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  • ISIS an 'Incredible' Fighting Force, US Special Ops Sources Say

    08/25/2014 1:23:44 PM PDT · 51 of 67
    Justa to CivilWarBrewing

    “...CREATED ISIS in Benghazi”

    Why not check a map first?

    It’s only 700+ miles and 3 countries to the nearest ISIS AO.

  • War Is Hell

    08/25/2014 9:48:16 AM PDT · 9 of 13
    Justa to oh8eleven

    A few distinctions between Vietnam and OIF and OEF:

    - They don’t do R&R anymore.

    - Rotations are 15 months, not 12.

    - Many troops have done more than 3 tours. Some have done 9 or more.

    - The geography is much larger requiring many small, dispersed units to be scattered about in forward areas.

    - There is even less of ‘the rear’ than in Vietnam. OIF and OEF are soley insurgencies.

    - Rules of engagement are disparaging and demoralizing -as evidenced by this story. Air and arty are frequently denied. At one time OEF troops needed permission to return fire.

    - Material support and resupply is often strained in OEF.

    - Many units, such as Scouts, do not rotate with operations but stay at front line posts throughout their tour.

    Lastly, no to disparage your service but an artillery firebase is not really comparable to an infantry FOB. Artilleryman typically do not operate outside the base or engage the enemy repeatedly in small arms firefights.

  • Michigan Teacher Compares Ferguson Looting to Boston Tea Party

    08/25/2014 8:00:56 AM PDT · 33 of 38
    Justa to DCBryan1

    Hmmm, I’ll try.

    *What are the similarities between the events?

    - One group is stealing for personal use, the other is destroying to protest a recently implemented government taxation policy. A policy which was imposed without the consent of the governed in violation of English Parliamentary rules regarding colonies.

    *Why did the people in Boston dress up as Native Americans?

    - To punctuate their rejection of English political authority and disassociation with same.

    *What stereotypes does that show?

    - That Native Americans were not subjects of the Crown.

    *What is institutional racism and how should it be addressed?

    - The institution racism was that Native Americans were not English subjects but Colonials were and they disproportionately bore the yolk of English rule. Solution: Revolution and independence from England.

    *Why is the image on the right called a “party”?

    - It was a celebration of the forceful rejection of English taxation and import controls.

    *The event on the right has been mythologized and treated as action by heroes. Do you think the event on the left will be?

    - No. It was thievery for personal consumption in no way comparable to the Boston Tea Party. It was not representative or reparative of government political, taxation and import policies.

  • ‘Use it or lose it’ — Harper’s Arctic strategy more than just a political gambit

    08/25/2014 3:53:53 AM PDT · 11 of 12
    Justa to Squawk 8888

    A Canadian journalist and paper which ridicules Canada’s claims on the artic and argues in favor of Russia’s claims?

    Just remember per former KGB officers living in the US that there are over 30,000 -active- ciphher books in the US.

    http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/One-time_pad

  • US Gives Intelligence To Assad For Targetting Isis Commanders

    08/23/2014 12:25:13 PM PDT · 94 of 115
    Justa to realcleanguy

    There are secular Syrian opposition forces such as FSA whom the US and other Western nations have assisted.

    There are Islamist Syrian opposition forces whom the US and other Western nations have not assisted.

    You have never acknowledged this distinction and cavalierly jump between the two groups in your citations and reasoning in order to craft the argument that the US armed and trained ISIS. If some FSA units ‘pledged allegiance’ to ISIS that is an ex post facto action of any training or support they received from the West and does not in any way make the West culpable for the actions of ISIS.

    It’s called tribalism. Alliances come and go based upon relative strengths and weaknesses.

    And your implication that the CIA trained ISIS is complete crap. Why would the CIA teach ANYONE how to evade US ISR? And ISIS isn’t evading anything. In fact they’re getting drone-bombed out of northern Iraq straight back to Syria. Do you think the Iraqis are doing that? So the Iraqis are using drones to protect the Kurds?

    Your reasoning behind US culpability for ISIS is as mind boggling as it is repulsive.

