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Jun 17, 2011 8:00pm EDT
decade ago to the republican reaction and george bush's reaction to 9/11. we have to go out and transform this world. the discovery that the world was more hostile than we thought. the answer was transform it. what does that mean? regime change. democracy promotion. all of this aggressive stuff. now, obviously it failed in some fundamental ways and next question is what's the reaction to that. i think in obama we have a certain kind of idealism. he believes we're responsible to do something in libya and that america can reshape the world. you listen to candidates at the republican debate the other night and you had the feeling they think the world is hostile. the world is not a good place beyond america's borders and so the point is let's not get ourselves caught up and not go to libya and get out of places. it's a purely negative view of the world. >> the word isolationism springs to mind. that's got political baggage but they are pulling back in such a comprehensive way and what's gone is infusion of moral values that george bush brought to foreign policy. we had to bring free
Jun 22, 2011 8:00pm EDT
have to look back to barack obama in 2008. the barack obama in 2008 was telling george w. bush that he was fighting the wrong war. he was fighting the war in iraq and that in fact we had to put resources into the war in afghanistan. when you look at this in terms of barack obama himself, this is a real pivot for him. he did the counterinsurgency strategy and added 30,000 troops and he claims some degree of success. he would say great success. and now he's retrenching and adhering to his own pragmatic as we would call it obama doctrine. >> let's not lose sight of the financial cost of this war to american taxpayers. we're talking about hundreds of billions of dollars over the next few years. >> right. in the meantime back here there's talk of changes in medicare and changes in social security and just never looks good when you are telling people that you are going to get fewer government services or that their local government can't do as much as it used to do and meanwhile you're building townships and bridges and fighting a war in afghanistan that is hugely costly. that plays a par
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