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    Should the West place troops on the ground to take out terrorists?

    Should the West place troops on the ground to take out terrorists?

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    If yes- what countries would they be deployed to?

    With the recent attacks in Paris I see a number of people that want to go in and take them out.
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    Large scale deployments of troops will not work.
    Look to Iraq and Afghanistan and lessons learned.
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    Re: Should the West place troops on the ground to take out terrorists?

    Too vague of a question. Which terrorist organization(s)?
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    Re: Should the West place troops on the ground to take out terrorists?

    Quote Originally Posted by JANFU View Post
    Should the West place troops on the ground to take out terrorists?

    Yes- why

    No – Why

    If yes- what countries would they be deployed to?

    With the recent attacks in Paris I see a number of people that want to go in and take them out.
    You opinion on what the West should do.
    Large scale deployments of troops will not work.
    Look to Iraq and Afghanistan and lessons learned.
    I have to agree with SocialDemocrat...too vague.

    Also, are you assuming that some particular country...say, France...is going to invite us to deploy troops on their land? Or do you think we are going to invade someone?
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    Re: Should the West place troops on the ground to take out terrorists?

    If we're going to do it, we should either do it right (massive bombing followed by well-supported ground troops slaughtering the opposition by the tens of thousands), or not do it at all. Half ass measures rarely accomplish much.

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    Re: Should the West place troops on the ground to take out terrorists?

    Quote Originally Posted by JANFU View Post
    Should the West place troops on the ground to take out terrorists?

    Yes- why

    No – Why

    If yes- what countries would they be deployed to?

    With the recent attacks in Paris I see a number of people that want to go in and take them out.
    You opinion on what the West should do.
    Large scale deployments of troops will not work.
    Look to Iraq and Afghanistan and lessons learned.
    Nope. Not now. The free riders should step up to the plate. But if countries like China, Germany or India should help carry the weight.

    We can help substatially.

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    Re: Should the West place troops on the ground to take out terrorists?

    Absolutely NOT. There will be terrorist on Earth until the end of time no matter what anybody does. Putting troops on the ground will accomplish getting people on both sides killed.


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    Re: Should the West place troops on the ground to take out terrorists?

    I voted no.

    The question was way to vague to answer a SPECIFIC why, so I chose my own scenario for my choice.

    I assume what you mean when you say putting troops on the ground is, put troops on the ground of countries whose governments support, either openly, or somewhat covertly, terrorists, or terrorist organizations.

    To which, I say not. I will quote a movie I saw on the subject one..."The military is not a scalpel...it's a battle axe."

    Well, in this day and age, where no one fights anyone else very openly, battle axes are all but useless, other than as an implicit threat to those governments who WOULD consider attacking. We can't use our armies, at least not effectively, because armies are tools of WAR, and we are not engaging in WAR against, say, Iran. We are engaging in "war" against specific minorities of citizens in Iran.

    In my opinion, the only real way to deal with terrorism, is with selective, delicate strikes. No collateral. We go in, we kill the guy we want, we get out. Espionage is the proper tool, in this instance. We need to step down the money we spend on troop deployment, and step UP the money we spend on international intel, and develop a system of collaboration between elite military units (SEAL, SF, etc) and clandestine CIA operatives in the areas most likely to produce terrorists.

    The other option is to counter terrorize. Which is to say, what we have already done, but MUCH more aggressively, MUCH more violently, and with MUCH less concern for collateral damage and public opinion. And for my money, no one has the stomach or the political will for this option.
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    Re: Should the West place troops on the ground to take out terrorists?

    Quote Originally Posted by JANFU View Post
    Should the West place troops on the ground to take out terrorists?

    Yes- why

    No – Why

    If yes- what countries would they be deployed to?

    With the recent attacks in Paris I see a number of people that want to go in and take them out.
    You opinion on what the West should do.
    Large scale deployments of troops will not work.
    Look to Iraq and Afghanistan and lessons learned.
    Where did more innocent people die - in Paris, Columbine, or Sandy Hook? By that metric, it would make more sense to put ground troops in our schools!

    Of course that is silly. But so is putting troops on the ground to defeat a word.
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    Re: Should the West place troops on the ground to take out terrorists?

    Should we start by testing the OP idea on street gangs (domestic terrorists) in Chicago?

    This poll question is WAY too vague to answer.
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    Re: Should the West place troops on the ground to take out terrorists?

    Quote Originally Posted by JANFU View Post
    Should the West place troops on the ground to take out terrorists?

    Yes- why

    No – Why

    If yes- what countries would they be deployed to?

    With the recent attacks in Paris I see a number of people that want to go in and take them out.
    You opinion on what the West should do.
    Large scale deployments of troops will not work.
    Look to Iraq and Afghanistan and lessons learned.
    Not unless we can tag them. When they take off their clothes, they look just like their neighbors and can easily assimilate into the crowd. They'd be damned fools to attempt large scale battle against better financed forces. terrorism has always been the alternative of the dis-enfranchised. It goes back to hearts and minds, not threats and bombs.

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