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Paul Krugman in Imperial Fantasy Land
Every time the United States does something vicious, stupid or both, a great chorus erupts from the American choir: "This is not who we are." The sound is defiant, heroic and ridiculous, like hearing "Ode to Joy" sung by a thousand synthetic, smart-speaker voices and backed by an orchestra of slide whistles. ...

Diversity is the key to economic and political evolution.
by Cat on Fri Jan 17th, 2020 at 03:09:27 AM EST
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Creating CHAOS

Selling state-of-the-art weapons to authoritarian regimes which have played a major role in Middle East unrest and regime change with mercenary armies. See the build-up of Abu Dhabi, KSA and Qatar.

At this moment 3000 Sudanese (funded by Saudis of 9/11 infamy) and some 3000 Syrians (jihadists armed and transported by Turkey) are fighting on different sides in Libya. Remember Hillary and Musmmar in 2011 ... and Brown/Cameron and Sarkozy?

Wars of choice are ugly and very stupid. The Shia/Sunni divide and the Muslim Brotherhood. More blowback and terror across an unruly world as Planet Earth and Human rights are completely forgotten. The revenge of Nature cannot be stopped, the critical moment has passed.

'Sapere aude'

by Oui (Oui) on Fri Jan 17th, 2020 at 04:30:31 AM EST
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There are no events in US American history to demonstrate that its government has ever cultivated respect for "domestic tranquility" or international law and order. There are centuries of lip service, however, given to principles of "peace in our time".
These are noble sentiments that have the disadvantage of being completely wrong. American forces have acted to secure commercial interests since Thomas Jefferson decided to fight the "Barbary pirates." ...

Me: How many times have I posted to the innerboobs Instances of Use of United States Armed Forces Abroad, 1789-2012, in order to dispel lies in which your identities are invested?
Conscience of a Liberal: "I'm not going to answer this; truly, I don't know. But it's important. ...

To some extent we may be looking at reverse causation, with troubled economies forced into harsh austerity while those doing well can keep expanding spending. ... We accept a system with considerable inequality because systems without any inequality profit or arbitrage don't work."
by Cat on Fri Jan 17th, 2020 at 03:21:56 PM EST
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