On America’s Spent Moral Standing

You’ll be hearing these two assertions repeated, made by someone who voted for the Iraq War in the 21st Century, a lot in coming days (see after 0:50).

You just don’t, in the 21st Century, behave in 19th Century fashion by invading another country on completely trumped up pretext so it is a very serious moment.

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That’s not the act of somebody who is strong. That’s the act of somebody who is acting out of weakness, who is acting out of a certain kind of desperation.

I guess someone in the Obama White House believed that if we call Vladimir Putin weak after he’s just called our bluff, it will get him to back down, even as Putin knows we have no great options against him.

But it all shows one of the downsides of having so badly spent our moral standing already this century. Whatever the objective of these statements, whether in other circumstances they might have worked, they just come off as a joke. Especially coming from Kerry.

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emptywheel @theurbansherpa ,,, and then corporations move onto a still cheaper country.
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emptywheel @onekade Not yet! That's old. CIA has prolly figured out a way around it.
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emptywheel @RupertStone83 I'd have to explain that one in detail. Very sketchy court docs, though.
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emptywheel @theurbansherpa Would never happen. Then they'd actually "own" their disposable employees, no longer be able to dispose of them.
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emptywheel @theurbansherpa It has only arrived if you're losing.
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bmaz @emptywheel As he is not old enough to have been involved in WWII, no.
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