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The CIA and Its Torturers

Anonymous908 Wrote: Dec 11, 2014 1:56 PM
-Liberals are wrong for using this report to target Bush and his administration. -Conservatives are wrong for ignoring the report in its entirety and pretending there is not a problem here. Regardless or whether or not you agree with waterboarding, it should be recognized that elements of the CIA acted in violation of our Constitution, in violation of the treaties our nation has signed. Then the CIA spied on the Senate during all of this. If you cannot recognize that the CIA has gotten out of hand then we live in two different worlds. It is possible to have a CIA that protects us while remaining in compliance with our laws and remaining accountable to our representatives.
Because he challenges the Status quo, is a consistent conservative, is considered the intellectual leader of the liberty movement, and because hecame in second place amongst GOP candidates in the 2012 primary.... just to name a few reasons.
Remember when the Malasian airliner was shot down? Remember hen our media and government did not waste time in blaming this on Russia? And notice how our media and government has completely stopped talking about this?... Right, that is because the story was BS. Russia did not shoot down the plane, and now that the evidence supports this our government has gone silent on the issue because it no longer has justification to make foreign policy moves against Russia. Our government was quick to run with the false story before more facts came out because it would justify further action. Now that we know Russia was not responsible (Ukranian rebels were) lets just forget about that story all together. It is painfully obvious we have people leading our country who are happy to propel us into war or conflict based on lies or exaggerations.
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More Culture Wars?

Anonymous908 Wrote: Nov 06, 2014 4:32 PM
My frustration comes from seeing the libertarian platform as well as its leaders (namely Ron Paul) being routinely trashed and drug through the dirt by the GOP. It should be obvious, if you are paying attention, that especially around elections the conservative media really comes out of the woodwork and downright trashes libertarians. It is absolutely un-called for. They are pushing libertarians away rather than including them. If my philosophy was more welcomed in the GOP I would be more supportive of republicans. And at some level I am supportive of republicans, I have served as a republican delegate at the Colorado R state convention. However, I am quick to withdraw my support when we libertarians and our views are clearly not welcome. I hope this changes, as I really believe the country is becoming more libertarian. This is the GOP's chance to include libertarians and grow their party.
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More Culture Wars?

Anonymous908 Wrote: Nov 06, 2014 4:32 PM
Thank you for your honesty. You say libertarians need to learn to compromise. I say the GOP needs to compromise (not with liberals, with libertarians). Perhaps both should be quicker to work together.
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More Culture Wars?

Anonymous908 Wrote: Nov 06, 2014 2:48 PM
Right, some prominent libertarians have proposed balanced budgets in recent years (in contrast to our GOP leaders who have NOT done so) but they don't hold the power in government to enact these changes. At least they are trying. GOP leadership could take a page out of their book. If Romney would have adopted Ron Paul's budget proposal, I would have gladly voted for him. Instead, he proposed a budget that only made slight reductions in the already proposed new increases (in other words, no real cuts at all). Oh well, maybe next time.
So far, all the commentators who disagree with Chapman are resorting to name calling or are just stating that he is wrong. I don't see anybody disagreeing with him by explaining their reasoning with facts. We need writers like Chapman to balance the neocons who want to spread war in the middle east because they believe it will make us safer. So far it has not worked. The War on Terror has cost us a fortune and we now have more enemies than when we started. It is not our militaries fault, we have the best trained, most honorable fighting force in the world. It is our political leaders who thrust our nation into conflicts we have no business being in who are at fault, here. If you talk to active duty military folks you will see that Chapmans concerns about our War on Terror are shared by many in uniform. Thus the reason anti-interventionist Ron Paul was the most supported candidate for office by active duty military in the 2012 elections.
Iran has sunk billions and billions of their dollars into developing nuclear power for energy in their country. It is a major source of pride for the Iranian people to make this advancement. They would not and will not suddenly close it all down. So far they have been regularly inspected and have NOT been found to be in violation of having Uranium enriched too highly, or anything that can be used for weaponry. You could argue that somewhere they might have secret enrichment facilities for the purpose of nuclear weapons, but so far no such evidence has been brought forth. Until then, lets take pre-emptive attacks off the table. Such is the province of dictators and aggressive tyrants. It is immoral and completely anti-Christian to attack somebody who has not attacked you.
It wouldn't be considered a complete intervention if we didn't attack both sides of the conflict at once. The enemy of my enemy is my frie.... I mean enemy.
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Iran Thirty-Five Years Later

Anonymous908 Wrote: Nov 06, 2014 2:20 PM
Good synopsis of the misdeeds of Iran. The part you left out, however, was United States aggression towards Iran. It goes both ways. This is not an anti-American view, it is an accurate account of what has happened. When Iranians stormed out embassy and held hostages of Americans, it wasn't out of the blue. It was blowback for our (the CIA) forcefully overthrowing a democratically elected leader and replaced their leader with the pro-western Shaw. You say that Iran is involved in funneling money to terrorists in the middle east. This is true. It is also true that we have done the same, we have been funding and arming rebels in Syria whom went on to kill many (but it is okay, McCain has vetted these rebels... right before these rebels they killed a boy and ate the heart of another man because they were Christian). I do not pretend that Iran's leaders like us, and I do not pretend that we can simply look the other way. However, an honest account of this conflict will show that United States is setting the stage and provoking Iran in several ways. In return, Iran is not acting any different than we would if the tables were turned. Like the pot calling the kettle black.
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Electing Liberty

Anonymous908 Wrote: Nov 05, 2014 3:10 PM
Perhaps some libertarians. However, this is an issue in which many libertarians are divided. Myself, including most I have talked to, support a strong border.
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