Trying not to get too political, but......
Some snippets of commentaries I read this morning that deserve some thought.......
re: 2008....Only four months ago, Mr. Bush and Mr. Putin met in Sochi,
the Russian resort only miles from Georgia, and signed a "framework
agreement" that pledged cooperation on a variety of diplomatic and
security matters and declared that "the era in which the United States
and Russia considered one another an enemy or strategic threat has
2008 Russia invades Georgia.....
Our good guy/bad guy rubric is not consistent, however. We support
young democracies, until election results don't fit our preferred
narrative. We decry brutal, autocratic regimes, but make exceptions for
countries with important economic or historical ties. And former enemies
can become friends -- black hats exchanged for white -- when the
confluence of democratic change, political alignment and economic
A weaker US seems to have a lot to do with
degrading the office by way of the commercial minded interests of so
called "news". If the hype sells more adverti'zzzzing' (and votes) go for it!
....after five years of telling the world how weak we are, why shouldn't
they believe it.
The worlds perception of highest office in the
world and the person holding that office are inseparable. Continually
degrading and subverting one of coarse puts a lasting stain on the
other. Disagreeing and fighting for change is our right......how we do
it effectively and respectfully our responsibility.