Laguna's past comments

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    Laguna

    Interesting... would those guys be in the same class as 'moderate rebles' in Syria that the same U.S. administration is giving weapons to?

    Those "moderates" in Syria will be lucky to see handguns. I, for one, am happy to see an American administration reluctant to encourage the flood of weaponry through the world.

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    Laguna

    You seem to miss understanding the problem. 800 ISIL fighter invaded Iraq, and 30,000 Iraqi troops fled from them.

    Sorry, Scott, but it appears that you do not understand the situation. America is done with humanitarian gestures in that region unless they are particularly egregious, and I am afraid that a beheading here or there don't meet that hallmark.

    This, despite Bush's face-palming stupidity, is really no longer America's problem (and you can thank Obama for that emphatic end punctuation when he acquiesced to the demand that American forces be withdrawn from Iraq), an, subsequently, neighboring problems are also only of American concern to the extent that America is threatened.

    Which it is not, at least comparatively. Americans do not want to go there. Obama does not want to go there. The people of Syria are on their own, for better or worse.

    Posted in: New Iraq PM says no to U.S. ground troops

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    Laguna

    Too much emphasis is put on ISIL's destruction and their presence in Syria. Bottled up in Syria, the ISIL cannot do much harm. Help the Iraqi's drive them out of their country, seal the border, and watch them all start killing each other.

    Posted in: New Iraq PM says no to U.S. ground troops

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    Laguna

    Eels win appeal as attendees reveal they feel a need to congeal on the, uh, elvers.

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    Laguna

    That bites.

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    Laguna

    Sheesh. With the exception of AKBfan, all of the posts above rank of grapes so sour that the vinegar predates McCain. In particular, and as usual, WilliB provides us with a primer on the Middle East that should have been provided to the previous president - after all, it is the results of those actions that America is still trying to clean up.

    The ISIN will prove to be a flash in the pan - though one that will take time and patience to quench. And quenching, rather than adding fuel to the fire, is what this is all about. For all of the bravado displayed above, there was no concrete advice, save for AKBfan's. Well, get used to sneering from the sidelines; your side got the US into this, and there is no sign that the American public will trust the GOP with the reins of power anytime soon.

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    Laguna

    What I don't understand is why IS believes they're instilling fear, when in fact all they're doing is just making others more enraged and furious and more driven to wipe them out.

    HonestDictator, it is likely that they are goading the West because they welcome a Western attack. The ISIS can only draw on so much support for its opposition to Assad (there are other groups which do the same) and its drive to dominate Sunni Iraq (which contains seeds of dissension due to its secular Baathist presence). The greatest gift for the ISIS would be a Western invasion, which would very much shove these rather debilitating problems under the rug.

    So it's a "Come and get me!" thing. Let's leave that up to the locals, shall we?

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    Laguna

    He is pointing out that Obamas policy was and is to degrade Assad.

    And that makes his policy different from which modern president? You're evading the key point: for the greater part, Obama has stuck to the very strategy you espouse in your following statement:

    RP points out that the West does not have to "side with" Assad, but we can leave him alone to deal with the Jihadis in his country.

    That has been the essence of Obama's strategy, and will likely continue to be so if so-called "reliable" Syrian rebels do not fall in line with the moderate Sunnis he hopes to draw out in Iraq - precisely by not siding with any faction, Shia or Sunni.

    Posted in: U.S. will be ramping up airstrikes soon - in Iraq

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    Laguna

    Ha ha! Paul hits if on TWO heads, as usual. Let's look:

    In September President Obama and many in Washington were eager for a U.S. intervention in Syria to assist the rebel groups fighting President Bashar Assad's government.

    Right. Obama was so "eager" for intervention that he immediately backed down once the source of his "red line" - chemical weapons - was eliminated (for the most part completely and successfully) despite no doubt knowing the beating he would take from the tasks.

    To interventionists like former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton, we would caution that arming the Islamic rebels in Syria created a haven for the Islamic State. We are lucky Mrs. Clinton didn't get her way....

    Here, Paul is admitting that Obama did not in fact arm Syrian rebels. On the other hand:

    This is not to say the U.S. should ally with Assad.

    Okay: America shouldn't side with Syrian rebels, nor should it side with Assad. What's left?

    A more realistic foreign policy would recognize that there are evil people and tyrannical regimes in this world, but also that America cannot police or solve every problem across the globe. Only after recognizing the practical limits of our foreign policy can we pursue policies that are in the best interest of the U.S.

    Now, in the abstract, that is a very rational statement! Can we apply this concretely to our current dilemma? Nope! But we can make an abstract statement that, ironically, encapsulates what Obama is trying to do:

    The Islamic State represents a threat that should be taken seriously. But we should also recall how recent foreign-policy decisions have helped these extremists so that we don't make the same mistake of potentially aiding our enemies again.

    And by "recent" here, we mean the invasion of Iraq.

    Posted in: U.S. will be ramping up airstrikes soon - in Iraq

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    Laguna

    Oh speaking of bleacher watchers, isn't it ironic that Obama won a Nobel Peace Prize for shouting from the sidelines to end war at a time when he had no responsibility for anything other than his own political ambition? I guess Obama is earning his Peace Prize now after invading Libya, re-invading Iraq after having withdrawn all combat troops, and now in the process of invading Syria. The irony is quite amazing.

