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Why the Russians want health-care reform in the U.S.

Mark Steyn sees an overlap between Obama’s domestic and foreign-policy agendas


 

By scrapping the American missile defense system, Barack Obama has effectively “handed the Russians their biggest win since the collapse of the Iron Curtain,” Mark Steyn fumes. The reason is simple: In order to shield themselves from a nuclear Iran, Eastern European countries will start looking to an imperial-minded Moscow rather than the U.S. for protection, bolstering Russia’s influence on the region. And will only get worse on the foreign policy front if Obama succeeds in implementing his domestic agenda. “For Britain and other great powers,” Steyn writes, “the decision to build a hugely expensive welfare state at home entailed inevitably a long retreat from responsibilities abroad, with a thousand small betrayals of peripheral allies along the way.”

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Why the Russians want health-care reform in the U.S.

  1. Iran won’t be launching nuclear weapons at anyone. They know quite well that the price of that would be Tehran glowing for a thousand years. They want such weapons for domestic reasons, not to threaten anyone.

    • Not to mention that a missile defense shield, even if they could get such a thing working, would simply mean that the nuke comes in by truck.

    • Dood, this is Steyn. He probably finished off the article with, "…and that's why white women need to start birthin more babies."

  2. Yawn. Another irrelevant Steyn piece on the pages of Maclean's.

    He must have very, very compromising pictures of someone on staff.

    • Not to mention at the Orange County Register.

      Tough times in California, they're having to buy the cut-rate material.

  3. Mark Steyn parsed: "sorry i'd love to do something about your health care woes, but if we don't take care of the commies and the ragheads you wont have no health to worry bout "!

  4. Oops! Should said "head choppers" ! Don't want to put words into Steyn's mouth.

  5. "Eastern European countries will start looking to an imperial-minded Moscow rather than the U.S. for protection"

    Fine by me. The americans need to shed the dead weight of global empire maintenance and get thier own house in order. Let the russians start wasting billions of dollars on the task.

  6. steyn is a real right winger who only sees conspiracies from the left . Stuck in neo-conservatism jingoism .

  7. What planet is this man from? He gets paid to write this stuff? Either Steyn is stark raving mad, or merely hapy to appeal to the stark, raving mad audience. Pure trash.

  8. What I like about Steyn is how he says it like it is, in all its disastrous glory, yet maintains cheery good humour throughout.

    As opposed to the commenters who make completely irrelevant rejoinders in all-too-clever, what-an-idiot-that-man-is, if-only-he-could-be-as-tolerant-and-progressive-as-we-are-then-we-might-actually-click-through-the-link-and-read-his-fricking-article tones.

    • It seems where you see cheery good humour others see snide, sneering appeals to the base predjudices that we all hide to varing degrees. However, i agree that feeling morally superior to Steyn is self-indulgent.

      • "…others see snide, sneering appeals to the base predjudices that we all hide to varing degrees."

        Speak for yourself. There is no need to project the misanthropy of the Left onto the rest of us.

        • Talk about wilful self-indulgence! No trace of predjuidice or distrust of the other in you eh! You arrogant self-opiniated twat!

          • Perhaps some day I will be as tolerant and delightful as you. I dare to dream.

          • I can't speak to delightful, but as i read your comments you appear to believe that you already possess all the tolerance you'll ever need. It's possible i misunderstood, but somehow i doubt it. To suggest that misanthropy is solely a trait of the left or indeed any segment of humanity is to be wilfully purblind.

          • I suppose it's sort of like suggesting that racism is solely a trait of the right, yes?

            "Mark Steyn parsed: "sorry i'd love to do something about your health care woes, but if we don't take care of the commies and the ragheads you wont have no health to worry bout "!" – kcm, upthread

          • I suppose it's sort of like suggesting that racism is solely a trait of the right, yes?

            "Mark Steyn parsed: "sorry i'd love to do something about your health care woes, but if we don't take care of the commies and the ragheads you wont have no health to worry bout "!" – kcm, upthread

          • I suppose it's sort of like suggesting that racism is solely a trait of the right, yes?

            "Mark Steyn parsed: "sorry i'd love to do something about your health care woes, but if we don't take care of the commies and the ragheads you wont have no health to worry bout "!"
            – kcm, upthread

          • I suppose it's sort of like suggesting that racism and craziness are solely traits of the right, yes?

            "Mark Steyn parsed: "sorry i'd love to do something about your health care woes, but if we don't take care of the commies and the ragheads you wont have no health to worry bout "!"
            – kcm, upthread

            "Either Steyn is stark raving mad, or merely hapy to appeal to the stark, raving mad audience. "
            – Marty M, upthread

            Spare us the faux outrage please. And yes, I think misanthropy is only consistent with the Left although one does find inconsistent Righties who act like Leftists.

          • Thanks again for another insight — well, let's face it, the same insight over and over again — into your unique worldview.

          • Yeah, the Right is really known for its tolerance and philanthropy. Cf. 1933ff.

          • Yeah, the Right is really known for its tolerance. Cf. 1933ff.

  9. Labels like 'the left' used by many right-wing pundits is slightly tired. The anecdotal evidence and gut feelings attributed to the few billion people that such a dumbed down and inaccurate moniker is applied to is roughly equivalent to someone stating;

    "I knew a right winger who enjoyed carnal pleasures with animals; therefore right-wingers enjoy carnal pleasures with animals."

    Steyn articles are based on stereotype and a plethora of logical fallacies that children would discredit; yet not only palatable to adults, but repeated as proven fact. For example, see every article of his ever posted on Maclean's or linked to by the site.

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