  • Subglacial Volcanic Eruption Begins in Iceland

    08/23/2014 9:50:41 AM PDT · 38 of 63
    Justa to JRandomFreeper

    Extra cold winter. Prep early FRiend.

  • US Gives Intelligence To Assad For Targetting Isis Commanders

    08/23/2014 9:24:10 AM PDT · 23 of 115
    Justa to realcleanguy
    There you go again saying we created Al Qaeda-in-Iraq ne: Al Nasirayah ne: ISIS. All because what, you saw a blog pimp website's .jpg with a circle around a guy next to McCain saying he's ISIS spokesman? Well, that's it! An internet .jpg is all the proof you need!

    Here's another one, proof the Ferguson police are using monsters:

  • Global warming slowdown 'could last another decade'

    08/22/2014 3:57:47 AM PDT · 48 of 49
    Justa to ryan71

    This new excuse is based on condition that warm water sinks.

    “The researchers says this slow-moving current could continue to divert heat into the deep seas for another decade.”

    Secondly, with the west-to-east weather in the northern hemisphere the Atlantic current does not affect US temperatures. So US land temperatures should not reflect the Atlantic’s ‘sinking warm water’.

    Most of all they’re mum on the upper-atmospheric temperature readings which, coincidentally, are also lower.

    So they’re just grasping at whatever they can to rationalize lower temperatures within their AGW modeling.

    They’re crooks and should be subject to civil and criminal prosecution for dishonesty.

    Computer modeling is their gold mine. They can always claim their models were wrong rather admit they were wrong and lied. It provides them cover for scientific and professional dishonesty.

  • Gen. Allen: Destroy the Islamic State Now

    08/22/2014 3:13:48 AM PDT · 21 of 28
    Justa to allendale

    Yup. He lost me on the first sentence. Skipped to comments.

  • That ISIS guy who promised to raise Islamic flag over the White House? He’s dead

    08/21/2014 4:13:02 PM PDT · 35 of 39
    Justa to Chad_the_Impaler

    A .jpg with a circle and text does not equal proof. That is the only website with this picture. It was created it to fuel their conspiracies. Or are we to believe FSA and McCain are somehow aligned with ISIS whom they’ve been fighting for 3 years?

    Look at the two pictures. Completely different people.

    Just shows how gullible the ‘blame America first’ crowd is.

  • Prayer request for a boy named Andy

    08/21/2014 4:05:10 PM PDT · 29 of 44
    Justa to Morgana

    Why doesn’t the guardian adopt him? Was he relocated to a foster home for cause or as the conclusion of the legal process removing him from his parents?

  • Court Ruling Could Bring Down BYOD

    08/21/2014 9:40:03 AM PDT · 19 of 38
    Justa to usconservative

    I was once told by a wise, elderly gentleman to never accept an IT position in a financial institution. He said they were all about cutting costs and maximizing profits and it was their job to know how to do it. He recommended DoD, healthcare and insurance companies. In his words: “there will always be wars, people will always be sick and people will always need insurance.

  • North Korea Just Moved Some Of Its Most Advanced Weaponry To The Chinese Border, Rising Tensions

    08/20/2014 10:04:03 AM PDT · 13 of 39
    Justa to vladimir998

    They did this prior to their last major invasion scare of South Korea. IMO the troops are sent there as a pretext to prevent Chinese invasion in response to an attack on South Korea. The reasoning being that China will attack from the north and grab as much of Korea as possible before settling with the victor of the North - South conflict.

  • ISIL Beheads American Photojournalist in Iraq

    08/20/2014 8:44:56 AM PDT · 41 of 45
    Justa to vpintheak

    “Lefty loons will still try to equate Christians with these beasts.”

    And righty loons will still try to equate our support of secular Syrian opposition groups with support of ISIS. In their mind ‘the US did this’ -and all of the other atrocities of late.

    Imagine that, a circle of reasoning where left and right meet at ignorance and lunacy.

  • ISIS Beheads American Journalist

    08/19/2014 4:03:45 PM PDT · 15 of 30
    Justa to Theodore R.

