nucanuck...Are you sure the U.S. is in second place as the most disliked country? Name one country we are not interfering with either directly or indirectly? The deficit spending of borrowed money could be eliminated in 2014 through reduced involvement in other countries, close the 100+ bases and stop foreign aid. This and a slight tweak to social security and Medicare would yield an annual surplus. It is difficult to over come the propaganda we are constantly exposed to.
The West should sign the deal with Iran and drop all sanctions. The Iranians are far more interested in business than conflict.
nucu, we often agree but your sources or whatever drove you to this conclusion is about as reliable as Obama's sources and his promises.
I think the U.S. and others should stop interfering and encourage Israel to end the misery and get it on with any and all they feel threatened by. I would venture to say by the time the third bomb exploded they would be fighting each other for a place at the table to reach a peaceful settlement.
We are pursuing alternatives. Billions of dollars are being spent right here in Tennessee.
Government will not be the entity that discovers and makes alternatives competitive. That will come from the private sector if the government will avoid intervening or seeking to participate in the gains. It is sad that idiots like Nancy Pelosi think they know more about what is needed than those fulfilling the need. God forbid that Obama or McCain be hired to run any business venture, which applies to most members of congress from either party. They are primarily big spending lawyers that can't even manage well their spending and government charity work.
Perhaps so, fairmon. Then, drill baby drill, no?
YES, drill on shore, off shore and get on with the friggin fracking and pipe lines. What would the government do with all those income taxes from the added jobs and royalties from oil?
We have those that would probably still need to borrow to feed their spending habits.
Allow those in the region to fend for themselves and destroy each other then turn Israel lose and the region may go up in smoke but in a matter of weeks Israel will rule the region.
Why is the U.S. the only country up to their eye balls involved in the middle east spending billions and sacrificing their young men and women? It is the American ego and oil. It is naïve to think any form of government similar to a democracy and certainly not a republic will work in a country so divided by tribalism. Perhaps a loss of oil from those sources would force us to utilize our own untapped sources and to pursue alternatives.
nucanuck why does their advanced culture include death by stoning of women for certain actual or perceived transgressions? Is their advanced culture something North America should emulate? There are exceptions but many Iranians, like others in that region and north Africa, are radical barbarians.
All the other alternatives are unacceptable, so trying this angle is definitely worth the effort and the only possible path to a solution.
IM....Do you know what all the other alternatives are that you label as unacceptable? Who other than you find all other alternatives unacceptable, based on what criteria?
Are you sure you have full access to and understand this angle which you deem worth the effort and the "only" path to a solution?
Do you find Israel's option of military action unacceptable and would you advocate the U.S. government attempt to sway Israel's
Propaganda is the tool used by our politicians and media to have us reach conclusions they want us to and to behave as they desire.
Once again we are meddling in the affairs of another country when we should be assuring we have the capability to defend our country from any attack by a foreign power. We keep insisting others adopt our way of governing while we can't defend our own borders but we insist on attempting to control other countries. Quit interfering with Israel and they will handle the Iran problem much better than the U.S. or U.N. There is no legitimate justification for over 100 U.S. military bases around the world with billions of dollars in foreign aid provided with borrowed money. Close the bases, bring the troops home and stop the foreign aid. Spend that money on assuring the strongest defense possible, rebuilding America's infrastructure and caring for the homeless and hungry in the U.S.
Celebrates love the publicity associated with their benevolence in other countries while ignoring needs just as great in the U.S. Our transfer of wealth to other countries with our staggering trade imbalance is more than enough foreign aid. Those that accuse the U.S. of trying to control and govern the world as other dynasties in history attempted to do but failed may be right.