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"Will ISIS Attack the United States? " Let's see, does a bear sh-t in the woods? This should be a no-brainer, yet here we are asking the question. Yes, of course they will, if they can, and because they are an international organization as well as a rogue state with plenty of European and even American members, they certainly can.
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WWI Demons Live

USNbubblehead Wrote: Aug 07, 2014 12:15 PM
Good post.
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WWI Demons Live

USNbubblehead Wrote: Aug 07, 2014 12:11 PM
"The Middle East's travails can be traced in no small part to the Ottoman Empire's dissolution at the end of WWI. " I've been saying this for years upon years. Most people simply do not realize that the trouble in the middle east is NOT centered around the state of Israel, but rather the treaties of 1910-21 that laid borders intentionally across tribal and sectarian lines. It was Britain and France who did this, but they've been just fine with letting the U.S.'s support of Israel take the blame for it. Unfortunately for them, the militants in these areas remember this as well. Osama bin Laden referenced these treaties in several of his taped addresses before he was killed. Sad part is, it is we unlearned Americans who don't remember this, and our enemies (as well as our competitors) use this to their advantage, much to our chagrin.
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Western Anti-Semitism

USNbubblehead Wrote: Aug 07, 2014 10:16 AM
"War is hell." W.T. Sherman also wrote a letter to U.S. Army Chief of Staff Maj. General Henry Halleck on September 4, 1864 in answer to critics of his operational tactics, which were said to be disproportionately severe: "...I will answer that War is War & not popularity seeking. If they want peace, they & their relations must stop War." Some wisdom doesn't get old.
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Is Thinking Obsolete?

USNbubblehead Wrote: Aug 05, 2014 9:47 AM
"Talk show host Geraldo Rivera says that there is no way Israel is winning the battle for world opinion." And this, I think, puts the finger on one of the real problems we have with modern media; they think everything is a popularity contest being ever waged by opposing narratives. This view is so departed from reality as to be absolutely absurd. Sure, public opinion is a key component in the making of public policy, but that should never override basic common sense. In an armed struggle, the pragmatic prevail.
I don't necessarily agree with that statement, but apparently Ventura did. I think that goes back to what I said about his own self importance. I see what you're saying though.
Whether he was in the right or not, Ventura made a huge PR blunder by going on with this after Kyle's death. IMHO, this is due to the fact that Ventura's opinion of himself is quite disproportionate to either his intelligence or his talent. He could have played this hand in such a way as to come off looking like a real decent guy. But instead he was more interested in salving his own sense of self importance. Quite telling, actually.
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'God Bless America,' With Irony

USNbubblehead Wrote: Jul 31, 2014 9:42 AM
You hit the nail on the head. This has more to do with wealth redistribution and importing a perpetual constituency that anything else. The only thing keeping this from being viewed as a hostile takeover of our country is the fact that enough idiots voted and elected the architects of it. (How's THAT for 'unhinged' Jacoby?)
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'God Bless America,' With Irony

USNbubblehead Wrote: Jul 31, 2014 9:36 AM
"Much of the rhetoric at the Beacon Hill rally was unhinged." Of course, this statement requires interpretation for the media-speak impaired. Passionate = unhinged in the media PC dictionary. Speaking of unhinged, WTF does Irving Berlin have to do with this situation at all? That's about the most bizarre comparison I've seen in quite a while. Its summer Jeff, take a vacation, will ya?
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Cease the Cease-Fires

USNbubblehead Wrote: Jul 29, 2014 3:18 PM
BTW, I think Israel has bent over backwards to try and accommodate these sentiments, however foolish they may be. Can you imaging what it would be like if an outfit like ISIS was conducting the operation?
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Cease the Cease-Fires

USNbubblehead Wrote: Jul 29, 2014 3:16 PM
"General William T. Sherman said it all, 150 years ago: "War is hell." " He went further than that in a letter to Maj. Gen Halleck on Sept. 4, 1864 when he said: "If people raise a howl against my barbarity and cruelty, I will answer that war is war, and not popularity seeking. If they want peace, they and their relatives must stop the war." Not much to add there. I can see where popular culture has confused people. If you fight a war restricting yourself to only those actions others deem 'popular,' then you will lose. Its really as simple as that.
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