    “GWB promised us “no more Vietnams”.

    However, and more importantly, Obama didn’t.

  • John McCain Does the Robot with Jamie Foxx

    08/19/2014 4:42:59 AM PDT · 9 of 14
    Justa to bmwcyle

    That is not Abu Mosa. Only the BS conspiracy site theconservativetreehouse has that photo. Try searching images for Abu Mosa and see for yourself. McCain is with FSA members. FSA is secular Syrians fighting both the SAA and ISIS. So that’s a rather galling photo and assertion by an ignorant ass webmaster.

  • The Rest of Iraq asks: where’s the U.S.?

    08/18/2014 3:20:26 PM PDT · 17 of 19
    Justa to SeekAndFind

    One word: SOFA. What commander in their right mind would send US troops into areas where they are subject to Iraqi legal prosecution and courts? Kurds give us free reign. Sunni and Shia don’t. AMF. They can bludgeon each other near death before they figure they have issues only the Americans can moderate and protect them from if we’re allowed to.

  • The End of Iraq (Cont'd)

    08/18/2014 4:58:16 AM PDT · 39 of 39
    Justa to Alberta's Child

    It’s all so confusing to you isn’t it? So you seek a solution in a brutal dictator? In case you didn’t notice Saddam was anything but stable. Too bad for your “stable dictator” idealistic fantasies. He waged war against nearly everyone around and within his country -and lost.

    When the Iraqis reform their government to a federated republic validating what was recommended by many in 2005 will you then crow about the failure of Obama’s Iraq?

    Nope.

  • The End of Iraq (Cont'd)

    08/16/2014 10:54:51 AM PDT · 29 of 39
    Justa to Alberta's Child; Chgogal

    Well, we did take down Saddam in 2003, not 1991 and, contrary to what Cheney envisioned, it was replaced with a central Republic. This was contrary to the recommendation of the State Department and several think tanks for a federated republic as Cheney discusses. The weak central parliament of the federation Cheney speaks of would have dealt with the international issues Cheney mentioned. But you must appreciate the difference between 1991 and 2003. Cheney is is commenting on the force agreements of the 1990 UN resolution which did not specify removing Saddam, taking over Iraq or basing any troops long term in the country. All being different from the 2003 invasion the 1991 invasion is not comparable with the 2003 invasion. Different requirements, objectives, resources and end states.

    In their own development almost all western governments were first a federation of states before a central republic was established. Iraq is post-tribal. It was not stable or responsible to replace one central government republic with another when the society was just exiting tribalism. But this is what the Shia and Sunni PMs wanted when the Iraq’s government form was being debated in 2005. Likely believing they’re prevail in a winner-take-all contest for power. So this is where it’s gotten them in 2014. Their having their big fight for power but it’s affecting more than just them. Only the State Department, some US think tanks and the Kurds agreed to a federation of states. Unfortunately, GWB decided for the majority Sunni-Shia desires not appreciating that each intended to dominate the government after eliminating their opponents.

    So we’re back to 2005 except with vastly reduced US troops and a vastly larger insurgency. Neither GWB or Obama could do much when 85% of the Iraqi leadership wanted the US out of the country so they could wrest control of Iraq for themselves. If anyone made a mistake it was GWB for accepting the will of the 85% who simply wanted to kick each others’ assess rather than the recommendation of the analysts for a much more sustainable form of government. When all the power and wealth is controlled by a central government there’s going to be fighting.

    So now it ‘devolves’ to the sustainable political structure of federated states. And this is one of the main reasons it was recommended, because they are an outgrowth of their tribes and are stable, cohesive and more responsible to their people.

    Lastly don’t discount the influence and respect of US troops by all sides in Iraq. Most of them will trust a US-brokered agreement but not each other if nothing else for the sheer fact we had the power to enforce agreements and prosecute violations.

