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Nation building

March 13, 2013

I don’t understand why our American government insists on spending hundreds of billions of dollars on nation building in Iraq and Afghanistan....

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nobud74

Mar-14-13 8:11 PM

You do realize that applies to charity organizations as well. You gave an argument not to give to charities. You also ruled out programs like the Peace Corps. --Mr. Reeder

I specifically was talking about our tax money being sent there, and you know it. Or, perhaps you don't. Perhaps you just have no reading comprehension and therefore all of this idiocy spewing from your fingertips is the result of a poor education. Nah, you would just rather appear to be dense so you can contribute. The problem is that you are not rebutting what was said, but what you wish had been said. Try again.

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nobud74

Mar-14-13 8:08 PM

Pity the person who is drowning and you are walking by SF. Same for one who is being mugged and beaten too. --Mr. Reeder

What does my helping a drowning person or someone being beaten and mugged have to do with a system that allows our international "aid" to be scooped up by thugs and politicians instead of those that need the help? For goodness sake, man, think just a bit!!!

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Bufftrev1

Mar-14-13 12:33 PM

Hello chayes.. krugman is a leftist, imo, so I would not recommend his books to folks on the other side. Not so with the others..

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CMReeder

Mar-14-13 10:01 AM

"The President has operational control over the military, but the Congress has budgetary and oversight responsibilities."

Very good enigma now explain it to Phil.

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CMReeder

Mar-14-13 10:00 AM

"The purpose of the military is to kill people and break things."

And they let you back into public life.

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CMReeder

Mar-14-13 9:58 AM

"Chuck, I meant foreign affairs, you twit."

It still applies you moron!

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CHayes

Mar-14-13 7:39 AM

"Hi steelers.. neither author is a leftist."

Michael Isikoff (Hubris) is pretty liberal, but Ron Suskind used to be a senior writer for the Wall Street Journal.

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enigma

Mar-13-13 3:59 PM

Chuck,"Phil, which branch of government has control of the military?"

The President has operational control over the military, but the Congress has budgetary and oversight responsibilities.

Chuck,"Our military is not only warriors and defenders but peace keepers also."

Only in that their presence deters other countries from attacking us. Our military should never be used as a peace-keeping force in another country. The purpose of the military is to kill people and break things. That is why they should not be used in law enforcement or peace-keeping. You can include nation building in that also.

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Bufftrev1

Mar-13-13 2:31 PM

Hi steelers.. neither author is a leftist. Interested in learning something new now?

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SteelerFan

Mar-13-13 2:26 PM

I do read a lot Buff. Just not a lot of leftist diatribe.

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SteelerFan

Mar-13-13 2:25 PM

Chuck, I meant foreign affairs, you twit.

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gavinf56

Mar-13-13 2:12 PM

I told ya BuffTrev1, I am not much into conspiracy theories.

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Bufftrev1

Mar-13-13 2:08 PM

Hi steelers, no problem.. you're right, reading books to learn something is a bad idea..

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CMReeder

Mar-13-13 1:27 PM

"I agree with you nobud. It's time for us to keep our noses out of other people's business."

Pity the person who is drowning and you are walking by SF. Same for one who is being mugged and beaten too.

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CMReeder

Mar-13-13 1:25 PM

"When we give money for humanitarian efforts, it is often siphoned off by warlords, the govt and thugs and very little if any actually makes it to the poor."

You do realize that applies to charity organizations as well. You gave an argument not to give to charities. You also ruled out programs like the Peace Corps.

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CMReeder

Mar-13-13 1:22 PM

Then follow the laws Phil not rewrite the Constitution to suit you.

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SteelerFan

Mar-13-13 1:15 PM

I agree with you nobud. It's time for us to keep our noses out of other people's business.

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SteelerFan

Mar-13-13 1:13 PM

thanks Buff, I needed a good laugh.

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nobud74

Mar-13-13 12:39 PM

When we give money for humanitarian efforts, it is often siphoned off by warlords, the govt and thugs and very little if any actually makes it to the poor.

As for the assertion that our involvement in Iraq and Afghanistan is illegal or unwise, I believe the original intent was good. However, we hamstring our military. They are designed to conquer and kill, destroy things and win. When our govt tries to fight a PC war, more of our kids die than need be. Perhaps when we go into these places we do it full force, get rid of the problem and then immediately turn over the country to the people and let them figure it our--or we just keep our darn noses out of it.

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Bufftrev1

Mar-13-13 11:43 AM

Not illegally, steelers, but with falsified intelligence. Read hubris by isikof or 1% doctrine by suskind and you'll have a better idea of what happened..

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Bufftrev1

Mar-13-13 11:30 AM

Not illegally, steelers, but with falsified intelligence. Read hubris by isikof or 1% doctrine by suskind and you'll have a better idea of what happened..

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SteelerFan

Mar-13-13 10:54 AM

Wait for it Phil, it will probably 'Sham' real soon with his usual accusation of Bush taking us to war with Irag and Afghanistan illegally, approved by Congress of course.

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philunderwood

Mar-13-13 10:13 AM

Just because the President is Commander In Chief doesn’t give him the right to use the military any way he chooses; we’re supposed to be a nation of laws and that means everyone, including the President, must follow the laws, otherwise we’re headed toward a dictatorship.

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CMReeder

Mar-13-13 10:06 AM

Our military is not only warriors and defenders but peace keepers also.

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BornHere

Mar-13-13 10:05 AM

I'm sorry I did not know that, my mistake.

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