Almost 50% (content varies) of ISIS/ISIL are former Ba'athist that we paid not to fight against us in post Saddam Iraq.
Like that was a great idea!
Well, it was. For the very short term it lasted. And of course for the claim that the heroic Bush administration defeated the evil Saddam regime before it could wield its WMDs. Few claimed that they had any plans beyond that.
We have an opportunity to forge an alliance between former enemies. The only reason the USSR and America were adversaries was the conflict over economic systems. that conflict no longer exists. Russia us just as capitalistic as the West, albeit a but more crude about it. But the point is that we have no reason to automatically line up against then anymore.
We have an opportunity to create a partnership that exceeds Nato
Well, and right there lies the problem: the extension of NATO to former Soviet states, especially the talks with Ukraine, hardly gave the appearance of NATO not seeing Russia as a threat any more.
"We'll put this anti-missile defence system right here next to the Polish-Russian border, just in case Europe gets attacked by, errrm, yeah, Arabs with long range missiles."
By the way, Russia has a long history of violating the airspace of other nations.
Ha. The USA made a wholesale business of such violations against the USSR with virtually no retaliation in kind.
Coincidently, in 1958 Russian MiGs shot down an American C-130 on a spy, errm, reconnaissance mission that, humh, accidently left Turkish airspace into Armenian (Soviet) airspace.
Before any conspiracy theories pop up: the incidents happened hundreds of miles apart.
I shudder to think how WWII would have ended if the alliance powers had each worried so much about what the other sides would do AFTER they defeated Hitler that they refused to ally with one another to begin with.
Destroy ISIS. Worry about the other squabbling bullshit later.
The U.S. once had the balls to support JOSEPH STALIN to defeat a nasty threat. Now you won't even support some petty little dictators like Putin/Assad to defeat a religious movement that threatens the entire modern world?
Could it be that the Nazis were actually a much bigger threat than ISIS could ever hope to be? Well, according to you that would be no.
JaF is comprised of a number of militias, mostly islamist, the two most powerful being Ahrar ash-Sham ("Supporters of the Levant") and Jabhat al-Nusra ("The Support Front for the People of the Levant").
I actually think that the GP is correct in that when it comes to distinguishing b/w the various Sunni Arab factions, it's a distinction w/o a difference. Even if some in the GOP, like Rubio, Bush and Fiorina seem to think it all cut & dry. Also, Levant translates into Arabic as ash-Sham, so Jabhat al-Nusra can't mean anything about the Levant
Well, you would be right if it weren't for the fact that the full name actually "Jabhat al-Nurah li-Ahli ash-Shm". Al-Nusra means "support".
Yep, finally somebody else sees this.
It was time to end NATO right after the USSR fell.
At least they shouldn't have added former Warsaw Pact members to NATO.
And you lost me when you said oil, and helpers in the congo...
The US DOES have "helpers" in Africa-- when it comes to training, we actually spend more money and send more units there. We train nearly twice as many people in Sub-Saharan Africa compared to the Middle east and North Africa combined. source
Also note that special forces deployments are 10x what they were in Africa ten years ago, while presence in the middle east is actually going down. source
I know you want to make this about OIL, but I think this is a gross simplification.
It just coincidence that the biggest recipient listed is Nigeria - which also is a major oil producer.
Actually, in terms of the GDP, we really did not. Russia outspent America by a LONG margin. The same is true today of China's spending.
No, not really. Depending on the source, China spends between 1.2% and 2.1% of GDP on its military, while the USA spends 3.0-3.5% (in 2014).
Yeah, but reading a web page describing the few gestures you can use on iOS is too fucking complicated for you guys. No it is not.
The point is to remember them.
Ahh, so remembering a couple of gestures is harder than man-ing your way through a CLI - why didn't you say so from the start.
Probably as deliberate as Bush/Cheney when they fucked around in Iraq and broke it.
The Bush/Cheney "rush to war" wasn't poll-driven,
Duh-huhn. Of course it wasn't, the invasion of Iraq was something they wanted to do from the start, the fact that they could scare the US public into believing that not only was Saddam involved with 9/11, but that he also hoarded WMDs to attack America "again" was simply all the excuse they needed.
Point is: they had no plan beyond getting rid of Saddam.
I don't think you understand what the word "good" means.
I fucking sure you don't understand what the term "just as good" means.
That's amazing! Especially, given the complete lack of correlation with the satellite datasets:
The satellite datasets directly integrate temperature over almost the entire globe, with no interpolation and no revisionist "adjustments".
Bwahaha, that's a good one. First of all, they don't even measure temperature.
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