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Politics served up with a smile... And a stilletto.

Published: Mon, 19 Mar 2018 15:21:57 +0000


By: J Winstead...old fart

Wed, 16 May 2007 05:01:42 +0000

Hey Rick....Takes alot of guts to change one's opionion. Your not "cowardly". As you say the "threads of logic" ain't there. When one thinks they have been "mislead" and begins to relaize the noble cause they supported was and still is run by a bunch of you jump over the cliff with all the rest of the true believers? Don't be ridiculous...your a libertine. Hang in there...

By: mannning

Wed, 02 May 2007 18:45:59 +0000

Drongo; For your info, our census shows that there are over 6 million Muslims in the US. Care to guess how many of those can be radicalized instantly by the right approach? The 10,000 mosques here are hotbeds of shouting that the US should go Sharia, Muslims should have separate facilities, etc. etc, and our FBI states that more than 10% of them are fully indoctrinated into Islamofascism right now. We have a massive internal Muslim problem today, and it is only growing worse. All the same signs as the UK has been having are here, but somewhat more muted for the moment. Nothing good can come of this--nothing. Our lovely MSM tries mightily to keep the lid on the events that can be linked to Islamic vengence and terror so as not to alarm the masses. But the number of killings in the US that are indeed linked to Muslims is growing in every state. I am all for using brains when solving problems. Somehow the wrong brains use the wrong philosophy when speaking of Islam and the West. They refuse to accept the fact that we are at war with Islam, not terror, per se. They refuse to believe that Muslims are serious about conquering the world by hook or crook, and they take a long view of how to do this. Thus, some people simply refuse to believe that the Iraqi situation is critically important to the battle against Islam, when it is actually the chief engagement. Here we have a religious sect that believes in their ultimate victory against the infidel, they believe the infidels are beneath human and can be dealt with as they please when they have the power to do so, as we have seen often on TV. The 1.5 billion Muslims in the world can become a potent force for a new Islamic Caliphate. Are we not using our heads today to see this threat in all of its manifestations? Are we not concerned as we watch Europe being Muslimed to death, one bite at a time? I think most people are assuming the posture of an ostrich regarding the threat, and definitely not using their brains. Demographics in Europe are frighteningly in favor of a Muslin dominance by mid-century, and no one over there is doing a thing to stop it; they are all hung up on the liberty and freedom of deadly enemies to subvert the government and reorganize the state to their liking. Some brainpower in Europe! Perhaps they should spend less time on their vaunted cultural pursuits and more time looking around them as the place crumbles.

By: grognard

Wed, 02 May 2007 15:48:51 +0000

Richard. Yeah, I said the same thing, there was nothing more disgusting than to see people thump their chests over how patriotic they were then turn around and demand tax cuts. The Republican congress would have been a lot more interested in the wars progress if we were paying for it. Not to mention showing the troops that we were willing to make a least a token sacrifice to the war effort they would be putting their lives on the line for.

By: Richard Bottoms

Wed, 02 May 2007 13:20:44 +0000

War is not a penny pinching enterprise, as we are now discovering, you go in with everything and get it over. If that is asking too much then don’t go to war. If only someone had said something like that before the invasion. Oh wait. I did. So did hundreds of other vets who knew this war would be a disaster, not because it had zero chance on its face. It had zero chance because George Bush was leading it.

By: Richard Bottoms

Wed, 02 May 2007 13:18:14 +0000

You may say cheap, but I think he thought we had enough resources to do the job...
Unfortunately he was wrong.

By: grognard

Wed, 02 May 2007 12:47:49 +0000

TomT …can’t fight suicide bombers with…massive force. Then what do you use? Toothpicks? If you have another method of dealing with insurgents other than boots on the ground please illuminate us with your obviously vast knowledge of military operations. Richard Totally agree, and I will add “America is not at war,. The Marine corps is at war. America is at the mall “ [a sign posted in Iraq]. If paying more in taxes is too much to ask when our service people are going to risk their lives then don’t go to war.

By: tomt

Wed, 02 May 2007 11:23:53 +0000

Rumsfeld was a true reformer. He cut crusader and comanche programs. This was uprecedented. Lets face it, Rumsfeld wanted to make the mitary more efficient. You may say cheap, but I think he thought we had enough resources to do the job and they just had to be utilized more effectively. I can't argue with that. I think we need a military that is more nimble and able to respond quickly.

