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Comment Re: I have an idea (Score 1) 583

Not going to happen.Russia regularly violates airspace as a wang waving exercise to create fear in its neighbours.


The first one's good: "Aug 1, 2014: A U.S. Air Force RC-135 Rivet Joint spy plane reportedly violated Swedish air space in order to dodge Russian fighter jets"

# 4 is the odd one: "Jun 20, 2009: In a major violation of Indian airspace, a Russian aircraft hired by the US military which was overflying India on Friday evening was instructed by the defence ministry to change its flight path mid-way and head for Mumbai airport."

Comment Re:I have an idea (Score 1) 583

The region never got its borders sorted out through wars like Europe did. The current borders were drawn up by European colonialists, and don't reflect tribal/ethnic divisions.

There are border disputes all over the place in Europe. Here are some of them,

There are still border disputes between the USA and Canada:

And for that matter: there are also active secession movements in the USA, both from the Union itself as well as from States.

Comment Re: I have an idea (Score 1) 583

Do you mean that Israel is rally ruled by a cabal? You probably shouldn't say that in public, at least not anywhere near my family.

Majority of Israelis Unhappy With Ultra-Orthodox Influence on Society

Annual report revealed that 61 percent of Israelis support increased religion-state separation and 78 percent are dissatisfied with the government’s actions on religion-and-state issues.

Just to make it clear: that's a major Israeli newspaper.

Comment Re: I have an idea (Score 1) 583

Israel has a secular government, idiot. It doesn't belong on your list of eevil troublemakers.

Israel has a secular government that has always been ruled by a coalition with an ultra-orthodox minority partner. And it never does anything without their ultra-orthodox minority partner saying it's Kosher.

Comment Re:Saudia Arabia = Saddam Loyalists = ISIS/ISIL (Score 1) 583

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.

Comment Re:Exactly (Score 1) 583


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."

Comment Re:This is why ISIS wins (Score 1) 583

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.

Comment Re:This is why ISIS wins (Score 1) 583

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.

Comment Re:This is why ISIS wins (Score 1) 583

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".

Comment Re:I have an idea (Score 1) 583

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.

Comment Re:Apple Music (Score 1) 460

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.

If you're not careful, you're going to catch something.