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January 25, 2009


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Very interesting. I have always viewed national interests narrowly: Those economic or political issues that directly impact the welfare or security of the state. In one sense, when the Iraq war became untethered from the WMDs and sponsoring of terrorism, the US was only left with a moral justification as a "national interest" (e.g. promoting freedom and democracy). My own view, is that while Americans are quick to start something based only or in part on a moral claim cloaked as national interests, morality is not something that can justify an enduring and protracted dedication of her time, talent and treasure in support of the same. In short, there needs to be more. Americans may lead with their heart, but at somepoint always begin to think about the costs.


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