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Historically and regardless of partisan domination, US fed gov enterprises can be characterized in a word, violent, at "home" and abroad. That truth will out in the culture and dysphoria of the polity.
So I protest this remark: One of a primary mistakes made by the young Barack Obama ... lacking experience he asked Hillary Clinton as Secretary of State, it ruined his presidency on foreign policy. I do so to emphasize that Obama did not make "mistakes". Obama was not "young" (but 47). And more likely that not he did not even chose to appoint HRC SOS for his first term.
Obama accomplished political goals he set for himself, not you or "us" who were not his true constituents in any event. Obama is not, was never, the person or "leader" you (pl.) wished he was.
Aside from little known facts about his "grooming" (to barrow a newly re-purposed phrase for indoctrination) before his inexplicable debut at the 2004 DNC and election to US Senate, it was in that half-assed first term that Obama established his coterie of "foreign policy" mentors. Remember? HRC was not among them. Nor was she ever assigned to the Senate Committee on Foreign Relations
The cyphers Lieberman and Brzezinski, Committee members Biden and Dick Lugar were his most conspicuous travel companions, or docents, besides Reagan's biography. That was no "mistake."
Diversity is the key to economic and political evolution.
The "grooming" by Lieberman hurt quite a lot. Furthermore on the financial end he hired the Wall Street gang of big guns.
Remember Hillary learned foreign policy when Bill was chasing interns in the hallways of the White House. Well Bill send the cruise missiles into the Sudan pharmaceutical factory wagging the dog in Dec. '98 and failed to do so to kill OBL due to some Abu Dhabi prince falconing in Afghanistan.
Obama did manage to get rid of OBL, but this hurt the feelings of the Saudis and Pakistanis. It helped to seal the new alliance between KSA and Israel.
Global Warming - distance between America and Europe is steadily increasing.
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