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And yet with globalization, we seem to have developed a strange apprehension about the efficacy of our ability to apply the innovation and hard work necessary to successfully compete in a complex security and economic environment. Further, we have misunderstood interdependence as a weakness rather than recognizing it as a strength. The key to sustaining our competitive edge, at home or on the world stage, is credibility — and credibility is a difficult capital to foster. It cannot be won through intimidation and threat, it cannot be sustained through protectionism or exclusion. Credibility requires engagement, strength, and reliability — imaginatively applied through the national tools of development, diplomacy, and defense.

The Y Article

A National Security Narrative



  1. Who doesn’t want a good laugh in the morning! Today is Australia Day, Mon. Jan 26, when the first settlers landed in Sydney Cove, or as the original owners say, they invaded. So what does this large pimple in the arse end of the Pacific do? Our low-rating Prime Minister gives a Knighthood to……. The Queen’s husband, the Duke of Edinburgh!!!
    Now, Prince Philip seems to me to have quite enough honors to go around, so this must seem like giving a bicycle to a Bentley owner! God Help us!

  2. To my best frennie and those who were part of the Friday night chat: I think you ALL should get the 30 day free trial on Sirius. I listen on my Android. Just go to their website. Then go to Sirius XM Radio, listen to the Dean Obeidallah show from Saturday 1/24 in the on demand section. The first half is one person, but around the 50:00 mark, he begins talking about statistics. They will make your jaw drop. He talks about percentages of terrorist killings in Europe and US, and looks at rate from Islamist terrorists vs. other (nationalistic for example) terrorists. 2% in Europe! 2 percent. Then at the 58 minute mark or so he brings on Rula Jebreal. If you want a short, yet complete, history of what is causing extremism among Muslims, this is a must listen. The 30 day trial is free.

    Dang it. Now I have to get a job so I can subscribe once the free trial ends. It’s like POV for your ears!!!


    • Update, frennie! Success in getting the free 30 day Sirius subscription on the iPod!

      Happy music ….”Muslims…you know that they are a-coming…They’re gentle and they’re friendly…So open up your arms and give ‘em a hug…”

      Now that’s a great way to start a show.

    • Frennie! I’m in the process of trying to get Sirius (which has always been difficult for me, as you know). Also Sirius XM radio! I’m trying to download it to the iPod, since I have a dumb phone and and equally dumb car.

      Fingers crossed, because this really sounds wonderful!

  3. Hello to all at the planet! -- Just would like to say a tremendous thank you to those who created this haven. And a belated congratulations to your five year anniversary!! Your efforts are much appreciated. It is hard to believe that a over a year has passed since I found this planet amid the vastness of the net universe.

    I don’t have as much time to get here as often as I would like to yet everyone has been very welcoming. There is hilarious humor, noteworthy news and magnificent music. And incredible stories to share. I hope to be here more often, I enjoy the time we have together. -- Wishing all the best for everyone in 2015! :)

  4. I am sooo angry that Boehner has invited Bibi to stand in the same spot where President Obama stood to give the SOTU that I could spit nails. The Republicans will give him a standing ovation and praise every word he utters. I have never seen a foreign leader invited to address both houses of Congress to rebuke what the President of the United States stands stands for. This is outrageous. If Dems sit still for this I don’t know what I’ll do.

    • Sabreen, I sent a note off to Nancy Pelosi urging her and the rest of the Dems to refuse to attend when Netanyahu speaks. Let him blather to a half-empty room.

      He should be ashamed to play along with Boehner’s juvenile games.

      • Yes, but this has never been done to a sitting President in modern history. Boehner should be censured. This is an attempt for warmongers to sell their desire to go to war with Iran.

        • I agree, but it won’t get them anywhere except to lose even more respect on the world stage, and the President clearly stated he would veto any further sanctions on Iran. America is not alone in these discussions with Iran, and Netanyahu shows his true colours by accepting because he is losing power in Israel.

          It’s just not done by civilised governments, but since when have the GOP been concerned about protocol, diplomacy or shown any finesse in foreign affairs?

          I don’t think the Dems have the balls to stand up to this as anything seen against Israel’s interests, is “anti-Semetic” you know, that’s how people like Netanyahu blackmail politicians into years of mollycoddling and a lack of condemnation for their crimes against the Palestinian people. It’s not anti-Semetic to criticise Israel. That’s no longer a belief shared by the rest of the world.

  5. This is the new Senate Environment Chair? HELP! James Inhofe, a known climate change denier goes on a nonsense Bible quoting rampage. Oh Lordy. :shock:


    Watch a US Senator Cite the Bible to Prove That Humans Aren’t Causing Global Warming



    Senate rejects link between human activity and climate change


  6. This deflation of footballs in the game last Sunday is a whole lot of nothing! The refs had checked all the balls before the game and handled them before and after every play. They shouuld have caught the problem and fixed it right then and there.
    Of course that is my opinion.

    • You’re right, Nirek. And another thing -- The balls, after a quarter or two are scattered all over the pitch, some on the Colts side and colt’s balls on the Pat’s side, so it’s all a load of sour grapes.

    • Senator Ermst only had one pair of shoes when she was yound. She even had to put bread bags on her feet to save her shoes. So I ask , what does that have to do with anything?

      They even called her a combat veteran. Veteran , yes. Combat, not so much. This reminds me of a Col. we had in Nam. He put himself in for medals for flying in a chopper and speaking through a bullhorn. Maybe it’s sour grapes on my part, but he didn’t deserve a medal.

      • Ha! She says she is a “soldier.” In reality, she’s a “weekend warrior,” that pretends to be a soldier.

        Her “poor,” family has received about 400,000 dollars in farm subsidies. I’m pretty sure she had more than one pair of shoes.

        Her little “speech,” was just more folksy, homespun bullshit that the GOPers just love.

    • I loved it too, Nirek. And right at the moment, I’m steaming about this little stunt Boehner and Co. are trying to pull off — with the help of Bibi Netanyahu — by inviting a foreign head of state to address Congress without consulting the White House.

      This is a deliberate and very juvenile attempt to slap the President in the face after a triumphant night.

  7. Anyone see the scowling faces when the President mentioned tax increases for the rich? How about those faces when he mentioned free college for two years? Notice that few if any republicans stood when there was applause?

  8. President Obama is proposing a tax hike for the rich and credits for the middle class! He is on a roll! Just think PBO, Senator Sanders, and the Pope are all on the same page! Three people I respect greatly!

    • Ex, how many stars out there have planets? And how many planets could have life on them? I find it hard to believe that Earth is the only planet with lifee.
      The video shows that there are billions of stars just within our sight. Even if they are millions or billions of miles away there must be some that have similar atmospheres to ours.

      Beautiful video, thanks.

      • Billions and billions….Have you watch Neil de Grasse’s Cosmos? BRILLIANT.Should be mandatory on every school class in this country.Maybe the pettiness would yield to a FACTUALLY EDUCATED POPULACE AND PUT AN END TO THE RELIGIOUS INSANITY.

        • Hey EX! I love Tyson’s continuance of Carl Sagan’s original project. Obviously, Sagan made a huge impact on the young Tyson’s life and mind.

          The current Cosmos series is fascinating. To realize how far we’ve come to knowing so much more about the universe we live in, is no small wonder.

          I think Carl would be very proud of Tyson and the scientific community as a whole.