So Much for the Pivot
Fukuyama: Obama Fixates on ISIS, Neglects Threat of Russia and China
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  • Pete

    Obama is indeed wrong to be fixated on ISIS. But he’d be wrong to focus on China and Russia.

    The U.S.’s number one foreign affaire problem is the invasion of millions of Third World illegal aliens into the country.

  • NC Chew

    The world is not threatened by any country. The greatest danger to the world is posed by the aggressive rise of Islamism.

  • Anthony

    “For some it will always be 1939….The focus of today’s debate ought to be: how should we prioritize the threats facing us and how bad are the most serious?” Francis Fukuyama thinks more attention ought to be cast on Russia and China; he thinks false choices have been positions of day by poles on continuum. Question is, is he on to something strategically long term?

  • Jacksonian_Libertarian

    This is the same guy that declared the “End of History”. I have serious doubts about his ability to analyze future political, economic, and military conditions. In my opinion China is headed for the same wall that Japan hit 25 years ago and has been in a deflationary depression ever since. We should of course use China’s belligerence to negotiated an economic and military alliance favorable to America with all of China’s threatened neighbors. But the China problem is going to mostly solve itself, as China grows old before it grows rich, and it will never be a creative innovative powerhouse as long as so much of the economy is controlled by the State (I can’t think of a single world class Chinese Company like Intel, Apple, Sony, Samsung, Toyota, etc…).
    And since Obama couldn’t run fast enough to quit Iraq, we are left with no leverage there at all, and we should simply encourage the Jihadists to focus their resources on killing each other, and thereby ignore for lack of resources the murder of innocent westerners.
    As far as Russia goes, we could easily help the Ukraine and even Georgia, by spreading around American hand me downs from America’s downsizing military. There are 330+ A-10’s the Air Force is getting rid of, also huge numbers of used fighting vehicles from Iraq and Afghanistan, and I’m sure much more that I’m unaware of. This would put America into the good graces of all those threatened by Russia’s territorial ambitions, and make economic and military exchanges welcome. We could move right in with kindness on territory Russia is trying to take with force, and stop them cold. By strengthening Eastern Europe’s economies we could provide a secure place for Global companies to move their insecure and risky Chinese factories which are aging and whose labor and energy costs are rising, and then we could sell them America’s #1 weapon systems to integrated them into America’s military alliances/hegemony and separate them Russia’s inferior military equipment trap. A free market strengthened Eastern Europe would put a dagger in Russia’s culture of Dictatorship and Empire.
    In the long run America must continue its strategy of free trade and ever larger free markets as a way to push Democracy and the Rule of Law on the backward cultures of the world. This strategy put Democracies in South and Central America in the 80’s, Eastern Europe in the 90’s, and has been gaining ground in less spectacular fashion globally all along. It has had set backs but the trend is clear and complete victory is only a matter of time.

    • Рустем

      Typewriter all the time produces dollars. Oil only sell for dollars. Suppose you show people through specially trained brokers, through affiliated banks with You that oil will grow. That would make any sane broker? He will invest the money in something that will go up. That’s all and buy oil at $ 80, 90, 120, 140… And then the price falls sharply to $ 40 per barrel. What happens with the money mass of people who have purchased oil at 140? They disappeared! 100 dollars has evaporated. So is burned excessive money supply. At a time so you can destroy the trillions of dollars. And is a crisis. long as so much of the economy is controlled by the State (I can’t think of a single world class Chinese Company like Intel, Apple, Sony, Samsung, Toyota, etc…).
      And since Obama couldn’t run fast enough to quit Iraq, we are left with no leverage there at all, and we should simply encourage the Jihadists to focus their resources on killing each other, and thereby ignore for lack of resources the murder of innocent westerners.
      As far As Russia goes, we could easily help the Ukraine, and even Georgia, by spreading around American hand me downs from America’s military downsizing. There are 330+ A-10’s the Air Force is getting rid of that also huge numbers of used fighting vehicles from Iraq and Afghanistan, and I’m sure much more that I’m unaware of. This would put America into the good graces of all those threatened by Russia’s territorial ambitions, and make economic and military exchanges welcome. We could move right in with kindness on territory of Russia is trying to take with force, and stop them cold. By strengthening Eastern Europe’s economies we could provide a secure place for Global companies to move their insecure and risky Chinese factories which are aging and whose labor and energy costs are rising, and then we could sell them America’s #1 weapon systems to integrated them into America’s military alliances/for and separate them Russia’s inferior military equipment trap. A free market strengthened Eastern Europe would put a dagger in Russia’s culture of Dictatorship and Empire.
      In the long run America must continue its strategy of free trade and ever larger free markets as a way to push Democracy and the Rule of Law on the backward cultures of the world. This strategy put Democracies in South and Central America in the 80’s, Eastern Europe in the 90’s, and has been gaining ground in less spectacular fashion globally all along. It has had set backs but the trend is clear and complete victory is only a matter of time.here’s how your vaunted economy,this is simply speculation on financial markets and the dictatorship of the dollar!your country flirts with former Nazis,to harm Russia!America has been enriched by the world wars,you need to destabilize Eurasia,to destroy competitors to withdraw krizisa necessary here tales to tell about democracy it is just your screen,behind which you hide their aggressive policy,Europe and Asia has grown tired of you

  • Рустем

    To exit from crisis, we need economic analogue of the Second world war,” says Paul Krugman, Nobel laureate and, probably, the most fashionable today is an American economist. A star.

    “The second world war – it was a huge program costs. Not necessarily to have the same great – then, at the peak, we have spent on the war more than 40 percent of GDP. It is not necessary. If you look, fully restore occurred before the U.S. entered the war. We can say that the US economy entered the war in 1940, although shoot we did not start until the end of 1941,” continues star.

    War is, of course, “burglary”. Krugman is an ardent supporter of inflationary monetary pumping in order to run the economy, that, in fact, Americans do, is true to the extent not completely satisfying Krugman. However, God with it, to the economy, despite the fact that from the point of view of Economics Krugman in General rights. Here such a hitch. Economic analogue of war should correspond to the political. And here Krugman, who recently visited Moscow, spoke about the policy: “the Crisis stirs society. Around the world can drive what we saw in the example of the Arab spring, or, conversely, can occur roll the other way – towards an authoritarian regime.”

    With our miserable bell Arab spring – this is the direct way to the most vicious authoritarianism. But Democrat Krugman know better. Another interesting. Krugman says about unprecedented political uncertainty, and not in some third world countries, and everywhere, including Europe and America. That is, he sees preconditions political similar, but they somehow afraid: “the world is Now in exactly the same situation as in 1934. In a social system can occur any spread.

    What is surprising is the 34th year! Although, as it seems to us, sought a reversal, provided that the program of overcoming the crisis name of the Second world happened like as already in ‘ 33 in Germany. Remember, Americans shoot began in the 41st, and worked already in the 40 M. it is not so Important that our Nobel laureate calculates about the economy and what he feels about politics. There he smells single war. Well, not necessarily there full-scale, world war with Russia or China, and some “small, victorious”. Rather, its economic counterpart: “So do not think that we need a military mobilisation, or anything like that. We need one-tenth of it. But it is more than what we were able to still politically”.

    To exit the crisis – time to spit. Just something – burglary. But political will is not enough. That is to steal something to eat, but on “hacking” – will have to wait. For example, if we consider the Iranian scenario before the summer.

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