Loc: Alexandria, VA
But are we as a country willing to accept the (perceived if not actual) security risk of leaving AQ alone to maybe plot an attack here? In exchange for getting our troops out and taking care of domestic business, are we prepared to accept living with a certain amount of risk?
I'd like to think we are, since a world of being 100% safe doesn't exist, and it seems more damaging to bankrupt ourselves (morally, geopolitically and economically) in an effort to achieve it ...
But I'm afraid the jingoistic parts of our society won't accept that view (and certainly the military-industrial complex would hate it) ...
It's like punching a bruise. The more risk we think we see, the more belligerent we tend to become (although the previous schmucministration elevated belligerence to an art form), and the more belligerent we are, the more risk we bring on ourselves.
I agree, we need to stop flinching at every backfire we here and get on with taking care of bidness right here at home.
would someone ask our resident... barrister... why he continues to reply to someone who has blocked his posts?
Because it's a public forum . I was drawing attention to your mistake that Obama's speech was a "carefully considered presentation of a strategy" when it clearly wasn't. If it was that well-considered it wouldn't have been self-contradictory. Others will understand the point whether you want to shut it out, read it or re-construct it.
Maybe. However, it just perpetuates an annoying pattern of not ever accepting what anyone else says, and assuming that people will always pay attention to his perpetual "last word". And of course, there he is again.
But you're absolutely right, why do I care? In fact I don't, and it's silly of me to let him irritate me -- any more than a cranky toddler on a long flight.
Well, carp, we average John Q's may have our own ideas and opinions on what should or should not be done. But then, none of us have access to the volumes of data and intel that the President does. Certainly not the classified stuff. And none of us Failimg are in a position to know all of the pressures and conflicting influences at play when you're the Commander in Chief.
To insist that a decision like this is as simple as "Do or Do Not" is a bit naive.
I'd rather have heard a message about getting out ASAP. Failing that, I'd have preferred a clearer rationale for this surge before the draw-down. But my guess is that we'll learn a bit more each day. Not that it will pacify those of us who don't support this buildup. But if we can't support the buildup, we can still support the President. Criticize him, but support him. I doubt you'd want to be saddled with this decision.
Steve , even in a simple statement like mine - people over read into it a novel
You Do ; ; As in get in and win with in 3 years or 20 years , whatever it takes
You Do Not ; ; As in you get out now = cut and run
There is No Try ; ; A half arse measure is just wasting lives and goes nowhere
Kinda simply on the simplistic side - I can take the time to write a book if thats what you want Should I post up many links to it ? which some will call blowhards or idiots or just simply over look everything for their own agendas ?
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