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05-11-2011 08:15 PM  7 years agoPost 1
Rogman88

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http://online.wsj.com/article/SB100...0735033236.html

This is the second time I've seen a president referred to as a "strong man". The other article was on one of the africa countries presidents (Ivory Coast I think) who didn't relinquish power to the guy who beat him in the elections thus causing a civil war. To me this is just too vague a term to be used by the media. If the guy is the president, call him the president, or former president, whatever, but strongman impies that he's a drug lord or something. WTH?

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05-11-2011 09:19 PM  7 years agoPost 2
bbaxter

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The term has been around for a long time, and has been used when referring to a dictator, president, general, etc, who is in power and has the ability to stay in power even when an election is lost. The have the "strength" to exercise their desires.

Castro was referred to as a strongman at times, so was Mao, Pol Pot, Bokassa, Idi Amin, and so on.

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05-11-2011 09:27 PM  7 years agoPost 3
Rogman88

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The Syrian president is still the president. I had no clue when I heard the term used referring to him on the radio news. I had to go look up Syrian strongman to see that it was the president they were referring too...

I'm no fan of our president, but if someone from another country call him a "strongman" instead of our president, I'd be like WTH?

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