Posted on Aug 26, 2019
SPC David Stephenson
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In looking into the failures of foreign policy and armed conflict since WWII I have found a number of cases where disruptions to either strategic interests and foreign policy caused by policy or strategic interests has resulted in some future armed conflict.

One possible example of this is the approach that the Obama administration took in regards to Iran and Hezbollah. The DEA and other intelligence agencies proved that Hezbollah and Iran were engaged in illegal activities in order to fund their terrorists activities. However Obama and his counterterrorism adviser appear to have been lockstep in their own approach to Hezbollah and even more troubling Iran's nuclear ambitions. I fear this subtle misalignment may in turn end up being the source of some armed conflict down the road. Maybe a nuclear arms race within the Middle East or nuclear proliferation via Hezbollah.

Is our foreign policy the cure or the disease in regards to armed conflict?

https://www.politico.com/interactives/2017/obama-hezbollah-drug-trafficking-investigation/

https://www.opendemocracy.net/en/opensecurity/conflict-horizon/
https://www.cfr.org/interactive/global-conflict-tracker/?category=us
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MAJ Ken Landgren
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We are starting to grasp China's imperial powers through diplomacy, economics, and military. They often give loans to poor countries which can't pay back, thus resulting in further rights in those countries. China has leased 40 ports globally which further enhances economics and possibly future military operations. In WWII one of the US Military's early goals was the defense of Australia. Now the Australians have invited China to use one of its ports.
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MAJ Ken Landgren
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A1C Nathan Roberts - I wonder if our deficit spending will hurt us in regards to the military.
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A1C Nathan Roberts
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SPC David Stephenson - of course. Minor players, but pawns of the larger two, to be sure.
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A1C Nathan Roberts
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MAJ Ken Landgren - Very good chance. The only silver lining there is the country that owns the majority of our debt cannot survive without us, so they're in a Catch-22 situation, which is what this trade war is showing them.
However, heard a good segment on radio today that we must be careful not to humiliate/insult them too much. We humiliated Japan at the end of WWI - when they helped us defeat the AXIS powers and gave them nothing in return, even though Britain warned Wilson not to do that. Look what that got us 30 years later.
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MAJ Ken Landgren
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I am now thinking China is using the Trojan Horse tactic.
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SN Donald Hoffman
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Always has, and always will.
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SFC Michael D.
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Ain't that the truth.
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SSgt Richard Kensinger
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W/O a doubt geopolitical issues ripple across the globe. Much of it involves the quest for valued assets: power, prestige andproperty.
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SPC David Stephenson
SPC David Stephenson
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Makes we wonder just exactly why we have a military - 50% defense 50% enforcing policy?
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