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wow your knowledge of WWII is mind boggling lacking in any kind of facts. 1. Germany didn't have any aircraft carriers, nor the aircraft capable of being launched and recovered on a carrier. 2. Germany had no long range bombers. 3. Germany never had a chance once they invaded Russia. Do you have any idea the size of Russia? Stalin pulled most of his factories east and secured a treaty with the Japanese, allowing him to move thousands of troops off of his eastern border. 4. Germany's worst enemy was Adolph Hitler. Had he left his military leadership to make military decisions, Europe might be speaking German now. 5, There was no way he could have invaded the U.S., as there was no staging area, and the U.S. was way to big for him to conquer. 6. Yamamoto knew Japan didn't stand a chance against the U.S. He even told his emperor the most he could guarantee was 6 months of victories. Yamamoto had been in the U.S. and traveled by train across it, he saw the industrial power Japan was up against. At best, he thought we would cede the Pacific to Japan and that we didn't have the guts to fight Once Hitler told Goering to stop bombing RAF bases, start the London Blitz and invaded Russia the fate of Germany was sealed. The fate of Japan was sealed before the first bombs fell on Pearl Harbor  (Sunday Feb 22 | post #1286696)

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Here are Bill actual words, you can't hide from the truth. O'Reilly: "I Was In A Combat Situation In Argentina ... You Veterans Out There ... You Know Exactly What I'm Talking About Here." On the August 9, 2004 edition of his radio show, Westwood One's The Radio Factor, O'Reilly claimed that, "I was in a combat situation in Argentina during the Falklands War" and went on to liken his experience to that of veterans saying, "you veterans out there listening right now, you know exactly what I'm talking about here. Adrenaline surges, your senses become very attune, much sharper than they are ordinarily, and you are locked in, focused in, on your survival and achieving the means of staying alive": O'REILLY: You know, sometimes you have to boil it down to just that. He checked the box. Will you go into combat? He checked the box. You got to -- you got to respect that. I don't care who it is. Even if it were one of the smear merchants, even if it were Michael Moore. If Michael Moore had checked the box -- yes, I will go into combat -- I would respect that. But, of course, Michael Moore did not check the box. Now, I, your humble correspondent, did check the box. Not in Vietnam, but in El Salvador, in Falklands War, and in Northern Ireland. I checked that box. And I respect myself for checking the box. [Westwood One, The Radio Factor, 8/25/04, transcript via Escriptionist.com/ Media Matters internal archives] O'REILLY: And let me just tell you how this went down 'cause I've been in a combat situation. When you're in a combat situation you're wired, which means that you're not in a normal state. Your adrenaline is flowing, your senses are acute--you are, and this is everybody. If you've ever been in a life/death situation, and I've been in one 3 or 4 times, where I almost got killed. So, your whole body and your whole disposition changes. Because your senses are so heightened. This guy's the point man. He walks into a small room in a mosque where there are a buncha people on the ground. Okay? He doesn't know who those people are or what state they're in. The day before, one of his guys in his squad gets killed because he tries to remove a body that's bobby-trapped. So, the guy's in there, he's the point guy. He walks in the room and he sees sudden movement from this guy on the ground and he yells out to warn his other guys. And, then he shoots the guy--because he's not going to wait to see if the guy's got a grenade--which he absolutely could have. Or, a pistol or whatever the guy--a bomb. He's not going to wait, nobody would wait. You don't wait. This guy is in a war zone. He's illegal, he's in a mosque--shouldn't have been there in the first place. He's trying to kill you. Bang, he's dead. That's what happened. So, you're not--it's not like you're walking down the street in a rational state of mind and you're making decisions based upon data. It doesn't happen in a war zone. I had to make a split decision in Argentina during the Falklands War. I had to make a split decision on what to do when a guy had an M-16 pointed at my head from 10 yards away. (My note, no M-16’s were used in the Falklands war. Both armies were equipped with FN FAL rifles) And, I had a second to make my decision. Do I run away, do I fall to the ground or do I talk to the guy? [Westwood One, The Radio Factor, 11/17/04, transcript via Escriptionist.com/ Media Matters internal archives] O'REILLY: But again, look, I mean all of us who are reporters -- and I was a reporter for 24 years, even, you know -- and I was in El Salvador, and in the Falkland War in Argentina, and in Northern Ireland, and in the Middle East. [Westwood One, The Radio Factor, 1/30/06]  (Sunday Feb 22 | post #1286599)

