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America Jumps Off The Tiger's Back
Townhall.com ^ | November 14, 2013 | Victor Davis Hanson

Posted on 11/14/2013 4:02:20 AM PST by Kaslin

The United States has ridden -- and tamed -- the wild global tiger since the end of World War II. The frantic ride has been dangerous, to us, but a boon to humanity. At the same time, America's leadership role has been misrepresented and misunderstood abroad and at home, including by some of our country's own leaders. Accordingly, our current president, Barack Obama, has decided to climb down from the tiger, with the certain consequence that it will run wild again.

The crowning achievement of postwar American policy was the defeat of Soviet communism. After the fall of the Berlin Wall in 1989, America then aimed at a "new world order." There was to be no place, at least in theory, for renegade dictators like Saddam Hussein or Slobodan Milosevic. After 9/11, the U.S. declared a "war on terror" and led an international effort to stop Osama bin Laden, al-Qaida and Islamist jihadists.

Despite the occasional mishaps, setbacks and errant strategies, U.S. leadership nonetheless ensured worldwide free commerce, travel and communications. When it could, America promoted free-market economies and democracy in authoritarian states.

Our key allies -- the United Kingdom and its former commonwealth, Europe, Japan, South Korea and Israel -- were assured of our unwavering support and got rich. Neutrals and enemies alike assumed that it was as unwise to be on the wrong side of America as it was beneficial to be on friendly terms.

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TOPICS: Culture/Society; Editorial; Egypt; Foreign Affairs; Israel; Russia; Syria; War on Terror
KEYWORDS: afghanistan; allies; egypt; france; iran; islamism; israel; neocon; pakistan; paleolibkwtroll; resident0bama; russia; socialism; syriancivilwar; turkey; vdh; waronterror

1 posted on 11/14/2013 4:02:20 AM PST by Kaslin
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To: Kaslin

Anybody else having trouble w Townhall page staying loaded?

It displays, then is covered by a popup, close the popup and blank white page, never loads.....


2 posted on 11/14/2013 4:34:20 AM PST by G Larry (Let his days be few; and let another take his office. Psalms 109:8)
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To: G Larry

No problem here. It loads perfectly and no popups


3 posted on 11/14/2013 4:42:05 AM PST by Kaslin (He needed the ignorant to reelect him, and he got them. Now we all have to pay the consequenses)
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To: Kaslin
Last paragraph of the article:

Riding the tiger's back was always risky, but not as much as jumping off and allowing it to run wild. The world now wants someone to get back on -- but is unsure about who, when, how and at what cost.

Who will it be that gets back on? Someone VERY intimate with...


4 posted on 11/14/2013 5:30:07 AM PST by nomodem
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To: G Larry

That happens a lot on my new computer with win8...


5 posted on 11/14/2013 5:41:54 AM PST by JDoutrider
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To: Kaslin

Ditto.


6 posted on 11/14/2013 5:54:05 AM PST by luvbach1 (We are finished.)
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I’m running reliable old Betsy: Windows XP Pro.


7 posted on 11/14/2013 5:55:14 AM PST by luvbach1 (We are finished.)
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8 posted on 11/14/2013 6:55:12 AM PST by SJackson (if you want to test a man’s character, give him power A Lincoln)
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To: G Larry

What’s a popup?


9 posted on 11/14/2013 7:01:22 AM PST by ShadowAce (Linux -- The Ultimate Windows Service Pack)
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To: G Larry

Don’t know what you are using for a browser, but with Firefox (current version) and Ad Block Edge as an add-on I don’t get even the popup-up. The page just loads.


10 posted on 11/14/2013 8:35:30 AM PST by RobinOfKingston (Democrats--the party of Evil. Republicans--the party of Stupid.)
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Thanks Kaslin.
The United States has ridden -- and tamed -- the wild global tiger since the end of World War II. The frantic ride has been dangerous, to us, but a boon to humanity. At the same time, America's leadership role has been misrepresented and misunderstood abroad and at home, including by some of our country's own leaders. Accordingly, our current president, Barack Obama, has decided to climb down from the tiger, with the certain consequence that it will run wild again. The crowning achievement of postwar American policy was the defeat of Soviet communism.

11 posted on 11/16/2013 3:56:00 PM PST by SunkenCiv (http://www.freerepublic.com/~mestamachine/)
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