about Teddy: he saw Japan as a potential threat. they had a huge military power and they were not minding their own business. they were, a many countries were at the time, imperialists....as we currently use the word. Teddy was also concerned about immigration. it was not just the Japanese, but all OTW. in that, he was a bit racist, but that was pretty normal for the times.
i wouldn't necessarily hold that again Wilson either, except the Japanese had fought on the allied side during WW1 and Wilson was not only racist in how he dealt with them, but he was arrogant and dismissive....to the point that they walked out of the accords. when the next war came and they had to choose sides, they picked Germany.
it would be fair to say there were many reasons for that, but among them was the fact that they had been disrespected and ignored by those they'd fought with before.
it is reasonable to think that other than the Paris accords, they had no beef with us and no reason to attack us.
Japan was not an isolated country pre ww1 minding it's own business. they had a huge military and all of their neighbors viewed them as a threat.
It's very sad when anyone dies.
no it's not. some people need to die.
Iraq didn't attack us. Afghanistan didn't attack us. A bunch of thugs attacked us. Charging into other countries because we are great and powerful doesn't make us right, it makes us a bully. But, when we are trillions in debt, we don't need to be enriching Haliburton and the rest of the military-industrial complex. We can't afford to try to change the world. The world needs to fend for itself. I don't consider that liberal, I consider that conservative.
i love these liberal arguments. on the one hand, they love the UN. on the other, they don't want to do anything to enforce UN mandates. yes, the first Iraq war was about oil. so what? between that action and 2003, there was a UN mandate in place which Iraq chose to ignore. they also fired, on a regular basis, on our planes in the no fly zone.
i have a lot of problems with what we did in '90-'91. we should have finished the job. we didn't. the action ended with a cease fire. there were conditions for that cease fire. Iraq met none of them. as a matter of fact, we did not fight a second war in Iraq, we ended the cease fire to finish what we should have done the first time...what Clinton should have done when Iraq ignored the conditions.
for some lite reading ;) look at all the UN reports between '91 and 2003. look at all the intel reports from many countries, same time period. pick up a book called Secret History of the Iraq War
here is a site with an excerpt and link to the book, among other links: http://freedomkeys.com/secrethistory.htm
Halliburton is used by the military...Clinton used them a lot....because they are among the only companies that can do what they do, in a war zone. the reason we need to hire civilians in war zone is that we have degraded our military to the point we don't have enough people to do everything. Clinton made huge cuts and the results are now clear. carter did the same thing.
do you know where this term came from and the context in which it was used. it's a great buzz term, but most don't understand what it meant and that it no longer has that meaning.
The world needs to fend for itself. I don't consider that liberal, I consider that conservative.
fine. lets get those 47% off welfare, drill and mine our own stuff, kick out everyone who is not here legally, put up a really good missile defense system, and draw the covers over our head....maybe if we don't see them, they won't see us! anything we can't do for ourselves, we can do without.