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  1. Re: What if the world treated the U.S. like a rogue state?

    Arguing with tankies is pointless, if only because they support virtually anything and everything that has a chance of knocking the US down a peg. Therefore, any position they adopt on a single issue...
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    Re: ISIL War in Iraq and Syria II

    I wouldn’t be surprised at all if the Kurdish militias start executing ISIL prisoners, rather than risk letting the guys they fought for years and who killed their friends escape. It’s human nature. ...
  3. Re: What if the world treated the U.S. like a rogue state?

    It’s certainly true that China formally rejects any pretense at laissez faire capitalism, while in the US, the laissez faire part vanishes into the reality of cronyism at the mega-corporate level....
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    Re: ISIL War in Iraq and Syria II

    Perhaps prior to 1979. Also, you seem fixated on territorial possession. The post you quoted explains the context from which you seem to be removing what I said.

    I certainly hope so.

    There is...
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    Re: ISIL War in Iraq and Syria II

    Indeed. I’m not sure what that has to do with Turkey or Syria. My reference to a global shift away from fossil fuels and diversification of sources was to point out the fact that there will be...
  6. Re: Trump's U-Turns and whether they are U-turns, blunders or simply "changing with the times"

    I don’t see how subjugating the foreign policy of the United States to his own ego is any more exculpatory than doing so for money. That is the essence of corruption and is impeachable if not...
  7. Re: What if the world treated the U.S. like a rogue state?

    What if the world treated the U.S. like a rogue state?


    The short answer: Enjoy your new communist/authoritarian overlords. I’m sure they will be happy to entertain your critiques of how they...
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    Re: ISIL War in Iraq and Syria II

    The things you’re alluding to are almost uniformly the fault of Erdogan’s regime.

    https://nypost.com/2019/09/23/turkey-is-now-a-haven-for-terrorists-and-an-enabler-of-terrorism/

    Turkey's...
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    Re: The Say Something Nice Thread

    Something nice
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    Re: Leif Erikson Day

    Make me Duke of Normandy, and perhaps I shall cease raiding your browser history.....
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    Sticky: Re: The Chat Thread (Read OP)

    https://en.m.wikipedia.org/wiki/Bad_Guys_2

    Not a movie, still awesome :cool:
  12. Re: Trump's U-Turns and whether they are U-turns, blunders or simply "changing with the times"

    You didn’t know? Trump was quick to reassure his Saudi benefactors of his fealty by sending even more troops and weapons to the Kingdom in the wake of the Iranian drone attacks. He’d already sent...
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    Re: Leif Erikson Day

    The Internet Police, you say? I ask not how many, but where... Huzzah!!
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    Re: Leif Erikson Day

    Heh. By the time the cops make it through 3,655 posts I’ll be in Valhalla :cool:
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    Re: Leif Erikson Day

    Apparently the descendants of Nordic expats needed an excuse to party on October 9

    https://en.m.wikipedia.org/wiki/Leif_Erikson_Day
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    Leif Erikson Day

    Happy Leif Erikson Day everyone!

    Wishing you all the best in your raiding and exploring today.

    :viking::beerchug::capn argh: :duel:
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    Re: ISIL War in Iraq and Syria II

    Eh, if it weren’t for the Kurdish issue, I wouldn’t mind a resurgence of the “Ottomans.” With fossil fuels becoming less economically vital over time, the stability of a dominant power in Asia Minor...
  18. Re: US House Speaker Announces Formal Impeachment Inquiry

    Indeed. Here’s hoping Trump’s advance notice that he’s going to obstruct anything and everything earns an impeachment article of its very own.
  19. Re: Trump's U-Turns and whether they are U-turns, blunders or simply "changing with the times"

    I’m not sure what this has to do with your objections to the NSC source. To call Trump’s knee-jerk reaction after yet another mysterious phone call with a foreign despot “policy” is counterfactual...
  20. Re: Trump's U-Turns and whether they are U-turns, blunders or simply "changing with the times"

    I’m not sure what your objection to the source is. As far as national security goes, nothing was leaked or compromised. As you say, the source merely comments on known information, and confirms that...
  21. Poll: Re: USA Democratic party 2020 candidates and primaries thread

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    More or less sums up my thoughts on not just the impeachment effort from Dems, but the likely course of the 2020 race as well. Democrats still can’t figure out how to beat Trump. It’s...
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    Re: ISIL War in Iraq and Syria II

