Crying Wolves

It is refreshing to have a President who understands that foreign policy no longer demands a knee-jerk military reaction. Obama comprehends the nuances of geopolitical regions, their diverse and entrenched cultures. Where did Maliki come from? He was living in Iran before he came into power in Iraq under the coveted Bush/Cheney ‘Democracy Doctrine’. Big surprise. He’s not a uniter!

Current polls reflect remnants of neocon fear-mongering. People are being fed the frenzy that post-9/11 terrorists are lurking around every corner. Of course, it could happen again. If it does, Cheney and his McCain, Graham, Kristol hawks will all yell in unison, “We told you so!”  In the meantime, how much more blood and treasure are we to expend? Enough already of crying Wolfowitz.

Gray Matters

Thoughts for a foggy day. PrezO gave a refinement of his foreign policy at West Point yesterday. Everyone on the left and right decries lack of a clear doctrine. Current geopolitical circumstances are such that there is no longer the black v. white, good v. evil of World & Cold Wars of the past. It takes a more nuanced perspective to understand that the the world is gray. Choices between brutal dictators or Al Qaeda are not clear cut. Knee-jerk invasions v. isolationism. ‘Obama doctrine’ lies somewhere in between. It meets the modern reality.

Snowden. Traitor or Hero? As I listened to him last night, I went back and forth. Again, more gray area than right or wrong. At some points, he could have come across as arrogant with delusions of grandeur. At others, he made the case for saving Americans from potential dangers when information is held in nefarious hands. Imagine a leader that sorts data to alienate your ethnic, religious, political group. Chilling. So…  It takes more thinking to come to a cloudy conclusion.