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You've left out the key concern of all US (or just all?) foreign policy: domestic political calculations. You're committing the rational actor error.
by Colman (colman at eurotrib.com) on Mon Sep 28th, 2009 at 10:49:19 AM EST
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somewhat 'tongue in cheek'. That's certainly a major factor among the politicians, but for Pentagon and related bureaucrats it's largely summed up in Bruce's diary: the survival and profits of the M-I Complex - plus projections of power.

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by paul spencer (spencerinthegorge AT yahoo DOT com) on Mon Sep 28th, 2009 at 11:29:34 AM EST
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You're right, but domestic political calculations are rational, too. It is not the same rationality, though.

"Dieu se rit des hommes qui se plaignent des conséquences alors qu'ils en chérissent les causes" Jacques-Bénigne Bossuet
by Melanchthon on Mon Sep 28th, 2009 at 11:33:53 AM EST
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Are you implying that strategic/military or  economic/financial factors are necessarily rational?  What strikes me as remarkable is how little the domestic political unpopularity of the war seems to matter at the moment - that is until the MI or financial establishments decide it should matter...

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by Frank Schnittger (mail Frankschnittger at hot male dotty communists) on Mon Sep 28th, 2009 at 12:08:45 PM EST
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