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I would guess you are partially correct. The "quislings" may suffer in the short term, but  US's diplomacy, which is not always on the wrong side, will likely suffer as well.

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by Gringo (stargazing camel at aoldotcom) on Sun Dec 12th, 2010 at 05:30:22 PM EST
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... the right or wrong side in a particular dispute, it is persistently on the side of the perpetuation of American Empire, which places it on the wrong side of the long term interests of the US Republic.

The rejoinder to that observation is that there are things that are likely worse for the US Republic than the American Empire, and while that is almost certainly true, the fact that its normally better to be hit on the head with a stick than to be shot in the heart with a pistol does not imply that its good to be hit on the head with a stick.

I've been accused of being a Marxist, yet while Harpo's my favourite, it's Groucho I'm always quoting. Odd, that.

by BruceMcF (agila61 at netscape dot net) on Mon Dec 13th, 2010 at 12:06:04 AM EST
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it is persistently on the side of the perpetuation of American Empire

Well, that's true, but someone has to do it - I suppose. As they say, paraphrasing Lord Palmerston, nations have no permanent friends and no permanent enemies only permanent interests."

On the other hand, there are some virtuous activities carried out by American diplomats that are usually overshadowed or given short shrift, perhaps owing to the time spent on bashing others with that stick.

I can swear there ain't no heaven but I pray there ain't no hell. _ Blood Sweat & Tears

by Gringo (stargazing camel at aoldotcom) on Mon Dec 13th, 2010 at 10:11:37 PM EST
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