    Turkey can be a friend or foe to US/EU goals depending on what they want to accomplish in the Middle East, thanks in large part to her geographic position. I was referring to Russia and Iran. The...
  23. Re: Trump's U-Turns and whether they are U-turns, blunders or simply "changing with the times"

    Looks like the mystery has already been solved. I can’t say it’s anything other than an utterly predictable solution:
  24. Re: Study of United States Constitution and its dissolution by immigration not of the WASP founders

    Is this a contestable position, though? Even if one were to believe the US should have remained a Switzerland-esque haven exclusively for WASP political and religious dissidents, that window was...
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    Re: ISIL War in Iraq and Syria II

    Man, even three years into the Trump presidency, I was compelled to Google this for verification. It still never ceases to amaze me that the man honestly believes broadcasting his personal...
  26. Re: ‘No force can stop China’: Beijing shows off HYPERSONIC missiles & STEALTH drones at 70th National Day parade

    Xi’s parade was a domestic political stunt. Whatever the capabilities of the PLA may be, they are untested, as others have pointed out. That said, it’s not really a question of any threat to the...
  27. Re: US House Speaker Announces Formal Impeachment Inquiry

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    Moreover, your obsession with mitigating “circumstances, context, and possible explanations” is a non-sequitur according to your own metric:

    Why? Well, according to you:

    You’ve...
  28. Re: US House Speaker Announces Formal Impeachment Inquiry

    The only “ludicrous” component here is that you continue to hurl vacuous accusations and strawmen for the umpteenth time in this thread. You yourself have little or no actual position on the issue...
  29. Re: US House Speaker Announces Formal Impeachment Inquiry

    So, not only is there zero evidence Shokin was investigating Burisma (and, in fact, plenty of evidence to the contrary), Republicans themselves directly lobbied the Ukrainian government to get rid of...
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    Aside from the press continuing to rely on a meaningless buzzword like “collusion,” I think the abject GOP hypocrisy and unassailable facts here are uniquely damning. Things are at such a level,...
  31. Re: US House Speaker Announces Formal Impeachment Inquiry

    Beats me. I’m still catching my breath after reading about how Trump is actually a military genius with a devoted following of veteran warriors. I also had no idea Caesar ended slavery and unionized...
  32. Re: Hundreds of thousands march in Hong Kong to protest China extradition bill

    The people of Hong Kong (and Taiwan) continue the fight alone against communist tyranny, defying the Politburo’s manufactured display of strength and unity on the anniversary of the communist...
  33. Re: Immigration to the US and Europe in Historical and Social Context

    The appeal of “making America great....again” to the politics of white aggrievement has been, by this point, well documented. The Five Thirty Eight article explained the numbers on this fairly well....
  34. Re: US House Speaker Announces Formal Impeachment Inquiry

    Perhaps you misunderstood what I said. The Democrats’ template electoral strategy is reflected in cautionary media articles like the one from the Guardian, where they are advised to resist doing...
  35. Re: Immigration to the US and Europe in Historical and Social Context

    I’m not sure what you mean, but my statements were more reflective of reality than of my own personal perceptions:

    This is reflected directly in the MAGA slogan.
  36. Re: US House Speaker Announces Formal Impeachment Inquiry

    These are not mutually exclusive possibilities. Trump can and should be impeached by the House. With any luck, the GOP will be forced to go on record to acquit his lawlessness in the Senate. Either...
  37. Re: US House Speaker Announces Formal Impeachment Inquiry

    Even according to the earlier 47% poll, more approved than disapproved of impeachment. That number has been and is still climbing in the wake of Pelosi’s announcement. Given that there are dozens of...
  38. Re: Immigration to the US and Europe in Historical and Social Context

    People object to the MAGA slogan in the US because of the white identity politics it represents. Anti-immigrant sentiment in the US is, at a minimum, hypocritical. The key difference in the European...
  39. Re: US House Speaker Announces Formal Impeachment Inquiry

    It’s interesting to see Fox start to eat itself as the sycophants and true believers war with the outer party. Conservative law professor Andrew Napolitano has come out and asserted that Trump is not...
  40. Re: US House Speaker Announces Formal Impeachment Inquiry

    Fixed.
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