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Old 07-31-2007, 10:06 AM   #106
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Well we haven't had an attack in this country sense 9/11 so the administration gets the credit. Its not like they have not tried to attack us because we have broken up several terr. plots over the past couple of years. We all know terrorist will strike again and they only have to get it right once to succeed. You also cannot say that the war has served no purpose because then you must have the ability to see into history.
using this school of thought, then this administration is totally at fault for 9-11. bush and company tend to keep us living in fear. so how do i know what they have broken up? could all be a buch of crap, made up by the republicans, to have people believe that they are doing a masterful job at keeping our country secure. not that anyone in this administration has ever lied to us before
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using this school of thought, then this administration is totally at fault for 9-11. bush and company tend to keep us living in fear. so how do i know what they have broken up? could all be a buch of crap, made up by the republicans, to have people believe that they are doing a masterful job at keeping our country secure. not that anyone in this administration has ever lied to us before
Dmek,

I definately agree that the Bush administration has used the war on terrorism as a political tool. The war on terrorism is, however, quite real. Al Qaeda, the Taliban, AQI, etc. truly are evil. There are a lot of radical Islamic terrorist groups who would love to see Americans killed in droves. I do not know if you meant to say that none of the foregoing is true.
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In the modern sense of the word. Perhaps radical and radicalism would be a better term. IMO, the modern right has as much claim to the word liberal as the modern left does, but I use the term as it has been defined since around the 1970s. I mean the Radical Left. Generally they see capitalism as inherently unfair and opressive. They view religion as reactionary and repressive. They view the state and state power as a means and not an end (so long as they run it). Their worldview is largely informed by Marx and his approach to history (dialectical materialism) even if they don't realize it. In addition, any number of liberation ideologies have attached themselves to the modern left, taking in the areas of human sexuality, race relations, and the sovreignty of individual nation states.
I think the glue that holds these disparate phenomenon together, though, is their rejection of a compassionate, personal God. This is their most common refrain.

I'm glad you cleared that up, because if you talk face to face with any or at least most of the Democratic candiates in the race right now, they'll tell you that's flat out not what they stand for. While I don't disagree with "that" definition, per se, because I think you're talking about how the Dems in general embrace this philosphy, or at least have in the past, I will tell you it's become more of a label which has been unduly, in some circumstances, attached to anyone non-Republican. I really can't speak to whether or not the Dems are largely informed by Marx, but I do think it's foolish to assume that there aren't Replucicans that don't embrace his philosphy as well.

The term liberal has become a very "toxic" word, and it's become more trendy to say than actually informing us of one's views of the world and how they form and shape policy. I chuckle when I hear people say, "oh he's liberal or they're liberal because"...or "she's conservative because of this or that".

Case in point, I watched John McCain after the Dems took over the House and Senate during the mid-terms, say out of his own mouth that "America is still a Conservative nation". It was sort of one of these things said in passing that you usually don't pay much attention to, but it just kept bugging me and I knew in my gut if he ever launched his bid for the Presidency, which he later did, he would never win the nomination. He has proceeded to alienate his party almost to the point of having to shut down his entire operation.

Nothing against McCain personally or as a candidate, it's just that he among others, have bought into this notion of what a conservative looks like and believes as opposed to a liberal, and because he's so inflexible on that mindset, he's spiralling in the polls.
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Dmek,

I definately agree that the Bush administration has used the war on terrorism as a political tool. The war on terrorism is, however, quite real. Al Qaeda, the Taliban, AQI, etc. truly are evil. There are a lot of radical Islamic terrorist groups who would love to see Americans killed in droves. I do not know if you meant to say that none of the foregoing is true.
i know the threat of terrorism is real. i know that there are tons of people of all religions that would like nothing better to see Americans killed/ and or tortured. but to say that this administration has stopped countless attacks, has little credibility to me. these groups have been around long before 9/11, but president bush would have you believe this is all something new. he basically stirred up a hornets nest by invading Iraq, when we really had no business doing so
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In all actuality Terrorism became the threat as we know it today just after the end of the cold war. Much of it can be attributed to the Regan administration. we were laxidazily supporting both Palestinians and Israelis in the Middle East. All we wantd to do was promote peace in the region. Peace talks between the two peoples were never successfull. While the US tried to stay nuetral and promote peace the majority of its citizens were either of Jewish or Christian background. The Arab Nation believed that we were more supportive of the Israelis and made us an enemy. They started the attacks, and not a single thing was done about it until the Lil' Bush administration.

You say that our presence in Iraq is not necessary and there is no real proof of progress. Well Sir, I would have to disagree. Had we not invaded Iraq do you think that we would have detered the attacks that we already have? Furthermore, do you believe that the attacks would have stopped if we just stayed in Afghanistan after 911. The terrorists had to flee Afghanistan and set up terror cells somewhere. Where would they be treated more at home than under the regime of Sadam Huessein? While I understand that Iraq is not the only place that they have relocated and occupied, why not knock out 2 birds with one stone? Iraqi's were not free and lived in terror themselves under the rule of a dictator that we overthrew.

