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Old 7th October 2013, 22:15   #9
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Politicians of all stripes love playing games of brinkmanship.
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The US currently has the world's major economy and it's best military (excluding Israel's), so it gets to 'call the shots'.
US influence isn't primarily by force. Peacekeeping is necessary. As a 20 year occupation of Serbia proved. If you can get people settled down, they quit shooting.
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