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    Sticky: Re: What book are you currently reading?

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    Re: Iran nuclear talks: 'Framework' deal agreed

    Agreements like the one reached are only a nominal stall. My main fear is that any chances (whatever they may be) for long term success will be undermined by GCC countries trying to provoke the...
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    Re: Ukraine and Russia Developments, Thread 3

    Expense isn't strictly a term reserved for monetary transactions. Not that I'm supporting the notion that large scale static positions will somehow prevent breakthroughs (I know next to nothing about...
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  5. Re: Take down the #ConfederateFlag at the SC Capitol.

    Whether I was saying so or not doesn't automatically render my sentence that you take issue with representative of the fallacy you put forward. For the record I think those calling for it to be taken...
  6. Re: Take down the #ConfederateFlag at the SC Capitol.

    Where do I say it shouldn't be discussed because it's not the only issue in the world? I said I thought it was inane to be outraged over, and I thought it was meaningless contextually (i.e. when...
  7. Re: Take down the #ConfederateFlag at the SC Capitol.

    How true, it's almost a pity I didn't say that.
  8. Re: Take down the #ConfederateFlag at the SC Capitol.

    I don't see how the confederate flag being construed as an overtly racist symbol has any real bearing on anything. It's not a universally held interpretation, and the fact that the flag is ubiquitous...
  9. Re: Spain's king, strips title from sister for corruption!

    I might ask do heads of state in many parliamentary democracies have any sort of power? I honestly don't know in the Spanish case, but does it really matter when the position of President is mostly a...
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    Re: Ukraine and Russia Developments, Thread 3

    I for one fail to see the merit in some kind of significant fragmentation of the Russian Federation. I can't imagine that accomplishing anything other than breeding more instability in the region....
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    Re: Ukraine and Russia Developments, Thread 3

    That seems a little disingenuous to me. Equating the classifying (classification?) of peacetime casualties with a policy that does not report casualty numbers specifically among special operations...
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    Sticky: Re: What book are you currently reading?

    I've been putting it off for years, but I finally ran out of excuses. I've previously read excerpts but this time it's going to be start to finish....
  13. Re: 105 people sentenced to death in Egypt, including former president Morsi

    So Morsi get's the death sentence, and Mubarak gets three years in jail. How very "equitable".
  14. Re: Obama warns France on Russia Mistral ship deal vs Hollande warns Obama against sanctions on French bank.

    What if I was to say that the Russophilic apologism in your posts, linked with purposefully ignoring lines and lines of informational and explanatory text to ask a question whose contents have no...
  15. Re: 8 special police officers dead and 20 seriously wounded so far in clashes with Albanian terrorists in northern Macedonia

    I have to agree. As Iskar has so adroitly pointed out, Macedonia is actively seeking NATO membership and has been for some time (the naming dispute being the primary barrier). Not only does the...
  16. Re: Texas National Guard deployment and questions arising from it

    Such a requirement assumes the electorate cares.
  17. Re: Some unrelated recent military procurment storiess since I am getting bored of Ukraine

    Depends on what you are defining "real combat" as. I really don't know a whole lot about active defense systems in general, but my understanding is that the Israeli's Trophy system proved highly...
  18. Re: Some unrelated recent military procurment storiess since I am getting bored of Ukraine

    Hey Stav, I think it's worth pointing out that regardless of the possible future nature of the EU, bilateral security arrangements and strategic interests will exist in any of them. An agile and well...
  19. Re: "It is not genocide!!" - Turkey is furious again about international comments of Armenian 'Genocide'

    Are you aware that some genetic research indicates that the modern Turkish population significantly derives it's genes from pre-islamic Anatolian populations? By your inane logic, the Genocide...
  20. Re: New York City buses MUST show controversial ad (anti-Muslim) on grounds of free speech

    I haven't been paying close attention to this debate so I might be wrong, but my understanding is that this ruling only applies to the MTA. The issue isn't one of companies being forced to advertise...
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    Re: Ukraine and Russia Developments, Thread 3

