Date registered: Sep 2004
Vehicle: 83 Astral Silver 280 SL
Location: Planet Houston
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Paranoia as foreign policy will soon be matched by split-personality government.
I disagree with some of the writer's analogies. Given the size of the known world at the time, Rome was without a doubt more powerful. Their empire lasted a thousand years. At the heart of their success was unimaginable cruelty. The real dilemna for us is the fact we cannot do as the Romans did - we cannot maintain the facade of being the world's "good guy" if it means having to project power the way the Romans did.
Recall that earlier generations faced down fascism and communism not just with missiles and tanks, but with sturdy alliances and enduring convictions. They understood that our power alone cannot protect us, nor does it entitle us to do as we please. Instead, they knew that our power grows through its prudent use; our security emanates from the justness of our cause, the force of our example, the tempering qualities of humility and restraint.
-President Barack Obama, 1st Inaugural address