The closer we get to the presidential election, the more we are bombarded with facts, opinions, predictions, and the like from both ends of the political spectrum.
One thing I like about this analysis from my friend and geopolitical expert George Friedman is that he starts off with an obvious yet understated fact: you can't believe what presidential candidates say. Not because they are pathological liars, but because they must make promises that, once elected, they cannot keep, given the reality of the office.
Whether or not you buy the idea that presidents have much less power than we think, George's assessment of each candidate in terms of foreign policy is as unbiased and dispassionate as they come – definitely worth some considered thought.
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Your thinking the presidency still matters analyst,
Folks, this piece from STRATFOR has compelled me to focus on the US for one more day before I head off to Europe. You've seen the articles and other insights I send on occasion from George Friedman, my friend and prophetic author of The Next 100 Years and The Next Decade, both bestsellers. Well, this article takes the cake. George is the founder of a geopolitical intelligence company called STRATFOR, whose focus is international affairs. But on the rare occasion when domestic politics and international affairs intersect, it's always a treat to get George's insight.
I don't even want to give away any spoilers here. It's better to let you follow first-hand, as George builds his argument and arrives at a profound final conclusion. Let me just say: In Endgame, as you know, I predict that we will deal with the deficit in a controlled manner, or face disastrous consequences. Here, we learn how the realities of the next 14 months before the presidential election present some potential global consequences of their own.
If these occasional samples (which I get special permission from George to send) aren't enough for you, my intelligent readers, I recommend you get full access as a STRATFOR subscriber. OTB readers get a <<steep discount on subscriptions and a free copy of George's latest book>>, which I mentioned above. I suggest you investigate. I read them every day myself.