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Herman Schmidt

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  • "Argo" as Orientalism and why it Upsets Iranians
    • Herman Schmidt 02/26/2013 at 7:51 am

      Well done. Like our march to war on Iraq, ARGO just adds to the mountain of propaganda that has been building relentlessly for years to justify destroying Iran's economy and culture. Looking at the heart wrenching results in Iraq, Iran has a very bleak future indeed. Pray for Iran. Pray for America's soul.

  • Westbrook: Half-Measures in Libya will Fail
    • Herman Schmidt 04/04/2011 at 7:45 am

      Sounds familiar. Think of Korea and MacArthur's thought of using the atom bomb, Curtis LeMay and let's nuke 'em and end all this Cold War nonsense, Vietnam and we lost because we were not really committed, Iraq in 1990 and why didn't we go on to Baghdad and I'm sure some have suggested really getting in an doing the job in Afghanistan. And now, the Westbrook's get their say because things are just not working out the way we planned. We just need to do more, kill more, destroy more, and create more misery in the name of doing good. Why is the next step never to take our foot off the petal and say let's try a little less and something a little different. Let's talk to Ghadafi and those around him. Is he really more crazed than the last Bush? Or Ghadafi two years ago?

  • Questions for Glenn Greenwald on Libya and the end of NATO
    • It is easy to see how often the United States jumps into something and then, whatever the consequences, vows to stay the course. Professor Cole has put himself in such a position, and will spend a great deal of time justifying why he has let himself be co-opted in a "war creep" situation, which will happen. Like the Iraq fiasco, which has lasted since 1990, and Afghanistan, which started in the late 70's, we can't or don't want to let go. To justify our action on the basis of our commitment to NATO, which is an organization in search of a mission, is poor justification, indeed. Glen would be wise simply to leave your comments alone because, frankly, it would be cherry picking. So Professor, look for the exit.
      It's a no win situation. Your commentary is very valuable to America and the world, most of the time. The Friends Committee has a slogan "war is not the answer". Pooh poohed by the in crowd, thoughtful people are intimidated not to take what they think will be viewed as a simplistic solution and point to "history". An honest intellectual exercise will show a plausible case that war was not the answer in too many cases, and we went to war anyway. In every case, the cost in human lives and suffering was far greater because we went to war than if we had not.

  • Obama on Libya vs. Trump, Palin, Bachmann, Romney, Gingrich and Carrot Top
    • Herman Schmidt 03/29/2011 at 7:53 am

      You are a knowledgeable guy. I read you just about every day. But his partisanship and his puppy dog attachment to Obama makes you too ready to praise someone who doesn't deserve it. Eloquence and intelligence(whatever that is) are not the most essential ingredients of a good leader. They can be negatives, which has been the case with Obama. Your attack on leftists was very troubling. There is nothing more odious and despicable that labeling. Stick to issues, not labels, Juan. That is what you are good at most of the time.

      As to the merits of intervention you make a strong case if the facts are right but there is an opposite case to be made. Recent history is full of bad policies and actions made based on the "truth" and your dismissal of the constitutional issues is very disappointing. I think you need to go back to your diatribe on leftists and think about a mea culpa. It would reinstitute your prior standing before you decided to insult many of your readers.

  • Redd: What About Jerusalem?
    • As the great powers began to imagine the new world that would be created by the end of World War I, there was considerable consensus that Jerusalem should be an international city. The United Nations, in is post WWII partition envisioned it as an international city. A weakened Catholic Church may still hold to that position, although it has been silent on it. The issue of sovereignty in the face of globalization needs to be discussed, because there is a greater interconnection between people but there still is the issue of governance and control of our lives. Sovereignty as we think of it today cannot be abandoned where there is no realistic option to replace it. Borders are important and whatever the rules of a new world, they must be taken into account.

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