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Tuesday, January 18, 2005

Quote of the Day

"'And the result is, despite our great military might, we are, in my view, more alone in the world than we have been in anytime in recent memory and the time for diplomacy, in my view, is long overdue. As a result, we're in, in my view, a less secure position than we should be in the world. That's because virtually all the threats we face, from terrorism to the spread of weapons of mass destruction, to rogue states flouting the rules, to the pandemic diseases that we face now and will face, none of them can be solved solely by American soldiers by themselves. America is much more secure working with and reaching out to others than it is walking alone. And I believe the heart of your mission must be to help rebuild America's power to persuade and to restore our nation to the respect it once enjoyed, quite frankly, for our own safety's sake.' - Sen. Joe Biden, D-Del., senior Democrat on the committee"



Blogger wafflestomper said...

biden is coming up with a lot of gems these days. i like this one too:

"I spent a little time in Europe recently, and I have one simple message: Get over it. Get over it. President Bush is our president for the next four years, so get over it and start to act in your interest, Europe," Biden said during the Senate Foreign Relations Committee hearing to confirm U.S. Secretary of State nominee Condoleezza Rice.

1/19/2005 05:12:00 PM  

Blogger Redneck Texan said...

America is much more secure working with and reaching out to others than it is walking alone..

Where does he come up this stuff?

China is not "reaching out to others" and they are never the victims of terrorism.

Ever heard of a terrorist attack in Cuba?...must be because they are "reaching out" so much.

Were we not "reaching out" enough when they first attacked the WTC on Clinton's watch. Was Carter not "reaching out" far enough when the Iranian's took our people hostage.

Maybe Spain was not "reaching out" when they got bombed.

Those people in the Bali nightclub should have "reached out" a little further as well I guess.

Biden is just a blind partisan whore trying to blame centuries old religious hatred on the current administration.
BTW, I didn't see you at the inauguration Gus, did you lose your invitation?

1/21/2005 05:23:00 AM  

Blogger Redneck Texan said...

Uh Oh, your cost of the war propaganda thingy is getting close to 152B again.

Time for a new excuse to reset it.

1/24/2005 10:04:00 PM  

Blogger Gustav said...

Terrorist attacks happen even when you're not reaching out. Remember Oklahoma City?

To say that China isn't reaching out is a bit of an exaggeration I think. They worked very hard to get the 2008 Olympics. They've been negotiating with the EU on a variety of issues. Yes, the biggest issue is removing the arms-sale ban -- and I hope to post on that soon -- but it's working within the international framework. While its increasing closeness with Tehran is troubling, its trade interests are bringing it closer with the rest of the world. China's help in the 6-way talks with NK was key. And it is expected to announce soon that it will unpeg the yuan to the dollar -- against its short-term economic interests, but an effort, I judge, to "reach out" to the international community, especially the US, who have been calling for the move.

Not many terrorist attacks in Cuba -- true, but is it because Havanna is not "reaching out" or because a terrorist attack in Cuba wouldn't do very much to advance the terrorists' cause? Cuba isn't exactly a world power.

If we isolate ourselves, we don't open ourselves up to the dangerous world outside which seems to be getting more and more dangerous every day. But the cost of not exercising our diplomatic and economic influence, as well as our (fast fading) international prestige, is much higher. We would lose influence on world events and issues, and hence lose the chance to shape them in line with our interests.

1/26/2005 06:25:00 PM  

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12/07/2005 08:07:00 PM  

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