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  • Re: The Global War on Terror 5.0: Putin on the Risk

    Originally posted by FreshFish View Post
    They beheaded a US journalist explicitly to intimidate us into leaving.
    I do not think this is correct. We had already left. They beheaded a US journalist to get the US to make threats of returning which they can then use to rally more support among people who hated the US occupation. They are trying to broaden their base of support because their end game is to be an actual state, the successor to the Ottoman Caliphate that was abolished in 1924.

    You made the schoolyard bully example. Do you let the schoolyard bully control the terms of where and when you'll fight him, or do you keep your options open and fight him under the best possible conditions?

    Although I think the schoolyard bully analogy is facile, I'll counter with another one: don't let the little head rule the big head.
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    • Re: The Global War on Terror 5.0: Putin on the Risk

      Originally posted by Kepler View Post
      You made the schoolyard bully example. Do you let the schoolyard bully control the terms of where and when you'll fight him, or do you keep your options open and fight him under the best possible conditions?
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      • Re: The Global War on Terror 5.0: Putin on the Risk

        the question "what should we do about isis?" is not the same as the question "do we want to go back to iraq?" one is about facing up to an extreme and immediate challenge, which we have to do. The other is about returning to an old experience, which almost no one wants to do.
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        • Re: The Global War on Terror 5.0: Putin on the Risk

          Agreed.

          Not sure why some insist on conflating them.

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          • Re: The Global War on Terror 5.0: Putin on the Risk

            Originally posted by Kepler View Post
            Yes. Exactly so.
            No, not exact. Compare the numbers.
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            • Originally posted by FreshFish View Post
              You may be doomed..... I'll pick survival, thanks all the same.
              It must suck to go thru life constantly scared of what's around the next corner. I feel pity for you.

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              • Re: The Global War on Terror 5.0: Putin on the Risk

                Originally posted by Kepler View Post
                They beheaded a US journalist to get the US to make threats of returning which they can then use to rally more support among people who hated the US occupation.
                This. That is why terrorist policies are so often used--they have a double benefit. They inspire fear and that fear motivates behaviors they can use as a recruitment tool, which is probably the more valuable benefit to them. Why would an islamist terrorist organization plan a major hit on American soil after 9-11 when they could lure us into situations where we cause death and destruction to the homes and cities where their recruits (or the people with whom their recruits identify) live? We kill 5 civilians and 10 line up to wear a bomb vest.

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                • Re: The Global War on Terror 5.0: Putin on the Risk

                  Originally posted by ScoobyDoo View Post
                  No, not exact. Compare the numbers.
                  Does anybody really think that a president's vacation is actually a vacation? Instead of three or four hours a day to himself and/or his family he's probably getting eight while "on vacation" with the rest of the time split between sleep and governing, and he doesn't have to do it from the White House.
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                  • Re: The Global War on Terror 5.0: Putin on the Risk

                    Originally posted by Kepler View Post
                    Do you let the schoolyard bully control the terms of where and when you'll fight him, or do you keep your options open and fight him under the best possible conditions?
                    Which of those options was available to us on September 11, 2001?


                    Now we face a more ruthless organization with far more money, more people, and better resources.
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                    • Re: The Global War on Terror 5.0: Putin on the Risk

                      Originally posted by ScoobyDoo View Post
                      No, not exact. Compare the numbers.
                      Not exactly in the numbers, exactly in that it was a bad rap on Bush, too.

                      When presidents are on "vacation" they aren't on "vacation." Even Reagan, the most famously lazy of all our recent presidents, brought staff on vacation and worked as hard as when he was in DC. I don't think it's a stretch to say presidents may actually work far more efficiently on vacation since they don't have to do all the BS that comes with the trappings.

                      The same people who are hung up on Obama in a golf cart loved them some Reagan on a horse, and vice-versa. I'm not much for drawing equivalences between the GOP and Dems since there is a fundamental difference in the lack of vision, intellect, and morality of the former, however in this case it's just an easy, dumb jab. Dubya wasn't a failure because he took lots of vacations; he was a failure because he didn't take more of them.
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                      • Originally posted by FreshFish View Post
                        Which of those options was available to us on September 11, 2001?


                        Now we face a more ruthless organization with far more money, more people, and better resources.
                        Rover, you're wrong. He's not Rambo, he's Bruce Willis from The Siege.

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                          FXX is about to run all the Simpsons episodes. I'll have to watch this one -- I somehow missed it.
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                            Originally posted by Bob Gray View Post
                            Kinda like people always moaned about Bush spending too much time at his ranch in Texas, eh?
                            *whistle*

                            Only liberals are permitted to point back to Bush's failings. That's a 10-yd. penalty, repeat 2nd down.

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                            • Re: The Global War on Terror 5.0: Putin on the Risk

                              Originally posted by Kepler View Post
                              FXX is about to run all the Simpsons episodes. I'll have to watch this one -- I somehow missed it.
                              You're missing it right now. They started yesterday morning, and when I left for work this morning Bart's crank call to Moe turned to failure because Hugh Jass was getting a drink just then.
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                              "One does not simply walk into Mordor. Its Black Gates are guarded by more than just Orcs. There is evil there that does not sleep, and the Great Eye is ever watchful. It is a barren wasteland, riddled with fire and ash and dust, the very air you breathe is a poisonous fume." Boromir

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                              • Re: The Global War on Terror 5.0: Putin on the Risk

                                Originally posted by St. Clown View Post
                                You're missing it right now. They started yesterday morning, and when I left for work this morning Bart's crank call to Moe turned to failure because Hugh Jass was getting a drink just then.
                                Dang it. I thought it started Monday.
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