Laguna's past comments

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    Laguna

    Gee, WlliB, you could just Google "relationship between al-Nusra Front and isis" and click on the first link (or any of the many that follow). In case that's too difficult, I've done it for you.

    http://english.al-akhbar.com/node/18785

    (In the event, you mean the same CIA that has been instructed by the Obama and his Muslim Brotherhood advisors to remove all references to Islam and Jihad from the assessments of islamic jiadist movements?)

    Wow. If true, that would just leave them with "movements" - a rather broad category. I'm sure the nonpartisan career professionals at the CIA understand the rationalization, which is no doubt why none have complained and it has been reported no where. Any shred of evidence to back up this explosive claim?

    Posted in: Germany to send anti-tank weapons, rifles to Iraqi Kurds

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    Laguna

    ISIS and Al Quaeda are simply Muslim Brotherhood armed branches.

    Quick - Inform CIA analysts about this breathtaking revelation! This must explain why the two groups fight each other as often as they do Assad.

    Obama had the choice of siding with despicable (if predictable) dictators or accepting change. Certainly, things are not going well, but for the first time in decades, it is not the fault of the US. Such changes are bound to be messy, but enforcing the status quo would have been worse.

    Obama's refusal to arm any group in these conflicts - against vehement opposition of such as McCain - was also correct.

    Posted in: Germany to send anti-tank weapons, rifles to Iraqi Kurds

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    Laguna

    Look forward to the "Day of Atonement" to commemorate the tens of millions killed during the Great Leap Forward and the Cultural Revolution.

    Posted in: With eye on Japan, China announces national 'Martyrs' Day'

  • 0

    Laguna

    Marcelito, that depends on who you ask. You might not want to ask journalists trying to cover funerals of dead Russian soldiers returning from Ukraine - some have been beaten. And at any rate, Putin has his thumb on the majority of Russian media - and it will only get worse.

    You can pretend that it is not happening as much as you'd like, but that doesn't mean that it isn't. It just means that the lid will blow off that much higher when it goes.

    Posted in: EU inches toward new sanctions on Russia

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    Laguna

    Nice try, SaturnCube. You might want to provide the full story, starting with that it is a quote from Russia’s foreign minister, including that he was discussing previous imagery, and ending with that Russian denials were rather well debunked in the remainder of the article.

    “There have been reports about satellite imagery exposing Russian troop movements,” Sergey Lavrov said, according to state-owned Russia Today. “They turned out to be images from video games. The latest accusations happen to be much the same quality.”

    Funny how Putin denies Russian involvement yet puts up with the sanctions, like a kid denying he took cookies from the cookie jar while crumbs surround his face and a half-eaten bit remains in his hand. "Novorossiya" may indeed become a reality, just like the Russian-created zombie enclaves in the Caucasus, but the cost will outweigh the benefit. Methinks revolution is brewing in Russia as Putin ignores the requests for greater autonomy from other oblasts and sanctions start to bite.

    Posted in: EU inches toward new sanctions on Russia

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    Laguna

    Considering the US government's military budget is in excess of $600bn annually....

    Funny thing about the Pentagon budget: it's like the upkeep on a Ferrari. If you actually want to take it out for a drive, it always costs a lot more.

    Imagine if teachers worked the same way.

    Posted in: Pentagon says Iraq operations costing $7.5 mil a day

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    Laguna

    Sounds like a loudspeaker from Beijing.

    Yes, it does. That is why Putin would be a fool to rely on China to get him out of this mess that he created.

    Posted in: EU ministers call for new sanctions against Russia

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    Laguna

    Ever hear of the BRIC countries?

    Ever hear of Greater Manchuria - half of which was torn away by Russia during China's period of weakness? The Chinese haven't forgotten. Putin knows the dangers of relying on China at the expense of the West, which is why he still will not transfer the most advanced weapons technologies to them. Still, Chinese numbers may soon outweigh Russian technology. Who Vladivostok will belong to in a hundred years is an interesting spectator sport.

    Posted in: EU ministers call for new sanctions against Russia

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    Laguna

     Anyone paying attention to Obama's approach to the Iraq/Syrian situation will clearly recognize that Obama simply made a slip of the tounge (and perhaps intentionally): it is not "We don’t have a strategy yet" - it is that "We don’t have the tactics yet." And that is precisely because the tactics are rather out of Obama's hands.

    Obama's strategy in the Middle East is to broadly leave decisive actions up to the players involved while preserving the ability to nudge things along (such as warning the ISIS away from Kurdish-held areas) or acting decisively when America's interests are clearly at stake (such as eliminating Assad's chemical weapons).

