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Soldier in Wikileaks video case charged

After Saddam gassed the Kurds, the Reagan administration blamed Iran even though they, and the rest of the world, knew full well Iraq was responsible. You say that's not turning a blind eye? I think you're right. That's really more being an accessory to genocide. And regardless of what the GOP flag wavers see through their red, white, and blue colored glasses, the main result of Reagan coddling Saddam was that he felt he had carte blanche to do whatever he wanted after that. After all, if he can wipe out Halabja with poison gas with the full backing of the U.S., he certainly felt entitled to invade Kuwait for stealing Iraqi oil. Saddam had it made as a U.S. supported thug kingpin in the Middle East. He just didn't count on how nervous the invasion of Kuwait would make the Saudis. And how close GHW Bush's ties were with the Saudi Royal family.  (Jul 9, 2010 | post #50)

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Soldier in Wikileaks video case charged

I don't understand your point. I agree that the U.S. supplied Iraq with chemicals and those chemicals were used against the Kurds. We did turn a blind eye to it during the Reagan administration (not to acquit the Dems, many of whom also turned a blind eye). What it appears that you're arguing is that 2003 Iraq, a nation without any means to deliver any sort of blow to the U.S., was such a threat that we had to attack and occupy. We had no other alternative? You act as if Iraq was more powerful than China or Russia. We didn't find the chemicals. Maybe they had them and hid them. Maybe not. One thing is for sure. They didn't have an intercontinental ballistic missile capable of delivering a strike to the U.S. So the argument that Iraq was a threat was manufactured whole cloth. And the fact that half the U.S. population in 2003 thought that Saddam was behind the 9/11 hijackings proves how well the GW Bush administration was at convincing the public of falsities.  (Jul 7, 2010 | post #42)

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Soldier in Wikileaks video case charged

We attacked Iraq to protect Saudi Arabian oil from Saddam. Saddam was a horrible dictator, but at least he faked elections. Saudi Arabia doesn't even bother to do that. The catalyst for the "War on Terror" was the 9/11 hijacking event, which was almost exclusively Saudi Arabian hijackers. How does occupying Iraq in order to secure the oil of the 9/11 attackers fit your view of good strategy for the War on Terror? You can't tell me because it doesn't make sense at all. The War on Terror messaging was manipulated by the Bush White House in order to put a larger U.S. troop presence on the ground in the Middle East in order to secure Middle Eastern oil for the West. You can argue that the U.S. is economically dependent on Middle Eastern oil and that is the reason we are in Iraq. What you can't argue is that occupying Iraq makes any sense as a strategy in the War on Terror.  (Jul 6, 2010 | post #5)

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Climate Scientist Cleared of Altering Data

Scientists get nothing. Engineers get nothing. What we know to be true doesn't matter at all in the world of politics. A single scientist falsifying a study does nothing except ruin his career. Scientists live and die by repeatability of experiments. If a researcher lies, it's extremely easy to prove him false. Just do another study with the same assumptions and show the different result. If you're looking for politicians influencing science, you need to look to the GOP. The Dems have a lot to learn in this area. They just simply believe the scientists.  (Jul 2, 2010 | post #24)

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Climate Scientist Cleared of Altering Data

And the scientists. They know we're ignorant compared to them, so they can spout a bunch of scientific facts and all we have to counter with is Bible quotes (my great grandma weren't no monkey!) and irrelevant anecdotes (it sure was cold in Crusty Rim, Montana last winter!). Let's vote in the non-science believers in 2012! Like Palin! She'll give those scientists what for! Who needs science when you got a set of cans like she does? Hubba hubba!  (Jul 2, 2010 | post #20)

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Supreme Court extends gun owner rights nationwide

Does this mean I can finally buy that rocket launcher I've always wanted?  (Jun 28, 2010 | post #40)

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GOP lawmaker apologizes for apologizing to BP exec

I've seen some threads where Obama-haters are criticizing that he is not being hard enough on BP, implying that the GOP would be tougher. I agree that Obama could have been tougher, sooner, but to hear criticism from the right that Obama is an oil suck up laughable. This is from the same party that fully supported Bush/Cheney flying the Saudi royal family out of the U.S. immediately after 9/11 when other planes were ground. This is the same party that decided to occupy Iraq as some kind of misguided response to 9/11, while completely ignoring the fact that the hijackers were all Saudis. Obama might not be tough enough on BP for some, but Bush/Cheney were complete oil whores, even to Middle East monarchies.  (Jun 17, 2010 | post #2)

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Six-Story 'Big Butter Jesus' statue becomes melted debris

Great big Jesus struck by lightning and burned to the ground. No obvious message there. Reminds me of the golfing priest in Caddyshack.  (Jun 15, 2010 | post #2)

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Petraeus slumps at Senate hearing, jet-lag blamed

He needs a slump-buster.  (Jun 15, 2010 | post #1)

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NYT: Whitman paid settlement to shoved employee

Shouldn't affect her electability. Arnie smoked pot, took steroids, posed nude, and speaks English about as well as the guys in front of Home Depot, and we still elected him.  (Jun 15, 2010 | post #9)

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Teen sailor alive and well

My infant daughter hopes to be the youngest person ever shot out of cannon. At least that's what I hear when she says Goo Goo.  (Jun 11, 2010 | post #5)

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New spill estimate doubles oil flow rate into Gulf

There are going to be a lot of family fishing businesses that will go under. On the bright side, maybe they can get jobs in the upcoming decade-long cleaning effort.  (Jun 11, 2010 | post #8)

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La. sheriff fears illegal immigrants helping with Gulf oi...

I also heard some are working in agriculture.  (Jun 9, 2010 | post #2)

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Former hacker turns in source of Wikileaks Iraq 'murder' ...

If he broke the law he'll have to pay, but it's not like he revealed any military secrets, or outed a CIA agent. He leaked video evidence of an event that Reuters and everyone else knew about already. It brought to light the horror of war, but it didn't really change any minds. The people in the world who don't support the war used the video as more evidence of the heavy-handed tactics of the U.S. in it's occupation of Iraq. And the people who still support the war, probably enjoyed seeing Iraqis die like ants under a magnifying glass.  (Jun 9, 2010 | post #19)

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Economy adds 431,000 jobs but few in private sector

Unless you're retiring within 5 years, pulling money out of the market is a mistake, IMO. If you want to hedge your bets, you can short the Euro for the next year or so. Where do you think people should put their money if you don't like the market? Bonds? They are paying squat. Real Estate? That has proved to be too volatile to be a reliable investment. The company I'm working is taking in $500,000 per employee in revenue. There is a lot of aging equipment out there that companies need to replace, in our case. And Apple is unstoppable. Investing in oil stocks is probably a good deal now since they have been getting hammered because of the spill. Whoever Dr. Doom is, he is giving bad advice.  (Jun 4, 2010 | post #39)

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