    Not one item in the above is true. Obama, as a member of the state senate in Illinois, expressed opposition to the Iraq invasion, calling it a foolish decision by President Bush; and when he joined the U.S. senate in 2004, he voted against the surge and against additional funding for expanding the war. Obama never "invaded" Libya. Obama is not "re-invading Iraq" unless you consider the American presence in Okinawa a "re-invasion" of Japan: This time, America is invited. Also, no, America under Obama will never, ever invade Syria (while America under a hypothetical McCain administration would probably be already knee-deep in).

    Finally, Obama did not award himself the Peace Prize; I at the time considered the award inappropriate and still do, but perhaps he's earning it.

    Posted in: U.S. will be ramping up airstrikes soon - in Iraq

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    Laguna

    No, the US (aka Obama) does own Syria, because he has been supporting the Sunni uprising against Assad.

    Ah - So McCain's greatest broadside against Obama's Syrian policy - that he did not, in fact, support moderate forces against Assad - is false? And the complaint of moderate anti-Assad forces - that they were starved of funds, while the ISIS were flush with funds from Gulf Sunni countries _ is also false? And similar Kurdish complaints are also false?

    Okay, I'm with you! Obama lost Syria by funding Assad's enemies while simultaneously short-changing them! Good GOP line: can't lose either way as long as people don't think, which is always a foolproof way to rile the GOP base.

    Be that as it may, there is the future to consider, and your post offers no considerations in that respect.

    Posted in: U.S. will be ramping up airstrikes soon - in Iraq

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    Laguna

    ...the Bush doctrine of "preemptive" that means, he is adapting a Bush strategy.

    Preemptive. Try explaining that to the Yazidis or the Kurds.

    Posted in: U.S. will be ramping up airstrikes soon - in Iraq

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    Laguna

    That would indeed be great, but it only exists in the phantasy word of wishful thinking. In the real world, the armed opposition to Assad (and previously to Gaddafi) is consists of radicals of the ilk of Al Qaeda, Al Nusra, and ISIS

    That may be true, and unfolding events will eventually prove it. However, there is one unshakable fact: the US "owns" Iraq (thanks to Bush & Co.) in a way it does not Syria (or Egypt, Libya or Tunesia). In other words, if things go downhill in Syria but the Sunnis in Iraq see their future with a moderate, modern Baghdad-based Iraq, Syria would not be too difficult to isolate, and the US could let their revolution take its course.

    My point is that the latter, fallback strategy would become impossible the moment the US supported Assad.

    Posted in: U.S. will be ramping up airstrikes soon - in Iraq

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    Laguna

    This comes from identification with a cause—and an acceptance that the authority is a legitimate representative of that cause.

    Very logical. I'm a lone wolf - as, thankfully, my son - and, despite the disadvantage of eschewing the protection of a group, I am grateful to be inherently conditioned to walk away from such situations with no feeling of loss. I don't blame these participants; survival of the human genome takes many types.

    Posted in: Evil not so banal, says disturbing new probe

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    Laguna

    In the event, the current disaster with ISIS is clearly a result of Obamas support for Sunni Jihadis across the region...

    No, that would be McCain, who never fears to rush in where the wise are wary to tread. Moderate Sunni support is an absolute requirement. The plan is that these moderates can be peeled away from the extremists, rather iffy, but the reality is that it is this or more boots on the ground.

    There are bad and worse choices here, the key difference being avoiding siding with either side effecting against long-term stability. That of course includes extremist groups such as the ISIS, but also non-Sunni entities such as the Assad regime - unless the US wants to alienate the Sunni for another generation.

    Arranging these factors will take much time - and this is precisely why Obama specifically stated that the intervention will be lengthy - and there will be great backslides along with incremental progress - but if any other bleacher-watcher has a better plan, well, get in line for the Noble Peace Prize.

    Posted in: U.S. will be ramping up airstrikes soon - in Iraq

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    Laguna

    Glad to hear that. His life has already been irrevocably altered, and to add on a jail sentence for something as stupid but harmless as MDMA would have served neither his interests nor the State's. Four years of probation will likely include drug tests. Hope he can stay clean.

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    Laguna

    That many people required to apprehend a 67-year old man? Let's go a bit easier on the spending here, shall we?

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    Laguna

    Part of Japan’s motivation for upgrading its capabilities is a nagging suspicion that the United States, with some 28,000 troops in South Korea as well as 38,000 in Japan, might hesitate to attack the North in a crisis, Japanese experts said.

    Wait - that's a bad thing? And Japan attacking North Korea (presumably without the South's support - otherwise, the Yanks would be there, too) is anything short of insanity?

    "Japanese experts" need a refresher course on reality.

    Posted in: Japan, U.S. discussing offensive military capability for Tokyo

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    Laguna

    The situation on the battlefield demonstrated clearly that the Ukrainian military is bunch of hapless clowns, who can nothing but kill civilians with artillery and airstrikes. Read what they did in 2001

    I remember that. Some "clown" claimed that "the weapons used in those exercises had such characteristics that make it impossible for them to reach the air corridor through which the plane was moving."

    Oh, wait - that "clown" was Vladimir Putin.

    At least he is consistent in his mendacity.

    Posted in: Report: MH Flight 17 likely downed by 'high-energy objects'

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