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What is worse: a good loser, or a Carter interlude that does not even dare to be as progressive as Carter was? Especially if Fox News et al will be successful in making a President Hillary inherit the blame for failure in Iraq, and other crises including energy issues on which her establishment 'liberalism' would make her too timid to take bold enough government action: then we'll get someone much worse than Huckabee in 2012. (Jeb Bush, anyone? Can you imagine the damage potential of a Dubya with brains?) On Obama and the others you compared him to, sadly I think Obama has even less substance than Kerry, who didn't have much either whatever Fox News cried about his liberal extremism, and Hillary 2008 even less.
Considering that Hillary voted for and argued for the Iraq War, and that the Democrat foreign policy establishment (Albright et al, Brzezinski et al) are very much in favour of Empire Light with Europe kept under US wings as vassals (Albright used to chide European leaders for standing up to Bush, not for the policy reasons but the 'alliance' behaviour), I wouldn't take any comfort in Clinton's greater international experience.
One whose delusions are out of fashion.
"...To put it in a terminology that harkens back to the more brutal age of ancient empires, the three grand imperatives of imperial geostrategy are to prevent collusion and maintain security dependence among the vassals, to keep tributaries pliant and protected, and to keep the barbarians from coming together." Zbigniew Brzezinski: The Grand Chessboard, p. 40
No President can effect a significant reform program without at least the passive support of Congress, and so it is crucial that the Democrats can win both Houses in 2008, preferably with a significant majority because some Democratic legislators are very conservative as well and might block more radical reform proposals.
I base my support for a Clinton Presidency on their demonstrated ability to listen and make common cause with the rest of the world, and particularly with Europe, an alliance which is crucial to strong collective action on Global warming, peak oil, Iraq, Iran, Russia, and sub Saharan Africa and just about any global issue you can think of.
Some of the Republican candidates appear to be retreating into a xenophobic fortress America approach which could be disastrous in terms of tackling global issues. Obama is very much an unknown quantity in all of this and his inexperience tells against him. He could be very good, but will be allowed to implement a progressive program even if elected?
Index of Frank's Diaries
by Migeru - Jun 15 63 comments
by Frank Schnittger - Jun 17 20 comments
by Katrin - Jun 12 88 comments
by Jerome a Paris - Jun 9 68 comments
by DoDo - Jun 9 22 comments
by Zwackus - Jun 11 64 comments
by Metatone - Jun 8 4 comments
by Ted Welch - Jun 3 1 comment
by Frank Schnittger - Jun 1720 comments
by Migeru - Jun 1563 comments
by Katrin - Jun 1288 comments
by DoDo - Jun 1126 comments
by Zwackus - Jun 1164 comments
by Jerome a Paris - Jun 968 comments
by DoDo - Jun 922 comments
by Metatone - Jun 84 comments
by DoDo - Jun 671 comments
by DoDo - Jun 418 comments
by Ted Welch - Jun 31 comment
by gmoke - Jun 211 comments
by Frank Schnittger - May 3113 comments
by A swedish kind of death - May 3113 comments
by ceebs - May 2927 comments
by ARGeezer - May 2915 comments
by Zwackus - May 271 comment
by DoDo - May 2631 comments
by DoDo - May 2346 comments
by Metatone - May 1490 comments