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Bill Maher vs. Chris Hayes

rama Wrote: Oct 08, 2014 10:43 AM
Ben Affleck lives in a dream world where he and other leftists engage in moral relativism and call it fair. They always talk about the moderate muslims while also talking about how Christians and Jews have their bad actors. Christians and Jews sent their whack jobs to the fringes of society a long time ago. The Westboro Baptist church and the David Koresh's of our society are denounced by almost all Americans. ISIL, Al-Qaida, Hezbollah, etc. have tens of thousands of members and are celebrated as martyrs by a huge swath of the worldwide Muslim population.
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Can America Fight a Thirty Years' War?

rama Wrote: Oct 07, 2014 9:37 AM
I think Pat is right again. What his theme has been for several months is that besides Israel, we have no hard and fast allies in the ME. There is a large sunni-shia war being fought by proxy all across the ME and there are hardcore terrorist organizations on both sides. We should keep boosting our own oil production to the point that we become independent of the ME and then fix our porous border and pull out of the ME entirely. They don't hate us for our freedom. They hate us because we are over there. With our various wars we have bombed both Sunni and Shia targets and are thus not trusted by either side. We should get out, defend our borders, and let what happens happen over there. Our money and weaponry over there is just helping to drag out a conflict that both sides are committed to engage in.
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NFL, Goodell Sideline the Concussion Story

rama Wrote: Oct 01, 2014 9:56 AM
He keeps bringing up these issues of domestic violence as if they were an NFL issue and not a problem in society at large. In any population of 1700 men between 22 and 35 it is almost a statistical impossibility not to have cases of child abuse or domestic violence. Being in the public eye just highlights it more.
Is this some attempt to show Ryan's electability? If so I hope they have some better evidence than showing him having a 50/50 chance of carrying his home state against HRC. Heck, Mondale did that against Reagan.
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A Basket of Snakes

rama Wrote: Sep 26, 2014 10:27 AM
It's not shame. I am a veteran, a were my father and brother and a long line of ancestors. I would sign back up in a heartbeat to protect my country. That's not what we are doing there. We are getting involved in a conflict that we can't win unless we are prepared to commit a large scale genocide in the ME. Since I don't see that as a proposal, our bet course of action is get out of the way and secure our own borders and just be traders with he ME. nothing else. As my mom says to me now when I complain about my kids "not my circus, not my monkeys". If Iraq wants to take over Kuwait again, or Egypt decides to take over Yemen or whatever our question should be, "who do we make the check out to for the oil?" and that's it.
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ISIS: The Case for Skepticism

rama Wrote: Sep 26, 2014 9:54 AM
Unfortunately the enemy is us. I am a veteran and a son and brother of veterans. Growing up as an Army brat I have military culture in my blood. What was Sun Tzu's first advice?-Know your enemy. If the powers that be had employed people that to advise them that really knew ME politics we would not have been involved in any wars there, including Gulf war 1. Was Iraq taking over Kuwait, a dictatorship of rich Arabs enslaving Philipino's and other poor Asians, a vital interest of the US? It was a magnificent display of our military led by General Schwartzkoph but what was the blowback? A large part of the ME saw us as the new enemy and helped in the radicalization of a large part of the populace. We still don't understand them. Name one steadfast Arab ally. Saudi Arabia because we are their customer? Military adventurism usually ends badly, with the costs and consequences multiplying rapidly the farther from home we have to fight. Short of a mass genocide of a large part of the Muslim world there is no military solution there.
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A Basket of Snakes

rama Wrote: Sep 26, 2014 9:23 AM
Even if, by some miracle this strategy of us bombing and relying on ME soldiers to do the ground fighting is successful, does anyone here think that this will somehow bring peace to the ME? There is a huge war being fought between the Sunnis and the Shias and the battleground of the day is in Syria. if we wipe out ISIL in Syria the battleground will just shift to a different area. I think the beheadings have led to a drive to war there but I think part of the gung-ho for war spirit comes from the fact that Americans are frustrated with the lack of results from all our sacrifice there and ISIS at least has given us a target to shoot at. I know it sounds insensitive because there were real American casualties and wrecked families from our wars there but any good investor will tell you that sometimes you have to realize when you have made a bad investment and cut your losses. We don't need to double down on our losses and get into another long bloody and costly war.
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A Basket of Snakes

rama Wrote: Sep 26, 2014 9:09 AM
I haven't seen any beheadings of people that were kidnapped and taken to Syria. They were already in Syria where the nature of a lot of the militias there was well known. Get out of there! We have no business there and are not willing to commit to the overwhelming force and tactics that would be successful in achieving our goals(which are?). As Pat points out, finding trustworthy allies among these different factions is a fools errand.
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What Will Victory Look Like?

rama Wrote: Sep 19, 2014 12:07 PM
We really need to just get out of the middle east and stop accepting immigrants from there. Does a region with more and more factions popping up every year need a fresh infusion of weapons like we are about provide? Trying to find trustworthy long term allies in this area is a fools errand. Get out and if they want long term peace they will figure it out. If they want democracy they will have it. People generally get the government they tolerate. Let's stop trying to shove freedom down their throats and just continue to trade and try being an example for others to aspire to.
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On Domestic Violence, NFL Uses NOW's Playbook

rama Wrote: Sep 18, 2014 10:13 AM
What the NFL needs is the right reaction. Not an over or under-reaction. They should establish at what level things are going to be handled- the team level or league level and then take a decisive action that addresses that particular situation. Unfortunately that seems to be the opposite of the advice that Goodell is receiving.
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