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  •  Then again. in an alternate universe (5+ / 0-)

    How would we have reacted if Alaska had attempted to secede from the United States and, after we sent troops in to secure the Alaskan oil fields, Moscow sent troops into Alaska, contending that the Seward Purchase was unfair and that the Alaskans had a right to return to Mother Russia?

     

    Somewhere, there is a modern day Gavrilo Princip waiting, with a match, to spark a major conflict in the Caucasus.  [shudder]

    Having credibility when making an argument is the straightest path to persuasion.

    by SpamNunn on Fri Aug 15, 2008 at 11:14:32 AM PDT

    •  SpamNunn brings into focus (3+ / 0-)
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      The many mindnumbing aspects of "Foreign Policy". As is always in these matters, there is hardly ever a Pure "Right" or "Wrong" side. There are always multiple moral conflicts in either side's arguments. What it all boils down to in the end is self interest, and how it can be served while staying as moraly pure as possible.

      Great Comment SpamNunn!

      Conformity is the jailer of freedom and the enemy of growth. ..John F. Kennedy

      by irishamerican on Fri Aug 15, 2008 at 11:21:57 AM PDT

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      •  Self interest, baby. That's the (1+ / 0-)
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        bottom line.  

        We want a secure democracy on the business (outflow) end of the pipeline, and Russia wants Russia on the end of the pipeline, so that it can choke off the oil or, be sure that it can export its own oil through a secure outlet.

        It's pretty easy to see where our interests lie.  Putin is no dummy.  He is playing hardball, maybe to shore up the price of oil, which has been dropping lately.  Nothing like a little threat of war and uncertainty to spike the price of oil.   Iran and Venezuela play that game all of the time

        Having credibility when making an argument is the straightest path to persuasion.

        by SpamNunn on Fri Aug 15, 2008 at 11:32:05 AM PDT

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