    For any that are interested enough to invest an hour and a half, I found this video put out by the Atlantic Council to be an interesting look at the preparatory backdrop for the Ukraine crisis,...
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    Re: Ukraine and Russia Developments, Thread 3

    That's a suspicion I've also been harboring. The rhetoric about the open door policy seems a little hollow given that Georgia wasn't issued a MAP at the Newport summit. Granted, I'm no expert on the...
  23. Re: "It is not genocide!!" - Turkey is furious again about international comments of Armenian 'Genocide'

    I am definitively not saying that Turkey shouldn't change its official stance regarding the Armenian Genocide. It obviously should. I object to the notion that the modern Turkish state needs to...
  24. Re: "It is not genocide!!" - Turkey is furious again about international comments of Armenian 'Genocide'

    You're right, I don't want to debate this issue with you. Ascribe what motive makes you happy, but I wasn't exactly trying to hide that fact, and I think I made it clear that I've long since...
  25. Re: "It is not genocide!!" - Turkey is furious again about international comments of Armenian 'Genocide'

    I don't particularly care what you think my interpretation of the issue is. I'm certainly not looking to debate the issues regarding the specific history or your interpretation of it. Ive read your...
  26. Re: "It is not genocide!!" - Turkey is furious again about international comments of Armenian 'Genocide'

    I respect that the normalization aspect is something you think holds great import, but I don't get how it establishes culpability. If you can't punish the actual perpetrators, or look for redress...
  27. Re: "It is not genocide!!" - Turkey is furious again about international comments of Armenian 'Genocide'

    The notion that the modern Turkish state should apologize for what happened a century ago under a different government makes no sense to me. Not that I accept the revisionist tendency in Turkey...
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    Re: Ukraine and Russia Developments, Thread 3

    These fantasist notions of Russian capabilities in the operational scenarios that have been put forward in this thread, especially in regards to Romania and even the Baltic states, seem to...
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    Re: Russia continues to expand

    I should point out that no one is arguing that but you. I even agree, the most likely response for NATO to an outside coup attempt or hybrid war in an allied country is a strong response in support...
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    Re: Russia continues to expand

    Based on what? Your comprehensive telepathic understanding of NATO, it's doctrine, and the policies of it's member states? Again, if NATO is this aggressive monstrosity you seem to claim it is, why...
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    Re: Russia continues to expand

    That's right, obfuscate about what NATO might conceivably possibly potentially do at the furthest limits of probability. Let me ask you this, would NATO invade Sweden if its government reversed its...
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    Re: Russia continues to expand

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    And yet, it's not every other country on the planet that's doing it as you so unequivocally put it. Nor even those that have vested interests on the line in Ukraine. There are not...
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    Re: Ukraine and Russia Developments, Thread 3

    Is anyone else struggling to understand the dichotomy inherent in Russian actions in Ukraine? I just don't understand the risk benefit metric Putin and the Russian leadership are using. On the one...
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    Re: Ukraine and Russia Developments. Version 2.

    I don't even slightly condone the inane positions taken by people defending or even cheering on Russia and its actions in Ukraine in this thread, but your generalizations are no more sophisticated or...
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    just finished:
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    Re: Ukraine and Russia Developments. Version 2.

    "We" as in me and you, or "we" as in you and him? Regardless, he didn't say Ukrainians were supermen. He didn't even say that Ukrainian troops are superior to Russian troops or anything like that. So...
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    Re: Ukraine and Russia Developments. Version 2.

    That has absolutely nothing to do with what he said. If you have a problem with his statement why don't you jettison the disingenuous hyperbole and address the supposed fallacies within his...
  39. Re: Japan Approves Record Defense Spending Bill

    The recruitment aspect also caught my attention. My understanding is that the JSDF already has a hard time competing with the private sector in their recruitment.
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    http://ecx.images-amazon.com/images/I/514X8Wxa8lL._SY344_BO1,204,203,200_.jpg

    It's well written and interesting, but a little dry for my tastes.
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