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    Our foreign policy dating back to about 1900 has been one more imperialistic than not. It started with Teddy Roosevelt with his manufactured Spanish American war and the taking of Cuba, Puerto Rico, The Philippines, and Guam from Spain. The next expansion attempt was when we interfered with the Korean War. Then we had Kennedy starting and Johnson expanding the Vietnam War because of the popular Domino Theory that was in fact all wet. We supported dictators in Cuba instead of assisting Castro when he started the revolution. Castro then turned to the all to willing Soviets and received all the help he needed. Cuba has been a thorn in our side since then. Unfortunately instead of letting them be we decided to essentially try to set up an embargo. We kept sticking our noses in places for unfathomable reasons. There was no reason for us to ever get involved with the internal affairs of Iran, yet, our CIA installed the Shah and kept him in grand style until the Muslim's overthrew his government. There is no reason for the Iranian Mullahs to look at us as anything but enemies.
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    I disagree with the term imperialistic since we did not establish a colony governed under our rule. As to whether our involvement in foreign conflict was the right thing to do, that's another discussion all together. In the case of Iran it is fault of both parties and the different political and world politics at the time. With Iraq I wish we would have taken some oil revenue to offset the cost of the war instead of giving them more money. But then since WWII our "wars" have not been what I would consider traditional war where you destroy the enemy and take what you wish.

    That's why I don't like calling these limited theater incursions war, the level of pain is not the same. The evaluation of whether some thing is a success of failure is determined by the winner in the case of war. In the case of these limited theaters, it often is decided by the press influencing public opinion.
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    Not only do I agree with you I'll do you one better. This has been our policy since the nations inception. You can go all the way back to the War of 1812 or even further back to the start of the Indian Wars. We are a nation built on war and conquest. Just listen to our national anthem.
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    @fraps Actually, Puerto Rico passed a referendum to accept US statehood last year. However it will never happen with a republican House
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    The Islamic theocracy would have never taken hold if we hadn't overthrown the democratically elected president and installed a ruthless dictator in his place. This was simply a case of delayed blowback.
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    @MarkColwell we put Shah Reza Pahlavi in power because we needed oil, which the deposed president attempted to cut us off from. We need oil to survive, and if the democrats won't let us drill in the US, then we need to go elsewhere.
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    You may think me a Liberal apologist, but, you would be dead wrong. I am a Libertarian and know a bit about our obnoxious history of imperialism.
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    @Schroedog84 wow, what a revisionist. we overthrew the democratically elected leader of a nation because we wanted cheap gas? You blame liberals not letting you drill? This occurred in 1953 under a guy you may have heard of. His name was Trueman. He was a republican. Although, in fairness, perhaps we should look at the composition of the Congress at the time as well. Since the checks and balances should allow for some accountability by them when it comes to you whining about drilling in 1953. Hmmm, 83 Congress both the Senate and the House were controlled by the republican party. Yeah, it must be those damned liberal democrats fault we overthrew him, right? How about the guy running the CIA at the time who organized it? Allen Dulles, republican and CIA director appointed by Trueman. Sure, it's all the liberals fault.
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    @MarkColwell most Americans like to white wash all the bad stuff our government has done and what we have allowed them to do.
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    The United States has been trying to spread its hegemony over the Middle East for a century. We support dictators that enslave the people while destroying hopes of democracy. Iran has gotten off light compared to the destruction that America has caused Central and South America. Most of this destruction so that our corporations can increase profit while ignoring silly externalities like human welfare.
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    We, who have a memory that only goes back to last Thursday, simply don't understand a people who remember every insult or injury going back for a thousand years.

