Well I can't read his mind, or see into his soul as W did, but it is fair to guess that he is much more concerned with his own southern flank than Syrian rebels (aka FAS,Free Syrian Army)
Fortunately we must communicate with all sovereign leaders, and Putin is in a key position to influence the Assad regime. At least lets see how things play out.
That is exactly what he is trying to do, knowing that our bombing the Assad regime could place chemical weapons in the hands of Islamic extremists very close to the Russian border. It's approx. 500 miles from NE Syria to Russia across eastern Turkey. And we already know that Caucuses are a mess despite their energy wealth.
Not that simple I'm afraid. At that time the enemy was Communism, a legitimate fear. It was a choice between the lesser (at the time) of two evils. I'm quite sure faced with the same situation we would likely handle it differently however. Guess who we also supported while he was in Afghanistan fighting the Soviet invaders?
PNAC didn't define "American Exceptionalism," according to Rush Limbaugh, he did. We live in an amazing world.
americans are killers of innocent peoples they supported taliban in afghanistan in 1989 when russia fought against taliban
who gives a damn what that ass says anyway! I wouldn't trust him as far as I could throw him with him tied to a post!
…My working and personal relationship with President Obama is marked by growing trust. I appreciate this. I carefully studied his address to the nation on Tuesday. And I would rather disagree with a case he made on American Exceptionalism, stating that the United States’ policy is “what makes America different. It’s what makes us exceptional.” It is extremely dangerous to encourage people to see themselves as exceptional, whatever the motivation. There are big countries and small countries, rich and poor, those with long democratic traditions and those still finding their way to democracy. Their policies differ, too. We are all different, but when we ask for the Lord’s blessings, we must not forget that God created us equal.
Social Justice is another very ambiguous phrase, but I see no ties to "Socialism" in any definitions. Its about equality, human rights, freedom, liberty, the Rule of Law etc......see Rawls. http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Social_justice As for how we have defined "American Exceptionalism," it was pretty neatly expressed by PNAC, that the US, not the UN or ICC should provide global leadership and enforcement. http://www.newamericancentury.org/statementofprinciples.htm
"Social justice" is a measure of equality of outcome, or Socialism. And I always thought that "American Exceptionalism" referred to our system of Government, which though imperfect, allows us an unmatched level of individual freedom.