Thursday, August 14, 2008

Politics pragmatism and foreign policy

I can express my thoughts in one line, I'm glad I'm not George Bush.

Who would want to be in the situation of having to make a decision that would condemn them whichever way they decided? In fact, taking no action at all is also open to criticism.

I'm talking about the situation in Georgia. Everybody has an opinion no doubt on this issue.
Should the USA interfere? There are certainly reasons in favor of this.
Should the USA not interfere? There are equally good reasons for this policy.

So, damned if you do and damned if you don't. Which political leader has the wisdom of Solomon?

I'm non-committal on this issue because it's way too complex and in fact, pragmatism sometimes must over rule emotional decisions. I'm incapable of weighing the pro's and cons of intervention in this situation.

Please discuss this amongst yourselves...
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Hammer said...

They are our allies. To not support them would undermine credibility with friends and enemies alike.

Lexcen said...

Hammer, that's an emotional argument.

Hammer said...

That's international politics. As soon as a country loses it's bluff they are no longer taken seriously and lose political clout.