Are U.S. troops set up in Afghanistan anywhere except there's a running oil pipeline?
There is no pipeline.
Pipe Dreams - The origin of the "bombing-Afghanistan-for-oil-pipelines" theory.
Trans-Afghanistan Pipeline Still a Dream* - Published on Monday, September 20, 2010
A working pipeline, if it ever gets built, will require a country more stable than Afghanistan is now or will be any time soon. It is too easy to sabotage otherwise, and that would result in billions of dollars down the drain. Nobody is going to risk it.
I'm sure that you are aware of the U.S. involvement where Iraq is concerned. We install a dictator until he gets so out of control, then go in and knock him down, while the war profiteers rejoice.
The US didn't install Saddam. He was a local bully-boy that worked his way up in the Baath socialist/fascist party by native wit and sheer ruthlessness.
So knowing that, don't you think that it's a little peculiar how this whole Sony hack is getting so much press recently?
Not really, no. From what I understand the hack ended up trashing a large percentage of Sony's computers, led to leaks of emails that were fodder for many news and gossip sites, and stopped the release of a movie that was already being advertised. You don't think those extraordinary events would get coverage otherwise?
Is the U.S. creating another flimsy excuse to go to war against N. Korea?
I doubt it, no. Getting into an actual shooting war with North Korea wouldn't be a trivial thing. The body count would be huge if for no other reason than the inevitable crippling of the North Korean state would lead to widespread starvation among a population that is already barely making it. But before that happened the capital of South Korea would be flattened by artillery from North Korea. Nobody wants either outcome.
Do you really have such blind trust in your leaders that you believe any press release that they issue?
I'm willing to be skeptical, but this doesn't seem to be something contrary to the known behaviors of the North Koreans.
Has recent 20th century history taught you nothing?
One of the 20th Century's lessons is that the West has not always been firm in confronting evil regimes such as North Korea's.
Has recent 20th century history taught you nothing? I suggest that you cool your jets for a bit before rushing to judgement, especially when it concerns global matters.
When it comes to global matters there is no shortage of people that get it wrong when the question involves the US.
Unless you are yourself enlisting to be in the infantry's front lines.
Whether I do or don't, have or haven't, I'm pretty sure I can form reasonable opinions and make useful arguments.
* I can't tell you how painful it is to reference Ted Rall, slightly less so for Common Dreams.