With a wiser and less duplicitous administration, the U.S. could have left Afghanistan in 2002.
"Ares, you are so cute! We love everything about you and the awesome wars you bring us, it's like, so sweet and gets us so hot! All we can think about is Armageddon-it-on with you!"
Comparisons between Iraq and Vietnam, between Baghdad and Saigon, are ubiquitous...and largely on the mark.

Boots On The Ground?

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    Senators and Representatives want to send our combat troops to Syria, (boots on the ground)? I have a suggestion for them. Every one of them who want American "Boots on the ground" should put their boots on and get their...
This was actually an article in a local paper about a historian and Middle East expert spreaking at the University of Montana. It was neat to see such an interesting read in the local paper. Anyway, here is a link...
  America is a Nation with a mission - and that mission comes from our most basic beliefs. We have no desire to dominate, no ambitions of empire. Our aim is a democratic peace - a peace founded upon the...
The military, for a number of years, had a draft.  It was done away with in the 1970s and there has been an all voluntary military ever since.  I think it is time we go back and re-institute the...
Terrorist organizations want the U.S. to be so frightened by them that the US elevates them by declaring war on them. Would the US declare war on an entity that wasn't challenging and threatening to the most powerful military nation in the world?
Unfortunately, since religion is such a minefield for politicians, Americans have become accustomed to disassociating religious extremists from their religion so as not to offend mainstream religious voters.
How to stop ISIS, a group too hardline even for al-Qaida, in control of $3 Billion, 30,000 men and a lot of captured U.S. arms, with minds and hearts focused on the creation of a Sunni Fundamentalist Caliphate, is emerging as a most important topic among world leaders.

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