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Are the Senkakus Worth a War?

ksatifka Wrote: Dec 13, 2013 6:14 PM
I love how Buchanan gets under the skin of most Townhall posters. He's the only columnist with a different pov. As he's not a neocon like the rest of them, his are the only articles I generally find interesting. Excellent article as always, Mr. B!
Every time congress passes a new law it should be required to eliminate two others.
I fear you're exactly right, Stuart. If the ACA falls, and Hillary is then elected in '16, look for Single Payer to be dusted off. Hillary probably sees herself, (along with Bill), as much smarter and more competent than Obama, and she's probably still smarting from the defeat of her failed socialist plan when her husband was president.
Darby -- 18-20 year-olds fight and die in wars, which is why they finally got the right to vote. Also, I fail to see why giving the vote to college age kids is a bad thing. Many of them are more tuned in to what is going on than their parents, and many are full-time workers who pay a lot of taxes. And how on earth did it damage the authority of parents? You are a fully emancipated adult at age 18.
Agreed, the Great Society has done far more harm than good. But that is all on LBJ's watch. There's no way of knowing if Kennedy would have gone in such an extreme direction. My guess is that he had much more sense than LBJ, who should go down as one of our worst presidents.
I don't see ending the draft as an achievement, but it was probably necessary at the time due to widespread anti-war protests. Now most only join the military out of economic necessity, so the army no longer has a cross-section of our youth. Also, and most importantly, the all-volunteer military has made it easier for our leaders to start needless wars.
There has been much written about Kennedy, who started out as a cold war warrior, changing his mind about our war of aggression in Vietnam. All you have to do is google it. It is, I believe, beneath the caliber of a great writer like Buchanan to lump his term together with LBJ, who was a bully and sociopath of the first order.
While I usually agree with Buchanan, it seems to me that his partisan hat is showing here. I know he has always been loyal to his former boss Nixon. But to lump the JFK and LBJ admins together does Kennedy a great disservice. They hated each other and, as is well known, LBJ was only on the ticket to secure Texas. Buchanan points out that Kennedy had only 16,000 troops in Vietnam while LBJ increased it to 535,000. I guess he discounts much historical evidence that JFK had changed after the Cuban Missile Crisis and was turning towards peace with the USSR and had talked of pulling the troops out of Vietnam after he was reelected. Perhaps it was his turn to peace that got JFK killed.
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A Deal With Iran -- or War With Iran?

ksatifka Wrote: Nov 12, 2013 12:35 PM
Perfect5th: How could Iran possibly "annihilate Israel." (Desire does not equal ability). If Iran sent even one missile into Tel Aviv they would be bombed back into the stone age by a US/Israel coalition.
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A Deal With Iran -- or War With Iran?

ksatifka Wrote: Nov 12, 2013 12:22 PM
Netanyahu needs to keep playing this tune or he loses what credibility he still has. He's painted himself in a corner and can't get out. Isn't that why he's sounding more and more hysterical?
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