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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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Stop the Coming Obamnesty!

Jim3912 Wrote: Aug 01, 2014 3:55 PM
Pat hits the target. We are a nation of laws and deliberative debate leading to national cohesiveness and consensus, not a nation run by rogue ideologues who put their ideas and ideals above all else. Winning elections is one thing, serving the nation in conformance with our hard won constitutional principles and processes is quite another! If we don't rise up against such rogue and arbitrary behavior, we are destined to become a nation of sheep which would make a mockery of our system of government, not to mention loss of individual freedom and liberty. Further, we would have made the many sacrifices of our forefathers meaningless effectively trashing their legacy. We cannot let this happen if we want to secure a better future for our kids and further generations.
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A GOP Ultimatum to Vlad

Jim3912 Wrote: Jul 29, 2014 8:56 AM
Pat has a good point about American interventionism. The fact is that it has not led to its intended results but rather to serious unintended consequences where supposedly "good deeds don't go unpunished!" Our aim to pursue "democracy" has been used as a means to other ends instead of the grounding of democratic institutions, e.g., Egypt, Iraq, et al. The Muslim and Arab world is really not interested in American and Western values other than to serve there far more narrow purposes. As for Russia, while it has looked to the West since Peter the Great for "reform", its interests are dictated by its own peculiar history and place. While the U.S. and West should continue to make it clear that Putin and Russia are engaging in extremely risky and counterproductive behavior that could well lead to their long term disadvantage (even with targeted sanctions), a too aggressive approach could well ignite far worse consequences for all.
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Is Putin Worse Than Stalin?

Jim3912 Wrote: Jul 25, 2014 9:00 AM
Putin needs to be placed on "notice" by not just the U.S., but all of Europe, that his aggressive actions do not work to his and Russia's long term interests. Russia, since Peter the Great, has looked to Europe and the West for ideas, etc. to improve itself. Putin's and Russia's best interests lie in closer ties to the West that are mutually beneficial....and peaceful. Intimidation and war mongering do not light the path forward!
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The Day of the Hawk

Jim3912 Wrote: Jul 22, 2014 3:22 PM
The overthrown president/government incurred a revolt due to its move away from Ukraine independence and toward Russian alignment. Putin grabbed the Crimea by force and aided and abetted the Ukraine Separatists to act as proxies. Russia covets the Ukraine either with outright control or as a de facto dependency. Russia definitely wants to keep Ukraine nonaligned with the West.
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The Day of the Hawk

Jim3912 Wrote: Jul 22, 2014 11:06 AM
A fair question but the circumstances differ. The U.S. was not supporting a contrived insurgency or trying to expand its territory. Putin is an aggressor whose actions led to this unfortunate disaster. He needs to rein himself in or risk others doing it.
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The Day of the Hawk

Jim3912 Wrote: Jul 22, 2014 8:43 AM
Pat presents a good and fair analysis. There is no doubt that Putin is indirectly responsible for this tragic accident and should be held to account. That said, the U.S. must be very careful how it responds and reacts. Germany and Europe must align with the U.S. in a united front with Putin and respond with further sanctions should Putin not change course regarding his support of the Ukraine Rebels and his expansionist program. While Europe needs Russian oil, Russia also needs the European Market, so for Germany and Europe to play softly with Putin would be a mistake. While the U.S. should keep the option of military assistance, etc., open, it would be best to keep its "powder dry" for the moment and wait too see how Putin proceeds.
Larry, I think it's about time we address how Wall Street and Corporate behavior regarding short term performance goals (and rewards) is adversely impacting our economy and the economic well being of the broad middle class. The economy will not improve unless we get honesty, integrity, and fairness built back into the system to where our economy can grow, diversify, and prosper long term.
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Make Congress Vote On War

Jim3912 Wrote: Jun 24, 2014 8:48 AM
We need to NOT get into another Iraq war! The surrounding Sunni governments will have to contend with the Jihadists....and they have much to fear of ISIS! Sunni will be fighting Sunni probably sooner than we might think. We made a mistake in Iraq and probably Afghanistan too. We cannot afford to repeat our mistakes!
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Bombing Won't Save Iraq

Jim3912 Wrote: Jun 20, 2014 9:55 AM
We do have an interest in the Middle East but not a military one! We do not seem to bring ourselves to fully understand the religious, cultural and political dynamics to bring constructive influence to bear upon the region. We cannot force change there! This is another reason why we must continue to pursue all avenues toward energy independence! Our future depends on it!
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