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Although I could certainly be surprised, I also think that Huckabee is going to be McCain's running mate ... I really thought Romney would get the "nod" but perhaps Huckabee is the better choice after all ...
Originally posted by semperfortis
I really thought Romney would get the "nod" but perhaps Huckabee is the better choice after all...
He says he didn't leave the Republican Party ... the Republican party left him.
Don as I said on another thread McCain is starting to grow me as time goes on. McCain isn’t purely ideological driven like Bush and co and I support the concept of the League of Democracy's.
“ . . but when something IS broken, i.e., our entire system of government, we just continue on with the same idiots who got us here in the first place? . . . people, it's on its last legs headed for a quick death. It is beyond time for everyone to leave both the mainstream parties.”
The UN has failed . . the thing is we haven't had a world war to convince its last remaining supporters of this fact . . There must be no line of veto.
I reckon the following countries could foundering members South Korea, Japan, France, UK Australia and New Zealand. That is of course assuming the respective governments signed on the dotted line. For the LOD to be viable avenue of diplomacy the right frame work has to be put in place. There must be no line of veto.
(1) Umm Don UN lead peacekeeping missions have a pretty poor record all round. I cant think of one UN lead peacekeeping mission that has had any long term success.
(2) Australia and New Zealand troops have had to return to East Timor to restore order. The government of East Timor wanted the troops to remain after the UN mandate expired but the governments of Australia and New Zealand either said no or withdrew the bulk of there troops. As a result any net gain was lost.
(3) The LOD is a way for McCain to open avenues of diplomacy and mover away from the you either support are how baked policy's or your against us mentality without coping flak from his fellow Republicans.
(4) South Korea , France etc. , are all members of the international community that need to be brought on board in order to tackle global problems. The UN is beyond a joke just take a look at who gets appointed to the likes of the Humans Rights council.
I expected supporters of the war in Iraq to use East Timor as an example of what happens when troops are pulled out to soon. But American schools produces people that cant find Iraq on a map. If my memory serves me correctly UN peace keepers failed to prevent a massacre in Bosnia. As for the LOD tackling Iran we could say a case of only Nixon could go to China or Rather McCain backed up by the LOD go to Iran.
The problem with peace keeping is that there has to be the political will to see a mission thou over a long period of time. You are correct that there has to be a peace to keep so in my mind either peace keepers are given more teeth or the concept of peace keeping be done away with.
But there are issues tied in with peace keeping such as the ability of third world governments to govern and fight corruption that also need to be examined when dealing with this topic.
Bush stance on Democracy has been inconsistent due to his support for [Pakistan’s] Musharraf and the Saudis. You can also throw the failure to support an Independent.
Now to answer your question. East Timor is in Aust and NZ backyard so those countries will always do the bulk of the load in that country. The US will fight one or proxy wars in Africa in attempted to try and keep Chinese influence in check. This will happen no matter who is president.
It’s hard to know what to exactly do with the concept of peace keeping. All I can put forward is that in some hot spots the mandate that peace keepers have isn’t enough to deal with the troubles at hand.
You could say third world governments are worse off since the USSR fell because there has been an abundance of arms from the former Eastern Block countries that have fueled conflicts.