Perhaps you might want to refrain from going to war until it is necessary. And I'm naive? Ahmadinejad is not a criminal. As far as negotiations, please pick some stocks for me as you are obviously qualified as a psychic.
Only an idiot makes a statement like "War is not just always the best option, it is this time the only option." There are always options other than war - some are less palatable than others.
Stop blowing things out of proportion.
You're kidding, right? Ahmadinejad threatens the peace of the world and the liberal loons are concerned lest protests against him be seen as helping neocons?
Nope...no relativism there...Comment Posted By Rick Moran On 23.09.2007 @ 10:56
You're a liar. Or an idiot. I NEVER delete comments unless they contain obscenities.
As for the rest of your comment, I answered it above.Comment Posted By Rick Moran On 23.09.2007 @ 08:51
Don't be an idiot.
To compare relying on emotions to make a decision on whether to start a war that might end civilization with being outraged at a visit to Ground Zero by a terrorist is so far our of whack as to seriously question your mental stability.
Of course you make life and death, war and peace decisions based on rational, reasoned analysis. I never said otherwise. I never hinted otherwise. You missed the point of the piece either because it went over your head or you don't read very well. Read my excerpt in #14 above.
And next time, before you comment, read the damn post.Comment Posted By Rick Moran On 22.09.2007 @ 16:24
Here's my piece on Carriles:
And here's what you didn't read in my post:
Now before everyone gets all bent out of shape let me make a couple of observations. First, I believe criticism by the left of the rightâ€™s moral certainty about everything is well founded in some instances. It is just as idiotic to believe that everything is black and white as it is to believe that everything is shades of gray.
Obviously, I believe that there are times that moral certitude is required and other times where moral relativeness serves.Comment Posted By Rick Moran On 22.09.2007 @ 09:19
Why don't I write about things that you want me to write about?
Because you're not me.
And every time I do a serious piece, all I get from you is snark so drop the holier than thou prentious baloney.
I do plenty of in-depth pieces about the war, the dems, the gop, - and I've written that perhaps the biggest scandal of all is the money gone missing and down a rabbit hole in Iraq.
But for your information, I write what I goddamn well please and suggestions from the peanut gallery are not welcome. You want to write about that stuff, get your own goddamn blog.
What an arrogant little pissant...Comment Posted By Rick Moran On 21.09.2007 @ 17:19
You know, there are some times on this blog that I just kind of shake my head in wonderment at how anyone can be so stupid.
Kuni just gave me one of those moments.
Your comment was so idiotic on so many levels I will let others take you on if they wish. Someone might start with the fact that THE FUCKING SUNNI TERRORISTS IN ANBAR ARE NOT GOING TO BE LAYING A WREATH AT GROUND ZERO.
Then we might move on to the fact that most of the tribal fighters who were insurgents did not target civilians but rather American troops - something you'd know if you read something besides ignorant lefty websites.
Finally, someone might ask what kind of "dialog" could be had with a Holocaust denying, 12th century, messianic nutcase who believes the American government was responsible for 9/11?
Let others talk with the terrorist enabling thug. And before you accuse me (ignorantly) of supporting a bombing campaign, you might want to read what I've written about Iran - I have consistently said it is not necessary or desirable to go to war with them.
But neither is enabling this guy's messianic fantasies.Comment Posted By Rick Moran On 20.09.2007 @ 09:57
The partition idea may be the quick and dirty solution. It would help Iran the most I guess but I would support it if the humanitarian effects could be minimized.
For Paul and others who have never visited here or who are not that familiar with this site, I have gone over many, many options discussing and debating the pros and cons over the last two years - ever since it became obvious that we had to leave Iraq. The argument I am hearing from some is that because the Iraq War has been one clusterfu**k after another, the current strategy is bound to fail also.
Everyone knows that the surge is taking place in something of a vacuum because of the lack of political progress made by the sectarian gang that runs Iraq at present. But the difference over just the last 90 days (and anyone who judges the success or failure of a military strategy after only 3 months is a peawit) is significant enough that at the very least we should give Petraeus and the Iraqi government a chance to continue making progress.
For the record, I have no illusions about making Iraq anything except a barely functioning state with a chance at survival. It's not much but I still say it is better than catastrophe - which still might happen but the chance of which would have been reduced.
This is what we are reduced to; staving off total disaster. Anything is better than that including staying in Iraq for another 18-24 if necessary to create the conditions I described above.
This has nothing to do with Bush, with party or ideology. It has everything to do with salvaging something from the huge mistakes and blunders committed over the last 4 years.Comment Posted By Rick Moran On 19.09.2007 @ 19:44
Who said "20 or 30" brigades? The number was 15-20 and there are already 7-8.
Can I suggest that next time you, like, you know, READ THE FRICKING POST BEFORE COMMENTING!Comment Posted By Rick Moran On 19.09.2007 @ 17:32
All good questions.
I think ultimately, the improvement in security will come from political progress - we all know that. But the point about an Iraqi army is that we give them a fighting chance to defend the government. Right now, if we left, they would be virtually defenseless.
It would be "ok to leave" once the Iraqis are responsible for their own security.
btw- I think it more than likely that two years from now, we will have less than 50,000 men in Iraq anyway. We are not going to go from 130,000 to zero.
I've been advocating raising taxes to pay for the war since 2005.
As far as numbers of dead, who knows? As few as possible obviously.Comment Posted By Rick Moran On 19.09.2007 @ 17:31
All you can do is say nothing is possible. Jesus what an asset you would have been at Normandy.
And I see no point in engaging someone who continues to spout talking points rather than policy options.Comment Posted By Rick Moran On 19.09.2007 @ 17:20
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