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What Will Victory Look Like?

Jim3912 Wrote: Sep 19, 2014 9:25 AM
Pat is one of the few commentators who lay out a historical backdrop and context. It's a shame that our political leaders, such as they are, cannot, or will not, understand the cultural, religious and ideological dynamics that drive Muslim Middle East behavior. These dynamics must be put into their proper perspective if we are ever to develop for ourselves a national security plan and strategy that truly protects and furthers our vital national security interests. In the end, the Muslims in the Middle East must come to grips with their collective issues, and we cannot continue to be led into fighting wars there in what amounts to our being played for fools. That said, yes, ISIS/ISIL and ALL Muslim fanatics of whatever stripe need to be rooted out and destroyed, but it must be done with the universal commitment of responsible Muslim regimes and people who are truly dedicated to peace among themselves and with the nonMuslim world.
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What Would Braveheart Do?

Jim3912 Wrote: Sep 17, 2014 8:57 AM
Remember, William Wallace (Braveheart) ended up with his head on a stake. Could the Scots be going down a similar path this time?
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What Would Braveheart Do?

Jim3912 Wrote: Sep 16, 2014 7:01 PM
Great post!
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What Would Braveheart Do?

Jim3912 Wrote: Sep 16, 2014 11:37 AM
Good post, but I would submit that both parties have been complicit as to failed immigration policies (now more so the Dems!) and as to the unrestrained Globalization push that has essentially marginalized the Middle Class. The U.S. should learn the downside lessons of multiculturalism and immigration policies that tend to break down unity and lead to more divisiveness.
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What Would Braveheart Do?

Jim3912 Wrote: Sep 16, 2014 10:33 AM
Interesting post; however, don't forget what our own civil war was all about, i.e., preserving the union. Having limited government does mean that secession is the only alternative. One of the main problems in the UK is that most taxes (over 90%) go to London to be redistributed/allocated, much more than in other Western countries. This could change with more tax dollars being kept locally with more local autonomy. It appears that the younger generation in Scotland is in favor of independence while the older generation favors union, not an unusual split. The question remains, which generation is the wiser in charting a more secure future for all?
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What Would Braveheart Do?

Jim3912 Wrote: Sep 16, 2014 8:47 AM
Pat again paints a sober picture of self determination in our modern world, but as others here have suggested, is it all to the good? Economic well being and social order are important factors that lead to stability and guard against chaos. The Scots, et al. need to be clearly mindful of the downsides of what they wish for!
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The Forever War

Jim3912 Wrote: Sep 12, 2014 11:17 AM
Again, Pat lays out the situation in clear and historic terms. It is certain that air power alone will not take out ISIS. In the end, ground troops win (or lose) wars. The problem in the Middle East is ISLAM in all of its many facets, divisions, and sectarian conflicts that drive political, social and economic agendas of the various countries. Wahhabism, nurtured and protected in Saudi Arabia in conjunction with Madrassas that have promoted Jihadism, underly the problem of radical Islam. As such, these governments need to address this matter first and foremost and the U.S. needs to be clear about it. The best we can do is to neutralize the ISIS threat to us. The Middle East countries will, in the end, have to settle their own sectarian and political differences if there is ever to be meaningful peace and progress in the region.
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War Drums Along the Potomac

Jim3912 Wrote: Sep 05, 2014 10:48 AM
Agree, U.S. boots on the ground is not wise in the war against ISIS. This is first and foremost a Muslim problem, one of far reaching consequence....and they all know it. The twisted ideology of radicalized Islam must one day be separated from its peaceful religious elements....the real challenge!
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Behind the Sinking of the Lusitania

Jim3912 Wrote: Sep 02, 2014 9:26 AM
A good history lesson, but I would somewhat disagree with the idea that if we had not entered WWI that there would have not been the rise of Hitler and WW II, i.e., factors other than the humiliation at Versailles; however, it is an interesting argument that deserves to be more fully explored. That said, the U.S. definitely needs to be far more cautious in going to war!
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To Defeat the Islamic State

Jim3912 Wrote: Aug 26, 2014 8:41 AM
Agree that the Saudis, et al. need to accept their responsibilities; after all, they have been part of the problem. The chickens have come home to roost!. As for our involvement, we need to see to it that ISIS is absolutely crushed......but we need to leave the ground fighting to Baghdad, Syria and the Kurds. And, yes, Turkey needs to come to its senses.
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