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Old 01-08-2008, 11:15 PM   #421
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It's sort of hitting me like a brick in the face how much John Edwards could actually hurt Obama's chances. He got 17% of the vote tonight. That's almost 1/5 of the vote. I think it's fairly safe to say Obama would get at least 2/3 of that support.

Edwards can't win and he knows it. If he's really as anti-Hillary as he appears to be, it would be serve him well to drop out ASAP.
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But one colossal mistake (Iraq) should not automatically lead to the other extreme of isolationism.
I fear we're already isolated and moving towards extreme isolation in the world. New, non-military approaches are needed as the US slowly loses its economic and military superpower status.
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I'd like to note that it took a Canadian to give you an answer.

I blame my stupidity on video games and porn. Wait until porn gets to canada, you guys will go right down the shit hole. This stuff blows the Red Green show right out of the water.
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Well, dating back to 1979, we've stuck our foot too far in Iran and then later obviously in Iraq. My point is, it's easy to say "we shouldn't keep sticking our hand in the fire, it burns!!" When you already have to deal with a lot of burns.

On Iraq, if we pull out 100% of military forces tomorrow, the problem doesn't go away anytime soon, like years and years and years.

On Iran, the only reason people don't see the gravity of the Iran threat is because of the debacle of Iraq. We can't let them have nuclear weapons, period. What do you suppose we do? I don't accept that we should do nothing, even if I am a bit of an isolationist to an extent. I totally loathe the neo-con ideal of spreading Democracy with force but you can't ignore actual threats. On September 10th, 2001 our biggest threats in the region were still obviously Al Qaeda and Iran. Iraq didn't change this. That's just my view.

Okay, I'm helping get off subject, so I said my piece.
As I said in my earlier post:

"So yea we will be damned for now even if we stop all the policing, because people are still going to remember how we've been for all these decades. But I think over years and years of non-interventionalism the hatred for America will fade away."


And yea, on 9/10/01 al-Qaeda was our biggest threat, because for the past few decades we have been interfering a lot. But think about it this way, we interfered even more in the last 6 years by going into Iraq and do you think that more people have joined the "death to America" movement? I think so, and that is because of Iraq. So the more we interfere, the more they will hate us and want to kill us. If we attack Iran tomorrow, imagine all the hatred for us, we really are doomed then.
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This stuff blows the Red Green show right out of the water.
Once they manage to put possums, hockey, and duct tape in porno, it'll catch on up here.

There's already plenty of beavers, so obviously they're trying.
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It's sort of hitting me like a brick in the face how much John Edwards could actually hurt Obama's chances. He got 17% of the vote tonight. That's almost 1/5 of the vote. I think it's fairly safe to say Obama would get at least 2/3 of that support.

Edwards can't win and he knows it. If he's really as anti-Hillary as he appears to be, it would be serve him well to drop out ASAP.

That's what I've been saying. He needs to put his ego aside and realize he has no chance to win, and throw his support behind Obama.
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Oooh, subtle yet slick choice of words there, Hillary.

She just congratulated Obama, Edwards, Richardson, etc as a group, rather than singling Obama out for congratulations. As if to say, 'you're all in the group below me'.
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Osama bin Laden himself has said that he has waged a holy war on the U.S. because of our bases in Saudi Arabia, do a little research.
Let's add some more research. Bin Laden, in 1989, ordered the assassinations of politicians in Yemen (neighbor to Saudi Arabia), which made the Saudi government irate. He has also threatened them too. While I am not going to sugar coat the fact that the Saudi government is repressive, their stability ensures a stable oil supply to the West. A destabilized Saudi Arabia in a state like Somalia would not be in the world's best interest, which is why the Saudi government invited the U.S. military into the country during the first Gulf War, as they feared Saddam's invasion of Kuwait could lead to a larger regional destabilization.

Again, damned if you do, damned if you don't.
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And one more point in general. Our continued interference in the Middle East have ironicaly isolated us from the rest of the world. We are probably the most hated country in the world. So it is pretty ironic how we have become isolated in that respect.
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Edwards can't win and he knows it. If he's really as anti-Hillary as he appears to be, it would be serve him well to drop out ASAP.
He could be trying to rack up delegates who later become more valuable.
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I blame my stupidity on video games and porn. Wait until porn gets to canada, you guys will go right down the shit hole. This stuff blows the Red Green show right out of the water.
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I'd just like to say two words to those of you who are getting all worked up about specific candidates and their chances this early on: Howard Dean.


It's way too early to be making dire predictions. Really. The political winds can change so rapidly. If Hillary got the nomination, in the ensuing months before the actual election, so much can happen. It could work out for her.
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Oooh, subtle yet slick choice of words there, Hillary.

She just congratulated Obama, Edwards, Richardson, etc as a group, rather than singling Obama out for congratulations. As if to say, 'you're all in the group below me'.
Why would she give Obama "special" legitimization in a campaign? I don't think that Clinton wants it to turn into a two-way race, at this point, even at an implicit level.
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Why would she give Obama "special" legitimization in a campaign? I don't think that Clinton wants it to turn into a two-way race, at this point, even at an implicit level.
Obama congratulated her and no one else.
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Obama congratulated her and no one else.
That's because Obama does want it to turn into a two-way race. Clinton was the "front-runner" from the beginning, whereas Obama's stature was not assured--and still isn't.

There is a reasonable sense of strategy here on both of their parts.
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Let's add some more research. Bin Laden, in 1989, ordered the assassinations of politicians in Yemen (neighbor to Saudi Arabia), which made the Saudi government irate. He has also threatened them too. While I am not going to sugar coat the fact that the Saudi government is repressive, their stability ensures a stable oil supply to the West. A destabilized Saudi Arabia in a state like Somalia would not be in the world's best interest, which is why the Saudi government invited the U.S. military into the country during the first Gulf War, as they feared Saddam's invasion of Kuwait could lead to a larger regional destabilization.

Again, damned if you do, damned if you don't.
Yea I know. If it wasn't for oil we wouldn't be there. But I see something wrong in going to war to protect oil interests. And if anything, we could have gone, fought Iraq in Kuwait, and then came back. We didn't need the base. We really didn't.
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