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bito On January - 17 - 2013

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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

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H/T AB

Written by bito

Was once a handsome frog until kissed by an ugly corporate princess.----- Like a well honed knife, the internet can be a wonderful and useful tool. It can be used to prepare and serve a delicious meal or it can be used to cause harm. peace

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  1. Nirek says:

    To all my friends here at Planet POV. Would it be a good idea to write a petition to impeach the “leaders of the GOP” and see how many people sign it?

    Said “leaders” have ignored the majority of Americans and their welfare. They have blocked progress. They have NOT done their work for which they have been paid. I think that They should be impeached for derilict of duty!

    What do you think?

  2. Nirek says:

    Okay, now ISIS is destroying books, manuscripts, works of art, and historic scientific artifacts. They have kidnapped hundreds of Christians and likely will kill them. How long before the people of the Middle East stand up and fight ISIS?

    • choicelady says:

      They already are, Nirek. And, if thoughtful analyses from people who really understand things is to be accepted, there are major inroads into their forces. This act of destruction, far less horrific than the slaughter of innocent people, will turn out to be another nail in the ISIS coffin. People are sick of the barbaric acts that ISIS employs. They are losing members, losing ground. American media don’t say that -- it’s important to keep ISIS looking powerful so they can pump for more war, disrespect the decisions of this president. But those with insight are noting a real decline in ISIS control and that’s due to Mid East nations taking a major role in their own defense.

    • Nirek says:

      Very funny stuff, KT!
      The farRight Wing has hy-jacked some of the best words in our language, such as right, god, conservative, justice, and so on and so on. They have done what the extremists have done to religion. Ruined good words in the name of their lies.

  3. Haruko Haruhara says:

    National Geographic has a really good cover story this month on why people are becoming more anti-science.

    http://ngm.nationalgeographic.com/2015/03/science-doubters/achenbach-text

  4. Sabreen60 says:

    Just laugh and relate if you can :)


  5. pinkpantheroz says:

    It looks like a DHS funding deal will be made, without the Immigration riders. Hopefully this will pass, but I’d love to see an Executive Order or Rules Amendment vetoing the insertion of riders to bills that have nothing to do with the main subject.

  6. kesmarn says:

    I have to say, I find this story incredibly creepy. It seems the Stephen Harper government in Canada is systematically destroying books and other scientific records. They’re making large segments of knowledge inaccessible to the general public:

    http://www.addictinginfo.org/2015/02/24/canada-destroys-books/

  7. Haruko Haruhara says:

    Bill O’Reilly threatened a N.Y. Times reporter today that, “I am coming after you with everything I have.”

    Whenever I think of Bill, I think of Les Grossman.

    (warning, this has lots of cursing)


    • kesmarn says:

      The more desperate he acts, the more he loses whatever minimal credibility he ever had. He has become a parody of himself.

      And nobody deserves it more than he does.

      • Kalima says:

        Just read this kes, and it doesn’t surprise me as Repubs seem to thrive on lies and creating their own warped events in history.

        —-

        Investigator’s tape exposes Bill O’Reilly’s JFK fib

        http://jfkfacts.org/assassination/news/reporters-tape-exposes-bill-oreillys-jfk-fib/

        • kesmarn says:

          There seems to be no end to his lying braggadocio, does there? :lol:

          Like most liars, he assumes that there’s no way for interested parties to get information that definitively proves that he’s spewing falsehoods — and always has!

          Thanks so much for yet another example of his almost unlimited hubris.

          • Kalima says:

            The sheer stupidity of thinking that something you have said out loud or written will not be heard or seen by others, baffles me. The denying that you ever said or wrote it when there is indisputable proof, is insane. Repubs large and small all suffer from this ostrich head-in-the-sand complex. Of course when push comes to shove, Ailes won’t fire him. Disgusting when you think of how he has judged others. Your average Fox viewers won’t care if he lied or not.

            • Kalima says:

              Nevertheless, I’ve already received three petitions asking for Fox to fire him. Don’t hold your breath, and yet Brian Williams was suspended for 6 months for his foul up. Repubs on the other hand never apologise unless they are pressured because they falsely believe that they are infallible. That’s how brainwashed they are into believing that the American public loves them no matter what they do.

            • kesmarn says:

              Sad but true, Kalima. They listen to his lies night after night and eagerly devour them, because he reinforces their own prejudices. His job is secure.

              He gave a whiny “defense” of himself — combined with a childish attack on Mother Jones-- that only served to make him look sillier. But, as you say, his fans just don’t care.

  8. Haruko Haruhara says:

    Obama vetoes the Keystone Pipeline!

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  9. Nirek says:

    One bird said to another, shhhh I’m tweating.

  10. Nirek says:

    Negative 27 degrees here in little Northfield Vermont this morning.
    Just a bit chilly.

  11. http://news.yahoo.com/local-fox-anchor-uses-racial-slur-to-describe-lady-gaga-s-music-193704985.html

    Maybe they should get Tom Brady to let some air out of her head!

    Her co-anchor’s reaction was priceless!

    • kesmarn says:

      :lol: Love the Tom Brady comment, Homie!

      Her co-anchor was beyond gracious. She — on the other hand — needs to get her resume (which must include time spent as a doorstop) on Monster.com as of yesterday. Time for a career change for this chick.

  12. Haruko Haruhara says:

    If you want to read a great rant about a former colleague of Bill O’Reilly’s about just how big of a liar he really is, this is awesome. Of course, Bill will bluster and bully and his viewers and Fox won’t care. What a difference between how NBC responded and how Fox will not lift a finger.

    http://www.rawstory.com/rs/2015/02/oreilly-mocked-on-facebook-by-former-colleague-for-covering-war-from-expense-account-zone/

    Here is the whole rant. It’s absolutely EPIC and pretty entertaining:

    https://www.facebook.com/eric.j.engberg/posts/10204873374051471

    • kesmarn says:

      That is really an excellent (and I’m sure accurate) takedown of the Great Bloviator O’Reilly, HH! Thanks for passing it on.

      Who was the phony reporter in the comic strip “Doonesbury”? Was it Roland Hedley? The supreme egotist/coward who took no personal risks but wanted to be front and center in every story he worked?

      Well, after CBS, O’Reilly definitely ended up at the right place: FOX fake news as a fake talking head telling endless lies.

  13. I love this one. It is so true.


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