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wow citing an article from the American Spectator.... During the long occupation, American troops began encountering old chemical munitions in hidden caches and roadside bombs. Typically 155-millimeter artillery shells or 122-millimeter rockets, they were remnants of an arms program Iraq had rushed into production in the 1980s during the Iran-Iraq war. “All had been manufactured before 1991, participants said. Filthy, rusty or corroded, a large fraction of them could not be readily identified as chemical weapons at all. Some were empty, though many of them still contained potent mustard agent or residual sarin. Most could not have been used as designed, and when they ruptured dispersed the chemical agents over a limited area, according to those who collected the majority of them.” – The New York Times, Oct. 15, 2014 A New York Times investigation into military casualties of Iraq’s abandoned chemical weapons has inspired some commentary that this proves that the George W. Bush administration’s assertions about Iraq’s WMD programs turned out to be correct. But note that the Times story says that these weapons were manufactured before the 1991 invasion of Kuwait. Indeed, from 1991 to 1998, U.N. weapons inspectors uncovered Iraq’s secret biological weapons program and a project to enrich uranium — and then eliminated vast stockpiles of chemical and biological agents. Such pre-1991 chemical-weapons shells (often empty) were found by U.N. weapons inspectors just before the 2003 invasion of Iraq by the United States. The Bush administration, by contrast, staked its WMD claims on an active, on-going program that was restarted after the Kuwait conflict. As a reader service, here are several examples of Bush administration claims made before the 2003 war started. None of these claims of renewed production turned out to be true, despite multiple investigations and reports after the war. As you will see, then-Secretary of State Colin Powell refers to finding empty shells for chemical weapons but argues that satellite intelligence shows that Iraq has an active chemical weapons program http://www.washing tonpost.com/blogs/ fact-checker/wp/20 14/10/15/iraq-wmd- does-the-new-york- times-probe-reflec t-what-administrat ion-officials-clai med/ US troops DID find chemical weapons in Iraq - but Pentagon kept it secret: Discovery of 5,000 warheads and shells 'was hushed up because they were not weapons of mass destruction' An estimated 5,000 chemical weapons were found in Iraq between 2004 and 2011, it has been revealed Pentagon chose not to release the information to the general public for several embarrassing reasons The weapons did not meet George W. Bush's rationale that Saddam Hussein had a program of 'mass destruction' Most had been developed by Saddam's forces during the 1980s and had been built in close collaboration with the West At least 17 American military personnel were injured due to the mishandling of the weapons George W Bush has described the 'intelligence failure' over Iraq as the greatest failure of his presidency Read more: http://www.dailyma il.co.uk/news/arti cle-2793452/u-s-tr oops-did-chemical- weapons-iraq-penta gon-kept-secret-di scovery-5-000-warh eads-shells-saddam -hussein-s-abandon ed-weapons-program -hushed-soldiers-i njured.html#ixzz3S UTbtivr Follow us: @MailOnline on Twitter | DailyMail on Facebook  (Sunday Feb 22 | post #1286559)

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Isn't Afghanistan where Osama bin Laden and Al Qaeda was based and planned the attacks of 9/11? Wasn't Al Qaeda a threat to the U.S.? While Saddam and Iraq had nothing to do with 9/11, didn't pose a threat to the U.S> and had no WMD's. What's your point? Is it that had we not been detracted by invading Iraq, had we gone into Afghanistan with the same force that we invaded Iraq with, we would have killed Osama bin Laden within months, destroyed al Qaeda and prevented it from metastasizing into ISIS. If that's your point, you are spot on  (Sunday Feb 22 | post #1286501)

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and I suppose Hitler and Nazi Germany weren't Christians? or the Serbian responsible for the Bosnian genocide, ethnic cleansing and rape of thousands of Muslim Women weren't Christians Or the Lord's Resistance Army aren't Christians or the thousands of pedophile priests protected by the Vatican, and responsible for the sexual abuse of hundreds of thousands of children across the globe weren't Christians or the KKK, responsible for decades of terrorism weren't Southern Baptists or the IRA weren't Catholics or that Catholic Priests didn't play a part in the Rwandan genocide shall I go on through history and see which religion was responsible for more terrorism, Christian or Islam?  (Sunday Feb 22 | post #362170)

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Conservatives don't believe in liberal ideas, and yet they bitch and complain about it. Many Christians don't believe in Allah, and yet they bitch and complain about Muslims. Fundamentalist evangelical Christians don't believe in same sex marriage, yet they bitch and complain about it and try their hardest to prevent people they don't even know from entering into one I complain constantly when fundamentalist evangelical Christians who believe in a mythological impotent skydaddy try and force their dogma on me, an atheist.  (Sunday Feb 22 | post #852465)

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My guess is that you have very little knowledge of military tactics and history. Here is a list of the top ten blunders of WWII http://www.toptenz .net/top-10-greate st-military-blunde rs-of-world-war-ii .php why don't you educate yourself and read up. After that, go enlist in the Marines and serve your country. However, I very much doubt a whiny little biotch like you would survive boot camp. Semper Fi Maggot  (Sunday Feb 22 | post #362163)

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way too funny. Do you know that is the same thing Osama bin Laden said about the west. He and all the other terrorists want the west out of the Middle East and to stop inferring with Middle East political affairs. So Religion is meaningless  (Saturday Feb 21 | post #362058)

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What a load of Bullsh!t. MacArthur first and foremost was an egomaniac, the likes of which are rarely seen. He ego cost the lives of thousands of G.I.'s, Sailors, Marines and Philippinos. There was absolutely no reason for the Philippine and Peleliu operations. Those islands could have easily been by passed, except to MacArthur's ego. Not only were thousands of lives wasted, but Manila was destroyed. Then along came Korea, MacArthur had the intel that the Chinese were massed and would attack if our troops approached the border. MacArthur chose to ignore those warnings, again to be able to say he took North Korea. The best thing HST did was to fire his butt.  (Saturday Feb 21 | post #362055)

