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Old 09-26-2009   #1
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Default State dept Responds to General Zinni

Department of State Responds to General Anthony Zinni's "Smart Power" Proposal
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this is a responsibility of that country which has the case, as like Pakistan should be handle its own case self, and should not interfere from others in own matter and it should not take tension of others.

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mnmaria20: your post makes no sense, especially on a thread about Smart Power.
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We should draft Zinni to run for President. I've seen him on a couple of talk shows where he talks about some domestic issues and he is light years ahead of anybody out there. In my expert biased opinion.
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I've listened to General Zinni and am a fan. Too bad his plan for Iraq was tossed aside back before we went into that troubled land...

As to this, I think he lays out good advice for how to go about business as we are currently going more effectively and efficiently.

The better question yet to be addressed is: are we going about the right things to really best serve our national interests in the emerging global environment. I argue no. Harder, faster, even smarter at the wrong thing is still the wrong thing.
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Originally Posted by Beelzebubalicious View Post
Department of State Responds to General Anthony Zinni's "Smart Power" Proposal
Two things in the response jumped out at me...

Here is where recent developments are moving fast and might not be visible to those outside of the U.S. Government.
One wonders when they propose to make these developments visible... really, if the developments are only visible to those inside the tent, what impact are they going to have outside the tent?

S/CRS and its partners have already handled numerous small-scale deployments around the world in 25 hot spots, with a team of 20 currently in Afghanistan, and others in and out of places like Pakistan and the Democratic Republic of Congo.
20 of 'em!! Now that's what I call commitment. Them Talibs must be shakin' in thar boots.

All in all... well, it's very passionate and very optimistic and the lad seems to have his heart in the right place... but I'll believe it's working when I see it working, and until I see it working I'll suspect that it's not, and hope somebody is exploring alternatives. Maybe I'm just a pissy old cynic, but there it is.

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