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Ignorance in Diplomacy Always Leads to War

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Submitted by M Tovey (United States), Nov 10, 2016 at 14:14

In a world that is so globally intertwined, that as these modern times have made the intrigues of every national and international sort the pastimes of even the most introverted citizen, to be so inept geographically tells more of a tale that gives limited sense to the lack of knowledge of America's place in the world and that the isolationist mentality of a pre-World War II America is no longer tenable in view of America's more recent history.
The quip, [... in Alice Ollstein's witty (not this observer's appellation) summary, "you can't get into a war with a country you can't find...."], brings to mind an old Peter Ustinoff movie, "The Mouse that Roared," where a faux nation the size of the Monaco regency made the United States pay attention to it in a way that exceeded the proportionality that might be accorded to the issues America has with, say Russia. Saying that, if one cannot find Aleppo, will the Ukraine be any easier?

To be sure, diplomacy in the world with America's diplomatic balance lost in now non-existent eMails, whoever will be president in America needs to have a little more than a desire to shelter in place as the world prepares to nuke itself into oblivion for the want of some peace accord all would be willing to live with.

Seriously, Syria is about to implode with Russia's assistance and someone had very well better know where Aleppo is since the current American Chief Executive is doubling down on the challenges made towards the Middle East's stability- and this former candidate's stance is not going to get it done. Fortunately, the American elections are over and we do not need to worry about Mr. Johnson's lack of anything to be concerned about.


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