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May 8, 2017

Twenty Questions—Plus Four

Filed under: Politics — Steve Ruis @ 9:14 am
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Remember the game of 20 Questions? Here are twenty-four commonsensical questions about our stance in the world that, if answered, would clarify our relationships with all other nations greatly.

I strongly recommend you read “Andrew Bacevich: What Obsessing About Trump Causes Us To Miss”.



  1. Wow! Great in-depth questions … that NEED to be answered. But who will be the one to do so? Certainly not our current leader and/or his administration.

    To me, one of his final statements hits home: Let me suggest that any one of these two dozen issues — none seriously covered, discussed, or debated in the American media or in the political mainstream — bears more directly on the wellbeing of the United States and our prospects for avoiding global conflict than anything Donald Trump may have said or done during his first 100 days as president. Collectively, they define the core of the national security challenges that presently confront this country, even as they languish on the periphery of American politics.

    P.S. The comments to this dissertation are interesting and, as usual, reflect a wide variety of perspectives to what Andrew has presented.


    Comment by Nan — May 8, 2017 @ 11:17 am | Reply

    • We are constantly blocked from serious discussions by our profit-seeking, sensation-oriented “free press.” Right now our press isn’t free, it is costing us greatly

      I noticed that other bloggers are passing these questions around. Maybe some enterprising WH reporter will ask some of them of those in power.

      On Mon, May 8, 2017 at 11:17 AM, Class Warfare Blog wrote:



      Comment by Steve Ruis — May 8, 2017 @ 11:33 am | Reply

  2. These are good questions, but I think a few answers are pretty obvious:
    #2 – American military is generously funded but for a different type of conflict than the ones they it is regularly used today: it’s a huge military to fight other huge militaries like Russia or China, not to fight insurgencies. It’s like buying the most advanced and expensive chainsaw and then try to use it to do haircuts.
    Pakistan – they have their own Islamist militant groups like LET they are fighting, so there’s some natural reasons to be allies even if their help is not necessarily very reliable (e.g., bin Laden). Also, keeping them as an ally does help from this nuclear state going completely rogue.
    Israel’s nukes – I think everyone already operates under the assumption that the Israelis have them. However, since Israel never threatens to wipe out another country like Iran or North Korea, their nukes should be about as concerning as France’s or UK’s.


    Comment by List of X — May 8, 2017 @ 12:53 pm | Reply

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