A leader or a leader of a collective group with a thinking process similar to that of Neville Chamberlain who stated "We have achieved peace for our time." Unfortunately he did not, as the guns erupted again across Europe 1 September 1939. In clnclusion, a very dangerous and delusionary mindset.
The declaration of the current House Speaker that we can simply leave Iraq quickly and En Masse without paying for it down the road (a more massive war at a later date) is evidence that there is a serious issue regarding a Chamberlain Mentality.
"In geo-politics, there are no real friends or enemies, only friendly enemies or hostile friends" - Unknown -
The very dynamic theory of politics not between people or peoples of a region, but of the regions themselves. They can be as relatively simple as the 50 States of the USA and the Federal Government of that same entity to the highly complicated, such as the oil-producing Gulf States or the former USSR's constituent countries. Geo-Political relationships can also range from the fully justified to what would appear to be morally repugnant, but the actions themselves are purely neutral; the results of the actions are what should be subject to judgement calls.
Geo-Politics is in a constant state of flux depending on a lot of factors, from who holds the power to who has the resources to support an action. Some noted examples:
The USA allying with the USSR in WW II ( Germany was at the time a far bigger menace. Needless to say, the USSR's ideology would be eternally at conflict with ours.)
The Cold War that followed WW II was classic Geo-Politics at its best. Due to MAD (Mutual Assured Destruction) ideology, there was no safe way the US and USSR could directly confront each other. So came the period of Tinpot Dictators supported by both sides and at least two major proxy wars ( Korea & Vietnam). The support to these oft times vicious and repressive regimes was concerned with controlling as much of the world as possible versus tending to the individuals needs in those countries.
With the fall of the Shah and the ascendancy of Ayatollah Ruhollah Khomeini, Iran posed a serious threat to Gulf stability. Though at no time would Saddam have been considered a friend, his military could serve to defuse the potential Iranian flashpoint. As such he was aided in his war with Iran (1981-1988). The two countries laid waste to each other, leaving the rest of the gulf in relative peace.
One of the most important geo-political happening in the present day is once again the Gulf states. By no means should the Shiekhs' of theose countries be called our friends; Islamic Shari'a law is in conflict with much of what the US Republic holds dear, and there are factions within those countries that would like to see the USA destoyed. But as long as they are in power though, they represent a stable supplier of a needed world economic commodity (Oil). As long as this is a needed commodity, do not expect too much change from that region. Iran also is once more a potential flashpoint in the region, nuclear ambitions aside.
Israel is not necessarily our friend either, though at least society-wise Christianity sprang from Judaism and politics-wise a Parliament ( Knesset) is closer to our Congress then Shari'a law. Even though that is the case, Israel still has its own agenda ( A safe haven for those of Hebraic descent), and at times they do not always work in the best interest of the USA. They have been overly heavy-handed at times, even if they also have made attempts to settle the mater using detente.
A full discourse on this topic would take up one book if not several; this is perhaps a basic definition of the term to perhaps invoke more independent research from the reader.
The equivalent of photoshoppery, but in this instance, the Reuters News Agency attempting to dodge having to take credit for allowing doctored photographs to make the news is inexcusable!
Look! Its a picture of Yasser Arafat walking around Tel Aviv! Man, it looks like some one rotoreutered that pic!
Also known as a Paper Cutout Euro or PCEs for short, this sort will be found on various chat/discussion/debate venues. They will prate on about how free they really are despite massive amounts of evidence to the contrary, attempt to compare thir crime rates to that of the USA, despite the massive disparities in population, blindly claim that the USA is the worst polluter in the world without considering Gross Domestic Product, etc. In a way, they are the moden equivalents of those from Europe who decided that all Americans were like the character in "A Fistful of Dollars"; dusty serape well worn, a loaded .45 Colt to settle any slight, and not to be counted out if there was grifting to be done or profit to be made.
The USA has a lot more murders then my European country does!! The USA is a dangerous place to live!!
Interesting....when you do a proportionate/per capita comparison, it seems that your country has more comparative crime per capita, especially violent crime.
We are more free then the USA!
Oh, so that is why that one person was jailed for writing a book denying the holocaust? If they did so in the USA, they would be ridiculed, not jailed; you were also going to talk about tolerance? You assuredly are a Paper Cutout European.
Another fabled place much like Donkistan, but seeming to have more common sense. (Of course if you are silent while your opponent is not...) Residents of Elephstan are dedicated to the voiding of the First Amendment regarding the separation of CHurch and State and letting large businesses run amok without fear of recrimination. Eternally at odds with Donkistan.
Nice! Another bill to allow prayer in thr schools and to remove pollution restrictions on a large Chemical Company. Where in Elephstan to they think up this garbage?
The fabled ( or maybe not so fabled) land where the Donkeys reign (Democrats) This is as scary a place as Liberaland for many of the same reasons. Where as Liberaland is the thought process, Donkistan is the theoretical place of its existence. The leaders of Donkistan are dedicated to voiding the Second Amendment and allowing government to grow until their idea of nirvana is reached: 110% Taxation
Another bill to restrict the rights of law abiding firearms possessors......this crap is straight out of Donkistan!
In Donkistan, the government must protect you from yourself because in their eyes, you are incapable of doing so.
Despite the overall physical condition of Terry Schiavo, Randall Terry pro-life
decided to stick his foot in the matter and screamed to the press how Terry was being murdered by the State. Even though the now politicized matter was punted to the judiciary, the damage had already been done; this bi-partisan slimy football will figure in the elections of '06 and '08. Therefore, the definition follows
Any attempt to subvert and negate base spousal rights through whatever means available, whether they are political or religion based, to further your own agenda, without regard to the person or persons so affected or the existence under which they presently dwell.
Insistence of accepting only the facts of a situation that fit your paradigm, ignoring any anomalies that may impugn the aforementioned so as to further the above.
Senator, the 23 strokes have left the patient brain dead. What shall we do?
Find a way to schiavo them.......and make sure you can blame someone else....it will make for good press coverage so we can get more free name recognition for the next election!