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1 “How about Nations Advancing Territorial Objectives.”
2 “Or Nations Aggressively Taking Offense.”
1 “Or Nations Aggressively Giving Offense.”
2 “That is it. NATO became NAGO.”
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1 “When the Soviet Union collapsed, the United States was in the rare position of being able unilaterally to create some semblance of world stability. Expanding NATO was threatening and counterproductive. The United States should have concluded more trade agreements and created additional student exchanges.”
2 “Create more economic interdependence so that war is unprofitable. Foster student exchanges so that a leader is reluctant to attack a former beer drinking compatriot. Yet that is the underlying and overriding problem. War is so bloody profitable.”
1 “After the Christmas present in 1991, the United States transitioned from one of the superpowers not to the world’s policeman but in many ways to its bully. America undermined its and the world’s security and well-being.”
2 “War is so bloody profitable. And there are so few individuals and institutions with an economic incentive to speak the truth.”
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1 “We need the good old days when NATO meetings assembled the French, British and Americans who could be condescending, dismissive, arrogant and petty toward each other and perhaps keep the Russians in the bay.”
2 “The French could be French, the British could be British, and we could be us.”
1 “And the Germans could be German.”
2 “We need to figure out who is us. Have we met the enemy.”
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Bumper stickers of the week:
What if war became unprofitable?
Bombing may be a tactic, but it is not a strategy
If Bush can invade Iraq without any good reason, can Putin invade Ukraine without any good reason?