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    Re: Activists: Syrian Rebels take Christian Village

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    I dunno. I'd say Rhode Island because I think we can take 'em, but I think we should keep our powder dry right now.
    Dictatorships... we'll leave places like that for later... Dictators though? We should attack them all.
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    Re: Activists: Syrian Rebels take Christian Village

    Quote Originally Posted by Montecresto View Post
    Yes CJ I have said similar before and truly don't mean any disrespect by it. But America is BBRROOKKEE and we are tired of this ****. It just can't be our deal anymore.
    You'll not find a post of mine where I suggest otherwise. I've said from the start that the time for US involvement in Syria passed about 2 years ago and it's a lost cause now and no good can come from a stupid 2 or 3 days of bombing Syrian targets and then going home. It won't end well.
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    Re: Activists: Syrian Rebels take Christian Village

    Defending Christian villages why didn't anyone say anything before? Crack on with those WMDs Assad give those Muslims hell....

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    Re: Activists: Syrian Rebels take Christian Village

    Quote Originally Posted by Bodhisattva View Post
    Dictatorships... we'll leave places like that for later... Dictators though? We should attack them all.
    Right now, our ships are in port and our planes are on the ground due to funding inadequacies. Before we engage anybody, we should seriously consider correcting that. Japan and South Korea are rapidly increasing their defense funding to fill the perceived vacuum while facing and expansionist China. This little escapade is all about Iran. The time to have moved against Iran was a few years back, in my pedestrian view. That's not to say we shouldn't take Iran out, but it will require a bit more than we can muster at present unless we resort to nukes. Any action we take at present is a green light for adventurism by other players in other regions.

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    Re: Activists: Syrian Rebels take Christian Village

    Quote Originally Posted by CanadaJohn View Post
    You'll not find a post of mine where I suggest otherwise. I've said from the start that the time for US involvement in Syria passed about 2 years ago and it's a lost cause now and no good can come from a stupid 2 or 3 days of bombing Syrian targets and then going home. It won't end well.
    Very well, we two can end in agreement on that then.

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    Re: Activists: Syrian Rebels take Christian Village

    Quote Originally Posted by humbolt View Post
    Right now, our ships are in port and our planes are on the ground due to funding inadequacies. Before we engage anybody, we should seriously consider correcting that. Japan and South Korea are rapidly increasing their defense funding to fill the perceived vacuum while facing and expansionist China. This little escapade is all about Iran. The time to have moved against Iran was a few years back, in my pedestrian view. That's not to say we shouldn't take Iran out, but it will require a bit more than we can muster at present unless we resort to nukes. Any action we take at present is a green light for adventurism by other players in other regions.
    A simple google search will find you plenty of information on both Russia and Chinas recent and SHARP increase in military spending. I mean real sharp. Both in the last ten years and many analysts view it as a distaste for US aggression that seems perennial. If you look at both countries military power today as compared to a decade ago, huge differences. If US ever provokes either or both at the same time as we are somewhat seeing now with respect to Syria, nothing will be a slam dunk.

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    Re: Activists: Syrian Rebels take Christian Village

    Quote Originally Posted by humbolt View Post
    Right now, our ships are in port and our planes are on the ground due to funding inadequacies. Before we engage anybody, we should seriously consider correcting that. Japan and South Korea are rapidly increasing their defense funding to fill the perceived vacuum while facing and expansionist China. This little escapade is all about Iran. The time to have moved against Iran was a few years back, in my pedestrian view. That's not to say we shouldn't take Iran out, but it will require a bit more than we can muster at present unless we resort to nukes. Any action we take at present is a green light for adventurism by other players in other regions.
    We shouldn't be engaging anybody at all that is not a direct and present danger to the United States... not our interests abroad but the USA itself.
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    Re: Activists: Syrian Rebels take Christian Village

    Quote Originally Posted by Higgins86 View Post
    Defending Christian villages why didn't anyone say anything before? Crack on with those WMDs Assad give those Muslims hell....
    Is it really so necessary to be ugly like this. Does it really bother you that Assad's forces fought a battle with the extremists to defend a Christian village?

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    Re: Activists: Syrian Rebels take Christian Village

    Quote Originally Posted by Montecresto View Post
    A simple google search will find you plenty of information on both Russia and Chinas recent and SHARP increase in military spending. I mean real sharp. Both in the last ten years and many analysts view it as a distaste for US aggression that seems perennial. If you look at both countries military power today as compared to a decade ago, huge differences. If US ever provokes either or both at the same time as we are somewhat seeing now with respect to Syria, nothing will be a slam dunk.
    I've been watching those increases all the way along. We've cut our military in favor of maintaining entitlement spending. We're giving our military a 1% pay increase, which is an additional slap in the face to those serving. I will never say we can't cut military spending in some areas - but to cut as we have and then to propose additional action is foolhardy in the extreme. Now, this little Syrian adventure, which is largely pointless, is just pushing to far for an outcome that we truly can't predict. This is not the Balkans. There will be a reaction and we can be touched.

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    Re: Activists: Syrian Rebels take Christian Village

    Quote Originally Posted by Bodhisattva View Post
    We shouldn't be engaging anybody at all that is not a direct and present danger to the United States... not our interests abroad but the USA itself.
    I don't disagree, but we are globally involved whether we like it or not. The problem is that we see interests where there aren't any worth the effort. Syria is one such place. We missed the window of opportunity. We should forget it now. We blew it. Yeah, the chemical weapons are a problem. They just aren't our problem right this minute. As Obama said, it's the world's problem. We are not the world. We can make one big problem for the rest of the world, though.

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