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Comment Re:Refugees (Score 3, Informative) 308

ISIS provided what the government and the private sector couldn't provide, a paying job. That's what the Iraqi insurgents did when Bremer disbanded the military and fired anyone with ties to the Baath party. He didn't even make allowances for those who had to join to get their jobs. He then prohibited Iraqis from starting businesses that might compete with American businesses. They went so far as to importing foreign workers and materials for reconstruction. 70% unemployment was the result

Another big mistake was not disarming the military before disbanding them. They also forgot to secure the ammo dumps. Many of the IED's were made up of what was culled from these storage compounds.

The decision to withdraw was made in 2008 under a SOFA agreement with Iraq. Obama tried to amend the SOFA to keep a security force there, but Maliki would not agree to legal protections for US soldiers. So we withdrew under the conditions of the 2008 SOFA.

Comment Re:Refugees (Score 0) 308

Those refugees had to have money to get out of their country, so the poor and uneducated are stuck because they can't bribe/pay for safe passage. These people will work hard to prove they are worthy/grateful to the host country.

Germany is accepting refugees because they need young workers to make up for their aging population. With Finland cutting education, they may need these young educated workers.

Comment Re:Quick... (Score 1) 292

He was right about fixing security on airlines too back in 1999, but the Republicans allied with the airlines to reject reinforced cockpit doors, and Israel style airline security. They said it would hurt profits. He has been right about climate change too, many of the changes he predicted are happening. The downsizing of government was his work during the Clinton years. He pared it back to the size of the Eisenhower administration. Gore is very good at research, and that was why he was a good veep. If Clinton wanted to know if an initiative would work, he asked Gore to research the plan. Yep, nobody likes a smarty pants. Gore's money comes from his government pension, investments, and sitting on the board of directors of several companies like Google and Apple. He was the force behind Apple going green. All money from his climate books, movies, and speeches is funnelled into helping clean energy startups and different charities. When he travels, he buys carbon offsets.

Comment Re:Paul Ehrlich? (Score 2, Insightful) 294

How much of our problems stem from overpopulation? I think he was right about the dangers of overpopulation, but his timeline, and efforts to mitigate the damage was off. I remember when deer overran our area. They denuded large swaths of land. By the time the local governments got around to doing something to cull the herd, disease and hunger took them down. The human race will be culled either by self discipline (ZPG), or war, disease, and famine. Which course is the best in your opinion?

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