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Old 05-18-2010, 01:31 PM   #16
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A suicide bomb attack in Kabul overnight claimed the lives of 18 people, including five U.S. servicemen. This attack pushed the war effort in Afghanistan past one of those grim milestones. Per today's New York Times:

On Tuesday, the toll of American dead in Afghanistan passed 1,000, after a suicide bomb in Kabul killed at least five United States service members. Having taken nearly seven years to reach the first 500 dead, the war killed the second 500 in fewer than two. A resurgent Taliban active in almost every province, a weak central government incapable of protecting its people and a larger number of American troops in harms way all contributed to the accelerating pace of death.
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Old 05-25-2010, 10:00 AM   #17
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Fuck you, George Bush. Seriously. FUCK YOU.

It makes me so angry and upset to hear that we've lost Canadians in Afghanistan, but this one hit close to home - he is my nephew's friend.

'We loved Larry': soldier's friends - Canada - Canoe.ca
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Old 12-19-2011, 05:41 PM   #18
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all the U S Troops are out,

now what?

Sunni Leader's Arrest Creates New Iraq Crisis - WSJ.com



Shia domination?

Iran / Iraq War has been called a stalemate


But now, thanks to the U S, a net win for Iran?
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Old 12-19-2011, 05:45 PM   #19
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I pretty believe that Iraq will stand up and attack the US in some near future. They are not gonna stay stranded with their arms crossed as if nothing happened.
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Old 12-19-2011, 06:00 PM   #20
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I pretty believe that Iraq will stand up and attack the US in some near future. They are not gonna stay stranded with their arms crossed as if nothing happened.


that kind of non-thinking is what got us into this sad, sucking hole of despair and failure in the first place.
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Old 12-20-2011, 03:34 AM   #21
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I pretty believe that Iraq will stand up and attack the US in some near future. They are not gonna stay stranded with their arms crossed as if nothing happened.
What exactly do you think you mean?
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Old 12-20-2011, 04:02 AM   #22
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I pretty believe that Iraq will stand up and attack the US in some near future. They are not gonna stay stranded with their arms crossed as if nothing happened.
I think the last thing the Iraqis want is another war. Also, it wouldn't be foolish enough to attack the US, as per article 5 of the North Atlantic Treaty that would get them into a state of war with all 28 NATO member states. That's the reason, as well, that all this fear mongering from the US government about a possible Iranian attack on the US has no basis in reality: Iran would never risk a war with the whole NATO.
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Old 12-20-2011, 05:11 AM   #23
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I think the last thing the Iraqis want is another war. Also, it wouldn't be foolish enough to attack the US, as per article 5 of the North Atlantic Treaty that would get them into a state of war with all 28 NATO member states. That's the reason, as well, that all this fear mongering from the US government about a possible Iranian attack on the US has no basis in reality: Iran would never risk a war with the whole NATO.
It's ridiculous to think that either Iraq or Iran are going to attack anyone, and it's got nothing to do with the NATO trigger.
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Old 12-20-2011, 07:34 AM   #24
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There is no general feeling of hostility or call for revenge in Iraq, so I really don't see where the fear of an attack could be coming from. At the moment the people here have other problems to deal with, like this current development also illustrates: Rudaw in English....The Happening: Latest News and Multimedia about Kurdistan, Iraq and the World - Iraqi Vice-President Wanted for Terrorism

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--Iraq’s high court issued an arrest warrant for Vice-President Tariq al-Hashimi on Monday, accusing the country’s top Sunni leader of having ties to terrorist organizations that plotted to assassinate high-level officials.

The development is likely to escalate tensions among Iraq’s sectarian political factions following last week’s US troop withdrawal. Prime Minister Nuri al-Maliki, also called on Parliament over the weekend to bring a no-confidence vote against Deputy Prime Minister Salih al-Mutlaq, also a top Sunni leader. Parliament and Maliki’s Shia-led government have been boycotted by the main Sunni-secular bloc, Iraqiya, which has fought Maliki for power and accused the prime minister of dictatorial behavior. Hashimi and Mutlaq are both leaders in the bloc.
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The number of Iraqi civilians murdered in January of 2010 was 118. The number of US Civilians murdered in January 2010 was nearly 1,400! Even on a per capita basis, more civilians were murdered in the United States than Iraq. Yet this basic fact goes unmentioned by the writers.
Yes, because the per capita murder rate in January 2010 accurately represents the per capita murder rate for the entire 9 year occupation of Iraq.

Also, the U.S. is a bad example to compare murder rates with. We are far from an ideal country when it comes to homicide rates, and are certainly not amongst the least violent nations. Try using a country in which the politicians are not gung ho about giving everybody guns.
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thought i would just share this sad lil story....

So last night I have a new kid (11 years old) start up taekwondo. Before class starts as i'm showing him basic stretches etc, he says to me "Do you want to know something stupid Obama is doing?"

I say sure.

"He's pulling all of our soldiers out of Iraq, while there are still Iraqis there".

I go, so do you think every single Iraqi is a bad guy?

"Yes, we haven't killed them all so it's a mistake to leave"


I left it at that cause I really don't want to argue with a 11 year old But I can't help but wonder if this is what he's taught in school, or more likely a view he's picked up from his parents. Not sure how you really cure stupid.
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Wow.
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Old 12-21-2011, 09:47 AM   #29
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I was waiting for that story to end with "AND he's polling 3rd in Iowa!"
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I was waiting for that story to end with "AND he's polling 3rd in Iowa!"


Well played.
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