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L. E. Alba

L. E. Alba
New Jersey, USA
January 09
Semi-retired but fully inspired
L.E. Alba (aka Lary9) was born into a venerable Louisiana political family during the Truman administration. Educated in engineering and liberal arts, this father of three opinionated offspring, has had a lifelong love affair with all things American especially political independence. He routinely apologizes for his progressive zeal by claiming to be besotted with Liberty. After serving in the USAF during the undeclared Vietnam war, he promptly joined the Woodstock Generation, lived in a commune in Haight-Ashbury and, despite the seductive Sirens of the West Coast, returned to the East and began to cultivate a stubborn but artistic Yankee sensibility. More often than not, this landed him squarely in radical left-wing territory on most issues. Lately he has been thinking about retiring from politics but his Louisiana roots are deep and proving to be retirement-resistant. [Twitter: @Lary9]


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NOVEMBER 1, 2011 6:20AM

Do We Need An Obama Doctrine After 2012?

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After the 2012 election, Mr. Obama needs to address the nation to frame a clear, courageous "Obama Doctrine" on foreign policy--- What is our role in the world for the new millennium? How do we use our military in the future? Are there limits to the American projection of power? What is our role in the United Nations? We ought to have a real national conversation about the nature of government and what we expect it to do. Right now, in the run up to the 2012 election season, we're not really talking... we're only arguing.
It is time for the revision of our priorities and our self-image. Most of us grown-up Americans are tired of prattling on with homages to ourselves among the community of other nations. Everyone knows that the past century of saber rattling and braggadocio is a poor model for the future. It's prohibitively expensive, it damages our global relationships and isn't particularly good domestically for a nation of people who just want to get on with their lives, enjoy their families and live in peace. The times have changed since I was a kid...probably since you were too...especially if you're still reading this and haven't plugged your iPod into your skull. But, mark these words, the times will relentlessly present themselves without remorse and we will need to respond with more than conservative sloganeering and posturing.

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