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January 23 2009

1979 ist überall - derStandard.at - 2009-01-02


Fast alles, was uns heute noch politisch beschäftigt, hat vor 30 Jahren seinen Ursprung genommen. .... Das Jahr 1979 wurde damals als ereignisreich, spannungsgeladen und turbulent empfunden. Niemand ahnte, dass die Welt gerade den entscheidenden Wendepunkt zwischen der Nachkriegszeit und dem Anbruch des 21. Jahrhunderts erlebte. Mit der Ausnahme Peter Sloterdijks, der in seinem Buch Zorn und Zeit schreibt, dass die Welt damals in den Postkommunismus eintrat, ist das Schicksalsjahr 1979 bis heute ein gut gehütetes Geheimnis geblieben.
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Jimmy Carter's Wise Counsel - Consortiumnews.com - 2009-01-21

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"... Standing apart from the others in the summit photo — and looking mighty uncomfortable — was Jimmy Carter. Could it be that the interventionism, actual or professed, of all the others made him a little squeamish? While not perfect, Carter — in keeping with the original vision of the nation’s Founders — exhibited more restraint militarily than the rest. Although he began giving aid to the Afghan mujahadeen, his objective was to annoy the Soviets and give them another Vietnam..."
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Editor’s Note: The Washington Establishment is divided among those who want President Barack Obama to pursue the “realist” foreign policy of George H.W. Bush, those who favor the neo-liberal policies of Bill Clinton and those who still want George W. Bush’s neocon approach (albeit a bit toned-down).

However, in this guest essay, the Independent Institute’s Ivan Eland says Obama would be well advised to seek advice from another former President, Jimmy Carter:

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