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GOP Platform: War Without End

Conchfritters Wrote: Feb 27, 2015 5:58 PM
"He who wishes to fight must first count the cost. When you engage in actual fighting, if victory is long in coming, then men’s weapons will grow dull and their ardor will be dampened. If you lay siege to a town, you will exhaust your strength. Again, if the campaign is protracted, the resources of the State will not be equal to the strain. Now, when your weapons are dulled, your ardor dampened, your strength exhausted and your treasure spent, other chieftains will spring up to take advantage of your extremity. Then no man, however wise, will be able to avert the consequences that must ensue… There is no instance of a country having benefited from prolonged warfare." Boy, that Sun Tzu - what was he thinking?
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GOP Platform: War Without End

Conchfritters Wrote: Feb 27, 2015 5:28 PM
Our national debt is the greatest national security threat currently facing us.
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GOP Platform: War Without End

Conchfritters Wrote: Feb 27, 2015 3:26 PM
Ahhhh - - NATO. Attacking a NATO country is night and day different than crossing Obama's "red line" in Syria, or anywhere else in the ME. This is very real. We are committed and treaty obligated to defend all three Baltic States in the event of any attack. Only the problem is, Latvia's airforce consists of 9 prop planes (no jets) and 6 helicopters, Estonia has 3 jets and 4 helicopters, and Lithuania has 8 planes (all prop except for 1 jet) and 9 helicopters. So, like nearly all NATO countries, we provide the weaponry, manpower, and $$$, and they tell us what to do. Remind me again, why is there still a NATO?
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GOP Platform: War Without End

Conchfritters Wrote: Feb 27, 2015 2:41 PM
"Unlike those nations whose rulers use their country's resources to seek conquests, to carry on warring contests with one another, and consequently plunge their people into debt and devastation, free societies are organized for the happiness and prosperity of their people, and this is best pursued in a state of peace." Thomas Jefferson
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GOP Platform: War Without End

Conchfritters Wrote: Feb 27, 2015 1:31 PM
Look at nearly any war in the last 100 years, and who was sitting in the White House? More than likely a Democrat. But it fits their narrative that they should control every last thing that a person does in any corner of the world. I see a lot of posters here today that are ardent supporters of Hillary Clinton's foreign policy. You can call us intervening in civil wars around the world whatever you want, but please don't call it conservative.
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GOP Platform: War Without End

Conchfritters Wrote: Feb 27, 2015 1:28 PM
When did they order us to go to war for them? Iraq? Not likely - Iraq was a great counter balance against Iran. Afghanistan? Not sure they ever posed a threat to Israel. I think we give them too much $$, and their espionage has stolen more secrets from us than Russia or China combined, but I tip my hat to Israel when it comes to asking for the blood of our soldiers - They are more than willing to fight and use their own blood against their enemies.
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GOP Platform: War Without End

Conchfritters Wrote: Feb 27, 2015 12:46 PM
You know what this sounds like? The global warming crackpots. "There will be no snow in New York City by 2008!!!" That is pretty close to: "ISIS, a band of 80,000 illiterate thugs, are going to nuke and conquer the world!!!" I'm not holding my breath.
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GOP Platform: War Without End

Conchfritters Wrote: Feb 27, 2015 12:40 PM
We have been Israel's bouncer? Yes, we have been easy with the purse with them, but that is it. In the 1948 civil war, 1967 six day war, the Yom Kippur war in 1973, the different infitadas, we sent NOT ONE soldier. That's why I love Israel - - if we just leave them alone, they are more than capable of taking care of business on their own. Can't say the same for the rest of our weak allies.
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GOP Platform: War Without End

Conchfritters Wrote: Feb 27, 2015 12:36 PM
Assad and his family have sponsored Hezbollah for a generation+. Israel is at permanent war against Hezbollah. Hezbollah has been a major force in Lebanon since the early 1980s, and has been a big part of that country's demise. The end of Hezbollah would be a great day for Israel.
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GOP Platform: War Without End

Conchfritters Wrote: Feb 27, 2015 11:48 AM
There is no comparison. Get back to me when ISIS has an airforce. Or a Navy. Or a standing army. Or amphibious assault capabilities. Or airborn commandos. There is a mighty difference between carving out a caliphate in the sand (which is a majority Sunni by the way - it's not like they conquered hostile territory, for the most part) versus reuniting the old Holy Roman Empire, and being the first one to do it since Charlemagne in the year 800.
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