In this process we have destroyed much, and the only civilized thing left to do is ensure that their nation is rebuilt and mostly recovered from our occupation, which was necessary. Otherwise we would be leaving them at the mercy of the next tyrant to gain power.

Either way, which ever approach that we take, Terrorism isn't going to stop. For years I always asked why I was deployed from my home and my family so much. About 2 years ago it all made since. By the US keeping US servicemembers abroad in other countries, they are helping to keep the enemy off of our backs, out of our back yards and away from our gates.
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i know the threat of terrorism is real. i know that there are tons of people of all religions that would like nothing better to see Americans killed/ and or tortured. but to say that this administration has stopped countless attacks, has little credibility to me. these groups have been around long before 9/11, but president bush would have you believe this is all something new. he basically stirred up a hornets nest by invading Iraq, when we really had no business doing so
So when he does something wrong you bash him and when they do get something right you say you don't know if its true or if he desirves the credit. You want it both ways so to never give them any credit.
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I'm willing to give him the credit, if he is willing to accept the blame? no one in this administration has ever admitted to being wrong about anything. and angryssg, i think the better plan of attack would have been to attack Afghanistan with both barrels, until bin laden was either captured or killed. that way we would be showing that the united states means business. if you attack us, we will hunt you down, and get you. to win in iraq, you will have to change an entire civilizations thought process. somehow i dont think that will happen
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I'm willing to give him the credit, if he is willing to accept the blame? no one in this administration has ever admitted to being wrong about anything. and angryssg, i think the better plan of attack would have been to attack Afghanistan with both barrels, until bin laden was either captured or killed. that way we would be showing that the united states means business. if you attack us, we will hunt you down, and get you. to win in iraq, you will have to change an entire civilizations thought process. somehow i dont think that will happen
Ok, I'm tired of this subject. We can go back and forth and what is said today is what was said back in other threads and post with maybe just a different twist. So are you planing on going to any of the games this year?
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Old 07-31-2007, 04:27 PM   #114
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if warpath comes thru, ill be at the lions game. and i am going to Tampa to see the skins. how about you? and thanks for the civil discussion
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In all actuality Terrorism became the threat as we know it today just after the end of the cold war. Much of it can be attributed to the Regan administration. we were laxidazily supporting both Palestinians and Israelis in the Middle East. All we wantd to do was promote peace in the region. Peace talks between the two peoples were never successfull. While the US tried to stay nuetral and promote peace the majority of its citizens were either of Jewish or Christian background. The Arab Nation believed that we were more supportive of the Israelis and made us an enemy. They started the attacks, and not a single thing was done about it until the Lil' Bush administration.
See, I believe that when the United States tries to "promote peace" in a region of the world that has never known it, all you do is wind up pissing somebody off. You're right that the Arab world saw us as favoring Israel. That's one of the primary reasons for anti-American sentiment in the Muslim world. Ultimately, I just think it proves that the best thing for us to do is to stay out of it. Just like you wouldn't leave your home today for a flight out to south-central Los Angeles looking to pick sides in whichever gang war you could find.

Keep in mind though -- Lil' Bush had no plans for terrorism until after the 9/11 attacks.

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You say that our presence in Iraq is not necessary and there is no real proof of progress. Well Sir, I would have to disagree. Had we not invaded Iraq do you think that we would have detered the attacks that we already have? Furthermore, do you believe that the attacks would have stopped if we just stayed in Afghanistan after 911. The terrorists had to flee Afghanistan and set up terror cells somewhere. Where would they be treated more at home than under the regime of Sadam Huessein? While I understand that Iraq is not the only place that they have relocated and occupied, why not knock out 2 birds with one stone? Iraqi's were not free and lived in terror themselves under the rule of a dictator that we overthrew.
The one thing 9/11 proved is that there really isn't any way to prevent a small group of determined religious fanatics from doing a whole lot of damage and killing lots of innocent civilians. The hijackers were able to carry out their plan without our being in Iraq. They conceived, planned, financed, trained, and succeeded in the United States -- in places like Minnesota and Virginia Beach -- right under our noses. No military occupation anywhere in the world will stop 6 or 7 guys from dropping off a suitcase bomb in a shopping mall.

The United States military is currently stationed in 130 countries all over the world. Our presence in all of these places didn't deter the 9/11 attacks. Our imperialistic attitude will only serve to foster more hatred toward us.
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I'm willing to give him the credit, if he is willing to accept the blame? no one in this administration has ever admitted to being wrong about anything.
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lol...good post
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i think bob dole has the best plan
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Old 08-01-2007, 08:10 AM   #119
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thanks. it only took 6+ years to get it. but it is a start. the americaqn people need to hear this kind of thing
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