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Foreign Affairs Expert Leslie Gelb: Masters in Business (Audio) by Bloomberg View | Free Listening on SoundCloud
Leslie Gelb, wrote Pentagon Papers. Which Ellsberg leaked (Whistleblower) - bit.ly/1Lgsq2D // Back in the days, national interests and force was expressed in war and seldomly in economic embargos (Napoleon tried that against British Empire) and there were economic skirmishes (oil/diesel, rubber) in the run-up to WW2 and the first couple of months before USA officially entered WW2. TODAY! National interests are only expressed in economic terms with trade embargoes, tariffs, trade deals and protectionism. Only little military skirmishes here and there and when, the nation tries to hide them from the publics eye (through rouge nations for hire army/special forces, a nations secret services supplying the underground arms trade that doesn't show up on its balance sheet or one of their nations manufacturers. West excluded Russia from recent G8 summit in Munich and made it G7. Russia/Europe/USA playing game of chicken of economic escalation. Or using corporate actors & new cyber war!
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august 2015 by asterisk2a
Global Response to S. China Sea Risks Needed - Bloomberg
The Philippines’ push to secure energy resources against the wishes of Asia’s biggest economy and military spender risks clashes that may ensnare the U.S., a treaty ally. Clinton left Indonesia for Hong Kong and the neighboring city of Shenzhen, where she is due to meet State Councilor Dai Bingguo today.‘Nine-Dash Map’Clinton’s call to internationalize the South China Sea issue may irk China, which maintains that disputes are a bilateral affair. China lays claim to most of the sea based on a “nine-dash map” that it drew up and says any attempt to challenge this is a violation of its sovereignty.

Asean members Philippines, Vietnam, Malaysia and Brunei have competing claims in the sea.
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july 2011 by asterisk2a
Sometimes The Easiest Solution is Not the Best Solution
The U.S. State Department was in favor of a coup, while the Pentagon and CIA warned of the destabilizing effect this might have.

On November 2, 1963, members of the South Vietnamese military overthrew the Diem brothers, summarily executing both of them. U.S. President John Kennedy was shocked-- he had not ordered the execution.

Later, Kennedy sought the advice of Canadian leader Lester Pearson about the Vietnam situation. Pearson's advice was "Get out." Kennedy responded "That's a stupid answer. Everyone knows that. The question is: how do we get out?"

Kennedy never answered that. 20 days after the execution of the Diem Brothers, Kennedy was felled by an assasin's bullets.

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# JohnKennedy JFK vietnam assasination neoconservatism neoconservatives
# Lyndon Johnson used the fabricated _Gulf of Tonkin Incident_ to vastly escalate the war,
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october 2009 by asterisk2a

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