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Really, which Islamic terrorists did President Obama fund and train? Was it Osama bin Laden and the Mujahideen ? Nope, that was President Reagan, who not only armed, trained and backed financially but also met with their leaders in the Oval Office in 1983 http://en.wikipedi a.org/wiki/Operati on_Cyclone#mediavi ewer/File:Reagan_s itting_with_people _from_the_Afghanis tan-Pakistan_regio n_in_February_1983 .jpg Was it Saddam Hussein. Nope, again that was President Reagan, who not only provided arms and munitions but WMD's to boot.  (Saturday Feb 21 | post #362029)

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There is a real good reason why we should frame the war with ISIS as a war with Islamic Terrorists. But conservatives are so blinded by their hate for President Obama, they don't realize the damage using those terms does, or are just to friggin stupid. But then, heck President Bush played right into Osama bin Laden's trap by invading Iraq. The reason why President Obama refuses to say we are fighting radicals ISLAMIC terrorists, It is what they want. They want to frame their "cause" as a war between the Christian West against Islam. They want to be able to say their cause is a holy jihad. They want to say we are at war with Islam. Doesn't matter if we say we are at war with Radical Islamists, once we put Islam in there, no other words matter. By not saying we are at war with radical Islamists, President Obama denies them that opportunity for propaganda. Fox News and conservatives are just too stupid to realize that, or worse they want to give the radicals the tools to win the propaganda war. BTW one has to wonder, did you insist that England say they were at war with RADICAL CATHOLIC TERRORISTS when they were fighting the IRA? Should President Obama say we are at war with RADICAL CHRISTIAN TERRORISTs when he sent troops to help in the battle against The Lord's Resistance Army?  (Saturday Feb 21 | post #362022)

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One can only wonder what the Bush deficits would be had he included the cost of the Iraq and Afghanistan wars. You were aware of the fact that those costs weren't included in the budget, they were handled by special appropriations. Along with Afghanistan, the war in Iraq added $1.4tn to the national debt. When the US invaded Iraq in March 2003, the Bush administration estimated that it would cost $50-60bn to overthrow Saddam Hussein and establish a functioning government. This estimate was catastrophically wrong: the war in Iraq has cost $823.2bn between 2003 and 2011. Some estimates suggesting that it may eventually cost as much as $3.7tn when factoring in the long-term costs of caring for the wounded and the families of those killed. The most obvious way in which the true cost of this war was kept hidden was with the use of supplemental appropriations to fund the occupation. By one estimate, 70% of the costs of wars in Iraq and Afghanistan between 2003 and 2008 were funded with supplemental or emergency appropriations approved outside the Pentagon's annual budget. These appropriations allowed the Bush administration to shield the Pentagon's budget from the cuts otherwise needed to finance the war, to keep the Pentagon's pet programs intact and to escape the scrutiny that Congress gives to its normal annual regular appropriations. With the Iraq war treated as an "off the books" expense, the Pentagon was allowed to keep spending on high-end military equipment and cutting-edge technology. In fiscal terms, it was as if the messy wars in Afghanistan and Iraq were never happening. More fundamentally, the Bush administration masked the cost of the war with deficit spending to ensure that the American people would not face up to its costs while President Bush was in office. Despite their recent discovery of outrage over the national debt, the Republicans followed the advice of Vice-President Dick Cheney that "deficits don't matter" and spent freely on domestic programs throughout the Bush years. The Bush administration encouraged the American people to keep spending and "enjoy life", while the government paid for the occupation of Iraq on a credit card they hoped never to have to repay. http://www.theguar dian.com/commentis free/2013/mar/11/u s-public-defrauded -hidden-cost-iraq- war  (Saturday Feb 21 | post #362015)

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What you fail to realize is that not all terrorists are Muslims, that is the point. Poor choice to mention the Vatican. The organization that protected child abusing pedophile priests around the world for decades, moving them from one parish to another to evade the law. And in doing so exposed hundreds of thousands of children to sexual abuse. Now if that isn't terrorism, nothing is. Ever hear of the IRA, its a Irish CATHOLIC organization known for bombing, assassinations, drive by's and murder. Pretty sure they made the list of Terrorist organizations. Do some research on the Lord's Resistance Army. They're right up there is ISIS. speaking of the Vatican again, research the role they had in the Rwandan genocide and ethnic cleansing. Did you ever hear of the Genocide and ethnic cleansing of the Bosnian Muslims and Croats. Guess who was responsible for that. Serbian Orthodox Christians, who besides killing Muslim men because they were Muslims, raped tens of thousands of Muslim women. Do you really want to go down that street of good and bad??? Who put the Shah of Iran and his SAVAK in power? Who put Augusto Pinochet in power? Who put Suharto in power? Who put Syngman Rhee in power? Who back the Contras, a known terrorist group responsible for killing thousands including 7 American nuns and a priest Who helped put Saddam Hussein in power? Who sold Saddam WMD's to use on the Iranians?  (Saturday Feb 21 | post #362013)

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