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(Huffington Post)   March was the first month without a U.S. combat death in more than a decade. Thanks Obama   (huffingtonpost.com) divider line 156
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2014-04-02 07:02:09 PM

log_jammin: the801: good thing suicides don't count as combat deaths.

or abortions


Is a fetus limited in the rank it can attain?
 
2014-04-02 10:42:45 PM

Daedalus27: Except staying out of it doesn't necessarily work either.  We left Afghanistan to its own devices when the Soviet's withrdrew and it fostered extremists who offered sanctuary to those disaffected elements who decided to attack the US.  Sometimes all you can do is remove those who mean to do you harm and hope that the next generation of extremists is less competent or able to carry out plans. Sometimes the only dialog possible is high explosive ordinance.  It isn't necessarily morally right or exactly productive, but it is what the US can do.



What you don't realize is that it is entirely possible for the US to be the bad guys.

Nobody fancies themselves the villain of the story.
 
2014-04-02 11:15:53 PM
If we had tens of thousands of troops still in the Middle East, this might be news. But how many troops do we have over there now? Like...two?
 
2014-04-02 11:17:11 PM

TerminalEchoes: If we had tens of thousands of troops still in the Middle East, this might be news. But how many troops do we have over there now? Like...two?


Tens of thousands.
 
2014-04-03 01:24:50 AM

fluffy2097: Daedalus27: Except staying out of it doesn't necessarily work either.  We left Afghanistan to its own devices when the Soviet's withrdrew and it fostered extremists who offered sanctuary to those disaffected elements who decided to attack the US.  Sometimes all you can do is remove those who mean to do you harm and hope that the next generation of extremists is less competent or able to carry out plans. Sometimes the only dialog possible is high explosive ordinance.  It isn't necessarily morally right or exactly productive, but it is what the US can do.


What you don't realize is that it is entirely possible for the US to be the bad guys.

Nobody fancies themselves the villain of the story.


Oh sure the US has been "bad guys" in various foreign policy choices.   Are you going to go back to the overthrow of the socialist government in Iran and backing of the Shah?  The gall of inserting western soldiers into Saudi Arabia and the holy land to protect the western oil supply and save their ass from an aggressor who they were unwilling or unable to counter themselves.  The backing of the Israeli regime and their questionable actions over the Palestinian peoples who the Arab countries only give lip service into supporting because it is a weapon against Israel? Is it the US support of Arab strongmen over the years that have oppressed organizations such as the Muslim brotherhood who we have seen have been completely tolerant and effective once given power?  Just point to me where these actions make US is a "bad guy" in this case that justifies the acceptance of 9/11 attacks on innocent civilians as a righteous outcome that doesn't deserve any response.
 
2014-04-03 02:57:35 AM
No, invading Afghanistan wasn't necessary, or wise.  Just as we didn't invade Pakistan when we did get Bin Laden.
 
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