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GOP Platform: War Without End

Jim3912 Wrote: Feb 27, 2015 8:41 AM
Pat makes a good argument and one advanced by informed others who are very familiar with ISIS and the situation in the Middle East. We should not be suckered into a major land war in the Middle East with our troops by making emotional and not well thought out actions or reactions. There is no doubt that we need a clearer and more coherent strategy for Islamic terrorism and the entire conflicted Muslim Middle East.
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Putin Paranoia

Jim3912 Wrote: Feb 17, 2015 8:26 AM
Pat makes a good argument about those issues which the U.S. and Russia have in common and over which we should cooperate, etc., but relative to Putin's militant aggression against his neighbors, I think we need to be far more circumspect and, indeed, critical. Borders do matter, and so do the lives and welfare of innocent people who should be allowed to peacefully pursue their own destinies without coercion and recrimination. The fact of the matter is that Putin has not been a force for peace but an autocrat who has operated outside the law to pursue his nationalistic aims. As with the U.S.S.R., there are times when we have to take a stand even when our national interests might not be directly threatened.
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The Ultimate Enemy of ISIS

Jim3912 Wrote: Feb 13, 2015 3:17 PM
This is not about Turkey's capability, but about Turkey's perceived self-interest and resolve.They could take out ISIS if they wanted to. As for Pakistan, it has been in the tank (complicit) relative to Islamic Jihadism and Islamic fundamentalism, e.g., nurturing of it within the Madrassas just as has Saudi Arabia. Pakistan is a country with a large population and with substantial military capability. It is just too fractured with sectarianism, etc.
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The Ultimate Enemy of ISIS

Jim3912 Wrote: Feb 13, 2015 9:15 AM
Pat nails it! . The Sunni monarchies have sowed the seeds of their own destruction by supporting radical clerics and fundamental Islam in the Madrassas and elsewhere. Our attempt to "democratize" the Middle East and Muslim world in the region was ill conceived and naively implemented, i.e., there is no yearning for it nor are there conditions for it to flourish as a continuing process. As for Turkey, it did not support our Afghan effort, so why would it support our efforts against ISIS?? Turkey simply does not feel threatened by ISIS' advances in the Levant. It is a weak NATO ally against fundamentalist Islam. Yes, we should be very careful about being sucked into a prolonged ground war, but this does not mean that we should not be 100% committed to having ISIS defeated and brought down along with all other radicalized Islamic terrorists. But, as Pat states, it is up to the Saudis et al., to make the hard sacrifices to defeat what they have created or allowed to be created. The U.S. must produce a clear and sane strategy for having ISIS and all radicalized Muslims who are directly or indirectly engaged in terrorist activities defeated. Fancy political rhetoric and misguided political correctness simply won't do!!!!!
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Rev. Wright's Star Pupil

Jim3912 Wrote: Feb 10, 2015 10:04 AM
Brief comment on the media. SEE Seawolf's comments below about the relationship between the media and our political class. This "conflict of interest" environment needs to be exposed for what it is. FOX has ducked this issue too. I guess there is a fear that once the light is allowed to shine in and expose these seedy relationships for what they are, etc., there is no stopping it???
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Rev. Wright's Star Pupil

Jim3912 Wrote: Feb 10, 2015 9:51 AM
Seawolf, Right on! Excellent post to put this in perspective. There is way too much "conflict of interest" going on between the media and the political class....and this should be exposed for what it is. Even FOX does not address it! I guess once the light is allowed to shine in, there is no stopping it!
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Rev. Wright's Star Pupil

Jim3912 Wrote: Feb 10, 2015 9:31 AM
Obama selectively harkens back to the past. This is about the PRESENT! Where has Islam been a force for peace, anywhere??????????????
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Rev. Wright's Star Pupil

Jim3912 Wrote: Feb 10, 2015 9:28 AM
The historical fact is the Muslims have waged war and hostilities against Christians and Western nations far and away more than the opposite. How come academia and the media are not weighing in on this??? No surprise...collectively they are in the tank too!
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Rev. Wright's Star Pupil

Jim3912 Wrote: Feb 10, 2015 9:25 AM
You cannot help but wonder how and why the media has let this guy off the hook on so many occasions. It is a severe indictment....and one much much larger than the one being waged against Brian Williams of NBC (a sad network in itself).
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Rev. Wright's Star Pupil

Jim3912 Wrote: Feb 10, 2015 9:19 AM
Seawolf, I did not mean to imply that Obama's intent was noble, but that he perceives himself as noble.....a difference! I think that so many people cannot distinguish between the two and, thus, get taken in by all of his rhetoric, etc. Leftist liberals are really good at spouting their "wisdom" and proclaiming their intellectual superiority. Thanks for your response!
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