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Obama Has No Middle East Strategy? Good!

rama Wrote: Sep 03, 2014 10:58 AM
Actually my solution would be, if the Arab world is unwilling to do it's part to help eradicate this problem, I would pull all American funding and fast track us to energy independence by opening up all available energy sources including Nuclear and west coast oil and say the hell with the ME. They don't hate up for our freedom. They hate us because we are over there in what they see as a dominating manner. I would also not allow immigrants from that part of the world. At some point the people there will get tired of living in constant turmoil or they will kill each other. It's really their choice to make. Not ours.
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Obama Has No Middle East Strategy? Good!

rama Wrote: Sep 03, 2014 10:13 AM
Everyone thinks Paul is insane for this but we should really be thinking on this. Learn from our past. Are the American people going to support another ten year commitment in the middle east? These people are imbedded in a population of millions in Syria and Iraq. Killing them without destroying a hundred thousand civilians along with them is going to require a very large ground force and a lot of time. I know a lot of people say bomb them and the hell with the civilians but look at the backlash that Israel faced when they killed 1800 civilians. Imagine what the world reaction will be to 50-100 times that amount. Another thing to think about are the other nations. Are we going to invade them too? That is where ISIS will flee. Into Saudi Arabia, Jordan and Palestine. This will very likely get Israel involved as ISIS will no doubt try and provoke the rest of the Arab world to war with the west by attacking Israel. I'm not saying to do nothing but we need to get commitments from the rest of the Arab world to go in there with us with full support. Otherwise it's ten years of terrorist whack-a-mole.
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The Left's Ridiculous Burger King Freakout

rama Wrote: Aug 29, 2014 2:02 PM
I agree with most of this. One thing that I actually agree with Obama(a rare occurrence, I promise) is fixing the system so that taxes on income earned in the US can't be avoided altogether though debt allocation. This is where a multi-national company incurs debt in operations around the world but places all the debt in the holding company located in the country with the highest tax rate and exposure. This allows them to deduct debt to build locations in foreign countries from their US revenue. Just as I believe the US tax code should be revised to only allow taxes on the revenue generated in our country, deductions for debt should only be allowed for debt that was originated in the US for projects located in the US.
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No Facts, No Peace

rama Wrote: Aug 21, 2014 12:11 PM
There are more facts out and more to come. I just hope the officer lives to see the truth come out.
From what I understand, this incident didn't take place in a deserted area. There were supposedly 15-30 people outside within eyesight of this and they have statements from a lot of them. I would think that with local, state and federal investigations all happening that these statements combined with the physical evidence will eventually give us a somewhat clear idea of what happened. I just hope that the cop isn't lynched before the truth comes out, whatever that might be.
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Policing a Riot

rama Wrote: Aug 20, 2014 11:02 AM
I agree. That shoot to wound stuff is just in the movies. A gun is meant to kill. If you are using it, you have made the determination to use deadly force. Cop training usually says to aim for center mass so as to assure that you are stopping the threat, perceived as deadly to yourself or others.
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Policing a Riot

rama Wrote: Aug 20, 2014 10:57 AM
Actually seems pretty easy-Demonstrators usually march with others in the street and chant slogan and carry signs. Looters are running into stores and coming out with stuff they didn't pay for. Two very different behaviors.
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Policing a Riot

rama Wrote: Aug 20, 2014 10:54 AM
Or as a real world example-if your wife or daughter has been sexually assaulted and the police officer investigating needed to get information to help catch the criminal we would still probably ask that the officer proceed delicately and with sensitivity towards the victim and not cause any additional trauma. If the officer showed up when the attack was taking place, we would probably all want that officer to be Mr. Action and stop the attack with as much speed and force that he could muster. Trouble is sensitivity and being able to use necessary violence at a moments notice don't always exist in the same person.
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Policing a Riot

rama Wrote: Aug 20, 2014 10:48 AM
A lot of the issue is that cops are expected to be all things to all people. Just as an exercise, ask a homeless person, a feminist, a small business owner, a stay at home mother and a social worker what they would like their local police force to look and behave like. Chances are you will get very different lists of attributes. These different expectations assure that any cop is going to be liked by some and despised by others.
Gimme a break! Susan Rice has a golf visor hanging around her neck. You can see the Nike Swoosh on it. She is going over how to avoid the sand trap on hole 13 next time.
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Rudderless U.S. Foreign Policy

rama Wrote: Jul 30, 2014 3:33 PM
I agree that Obama's foreign policy as a whole has been feckless but I keep looking for realistic solutions to the Ukraine situation and I don't see any coming from conservatives or anyone else. The fact is we created the situation. We helped instigate the riots that deposed a democratically elected president of Ukraine. At this point the eastern half of Ukraine which had voted overwhelmingly for the former president, had every right to not feel allegiance to the usurpers. These are not crises that we need to be a part of. These are aftershocks of the break-up of the Soviet Union. There will continue to be territorial disputes for a few more decades at least as people struggle to figure out where they belong and where their loyalties lie. Us getting involved is only going to prolong the process and possibly lead to more unnecessary wars.
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