply 2 - Posted by: LAW428, 3/24/2014 9:29:59 AM     (No. 9781678)

Obama´s policy is to bow often to enemies and carry red chalk to draw lines that mean nothing.

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Posted By: Aspenhuskerette- 3/24/2014 8:45:09 AM     Post Reply
Since Teddy Roosevelt counseled, “Speak softly and carry a big stick,” U.S. presidents have mostly followed his advice, cautioning adversaries to resolve conflicts peacefully or suffer consequences. Even President Carter brandished America´s big stick upon learning that bad things happen when you´re not respected, prompting him to reconsider deterrence, given “the Soviets´ ultimate goals.” But today, after unilaterally “resetting” relations with repressive regimes, including Iran andRussia -- whose Ukraine incursion is “the gravest threat to European security and stability since the end of the Cold War,” proclaimed NATO´s chief -- America´s posture is more akin to “speak loudly and carry a toothpick.” 



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