    In the near future we will likely obtain basing agreements from the Kurds. After that perhaps a SOFA and basing agreements with the Shia. When the Sunni state solidifies post-ISIS they will likely request us there too to enforce and protect their position considering our influence with the other 2 groups. Particularly wrt the Sunnis choosing to continue prosecuting an insurgency where they’d be subject to Kurdish and Shia-based US forces attacking them.s government form was being debated in 2005. Likely believing they

  • The End of Iraq (Cont'd)

    08/16/2014 10:22:59 AM PDT · 27 of 39
    Justa to Georgia Girl 2

    “...off if we had followed Joe’s idea of a loose coalition of 3 states.”

    Why are you giving Biden credit for a 2005 State Department and Kurdish recommendation? It was voted down by the Shia and Sunni leadership and GWB accepted their choice of a central Republic vs. a federation of autonomous states.

    Biden had NOTHING to do with this other than taking credit for something he had no involvement in.

    This is not the end of Iraq. It is the end of a singular central republic in favor of a federation of autonomous states with a central parliament to address limited national issues. This is what was recommended in 2005 based upon the socio-political makeup and development of Iraq.

  • Sierra Leone News: Ebola spreading in Western Area, Bo & Port Loko – Miatta Kargbo

    08/15/2014 11:41:05 AM PDT · 7 of 16
    Justa to House Atreides

    If survivors acquire immunity then maybe there’s a chance for inoculation the way it was done in the old days for smallpox. Dab clear pus from a recovering victims’ wound and insert it into a cut in the arm. The dead virus was in the pus and the uninfected person’s body would develop anti-bodies from the dead virus.

  • Joe Piscopo’s confessions of a disillusioned Democrat

    08/15/2014 6:05:10 AM PDT · 36 of 51
    Justa to EricT.

    So if he really does have common ground with us then why was he a democrat to begin with? And why should we have any confidence in him if he can be fooled so easily?

  • Seeing Iraq horror, Europe reconsiders reluctance

    08/15/2014 5:44:10 AM PDT · 9 of 11
    Justa to bert
    The Syria-Cypress-Greece pipeline appears to be in the early planning stages

  • Seeing Iraq horror, Europe reconsiders reluctance

    08/15/2014 5:25:52 AM PDT · 8 of 11
    Justa to bert

    Yes, it’s shown as the green dashed line in the second map.

  • Seeing Iraq horror, Europe reconsiders reluctance

    08/15/2014 5:15:00 AM PDT · 6 of 11
    Justa to Olog-hai
    The EU's agenda is to obtain Qatari Pars field natural gas via Iraq and Syria rather than Iranian Pars field natural gas via Iran, Iraq and Syria subject to Russian price and volume controls.

    http://americankabuki.blogspot.com/2013/09/is-united-states-going-to-go-to-war.html

  • Congressman wants to curb military surplus program

    08/15/2014 4:07:48 AM PDT · 8 of 15
    Justa to DaveA37

    If you don’t need it put it up for sale. Your employers will appreciate reducing the government’s burden upon them.

  • Evidence suggests Ebola toll vastly underestimated: WHO

    08/15/2014 3:04:08 AM PDT · 36 of 54
    Justa to reasonisfaith

    I’m waiting until 21 days after the departure of the African Summit before I consider All Clear.

  • Kim Komando: 3 surprising things that spy on you that you can't stop

    08/14/2014 12:24:06 PM PDT · 70 of 70
    Justa to EveningStar

    4. -Your government.

  • Intent to Support the Kurds Against ISIS

    08/14/2014 10:13:35 AM PDT · 14 of 18
    Justa to Jack Black

    ISIS has UAVs and possibly access to Turkish ISR.

    Mobile ops as he describes could work but they’d be coming up against ISIS SPAA, truck-mounted rocket artillery and recoilless rifles. And ISIS HF comms could see that his units are cut off after an engagement or spoil an attack altogether considering the extent of their network.

  • Young Turks (Mark Steyn)

    08/14/2014 5:17:38 AM PDT · 4 of 17
    Justa to Haiku Guy

    This is the stereotypical Muslim response to just about anything which discredits them. That it’s a Jewish and/or CIA plot. It’s their go-to rationale which allows them to repudiate shameful activities as not being the will of Allah, therefore they are not answerable for them.

  • Do Trolls Matter?

