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    Re: Should former presidents travel to enemy countries to try to free captured Americ

    Quote Originally Posted by Kandahar View Post
    It isn't clear if they actually did or not.

    Besides, what kind of illegal entry charge warrants 12 years of hard labor?
    At least one of them admitted to US officals that she did in fact cross over illegally.

    I agree the punishment was overly harsh but its not our place to judge what another country decides their laws and punishments should be.

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    Re: Should former presidents travel to enemy countries to try to free captured Americ

    Quote Originally Posted by Lerxst View Post
    If it has the chance to be productive and gain the release of our citizens, absolutely.
    Even when our citizens break their laws? What would you think if Mexico decided to come up and have all their citizens released from our prisons? Why all mexicans could then break our laws knowing nothing would be done to them.

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    Re: Should former presidents travel to enemy countries to try to free captured Americ

    Quote Originally Posted by Baralis View Post
    At least one of them admitted to US officals that she did in fact cross over illegally.
    Keep in mind she's also been held hostage for the past five months and her captors may have fed her that information so that she actually believes it. Since the border isn't well-marked, I don't see how she could possibly know whether she crossed it or not.

    Quote Originally Posted by Baralis
    I agree the punishment was overly harsh but its not our place to judge what another country decides their laws and punishments should be.
    I disagree. Our citizens were being held hostage by a crime family that happens to have millions of slaves at its disposal, which chooses to masquerade as a country. I reject the idea that North Korea is entitled to any sovereignty whatsoever, especially when it comes to American citizens.

    At any rate, it was Kim Jong-il's decision to release the prisoners, so I don't see how we infringed upon his so-called sovereignty anyway.
    Last edited by Kandahar; 08-11-09 at 02:31 PM.

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    Re: Should former presidents travel to enemy countries to try to free captured Americ

    We should only send Jesse Jackson, Jimmy Carter, Bill Clinton, or anyone else we'd rather not have come back.

    A nation that holds our citizens hostage are engaging in an act of war, and what should be sent there is the United States Marine Corps, the Army, the Navy, and even the girls in the Air Force.

    We should teach other countries that it's not a healthy habit to wage war on US citizens.
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    Re: Should former presidents travel to enemy countries to try to free captured Americ

    Quote Originally Posted by Scarecrow Akhbar View Post
    A nation that holds our citizens hostage are engaging in an act of war, and what should be sent there is the United States Marine Corps, the Army, the Navy, and even the girls in the Air Force.
    And just exactly would that have accomplished?

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    Re: Should former presidents travel to enemy countries to try to free captured Americ

    Quote Originally Posted by Kandahar View Post

    At any rate, it was Kim Jong-il's decision to release the prisoners, so I don't see how we infringed upon his so-called sovereignty anyway.
    I agree and this is why I had no problem with Clinton's actions. If we had tried to force them into it I would have had a much different view.

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    Re: Should former presidents travel to enemy countries to try to free captured Americ

    I have no problem with former presidents doing anything, AS LONG AS it is at the request of the sitting president. period

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    How the hell did you just tie in a retroactive reparative measure with a proactive preventative measure. Not even close to being the same thing.

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    Re: Should former presidents travel to enemy countries to try to free captured Americ

    Quote Originally Posted by Kandahar View Post
    If the man is someone as high-profile as Bill Clinton, absolutely.
    Actually, if they'd grabbed Billy the Rapist, I'd have sent them a copy of O'Henry's "The Ransom of Red Chief".

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    Re: Should former presidents travel to enemy countries to try to free captured Americ

    Quote Originally Posted by winston53660 View Post
    And just exactly would that have accomplished?
    Craters are very impressive deterrents for the next would be hostage taker to gaze upon.

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    Re: Should former presidents travel to enemy countries to try to free captured Americ

    Quote Originally Posted by Scarecrow Akhbar View Post
    Actually, if they'd grabbed Billy the Rapist, I'd have sent them a copy of O'Henry's "The Ransom of Red Chief".
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