    But we should.
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    @politixmark @politixmary You may want to fix the byline in the home page. Right now it reads M16. Should read MI6 (for Military Intelligence 6- Section 6 for F or Foreign. MI5 Military Intelligence 5- 5 for E or England)
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    Radical Islam is to blame, when a nation believes in the wanton destruction of other religions and wish nuclear options to do so it can be only one fault.
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    The government we overthrew was not a radical islamist state. However, the one that replaced it was. Mohammad Mossadeq was quite progressive. He just took control away from the British of the Iranian oil fields and nationalized them. This had NOTHING to do with religion and everything to do with BIG OIL controlling both the US and British governments. The British were raping Iran on oil. They paid far less than it was worth and exported it all back to England.
    Conversely, Mohammad Mossadeq had enacted many social reforms. Unemployment compensation, sick pay for workers, social security, freeing peasants from their landlords who essentially used them as forced slave labor.
    They were headed in the right direction. All they wanted was to control their own natural resources and be paid a fair market value for them. We derailed all of that. That's not an apology. That's history. Take a moment to read up on it yourself sometime.
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    Proverbs 14:12

    New King James Version (NKJV)

    12 There is a way that seems right to a man,
    But its end is the way of death.

    {My paraphrase did not do this Word justice, end of Muhammeds way is of death, one can see this readily now throughout modern day events and can trace it back through history.....}
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    Many things contribute to the current state of affairs in Iran and other countries. Most can be traced to our quest for power in those regions. If we took care of our business and only involved ourselves in others business when our national security is endangered, we might be better off.
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    Spoken like a true Republican and not like a chicken hawk, Democrat carpetbagger. Where's Barry when we need him?
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    To all of you guys that blame the USA. I'm an 'adopted son'. No country in the world has a pristine history when it comes to treatment of others, their countries. Even the Vatican took part in bloodbaths in Lang-d'Oc (Languedoc) in the 1200s. The Muslims have NEVER needed an excuse to hate Christians and their INVASION of Spain in 711 A.D./C.E. didn't need ANY provocation. Likewise, they invaded the Balkans and STAYED there. In Spain, thankfully, they were dislodged after a 772 year long war. PBS glosses over their atrocities in the southern 2/3rds of Spain, and people that embraced Islam or collaborated with it did wonderfully well, but if you stood up for your religion and refused to pay the Muslims' oppressive taxes for just being able to practice your religion, you sound wound up either having both your hands amputated or being beheaded depending on the enthusiasm and success of your 'rebelliousness'. Don't play into their martyrdom suffering crap. It's just that CRAP. It's not a religion of peace. It's a religion that tells you even what hand to wipe your arse with, and that's a fact.
    My ancestors on my Father's side are survivors of that 772 year struggle launched from a never conquered area: Galicia/Asturias. Muslims STILL lay claim to Spain, which they call al-Andalus. Beware letting the camel warm its nose in the House of America.
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    Islamic muslims.....that follow the raving mad teachings of a demon possessed man that lead armies to slaughter millions and left a book to teach the same for others to follow in his bloody terrorizing path.....

    The Bible says there is a way that seems right unto man but leads to death, one does not accept and follow God through Jesus and with help from Holy Spirit, ones path will always lead to death, yours and many times others around you......Muhammeds way is death......
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    If our government watched over our country as much as it did every other one, we would be liked or feared a lot more. Either works for me.
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    At one time we had the power and might to blow these ass holes out of the water for ever. We missed that opportunity, like so many others, by being bleeding hearts for the rest of the world. Screw them all, they never will be of any benefit to us as a nation. Things will only go downhill!
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    Hey, Great Britain burned down our capital, but they are currently our closest ally. Things change, but it takes time. Unfortunately, in the 2013 world history moves much faster than it did in the past and I don't see us patching up our differences before one or both of us blows the shit out of the Middle East. I really don't think Russia, the US, China, UK, France, and Germany want anything to do with the mess and this treaty may be a ploy to surreptitiously force Israel and Saudi Arabia to take matters into their own hands.
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    Iran.

    Sure we've done some stupid stuff in their country, but it's the radical Islamists that push the mainstream citizens to hate us. They are indoctrinated to hate us, Israel, and any other Christians from birth.
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