    08/14/2014 4:47:03 AM PDT · 30 of 34
    Justa to WhiskeyX

    I estimate there are at least 12 Russian trolls (intelligence agents) active on FR. There are several categories of Russian trolls. Some are blatant and easily identifiable. Others are insipid and conduct the classic communist influence operation: demoralization, repudiation, propaganda and reconciliation. The purpose is to accept the propaganda without actually realizing it. This is possible because the focus of interaction is attaining a consensus with the operative over some innocuous point. This redeems the target’s confidence and, more importantly, requires them accept the propaganda -the real purpose of the interaction.

    They are very active, and successful, on conservative and conspiracy sites. Some sites may even be run by them.

    IMO they are currently running an influence operation to support Russia’s interests in Syria and energy exports to Western Europe. Middle east oil exported into Europe via Turkish pipelines competes directly with Russian oil exports. Qatar, Kuwait, SA and Iraq all want to export to the EU but do not have secure pipeline routes. Imagine that.

  • BREAKING: Poll confirms that Mitch is in the lead

    08/14/2014 3:44:18 AM PDT · 60 of 95
    Justa to elhombrelibre

    There’s no self abuse at all in refusing to endorse or vote for a candidate which does not represent your political values. The abuse comes when you chose to identify with a political party for the sake of “winning” only to end up having your rights, liberties, freedoms and fortune taken from you by politicians under the pretense of lawful representation.

  • BREAKING: Poll confirms that Mitch is in the lead

    08/14/2014 3:25:14 AM PDT · 57 of 95
    Justa to elhombrelibre

    Elections aren’t football games where you root for your team no matter what. Many people think they are though. This is what is wrong, fundamentally wrong with the American political system currently. We vote for our ‘team’ and not our values. So politicians represent themselves and not the electorate.

    Elections are for selecting our representatives and legal executors. Somewhere along the way this was corrupted to voting for a political party rather than our political values. This makes us subservient to the party rather than the politicians subservient to our values.

  • Why Are So Many Westerners Joining ISIS?

    08/13/2014 6:01:50 PM PDT · 21 of 24
    Justa to pgkdan

    Same reason my bug zappers came with chemical mosquito baits.

  • Defense Secretary: 'The World is Exploding All Over'

    08/13/2014 5:19:57 PM PDT · 51 of 54
    Justa to realcleanguy

    I see you in fact do not have a reputable source for your claim the US is supporting ISIS. You’ve posted bunch of articles about the well-known fact the US, France, Jordan, etc. have trained moderate Syrian rebels rather than Islamic forces as you claim.

    A partial list of secular Syrian opposition sources:

    http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Syrian_opposition#Syrian_National_Coalition

    We have trained FSA, http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Free_Syrian_Army which in fact has been fighting ISIS for 2 years.

    http://www.aawsat.net/2014/01/article55327081

    “The Free Syrian Army is moderate, secular and backed by the United States with weapons and training.[41] In recent months these weapons have included advanced American made BGM-71 TOW anti-tank missiles.[42] The FSA is in stark contrast with groups such as Jabhat al-Nusra which have been designated as terrorist by several Western countries;[43] this has led to a rift between the secular forces fighting the Syrian government and al-Qaeda linked groups such as al-Nusra and ISIS, often resulting in deaths.[44][45] The FSA maintains good relations with moderate Islamist factions such as the Islamic Front.[42]”

    Oh my gosh. I can actually cite sources which explicitly substantiate my argument. Imagine that. Do you think Wikipedia is in on the US-ISIS conspiracy?

    You have posted no citation supporting your assertion that Western training was provided to ISIS or any Syrian Islamic opposition force.

    I have provided citations, articles and excerpts that we have trained secular Syrian Opposition sources which are not aligned with ISIS and in fact fight against them. You provide links supporting my position then make an unsubstantiated assertion that this must also include ISIS or that the trainees defected to ISIS -without any explicit sources, citations or excerpts!

    Don’t call me an apologist. You’re the one asserting a moral equivalence of US policy to ISIS activity for the manifest purpose of dismissing the justification of our opposition to ISIS and operations against them.

