afghanistan is a loser no matter who's waging it
ask gorby, ask disraeli
IF maverick mccain were running this war, however, i guarantee you it would not look like THIS
for whatever less-than-two-cents that's worth
obama's heart is not in this war: bob woodward (based on months of investigating, tens of interviews, countless sources...)
Last edited by The Prof; 09-23-10 at 12:30 PM.
Who are we at war with? Which country?
AUSTAN GOOLSBEE: I think the world vests too much power, certainly in the president, probably in Washington in general for its influence on the economy, because most all of the economy has nothing to do with the government.
I wouldn't really consider Afghanistan a country...
Quite frankly, I haven't seen much effectiveness in this new way of world thinking. Kicking ass and making it stick still seems awfully effective when you do it with vigor and conviction. Half measures simply don't work at all. We kicked Germany's ass and imposed our rule. We decided that the laws that were legally enacted by the German government were illegal, and anyone who obeyed them was a war criminal and then we hung a bunch of dudes for following their laws. Lest I sound like a defender of Nazi-ism, I am not. I just think we should have been more honest about it and simply said we ****ING won, we don't like what you did so we are going to hang your sorry ass. Tough **** if you don't like it. We won.So what is it? Rapes or genocides? Bombing anything that moves or waiting to get on the ground and burning entire villages? Please enlighten me. I'm dying to know. Are you suggesting we go back to how war use to be done or not? Do the means justify the ends for you? Cause if you're willing to have dead kids, destroyed villages, raped women on your conscience - hey - more power to you. But I personally won't support a government who sanctions and covers up atrocities just so a few people can get the satisfaction of saying they liberated some ****hole in the backwoods of the world.
Fast forward - Our Global War on Terror (GWOT) will be the same as our long running war on drugs, war against organized crime, etc. There are tactical victories here and there, but the underlying problem remains. We will never wipe the ideas of radical Islam from the face of the Earth just like Communism didn't disappear at the end of the Cold War.
We no longer are the economic powerhouse we were after WWII where we could fund massive commitments of deployed military or pay for a military that can do everything well. Tough strategic choices must be made......So, basically what, I'm saying is that we shouldn't be involved in wars of occupation and propping up a regime. Blow the hell out of nations that make themselves into threats and let them rebuild themselves with the warning that they control their people and ambitions or it happens again.
Anyone remember: "Hey, hey, LBJ. How many kids did you kill today?" That drove Johnson crazy. He was despondently depressed during those years.
Do you want to be the guy in charge of the casualty lists? Not to mention the seriously maimed.