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Thomas J Donegan
Thomas J Donegan
Born January 22, 1958 Graduated 1976 Lawrence County Vo-Tech U.S.Navy, 11/76 - 10/82 Cryptologic Technician M-branch Graduated 1989 Slippery Rock University B.S. Mathematics, minors: Philosophy, History U.S. Government 1990 -2001 Various private sector Electrical/Electronics jobs 2001- present
 

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So by what principles should the USA conduct foreign policy?

Jul. 14, 2017 10:57 am
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An mercurial and intelligent caricaturist (we will not mention his name...) @bestthinking.com inveighed - as is his wont - against the POTUS Donald Trump and the USA's relation with Vladimir Putin and Russians - our: "mortal enemies" according to the writer/caricaturist. Such a view brought to mind an experience from school-days... and so we wrote, the following addressing a particular thread of the - or should we say "point" of the "Pointy Dunce Hat" regarding that blogster:

We note that an abundance of innuendo and wishful thinking does not make a compelling, criminal or impeachable case! Hard evidence trumps the most fanciful chimera's of the hopeful... The caricaturist's characterizations (regarding Russia and Vladimir Putin) however, do remind this writer of a an encounter with a girl/woman (she was about this writers age at the time 26) while in school (college/University) post-USN; we guess that while she was in Grad School (she had a Masters in foreign affairs, as reported via her introduction), and then in Nicaragua commiserating with Daniel Ortega (for a full year), we were finishing up our 6 years of active duty in USN. The woman was brought in to speak about the Iran-Contra Affair by SRU; we happened to be in a Philosophy class (a Tuesday/Thursday, 75 minute lecture period), and Dr. Kneupper and Dr. McCoskey combined the classes (note: we were in Kneupper's class) so we students could benefit from this woman's wisdom...

As the woman - introduced as an expert on the Contra-Sandinista Nicaraguan dispute, we repeat she spent a year with Daniel Ortega - spoke, those of us with military back-grounds were impatiently waiting to pounce! When the opportunity to question came about she was besieged by questions from former servicemen (about 6 of us, out of about 60 students). Naturally she was - as were both professors - a fan of Daniel Ortega, and she vilified the Contra's. As it turned out, she was stymied by this writers question which is contained in the title of this missive, viz: "By what principles would you suggest the USA conduct its Foreign Policy?" As this writer bore in upon her, Dr. McCoskey (deceased; formerly a Baptist Minister who lost his faith in Christianity and in Jesus Christ and claimed that he would have committed suicide, but New-Age Philosophy saved him! Such was reported by those which enrolled in his classes - we never had the pleasure of being entertained by the clownish antics with he would entertain his students e.g., lecturing from a trash-basket... Deep, deep philosophy taught therein, we guess...) came to her rescue.

McCoskey attempted to portray us (this writer) as a jingo... Of course we responded (we paraphrase): "Dr. McCoskey, we have read Plato's Republic and are inclined to agree with him that utopia's are figments of the imagination, thus we do not see the USA as wearing a "white-hat!" We understand Reagan's foreign policy as reflecting Jean Kirkpatrick's preference of strong-men dictators to communist regimes; such is the ugly business of international affairs, foreign relations and pragmatism. So Dr. McCoskey, by what principles should the united States conduct its foreign policy?" McCoskey was as ill-equipped as the young woman that lectured upon the Iran-Contra Affair, and thus Dr. Kneupper came to his aid, but he was no better, and the class ended (time expired) before any such articulation of principles could be rendered by any sympathetic to view that "communism (or anti-Americanism when lead by a conservative Administration) good" and the USA and Ronald Reagan evil! It seems to me, one must refuse foreign entanglements altogether, or one must make alliances with the lesser of evils e.g., Joe Stalin is very evil, but less evil than Adolph Hitler...

So the question is still the same, given their aren't any this side of the grave with clean mitts, viz: "By what principles should the united States of America conduct its foreign affairs? We think Kirkpatrick and Reagan had it right!

Thomas J. Donegan

guildma@msn.com

 
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