    So who’s pushing the propaganda here Tovarish?

  • Constitutional Scholars: Sustained Airstrikes in Iraq May Be Unconstitutional

    08/13/2014 3:06:08 PM PDT · 25 of 30
    Justa to odds

    “All I can say in this case is that Obama did the right thing. And, Congress should approve!”

    No, no, no. Iraqi oil exported to the EU through Turkey will thwart Putin’s influence over the EU and delay his conquest of Ukraine and the Baltics. We can’t have that! Quick, we must alert the FSB Influence Agents to activate their conservative, anti-US government, isolationist assets to stop anti-imperialist aggression.

    Quick, someone post the picture of John McCain with “ISIS spokesman Abu Masa” in Syria. We must make it clear this is all the fault of the US so the US has no moral authority to oppose ISIS or Russian conquests. We will tell them opposing ISIS or Russia is actually “helping Obama” improve his poll numbers. Is good.

    /s

  • Evidence Mounting That Turkey Is Behind ISIS Recruitment to Establish an Islamic Caliphate

    08/13/2014 2:12:14 PM PDT · 40 of 54
    Justa to Kackikat

    “We lost 400 surface to air missiles in Benghazi and it was reported they were in the hands of terrorists...so I believe YES THEY WERE ARMING ISIS/ISIL....”

    It’s actually much worse than that. We’ve apparently also provided ISIS Stargate technology allowing them to teleport 800 miles from Syria to Benghazi and back without ever crossing the borders of Syria, Jordan, Israel and Egypt!

    ...Ohhhhhhh the feckless duplicity of our government!

  • The ISIS Threat In The US

    08/13/2014 1:54:20 PM PDT · 7 of 18
    Justa to Diogenesis
    This is Abu Mosa, ISIS Press officer:

    And this is BS:

    The only site making this claim is a conspiracy blog-portal site at https://theconservativetreehouse.com. And why would an ISIS official be meeting with an American senator and FSA representatives when ISIS has been fighting the FSA for 2 years?

  • Robin Williams’ close friend reveals actor resented having to do new Mrs Doubtfire

    08/13/2014 1:26:09 PM PDT · 20 of 116
    Justa to E. Pluribus Unum

    Yeah, but how many of us have a vocation which brings out “demons” in us?

    I guess he was right.

  • Defense Secretary: 'The World is Exploding All Over'

    08/13/2014 1:08:12 PM PDT · 49 of 54
    Justa to realcleanguy

    Do you have a reputable source for that?

    There are dozens of Syrian Opposition groups. Most are secularists. The Islamist groups are nearly all terrorist groups. I can see no logic funding Aq-in-Iraq (ISIS) or Al Qaeda. They are uncontrollable looters out only for themselves with no capability of maintaining a stable society.

    The logic of the ‘we trained ISIS’ is absurd. That we would attack Syria due to its support of Hamas and Hezbollah and to ensure Syria’s chemical and biological weapons do not fall into the hands of terrorists. Yet to accomplish this we train and arm Al Qaaeda and its affiliates? It’s a ludicrous presumption and an insult to one’s intelligence.

    And what about bombing ISIS? So we trained and armed them in some secret program and now we’re bombing them? Why? Even if someone believed they would be loyal somehow after toppling Assad what idiot would believe they’d leave Iraq alone or not use chemical weapons on civilians?

    ISIS, nee Aq-In-Iraq, has been active in Iraq since 2003. That’s where they’re from. First they were fighting the Coalition until they were defeated and went underground and into Syrian refugee camps. After the US departed they returned in 2011 and began successive attacks against the Iraqi government. But they’re ‘our guys’ eh? Utter BS.

    This is the same Leftist propaganda campaign used for nearly 100 years against Westerners by Communists and Fascists. Demoralize the public and insert propaganda until they no longer support their own government and side with their natural enemies. Want some examples?

    -France 1940 trade unionists and socialists cheering the Nazis as they entered Paris. Result: France falls and nearly 1 million French killed by under a Nazi dictatorship.

