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Comment Re:Only IRAN is celebrating (Score 1) 459 459

"U.S.: Invaded Iraq with no provocation"

That's a bit of a stretch.....Iraq is a country that invaded both Iran and Kuwait within a 10 year period. It may not be a direct provocation to the U.S., but it is provocation no less.

"have overthrown countless democratically elected governments (including the one in Iran)."

This one always bothered me, but I feel the outcome would have been the same regardless. Iran would be a "democratically elected" Islamic caliphate.

Comment Re:Aussie freedoms are inferior (Score 1) 337 337

Well these guys certainly don't have nukes or make their own missiles, and they seem to have done a pretty decent job at fighting off the U.S. government.

Comment Re:prevention...cure...treatment...diagnosis (Score 1) 204 204

So why aren't we seeing cures come out of Scandinavia?

The health insurance companies are the ones who profit most from finding cures. This is especially true now that everyone in the U.S. is required to purchase private health insurance.....they can keep charging the same amount while spending less on treating the disease they cured.

Comment Re:Not to say it's unnecessary (Score 1) 843 843

Yeah that's why I said "I partially agree" (and the response was directed at guruevi).

I feel that we already had a great dog-fighter in the F-22, and it was misguided to terminate production of it, because let's face it....the F-35 won't be able to fill that role, and the F-15/16/18 won't be competitive forever.

Comment Re:Not to say it's unnecessary (Score 4, Informative) 843 843

"But how many US pilots have been in an actual dogfight since, say WWII"

I partially agree, but this is the mentality that cost a lot of American pilots their lives in Vietnam. Even the latest American jets had a hard time dog-fighting against the obsolete MIG-17. The F-4 Phantom originally didn't have a gun, because the pervasive thinking was that air combat would be fought with beyond-visual-range (BVR) missiles. This mindset started to change once the missiles (such as the AIM-4 Falcon) were shown to have serious reliability issues......and visual identity of the target was required anyway, to avoid friendly-fire incidents. By the time you get close enough to a plane to make sure it's in fact hostile, a BVR missile loses it's threat potential, and it comes down to the skill of the pilot.

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