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sofa king Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Nov-28-05 06:57 AM
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29. Yes, but it has sort-of worked in Afghanistan.
Aside from the debateable success of that venture, there is a critical difference between Afghanistan and Iraq. Afghanistan makes much of its income from a renewable resource--heroin--and the U.S. isn't particularly interested in maximizing its profits in that commodity.

In Iraq, we're looking for low-bid criminals who are willing to sell off their nation's non-renewable future at the lowest possible price. If we do support those people, you can kiss those bullshit ideals of freedom and democracy goodbye.

But that's not why we're there anyway, is it?
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  -US may use planes as substitute for troops in Iraq seafan  Nov-27-05 08:43 PM   #0 
  - Just PULL THE FUCKING PLUG on this fiasco!  PSPS   Nov-27-05 08:46 PM   #1 
  - Didn't Nixon do this in Vietnam?  DBoon   Nov-27-05 08:46 PM   #2 
  - tried there and failed there  wakeme2008   Nov-27-05 08:48 PM   #3 
  - oh boy, here we go again...  kineneb   Nov-27-05 09:20 PM   #11 
  - Yes, but it has sort-of worked in Afghanistan.  sofa king   Nov-28-05 06:57 AM   #29 
  - This is just another step toward failure.  grytpype   Nov-27-05 08:52 PM   #4 
  - Of COURSE they are concerned--USAF and USN will be doing the  MADem   Nov-27-05 09:12 PM   #8 
  - Isn't this what they criticized Bubba for doing? nt  MookieWilson   Nov-27-05 09:02 PM   #5 
  - Why yes, it is!! No fly zones! Containment!!!  MADem   Nov-27-05 09:13 PM   #9 
  - So after all this, the answer is to adopt Clinton's strategy n/t  old blue   Nov-27-05 09:06 PM   #6 
  - Clinton was only trying to contain one asshole--Saddam!  MADem   Nov-27-05 09:17 PM   #10 
  - Yeah, isn't this where we came in -- before thousands of lives...  DeepModem Mom   Nov-28-05 08:51 AM   #35 
  - Sure what the hell, its only millions and millions of dollars for this  MichiganVote   Nov-27-05 09:09 PM   #7 
  - Give them the planes? OK, let's arm them and hope they stay our "friends"?  uppityperson   Nov-28-05 12:50 AM   #12 
  - Back to square one..!  Crayson   Nov-28-05 08:49 AM   #34 
  - Guardian: US may use planes as substitute for troops in Iraq.  autorank   Nov-28-05 01:12 AM   #13 
  - At the disposal of IRAQI COMMANDERS? Smells like NATION BUILDING  MADem   Nov-28-05 01:12 AM   #14 
  - Sy mentioned this in his talk session with Scott Ritter  Greeby   Nov-28-05 01:12 AM   #15 
  - Hersh is entirely too damn smart. Glad he's in the USA working hard. n/t  autorank   Nov-28-05 01:12 AM   #24 
  - See: Carpet bombing of North Vietnam and Cambodia...  tritsofme   Nov-28-05 01:12 AM   #16 
  - US troops under foreign command?  bluestateguy   Nov-28-05 01:12 AM   #17 
  - Yes, any minute now we should hear the Freepers howling...  Barrett808   Nov-28-05 01:12 AM   #21 
  - Airpower didn't save Vietnam, did it ?  amber dog democrat   Nov-28-05 01:12 AM   #18 
  - This is like giving "The Godfather" air power. Sad day. They won't get  autorank   Nov-28-05 01:12 AM   #22 
  - Trying to find a way to prop up the stooge army. nt  bemildred   Nov-28-05 01:12 AM   #19 
  - Ah yes, terrorist bombings from thousands of feet up...much more ethical  leesa   Nov-28-05 01:12 AM   #20 
  - Yep  Crayson   Nov-28-05 08:46 AM   #33 
  - Wasn't this tried in Viet Nam?  daleo   Nov-28-05 01:12 AM   #23 
  - Yep. Nixon reduced troops from over 500k to 168k and stepped up bombing  1932   Nov-28-05 01:12 AM   #25 
  - You want black humor? Here's its epitome...  Voltaire99   Nov-28-05 01:12 AM   #26 
  - Actually, this is almost exactly what Professor Juan Cole recommends  Ms. Clio   Nov-28-05 01:12 AM   #27 
  - But with air power under command of US officers  Barrett808   Nov-28-05 11:44 AM   #37 
     - Yes, of course  Ms. Clio   Nov-29-05 01:21 PM   #41 
        - I'm thankful for the good Dr. Cole's thoughts, but...  Barrett808   Nov-29-05 08:41 PM   #42 
           - Thanks for the link  Ms. Clio   Nov-30-05 02:06 AM   #43 
  - Starting a new string of consecutive dupes, unintentional, in LBN  autorank   Nov-28-05 03:07 AM   #28 
  - Bush would turn US Air Force into whoring mercenaries.  Divernan   Nov-28-05 07:19 AM   #30 
  - Why not? That's what he did with the US Army.  Nihil   Nov-28-05 10:32 AM   #36 
  - Please recommend this important story to greatest page.  Divernan   Nov-28-05 07:23 AM   #31 
  - Why not give them a Nuke?  Crayson   Nov-28-05 08:44 AM   #32 
  - Bush to Use Bullshit as Substitute for Plan  thebigidea   Nov-28-05 11:48 AM   #38 
  - ...what could possibly go wrong? /nt  localroger   Nov-28-05 11:51 AM   #39 
  - I watched Arc-Light bombing runs in Viet Nam, Laos, and Cambodia.  DemoTex   Nov-28-05 12:22 PM   #40 

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