    -Cuba 1959 ‘Our man’ and mob buddy Batista was so corrupt Fidel Castro was the only way to fix the Cuban society, to make it fair. Result: Castro overthrows Batista and 1 million Cubans are killed under a communist dictatorship.

    -South Vietnam: The ‘CIA assassination’ of Diem made South Vietnam a defacto US puppet state. Therefore there was no moral basis to oppose the VC and NVA who were simply nationalists representing the welfare of the Vietnamese people. Result: 6 million killed under a communist dictatorship (including Cambodia and Laos).

    -EL Salvador and Nicaragua 1980s: Support of the Contras and El Salvador military dictatorship against communist insurgents thwarts the will of the people and the stability of the region. Result: Over half a million killed by communists who ‘somehow’ indigenously acquired 100s of thousands of AK-47s, thousands of machine guns and RPGs and 100s of tons of plastic explosives.

    I could go on and on. Suffice it to say you are the victim of an influence operation. It’s time to cheer on Putin now, eh?

  • Iraqi Refugee: People in Mosul Hailed ISIS, Drove Out Christians

    08/13/2014 10:26:59 AM PDT · 14 of 17
    Justa to dfwgator

    “Say what you will, but those Christians were at least safe with Saddam.”

    Um, no.

    “During Saddam Hussein’s reign of terror, Iraq’s Christian population plummeted from 1.4 million to fewer than 300,000. Many of those Christian refugees settled in Syria, which was considered, at that time, a more tolerant country.”

    http://www.catholic.org/news/international/middle_east/story.php?id=52764

    Not surprisingly you are in agreement with the Daily Kos:

    “Plight of Christians in Iraq Began When GW Bush Invaded in March 2003, Obama Urged Action in 2007”

    http://www.dailykos.com/story/2014/08/08/1320161/-Plight-of-Christians-in-Iraq-Began-When-GW-Bush-Invaded-in-March-2003-Obama-Urged-Action-in-2007

  • Egypt's top cleric condemns Islamic State

    08/13/2014 10:03:22 AM PDT · 12 of 19
    Justa to soycd

    There is something many people overlook when discussing Muslims. How they interpret the Koran. Most do not read it and make their own reflections as Protestants do with the KJV. They listen and follow their clerics in a similar way to Catholicism. The clerics interpret a great deal of scholarly religious literature beyond the Koran. They undergo formal training and testing to determine their fitness as religious civic leaders.

    It’s the fanatics that pick up the Koran, read it for themselves for their own conclusions, usually in the service of their own ambitions. This is a known phenomena among Muslims and it is considered irresponsible and even dangerous to Muslims. As it has become clear.

    This clerics argument makes complete sense in this regard and I believe he is being sincere and truthful because he is correct. Iraq’s senior Shia cleric Al-Sistani has made similar statements about ISIS but characterized it as more of a threat to Iraq. Al Sadr is seen as an upstart, a troublemaker as he skirts the Shia hierarchy on the basis of his (dead) father’s influence and his financial support from Iran.

  • Police Block Off N. St. Louis County Roads–Youths Gathering at Jamestown Mall–Shots Fired–Arrests

    08/13/2014 9:48:03 AM PDT · 227 of 237
    Justa to MHGinTN

    Why would the oligarchs support a balkanization of the US? That would leave them holding the bag on the national debt as other regions setup their own asset reserves and eventual currencies. The oligarchy would be left with a much smaller territory, a worthless currency and incalculable debt.

  • Defense Secretary: 'The World is Exploding All Over'

    08/13/2014 8:44:43 AM PDT · 31 of 54
    Justa to realcleanguy

    “when the decision was made to place CIA and Military advisors in Jordan to train radical Islamists to overthrow Assad that was in 2011”

    We trained Syrian secular opposition groups. We never trained Syrian Islamist groups.

  • US to Supply Kurds with Russian Arms via CIA

    08/12/2014 7:25:37 PM PDT · 15 of 41
    Justa to gaijin

    “Got a bad feeling bout this….”

    I don’t.

    Get that S@$@ in there ASAP. And some artillery as well. Drones don’t do suppression or CBF.

