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Our Vacuous Middle East Policy
National Review, by George Will

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Posted By:garnet, 8/14/2014 10:09:00 AM

This far into the human story, only the historically uninstructed are startled by what they think are new permutations of evil. So, when Russia sliced Crimea off Ukraine, Secretary of State John Kerry was nonplussed: “You just don’t in the 21st century behave in 19th-century fashion by invading another country on completely trumped up pretext.” If, however, Vladimir Putin is out of step with the march of progress, where exactly on history’s inevitably ascending path (as progressives like Kerry evidently think) does Kerry, our innocent abroad, locate the Islamic State? The Islamic State uses crucifixions to express piety and decapitations to

      


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Reply 1 - Posted by: harper, 8/14/2014 3:51:00 PM     (No. 9966059)

"...Is it wise to support the use of force by this president? He is properly cautious about today’s awful dilemma, which is not primarily of his making. But caution can be reckless..."

"...not primarily of his making...?"

To use Obsama´s own term, horsesh!t!

This is Mr. Mulling´s international legacy.
He owns it. His. 100%.

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Posted By: garnet- 9/22/2014 10:11:33 AM     Post Reply
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