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Remembering Stanley Ann Dunham Obama

Fire_Ready Wrote: Nov 22, 2013 6:23 AM
The congress is mostly lawyers. Lawyers have leached onto the medical profession and made themselves rich. It has been the golden goose that just keeps on giving. They naturally look to the medical profession any time they need funds for free stuff to help with their reelections. We need tort reform, not health care (i.e. health insurance reform). We could save a lot revamping the legal system instead of the health system. Remove the bloated ticks (lawyers) from our economy, and the middle class would be expanded and the country would be much healthier and wealthier.
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Lessons From Iran

Fire_Ready Wrote: Jun 13, 2013 7:30 AM
Actually, Iran was pretty evenly divided between Islamic supremacists and those that embraced the west. Because of the demographics; one had to dominate the other. The Shah was our greatest ally in the region. Jimmy Carter brought down the Shah. He was willing to sever all ties with Iran should the Shah refuse to release all political prisoners. The Shah complained and explained that his government would be over run, but wad assured the US would provide support. Jimmy Carter felt that if only the Shah treated the militant Muslims as America treated our blacks, it would lead to paradise. When it unraveled, Carter waffled. Before the US Embassy was over run, Carter gave an order: No shots will be fired, not even blanks. He was afraid of an international incident, and due to his fear, he caused one. This arrogance started the re-emergence of Islamic supremacy and the entire world has been paying the price ever since.
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The Role of 'Educators'

Fire_Ready Wrote: Jan 08, 2013 12:42 AM
When I read "Prairie Fire" by William Ayres years ago, I could tell where this was all heading. History will want to comprehend how such a great nation could just give up its heritage and surrender to forces bent on our destruction. The MSM, Hollywood, education, the the influence of George Soros money and corruption of our political system.
That is just delusionally funny! :) Liberals 'give' their ideology only. They see the 'good' government taking taxes and giving it to the 'needy' as their giving. That exempts them for giving individually (in their minds). Conservatives, whether wealthy, middle class or even poor, give their own personal time and treasure directly to those in need more abundantly. They do not rely on the middle man (government) to do it for them. They don't like the messiness of helping others. That way they can simply sneer and feel better than others without having to actually do the work or directly sacrifice. They 'sacifice' other people's time and money and feel good about themselves. There are exceptions, but that is the fundament6al difference.
Some thought, but ruined by a misunderstanding that created this mess. You forgot the 9/11/2001 attacks and the need to protect America. There WERE WMD found in Iraq. Iraq provided a magnet to draw terrorists with the desire and financial support to rid the region of the 'great Satan.' The terrorist groups spent their capital (manpower and funds) sending people to (and dying in) Iraq. They expended so much effort there there was much less concentration on attacking American interests elsewhere. That part worked. We got them to spend their capital and we eliminated their most fanatical suicide terrorists by drawing them to Iraq, where we owned the sky, the ground and the night.
I am not a fan of COIN. She is correct that it cost unnecessary deaths and eventually failed to produce the results promised. But I do respect General Patreaus. This war got tangled up in too much thinking and being too clever. Just the basics would have worked much better. Go in, kill the bad guys and break their stuff until they can't adequately continue then get out and monitor and repeat as necessary.
Second guessing after the fact sure is easy. I didn’t agree with some of the GWB policies, but going into Iraq I agreed with. The trouble was that the American public forgot the 9/11/01 attacks by that time. I did NOT forget. Every terrorist that died in Iraq never made it to our shores. Iraq was the magnet for the terrorists of all stripes. I call it the ‘honey theory’ and our troops crushed them in Iraq. That was a good thing for America’s security.
Second guessing after the fact sure is easy. I didn’t agree with some of the GWB policies, but going into Iraq I agreed with. The trouble was that the American public to forgot the 9/11/01 attacks by that time. I did NOT forget. Every terrorist that died in Iraq never made it to our shores. Iraq was the magnet for the terrorists of all stripes. I call it the ‘honey theory’ and our troops crushed them in Iraq. That was a good thing for America’s security.
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G.W. was MIA

Fire_Ready Wrote: Nov 15, 2012 9:25 AM
I don't believe George W remained silent because he refused to get involved. I think he was asked to do so by the establishment Republicans that believed it would be too risky. Better for the Republicans to join in with the bashing to remove that advantage from the Democrats. W took one for the 'team' again. Every time W came out swinging at the Democrats and the liberal media, his approval jumped. At the end of his term they requested he remain silent to help McCain. Dumb move.
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G.W. was MIA

Fire_Ready Wrote: Nov 15, 2012 7:59 AM
The elite Republican establishment types threw W under the bus believing distancing McCain would win by default by bashing Bush. Same philosophy applied this time. The establishment Republicans blew it both times. George W won twice, establishment Republicans lost twice by scapegoating him. Maybe they need to realize that it wasn't a good idea the first time. What was the definition of insanity? The Republicans should never have abandoned Bush. The elite Republican establishment 'king makers' are rigidly moderate and afraid to defend conservative values because they believe moderation is the Holy Grail to winning elections. They have been proven wrong. They are as rigidly blind as the liberal mainstream media. Bland loses.
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