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I hope that is not what his grandfather said about him.
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Red, White and Saudi Privilege

Michael160 Wrote: Apr 23, 2013 5:34 PM
It's a good sign in a way, that Americans are clearly not terrorized, and that these acts do not shake us in any real way, because there was not even a pause in the political bickering between the two parties and their partisans. Even before the bodies were cold, they were already at it, making meaningless suppositions and hoping the investigation would reveal somehting to make the other side look bad. It's inspirational in a way, how little we care.
True, it's not like people on the right ever question the government's decisions or motives. That's a leftist thing. That's why the right has been so enthusiastic about surrendering their guns to the government, because they always assume the government is right and pure in its motives.
Just read some history already. Any history of that period, regardless of the political lean, will give you the details of the surrender negotiations going back and forth and expalin the significance of the emperor. In fact, the US did allow the emperor to remain as a religiouis figurehead, that is how the surrender was achieved, so in fact, the US accepted the Japanese counteroffer, despite the nuclear bombs. Taht could have been done even before the bombing.
How dare the school try to get student to think critically about such a pivotal event in world history, when they should just all be of the one obvious and true opinion. Our children should be taught to assume without thinking that all US government actions are inherently correct and justified. That is the job of schools. Nice.
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Americans Run Towards the Fire

Michael160 Wrote: Apr 23, 2013 1:48 PM
Ugh, way to turn a moment of ultimate humanity and brotherhood into an exercise in jingoism. Have you ever seen the Apache video, the one Manning leaked to Wikileaks, which shows Iraqi civilians trying to evacuate a van full of wounded as they are still taking fire from a circling American gunship. Again and again they go back to the rescue, even as they are being gunned down by the Americans. In fact, in most countries the human response is stronger, because there are no resuce services to rely on. But overall, there are no difference in the human spirit along borders, and it's disgusting to try to imagine that there are.
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Israel: The Happy Little Country

Michael160 Wrote: Apr 20, 2013 9:37 PM
It's ironic that a Prime Minister who lost two wars (Lebanon, First Gaza War) and barely ended the Second Gaza War in a draw, has been rewarded with becoming the longest serving prime minister and touts his security achievements. It is a testament to how powerful Israel is now that it can lose two wars with little ill effect, except the diminution of its military reputation. And it is a sad epitaph to the death of the Israeli left with Rabin and his hapless successor Barack that the right wing can field such a non-entity as Bibi and keep winning.
This is what all abortions would look like if they were banned countrywide. Why not leave at least some clean, responsible facilities like Planned Parenthood operating, so at least the mothers don't die too?
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The Collapse of Leadership

Michael160 Wrote: Apr 18, 2013 10:53 PM
That's so sad, Hewitt was always so impressed by Obama's leadership style. To lose Hewitt must be a heave blow for the President.
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Postmodern Prudes

Michael160 Wrote: Apr 18, 2013 5:51 PM
No, I'd much rather my wife had those skills.
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The Problem with the Pivot

Michael160 Wrote: Apr 18, 2013 2:07 PM
The bellicosity of North Korea is a strategic boon for the US and a thorn in the side of China. It provides unimpeachable justification for surrounding China with countless countermissile batteries and moving the missile shield ever closer to the Chinese shore. It spurs extravagant military purchases from the US by all the nations of the region. It justified American military presence in South Korea and in the South China Sea. And the US has moved aggressively in the past year to take advantage of these openings, successfully implementing the pivot policy.
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