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What Should Trump Do?

  • Maintain the Status Quo (such as it is)

    Votes: 2 8.7%
  • Bomb the Shit Out of Iran But No Invasion

    Votes: 3 13.0%
  • Invade Their Asses

    Votes: 1 4.3%
  • Call in Sweden to Mediate a Diplomatic Solution

    Votes: 2 8.7%
  • Get the Fuck Out of the Middle East

    Votes: 10 43.5%
  • Invade Canada as a Warning

    Votes: 2 8.7%
  • Hillary Did it!

    Votes: 3 13.0%

  • Total voters
    23
  • Poll closed .

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Looks like more than a few US Troops were killed in a fire fight in Afghanistan.
Funny thing is that for all the people that I saw openly criticizing others for mourning Kobe Bryant and not paying nearly as much attention to troops that were KIA, not a single one of them has mentioned anything about this today.
 

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Also, I'm hearing that this was a green on blue that happened during a KLE. Multiple dead Green Berets and Afghan commandos.
KLEs with dodgy tribal chiefs are always dangerous.

Afghans have been noted for their predictable treachery for thousands of years.

Timur the Lame had the only real idea of how to deal with them.
 

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KLEs with dodgy tribal chiefs are always dangerous.

Afghans have been noted for their predictable treachery for thousands of years.

Timur the Lame had the only real idea of how to deal with them.
Almost 20 years of war, trillions of dollars wasted, thousands of American lives lost, and no real exit strategy in place. What a fucking mess.
 

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Almost 20 years of war, trillions of dollars wasted, thousands of American lives lost, and no real exit strategy in place. What a fucking mess.
We have to come to terms with the notion that we cannot change them and turn them into a democratic society.

At best, some parts of the country can be modernized, the rest will do what they want to as they have done for 3000 years.

We also have to come to terms with the Eastern Roman maxim that gold is cheaper than blood and simply bribe all the chiefs into maintaining peace.

That was, in fact, the strategy we used along with judicious military force, between 2002-2004 when the country was largely pacified.
 

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https://www.businessinsider.com/the-philippines-moves-to-terminate-military-pact-with-the-us-2020-2

Thoughts on The Phillipines pulling out of their armed services agreement with the US?
On one hand, I am happy to see US troops out of any country. On the other hand, this is the one area of the world where a country that could legitimately pose a threat to the US seems to be aiming to do exactly that.

I also don't see how this benefits the Philippines in any way. Is this a case of Duterte's ego running the show, or has this split been a long time coming?
 

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https://www.businessinsider.com/the-philippines-moves-to-terminate-military-pact-with-the-us-2020-2

Thoughts on The Phillipines pulling out of their armed services agreement with the US?
On one hand, I am happy to see US troops out of any country. On the other hand, this is the one area of the world where a country that could legitimately pose a threat to the US seems to be aiming to do exactly that.

I also don't see how this benefits the Philippines in any way. Is this a case of Duterte's ego running the show, or has this split been a long time coming?
Given his actions over the last few years, it’s ego.
 

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https://www.businessinsider.com/the-philippines-moves-to-terminate-military-pact-with-the-us-2020-2

Thoughts on The Phillipines pulling out of their armed services agreement with the US?
On one hand, I am happy to see US troops out of any country. On the other hand, this is the one area of the world where a country that could legitimately pose a threat to the US seems to be aiming to do exactly that.

I also don't see how this benefits the Philippines in any way. Is this a case of Duterte's ego running the show, or has this split been a long time coming?
Ego.

The Phillipines have a vested interest in partnering with the US.

That is unless they enjoy having their islands snatched up by China.

Duterte is nuts so not surprising. Although I had thought he was friendly with Trump.
 

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China.. Duarte gets his and gets out..
 

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Great article about the difficulties in cutting defense spending in this month's issue of Foreign Affairs

 

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