By: tomt

Wed, 02 May 2007 11:11:42 +0000

You do not fight on the cheap, but you fight with the resources you have. If you plan on a long occupation, you maust make plans to rotate troops to keep them fresh. I do not believe you can fight suicide bombers with massive amounts of force. I think you will end up with allot more dead on your hands. My primary premise is that people do not acknowledge that the solutions they offer may come with their own set of problems that could lead to outcomes far worse than we have currently. Personally, I do not think any of the popular solutions I have heard would have changed much on the ground today. I do not think what we have today in Iraq is that horrible. The Government is already much better than most of the Governments in that area. I think abandoning Iraq today would be a big mistake especially with the payoff being so large. People need to get some perspective.

By: Drongo

Wed, 02 May 2007 10:40:47 +0000

"Oh well! This could go on and on, but the idea is to Dominate, and only then show the velvet glove." Every one of these tactics was used by the Soviets in Afghanistan. They exhibited bloodshed, terror, arbitary detention and overwhelming force for years there. And what happened? It went on and on and on until eventually they gave up a bad hand. You honestly want to fight like the Soviets? What the hell has happened to your country? Look, some realities here; 1) Unless you wanted to occupy the country for ever the locals will keep fighting you or backstabbing you or fighting amongst themselves in recognition that there will be a time when you are gone. 2) You want to go home, they already are at home. It costs you money and political capital to fight the war. It costs them nothing. 3) The harder you hit them the more they come back at you. 4) As the occupier and overwhelming military powerhouse you are the weaker party in the war because you are already behind on points on the moral level. 5) You are Americans. You are not and never were going to support another long bloody, poorly conceived insurgency war. It is no good pretending that you are a different people with cold hard imperial will. As an example; "Today, this means a Supersurge within some months from now, or perhaps a year. It also means a draft, and a number of years of deployments." You might as well say that you will be deploying your mental control machines to turn the Iraqis into peaceloving satraps for all the good it does. Or that you'll deploy a troop of super heroes from America's finest. No-one will get a draft introduced for this war because you live in a democracy and people don't want to be drafted to fight what they largely consider a pointless war. Try to see it from the other side for a moment, please. Your country has been invaded by a foreign force. That force is clearly running things with a puppet government in place. You have suspicion that they are there to steal your country permanently. They shot up your son at a checkpoint because he was driving too fast. They virtually flattened Detroit. New York is now a gangland of violence between the various communities. What are you, as a patriot, going to do? Welcome the occupiers with open arms? Or would you fight to your last breath? Don't you get this? You literally cannot win. You don't have the forces for the full colonial occupation that you speak of and you're never going to get them. You are never going to get the Sunni tribes to co-operate with you (the talk of them killing Al-Q is just waht we've been saying all along. The moment the occupation leaves the Sunnis will be clearing house of those hated Wahhabists). The Shiites are always going to prefer Iran to you. The government will fall, as do all Quisling governments. Your choices are to get out now or wait for some more death and then get out later. Later could be 2 years, it could be 50 years, the results will be the same. "You want to fold, then fold, and take what comes after. I, for one, will feel far less secure about Islamofascists in America if we do fold." What, that vast army of Islamofacists that will soon be taking over the country? How is staying in Iraq helping you in that respect? Surely not the flypaper theory? The Islamofacists are in Pakistan living comfortably in their own little -stan waiting for the day when they might be able to grab the reins of a nuclear power. The ones in Iraq are idiot footsoldiers with a death wish. While Bin Laden and his buddies are sitting pretty, you are wasting all your moral and military might on an irrelevant distraction. More brain and a lot less brawn is what's needed here.

By: Drongo

Wed, 02 May 2007 10:06:52 +0000

"War is not a penny pinching enterprise, as we are now discovering, you go in with everything and get it over. If that is asking too much then don’t go to war." There's an idea that doesn't get enough consideration. "Don't go to war". A radical consideration to be sure, but maybe next time the flags are waving and the blood is up we might remember it. The fact is that wars rarely work out as you wanted them to. Avoiding them is the best strategy, only engaging in defensive wars is forced to.