Everybody else wants America to flex more…American’s Don’t…

Israeli PM Natanyahu wants America to flex on Iran…

Other countries in the Middle East back the Israeli’s….

In the Pacific?

Countries there want more American flexing….

In the Ukraine?

Some wouldn’t mind American flexing…..

In the Middle East others want the US to send combat troops to flex against the Islamic State….

But President Obama has resisted almost all of those efforts to send American men and womane back into harms way….

U.S. allies got a “reset” and a “rebalance,” but what they really need and want is reassurance. During our time in the Obama administration, we saw this virtually every day –requests for more high-level attention, greater assistance and spending, stronger military presence and more assets, and deeper diplomatic engagement. But in an era shaped by the Iran nuclear deal, a resurgent Russia, and an aggressive China, American officials are scrambling to figure out what more they can do, and what, if anything, would be enough to satisfy our partners in the Middle East, Europe, and Asia.

The specific roots of these stresses vary by region, but the general drivers are the same. America’s partners fear the shifting security and political dynamics in their neighborhoods. They question the reliability of decades-old security agreements and international institutions created for different challenges in a different era. And they have taken note of growing U.S. wariness for international engagements…..


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15 thoughts on “Everybody else wants America to flex more…American’s Don’t…”

  1. Why don’t those countries that want the U.S. To “flex” more,”flex”Themselves?

  2. I’m with Obama on this…
    The Saudis are now fight Yemen on their
    Turkey is after ISIS, because they are afraid of the Kurds
    And the US has sent advisors to the Ukraine, Iraq and Afghanistan in addition to several African countries instead mass troops
    Give us a break….

  3. And the same goes for Netanyahu, who wants to veto Obama and Europe’s deal and gave us sent troops into Iran…

  4. Pay attention to some recent polls; the balance of opinion isn’t that clear.

    ¶ CBS News Poll. July 29-Aug. 2, 2015. N=1,252 adults nationwide. Margin of error ± 3.

    Do you favor or oppose the U.S. sending ground troops into Iraq or Syria to fight ISIS militants?”

    Favor Oppose Unsure/No answer
    % % %

    7/29 – 8/2/2015
    46 45 9

    60 31 9

    38 55 8

    43 48 10

    43 46 10

    57 37 6

    47 46 6

    44 50 5

    39 55 6

    “Recently, Iran and a group of six countries led by the United States reached an agreement to limit Iran’s ability to make nuclear weapons for more than a decade in return for lifting economic sanctions against Iran. From what you’ve heard or read so far, do you approve or disapprove of the recent agreement with Iran, or don’t you know enough about it yet to say?”

    Approve Disapprove Don’t know enough Unsure/No answer
    % % % %

    7/29 – 8/2/2015
    20 33 46 1

    ¶ NBC News/Wall Street Journal Poll conducted by Hart Research Associates (D) and Public Opinion Strategies (R). July 26-30, 2015. N=approx. 500 adults nationwide.


    “As you may know, an agreement has been reached between Iran and a group of six other nations, including the U.S. The agreement attempts to prevent Iran from developing a nuclear weapon by limiting Iran’s ability to produce nuclear material and allowing inspections into Iran’s nuclear sites in exchange for reducing certain economic sanctions that are currently in place. Do you support or oppose this agreement or do you not know enough to have an opinion?”

    Support Oppose Do not know enough
    % % %

    35 33 32

    ¶ CNN/ORC Poll. July 22-25, 2015. N=1,017 adults nationwide. Margin of error ± 3.


    “As you may know, the U.S. Congress must approve the agreement the United States and five other countries reached with Iran that is aimed at preventing Iran from developing nuclear weapons before it can take effect. Do you think Congress should approve or reject the deal with Iran?”

    Approve Reject Unsure
    % % %

    44 52 5

    61 36 4

    40 55 6

    31 66 3




  5. I took a second look at the polls DSD….

    Late 2014/early 2015 the numbers where Strongly against sending troops anywhere….

    I believe the media shots of ISIS atrocities where the highest during the beginning of this year hence the increased number for intervention….

    Polling for now has the numbers dropping again….

    Of, course the GOPer’s WANT the troops…Democrats not so much…

    In my view IF the US was to send combat troops?
    Ten seconds after the emdia reported the first DOA?
    The numbers whould drop back to pre-early 2015 numbers…

    …from Politico…..

    Does the American public oppose the Iran deal?
    Recent polling suggests Americans both support and oppose the agreement, depending on how the question is asked.

    More @ http://www.politico.com/story/2015/08/public-polls-iran-nuclear-deal-support-oppose-120953.html#ixzz3hwy1XoUK

  6. I agree with your statement that Americans would rapidly turn against such an adventure as the deaths started coming.

    Any President ,however ,even a hawkish Republican ,would certainly hesitate in sending in the troops with the ” support” of less than half the public as shown in the poll above.

    Even the unpopular War in Vietnam had well over 50% support when the troop withdrawals began.

  7. The Iranians can just go scoop up some of the Iraqi desert and build their bomb right Manila, who needs a nuclear reactor when you have right wing blogs to believe.

  8. There’s no chance of an invasion now.

    As usual the Republicans are huffing and puffing for pure political points.Indeed, the other day, Republican columnist Paul Greenberg criticized those suggesting an invasion and instead supported continuing sanctions.Apparently , He doesn’t understand that all the other “partners” in the sanctions gambit now support the deal.

    The United States alone perpetuating the sanctions would have little or no effect on the Iranians.

    It’s a tough lesson ,but the United States will have to learn that we are no longer in a viable position to dictate to other countries how they will act.

  9. Props to Obama
    Of course people could elect a GOP re and we do Iraq and Afghanistan ALL OVER AGAIN….

  10. “Why don’t those countries that want the U.S. To “flex” more,”flex”Themselves?”

    Sand or no sand, they should all be nuclear powers in ten years.

    Flex that!

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