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US politics' distorted 'machofication'

Several American presidents over the past century and more considered it a cardinal sin if they didn't strike 'manly' postures to support their diplomatic bargaining.

The latest to be derided is President Obama, whose manhood was questioned on an NBC 'Meet the Press' discussion in April because of his handling of foreign crises in Syria and Ukraine.

SOME American presidents and policymakers have recommended that US foreign policy must boldly display the will to intervene abroad - otherwise the nation risks becoming timid and weak, and would lose its characteristic manliness.

Towards the goal of creating an "American Empire" in the...

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