What books is our President reading

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  1. PixieStix
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    Why is he reading this book?





    [ame="http://www.amazon.com/Post-American-World-Fareed-Zakaria/dp/039306235X#reader"]Amazon.com: The Post-American World (9780393062359): Fareed Zakaria: Books[/ame]

    An exerpt from the book
     

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    Looks like he is about halfway through it
     

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    I believe that came out in the election. I don't mind that he is. I won't presume to know his motivations for reading it but mine would be that it is wise to know your enemies.
     
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    The 6 guidelines that Zakaria talks about:

    1.) Choose - Choose priorities rather than trying to have it all

    2.) Build broad rules, not narrow interests - Recommit to international institutions and mechanisms

    3.) Be Bismarck, not Britain - Maintain excellent relations with everyone, rather than offset and balance emerging powers

    4.) Order à la carte - Address problems through a variety of different structures (e.g. sometimes UN, sometimes NATO, sometimes OAS)

    5.) Think asymmetrically - Respond to problems (e.g. drug cartels, terrorists, etc.) proportionately and do not respond to bait (i.e. small attacks meant to draw attention)

    6.) Legitimacy is power - Legitimacy allows the power to set agendas, define crises, and mobilize support

    Sounds like an interesting book. More like a non-issue.
     
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    I love how people judge books by the title, and don't actually look at the content. All the title means it that the position of the United States relative to other nations will not remain was it was in the immediate aftermath of the Cold War and that to some degree, global power will become more spread. That's an unsettling idea, but it's not really controversial.

    Also, consider the writer. Zakaria backed Obama, but the guy is hardly a liberal. While he was studying at Yale, he was a member The Party of the Right in the Yale Political Union. While studying for his PhD at Harvard, one of his advisers was Samuel Huntington (the Clash of Civilizations guy).
     
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    Sounds like fucking communist bullshit to me. It's rationalizing dictatorship.
     
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    It sounds like politics to me. However, since you're talking out of your ass, you have no idea what Communism or a Dictatorship is anymore.
     
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    Coming from you, that really means something, lol.
     

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