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T-Ball War in the Middle East

OBAMA-DRAMA Wrote: Nov 29, 2012 3:04 PM
WHEN THE BRIGHTEST AMONG THOSE IN THE MIDDLE EAST ... are sent to the London School of Economics, Harvard Business School, MIT and Cal Tech... guess what then happens? Oil becomes wildly overpriced and the region aspires to acquire or develop nuclear weapons under the guise of defense and the rubric of 'nuclear power' plants being required (in a region dominated by oil and with 70% of the world's proven reserves). That's ..... what happens.

Classical explanations of conventional wars run something like this: An aggressor state seeks political advantage through military force. It has a hunch that the threatened target will likely either make concessions to avoid losing a war, or, if war breaks out, the resulting political gains will be worth the military costs to achieve victory.

Wars then are prevented only by a balance of power and military deterrence: aggressors have to be warned that it would be stupid to start a war they will likely lose. If there are miscalculations or if emotions run high and logic is ignored, then the...