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Don't 'Vote for the Candidate'

Anonymous908 Wrote: Oct 14, 2014 12:56 PM
Prager, you make some good points for not voting for the dems. However, you do not explain why we must vote for the republicans. In my eyes only a select few republicans in office respect the Constitution. My vote will go towards the individual who respects and follows the Constitution, and whose budget plan actually reduces spending (unlike most republicans who talk a big game but spend just the same as any other). This means I will vote either a Libertarian, republican, Constitution party, or other independent based on the qualities of the individual. I am long through voting for the "lesser of two evils" and regretting my vote. I will only vote for people I believe it.
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Don't 'Vote for the Candidate'

Anonymous908 Wrote: Oct 14, 2014 12:50 PM
In today's world being described as "Hawkish" pretty much means you are willing and eager to expand our military into more countries, conduct more military operations over seas, and this includes attacks on countries who have not attacked us (Iran, Syria, Russia).
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Rebuilding Gaza for the Next Attack

Anonymous908 Wrote: Oct 14, 2014 12:47 PM
Clearly, the root of the problem is not being addressed form either side. If you keep doing the same thing and it does not work, you must be willing to go back to the drawing board and think of a new solution.
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Rebuilding Gaza for the Next Attack

Anonymous908 Wrote: Oct 14, 2014 12:46 PM
Israel has already just about leveled Gaza. This is the reason some in Gaza continue to attack Israel. Your idea of a solution is the very thing that is encouraging more resistance and fighting.
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Rebuilding Gaza for the Next Attack

Anonymous908 Wrote: Oct 14, 2014 12:44 PM
Lets not also arm Syrian "moderates" in covert efforts to overthrow Assad. These arms and weapons have made it into the hands o ISIS. We are literally working against ourselves. The groups our CIA armed in Syria have already signed non-aggression pacts with ISIS. Our foreign policy sucks!
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Rebuilding Gaza for the Next Attack

Anonymous908 Wrote: Oct 14, 2014 12:42 PM
learn what?
I believe an accurate, unbiased assessment would conclude that ISIS is vastly more evil than the United States, though the United States is the greatest threat to peace in the world. The damage ISIS has caused is pennies compared to the damage the United States has caused around the world. At the same time, we have caused the greatest amount of good as well. Whereas, ISIS, I don't think they have caused any good. We can't be so arrogant to think that we bring peace and stability wherever we go.
We also place sanctions on countries who do not do what we say or who refuse to trade in US dollars. That is force, not influence. We most definitely have an empire.
We are already there (more and more difficult to justify wars). Our nation has been in a constant state of war for two decades (longer if you count covert acts of war). The world is not hurting due to a lack of war from the United States (what a silly assertion). But yes, I still believe we are the most benevolent super power, especially to our allies. But we should not discount the incredible amount of destruction and loss of life around the world that we have caused, as well.
We are both the greatest exporter of aid and the fight against terrorism as well as the greatest exporter of war. We cause both good and instability. Lets not get a big head about ourselves and think our $hit don't stink. Our leaders who shape our foreign policy are just as susceptible to special interest influence, delusions of grandeur, and turning a blind eye to the destruction we cause as anybody else. We can simultaneously be responsible for doing the most to improve lives around the world and be responsible for most of the destruction around the world (simply because we are far and away the most powerful, we have the greatest potential for good and destruction).
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Reports: ISIS is Winning

Anonymous908 Wrote: Oct 08, 2014 3:04 PM
Why is it the CIA gets a free pass? THEY are the ones who secretly funded and armed rebels in Syria (for more than a year) before the formation of ISIS. Are we really to believe that none of these weapons or funds have not made it into the hands of ISIS? Plenty of Syrian rebels have joined forces with ISIS. Plenty of Syrian rebels have signed 'non aggression' pacts with ISIS as well. This is like a worse version of Fast & Furious, our own guns getting into the wrong hands and eventually used against our own soldiers. (what a terrible use of tax payer money). If you are not familiar with this look no further than the investigation into the Bengazi attacks. It is likely that the government's effort to cover up what really happened when our Embassy was stormed in Libya was to cover up the weapons transfer that our CIA was sending from Libya to Syrian rebel groups. (but is okay, John McCain went over there and vetted the rebels and they are A-Okay to him). This sort of fishy business (covert efforts to overthrow Assad by giving rebel groups our weapons) works against our efforts in the middle east and directly endangers our own soldiers/diplomats in those regions. There would be more of an outrage if more people knew about this.
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