    Interestingly, latter cases tend to dovetail with international society at large in Obama's foreign policy; the chemical weapons case was a rare case of the US and Russia acting in tandem.

    The ISIS presents no imminent threat to the US that is not outweighed by the dangers and costs of boots on the ground. Conversely, it represents an opportunity: When was the last time that the interests of Saudi Arabia, Iran, Iraq and Israel converged? The ISIS presents a far greater danger to them than to the US, and if they can be nudged into acting collectively (even if secretly), the results would be cheaper, far longer-lasting, and even, possibly, epoch-making compared with if the US took it on unilaterally.

    So when Obama says, "We don’t have a strategy yet," he's most likely speaking to these countries, particularly to the nascent Iraqi government - that the US is patient and willing to let these players stew in the juices of their own making until they commit to becoming partners.

    That is masterful.

    Posted in: IS executes scores of Syrian troops; Obama admits he has no strategy

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    Laguna

    Ukraine anyway a recent invention - used to be split between Poland and Russia until after WW1 and even for a while between the wars......

    That depends a bit on what you mean by "recent." Ukraine was once a European power when Russian influence barely extended beyond the wooden gates of Moscow.

    Posted in: Ukraine accuses Russia of sending in tanks, armor

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    Laguna

    The Americans might find themselves forced to cooperate under the table with the Syrians. But I don’t think Arab countries will accept Syria as a member of the club fighting the Islamic State.

    The UAE, with Egyptian logistical help, was exposed as the mystery bombers against fundamentalist forces in Libya. A new paradigm is unfolding here, with Arabic secular states banding together to put down fundamentalist movements. While the ultimate results of these recent movements are impossible to predict - how successful or sustained they will be, and what types of governments will result - one thing is clear: America has its hands clean.

    This is the Obama doctrine at work. It will take time, and it will cost many lives, but it will not be American time or American lives - and a home-grown solution is really the only viable future.

    Posted in: Syria warns U.S. against unilateral strikes on Islamic State

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    Laguna

    As a parent of younger children, a key point is to discern whether damage was caused accidentally or maliciously. Kids get bumped around a lot, and in there former case, there is absolutely no reason for complaint. In the latter case, depending on its frequency (more than once requires intervention) or seriousness, consultation may be necessary.

    My son and daughter made it through school with typical bumps and bruises (and 3rd degree burns for the former and a broken bone for the latter), but I judged all of it to be the result of a healthy, active childhood.

    Not all parents feel the same, though, so beware about being on the receiving end.

    Posted in: What to do when your kids get you in trouble

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    Laguna

    No fan of McDonald's in the least, but governments should not be allowed to play such blatant political tricks and still remain in the WTO. If Putin wants to sanction Western countries, call it what it is and do so. The same goes for China.

    Posted in: Russia targets McDonald's in expanding East-West trade war

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    Laguna

    Agreed, SuperLib. A theme science shares with geopolitics is that some stake out a position rational only within their preconceived ideology and refuse to be budged by facts. Hence, anthropological global warming is nonexistent, and Obama funded the ISIS. Argument and facts are futile. Identical posts appear repeatedly regardless of newly revealed information.

    The situation in the Middle East is far from desirable, but at least the US, for once, has kept relatively clean hands since Obama. Let them learn to work it out while mitigating human suffering is the only viable course.

    Posted in: Obama warns of jihadist 'cancer' in Iraq as U.S. reveals failed hostage rescue attempt

  • -1

    Laguna

    ...in 1973....

    Groundhog Day. Some things in America never change.

    Posted in: There is never an excuse for shooting unarmed suspects

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    Laguna

    Okay, I'll concede that Kerry has a “hideous lantern jaw" - heck, he probably would himself. That does not change the fact that North Korea is a kleptocracy which systematically murders its residents.

    Posted in: North Korea insults John Kerry over his looks

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    Laguna

    I disrespect anyone who plays into the Young General's game of pretending that North Korea is anything but a kleptocratic hellhole.

    Posted in: Bob Sapp tops bill for Pyongyang fight night

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    Laguna

    jeff198527, you obviously have no financial background whatsoever. First, America has never failed to redeem a T-bill. Second, if needed, the US could simply print the money to do so, a convenience countries which borrow money in foreign currencies do not have.

    Posted in: Foreign holdings of U.S. Treasury debt top $6 trillion

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    Laguna

    Habits, fizz bit - nice to see some sensible comments. Extrapolation has been too broad. A man was shot for walking in the middle of the street. All the rest is window dressing.

    Posted in: Missouri declares state of emergency, curfew after looting

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    Laguna

    What wrapping it up already?! - I was just getting into it! Oh well, there's always next season, which begins tomorrow.

    Posted in: China wraps up anti-Japan propaganda campaign

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