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And didn't Honest Abe also have spats with the press?
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Well, didn't Honest Abe suspend habeas corpus during His War?
The odd part of this article is how it begins. Namely, by acknowledging at least in part, that Iran is unlikely to become a nuclear state unless it first quits the NPT and thus removes those pesky IAEA inspectors. Why? Because the IAEA would notice if there was some malarkey at surveilled sites and it appears that all sites are under IAEA safeguards. So much for that.
Bosltering the Lebanese Army to neutralise Hezbollah. Excuse me while I laugh. The Lebanese military did reasonably recently earn kudos -- only it was against the Nahr-el-Bared Palestinian refugee camp. And it was worthy members of the US Congress that more or less scuppered continued support of that military under the pretext that the arms would fall into the hands of Hezbollah and be used in a blitzkrieg campaign against Israel. I can see it all, 50 -odd M113s armed with at best a .50 cal on the way to Jerusalem......... You've got to be shirting me. Best thing of all, the allegedly AQ-affiliated Nahr-el-Bared blokes are today Popular Heroes -- they being engaged in the 'FSA' campaign against our Bashar. Hey, but wait up. They'll soon become confirmed US-haters...
Robust action against proliferators. Beats me why the authors omitted to suggest sanctions and action against, say, China... (sniggers)
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Tle lady in question appears to have left her mark, so to speak.
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So, the US is not interested in another costly military misadventure. There are close to zero prospects for the US to be able to control events in Syria before Der Untergang, much less after it. There are those second and turd order effects. Naturally, therefore, Mr Obama is drifting closer to intervention. This makes sense? The man would do better to put all those academics onto a barge and send it out to sea with no intention of permitting its return.
One wonders, if all Syria's Alawites are pushed into Lebanon, does that mean that Lebanon's Sunni population is going to be pushed into Syria? Or will a New Syria set as a priority the incorporation of Lebanon into Syria? So where does that leave Christians and Palestinians? In the sea? In Israel? Jordan, perhaps.
Mr Obama must be expecting another wholly undeserved Nobel Peace Prize.
It's a sad day when military action, making war without mention of war, can be prompted by academics, 'intellectuals' and divers scribblers. With support from a demented old man and a litter of 'rights' watchdogs. And, of course, a multiplicity of Bashir Gemayels.Though , we all know what Bashir's well-deserved fate was, don't we?
So, it's mostly political violence. Sounds much like some parties 'showing their power.' Elections, y'know. Nice to know that Young Saddam would have no difficulty in recognising the phenomenon.
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Who would want to stuff a bear? Hint: this is NOT a reference to the fine art of taxidermy.
Was there dereliction of duty?
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Whatever happened to the unfortunate Captain Balian?
Three more years studying international relations theory may help in this regard. Or not. As the case may be.
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The essential part, though, is 'a better balance of power in the region.' One wonders what Skyfall has in mind.
Where do you propose to get the money from anyway?
" Can we not do more to make Iraq a more positive influence in its neighborhood?"
Lady, you've done quite enough already. Standard hatchet job on Prime Minister (President??) al-Maliki. On a repetition of Mr al-Maliki^s name,feel free to keep his title of PM or substitute Mr.
As for your 'legacy' in Iraq... :-)
The John Birch Society was certainly loop, though the tale of the death of its namesake is actually quite instructive. That said there were certainly, Communism-directed front organisations, dominatiion of labour unions and divers things all over the world post-1945.
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Pivot to Asia means Big Bucks. And foreign sales, generally speaking.
Go East, Young Men... :-)
Not all people who see, say, the AQ 'narrative' as basically correct are necessarily potential terrorists. The people who go beyond thought and hot words to actual deeds have always been a minority. That dominant five per cent thing, y'know. Was around from before AQ ever existed and shall be around well after AQ is to be found only in the history books. If at all.
Let's face it, for some time now it has been fashionable to decry Vlad the Bad as some sort of Evil Monster. And Russia is supposedly a partially revived Soviet Union with hidden (under the bed?) Red Tendencies. And, naturally, as a rival to the US. This makes Chechens generally the goodies (same applies to the Uighurs in China). So who cares if they shoot , blow up or decapitate Russians (or Ramzan's Boys for that matter)?. Just as long as they don't do the same to Americans. Who they must love, for some reason I cannot quite get my tiny mind around, alas. This automatically, to some, makes anything coming out of Russia naturally suspect.
It's going to be a while before you learn just what the Brothers T said and did over, say, the last five years.
"they're about trying to develop institutions that can survive and that will operate in a way that is at least congruent with our interests"
In sum, nation-building. Not only that, but managed nation-building. It'd be nice if this chap could explain how to create this ideal remotely-controlled (drone!) foreign government. Especially in a part of the world where the basic suspicion is that the US government does in fact have (and exercise) such control anyway.Away with that friction, think seamless. Sweet theory murdered by brutal facts.
Nice to see mention of the Indian National Army (though without seeing the name cited).
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Question. Where would the admittedly pre-war Khalkin-Gol stand. Or the 1945 Soviet offensive in Manchuria?
I thought that warrant-less door-busting was a speciality? How many cases of BATF (yes, the things I recall didn't take place yesterday) doing just that exist. Or others when the 6 of the address flopped the wrong way and became a 9........
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