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The very phrase "grand strategy'' has a antiquated ring; enlightened modern opinion rejects the notion that relations between the great powers are just a zero-sum game. But this is a group of people who are steeped in traditional modes of strategic thought: Dick Cheney, Donald Rumsfeld, Paul Wolfowitz, Stephen Hadley and Condoleezza Rice would all have worked quite comfortably for Cardinal Richelieu or Count Bismarck. (Whether they would have been hired is, of course, another question.)
They are, in addition, patriotic Americans who are firmly convinced that U.S. power is an instrument for good in the world. And they all know that the days of the United States as the world's sole superpower are numbered.
They must know it. They cannot be unaware of the statistics the rest of us know: a Chinese economy that has been growing over twice as fast as the U.S. economy for almost two decades now, and an Indian economy that has been growing at around twice the U.S. rate for almost a decade already.
And they surely understand the magic of compound interest.
As if it's not enough that law enforcement can now obtain your library and bookstore records in secret and without probable cause, clandestinely search your home without prior notice, and consider you a terrorist for peaceful civil disobedience, the Senate Intelligence Committee wants to expand FBI administrative subpoena authority to obtain all kinds of records without even the semblance of judicial review, and even allow them to get copies of your mail.
Originally posted by knowledge23
So what is the point?
R u trying to point out that America is better than the rest of the world?
A super power like america has great intellectual minds and the forward thinking of the community is what takes it ahead. This is however only possible due to the economy. There may be ups and down however US is the preferred fall back currency..
I think you havnt had the great honor to read the patriotic act or the illegal tapping of phone conversations. Obviously on the note, which you have just so wisely written, I dnt think ull be in any problem from the government, but what if you wrote something about terriorism....Do you think ull be a free man in the so called great country which you are trying to define, by comparing other countries.....
I think what you need to point out, which is correct, that there are a lot of critics of America but that is not towards the community on a whole...it is more towards Bush, whos lies and deceipt are coming out in public. The double standards of this person, who is one of the most powerful person in the world is but nothing less than shame. However it is poor to call him so as he is so shameless a person that it is but an attribute in his character.
In a multicultural society, achieving 100% unity is but only a statistical figure. Tough to accomplish...good on paper, tough in reality....
I am sure there would be few members on this forum from China and i am sure they would be willing to respond to your note?
Anyone from China.....who wants to put in a note to rest the concerns of cellerdweller.
The point however is, that i dnt personally think that there is hate towards the American population, but more towards the president and what he is doing...
All of the people inhabiting a specified area.
PRESIDENT BUSH – Overall Job Rating in recent news media/nonpartisan national polls
Here are some highlights of Troxler's comprehensive analysis in today's Times:
CLAIM: Kerry really won Ohio.
There are still 155,000 or so uncounted provisional and absentee ballots. If by some miracle Kerry got almost all of them, he would win. A miracle. [Bush's Ohio margin of victory was 136,000 votes.]
Furthermore, there also were 93,000 "spoiled" ballots in Ohio that, had they gone to Kerry by a miraculously large margin ... uh, well, still wouldn't have been enough.
CLAIM: A voting machine in Franklin County, Ohio, recorded an extra 3,893 votes for Bush.
This is perfectly true, and one of at least two serious voting machine mistakes around the country. When the results cartridge of an older-generation machine was plugged in to the counter, it reported almost 4,000 extra votes for Bush, when only 638 people had voted in the precinct.
At the risk of being labeled part of the plot, I want to point out that they caught this obvious mistake. You can't "stuff" the ballot box. There is a signed, independent record of how many people voted.
CLAIM: Electronic voting machines in Carteret County, N.C., mysteriously "lost" more than 4,500 votes - most of the votes cast in the county election!
This one is true, too, and disturbing. According to the Carteret County News-Times, the county's machines counted only the first 3,005 votes and didn't count the rest.
The Carteret screwup didn't change the presidential outcome, but a couple of state races were close enough to be affected. Besides, the standard of "no harm, no foul" is not good enough. But I would point out that even this mistake was obvious and immediately detected.
CLAIM: Voting patterns in some Florida counties were suspicious because Bush got many more votes than the number of registered Republicans
Graph of US vs. Total Debt to the UN
Tables 1996 - 2005
The following table and chart illustrate the contributions owed to the UN by all member states and the contributions owed by the US. As the US continues not to pay UN contributions in full, the US is responsible for approximately half of the UN debt.
WHICH SIDE ARE YOU ON?
The terrible toll of racism in the U.S.
By Sharon Smith | March 19, 2004 | Page 7
HALF OF all Black men in New York City can’t find a job, while Black teenage unemployment stands at 37 percent nationwide. These statistics show a crisis among Black Americans that should be setting off alarm bells in election year 2004.
Yet even John Kerry, the candidate whose party’s voting base includes the vast majority of Blacks, has issued barely a sound bite. This should come as no surprise, since Black lives, Black votes and Black rights have been devalued since the Founding Fathers.
The original U.S. Constitution permitted slavery and counted Black slaves as three-fifths of white persons in determining both Congressional representation and taxation, embedding racism in the very foundation of U.S. society. The institution of slavery was abolished only through Civil War, a bloody second American Revolution that cost at least 600,000 lives.
But racism outlived slavery and flourished for the next 100 years in the form of Jim Crow segregation, in which the majority of states, from North Dakota to Texas to California, made it a crime for Blacks to intermingle with whites in all walks of life--from hospitals to cemeteries, lunch counters to phone booths, military service to marriage.