    Get the Navy in there too while they’re at it.

    Irbil bump.

  • This time, Iraq should be broken up

    08/12/2014 7:14:34 PM PDT · 24 of 36
    Justa to SeekAndFind

    The Kurds are already independent. No one can give them what they already are and have been. They’re selling their oil to Turkey. Baghdad has tacitly acknowledged this. And yet they’re working with Baghdad against ISIS. So there it is. They are autonomous.

    The Kurds are the first autonomous state of the new Iraq federation.

    Witness their strength and unity. In time the Shia and Sunni will do the same. Then they’ll work together as members of a federated Iraq.

    The United States is the facilitator of all of this. Don’t be ashamed. Be proud. We will defend Iraq against the IS and Iraq will reform as a stable and strong republic of federated states.

    Federated Iraq will prevail.

  • This time, Iraq should be broken up

    08/12/2014 6:35:41 PM PDT · 10 of 36
    Justa to jsanders2001

    Oh, calm down. It’s already broken up practically speaking. It’s natural, normal, good and was expected. Post-tribal societies always go to federation of states. A central republic is last. The Kurds, the State Dept. and many of us who were there knew this in 2006. But the Sunnis and Shia believed in a winner-take-all republic ala Saddam Hussein’s Ba’ath ruler ship. Unfortunately, GWB agreed. Big mistake George. You should never have compromised with failure. Under the Iraqi constitution the republic could never work. We all knew this.

    I welcome the demise of the Iraqi republic. It reinforces our efforts in Iraq. Our accomplishments. Thank God it only lasted 5 years, before another Saddam emerged.

    The defacto federated states will be far more stable than a republic. They will be more prosperous and Iraq as a whole will be able to develop and advance much faster than a via a contentions republic. Strong states, weak federal government. They will prosper and develop. And we need to be there with them as they do! They all trust us more than each other. We are noble and this is our calling. Rise.

  • Democrats highlight Ernst statement on Iraq situation

    08/12/2014 6:17:59 PM PDT · 5 of 16
    Justa to Tailgunner Joe

    I almost feel sorry for the Executive. The MSM anti-Republican Iraq propaganda fell right into his lap -as it was supposed to. And he was all too willing to make political hay of it. This in turn ignored the supreme efforts of a great many thousands of the most dedicated and capable Americans in government and the military. So now it’s coming back on him. His incompetence has begat his irrelevance.

    Best stay on the Vineyard man-child.

  • Cheney: Obama Probably Not Reading His Intelligence Reports

    08/12/2014 6:07:01 PM PDT · 34 of 45
    Justa to Hojczyk

    Gee, ya think?

    IMO the DoD, the CIA and perhaps even Congress don’t GAFF what he thinks. He’s irrelevant at this point. Practically speaking authorities have been delegated. To put it nicely. If you know what I mean.

    The Executive has achieved irrelevance through incompetence. A wise executive would stay out of it. If Congress fuddles CIA or DoD funding things could potentially become rather dynamic in FedGov.

    The Executive has no comprehension of the depth of seething anger within these agencies with regards to Iraq. It’s almost spiritual. It’s existential. They’re ready to go there.

  • So Now We're in Iraq Again ... What?

    08/12/2014 5:17:18 PM PDT · 7 of 9
    Justa to Attention Surplus Disorder

    Four bases: Irbil, Balad, Al Faw/mBIAP and Tallil. No problems, no IS. Everybody friends.

    They’re paying the price for not allowing permanent US troop presence and a liberal SOFA.

    Don’t pussy-foot this. Go for the big win. 100-year leases and decent SOFA. We’ll secure the peace and they’ll be able to export Iraqi, Kuwaiti, SA and Qatari oil to EU in counterbalance to Russia’s petro politics. Everybody wins. Everybody friends.

    Option #2: F-the republic and go in via the autonomous states starting with Kurdistan. Write our own rules necessary to secure the area and execute. When the Shia and Sunni catch on we’ll do the same for them. Then Iraq gets to develop and prosper. Otherwise chaos and death is their future.