Comment by archaeopteryx on September 9, 2013 at 5:46pm

First of all, you'll likely never catch any administration-level personnel using such terms, they're much more likely to be found among the leaders of the ground troops that have to face another human being, much like themselves, and put a bullet in him.

Secondly, I don't frequent ANY bars, Redneck or otherwise - I do my drinking at home, alone, in the dark, often chuckling quietly to myself while posting on TA - I'm surprised the quality of my comments haven't brought you to that conclusion long ago!

Comment by Unseen on September 9, 2013 at 5:49pm

I don't frequent ANY bars, Redneck or otherwise - I do my drinking at home, alone, in the dark, often chuckling quietly to myself while posting on TA - I'm surprised the quality of my comments haven't brought you to that conclusion long ago!

I'm imagining a computer, a bottle of Bourbon with a glass, and a pistol with one bullet in it.

Comment by archaeopteryx on September 9, 2013 at 5:58pm

A glass --?!!

Comment by Gregg R Thomas on September 9, 2013 at 6:34pm

@Dino;

"...I do my drinking at home, alone, in the dark, often chuckling quietly to myself while posting on TA..."

:0 Do you have a ring named My Precious? :)

Comment by archaeopteryx on September 9, 2013 at 6:38pm

A ring? Not a ring, no --

Comment by Gallup's Mirror on September 9, 2013 at 6:39pm

They're talking now about putting the weapons under international supervision to keep them from being used, which gets us partway to destroying them. This seems to be a Russian proposal.

Obama just called this proposal a "breakthrough". (Apparently gassing civilians with banned chemical nerve agents is "crossing a line", but blowing them to bits with banned cluster bombs and incinerating them alive with banned thermobaric weapons is not.)

Obama figured national security would be a bipartisan rallying cry but miscalculated. Of course House Republicans are against bombing Syria. Why? Because he's for it.

Putin just offered Obama a face-saving way out so he's going to grab it and turn an embarrassing political defeat into a stunning foreign policy victory. Unless the Syrians blow it for him (which I doubt the Russians will permit) there won't be any bombing now. Obama has done the math:

Comment by Rocky john on September 9, 2013 at 8:23pm

Gallup- "but blowing them to bits with banned cluster bombs and incinerating them alive with banned thermobaric weapons is not."

These weapons are banned? Thats strange, considering America used both in Iraq.

Comment by Gallup's Mirror on September 9, 2013 at 9:42pm

Gallup- "but blowing [civilians] to bits with banned cluster bombs and incinerating them alive with banned thermobaric weapons is not." These weapons are banned? Thats strange, considering America used both in Iraq.

Cluster munitions were banned in 2010 after (perhaps because of) the war in Iraq. Thermobarics are banned for use against civilian (not military) targets. Neverthless it wouldn't surprise me to learn the US (or any other state) has either left itself a legal loophole to continue using them, or is simply flouting international law when it suits them (as Syria is doing).

Comment by Unseen on September 9, 2013 at 9:51pm

It's hard in any war to keep munitions intended for use on military targets from harming civilians. That was as true of heavy artillery in WWII as it is with incendiary bombs today. And then you have the human shield phenomenon which is heavily used in conflicts in the Middle East.

Comment by Warren on September 10, 2013 at 12:42pm

Didn't the Vietnam war start with the US sending "advisers" in first? Then it was the gulf of tonkin false flag "http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Gulf_of_Tonkin" that really got us in deep?

Every time the government (esp the white house) tells me the sky is falling, I'm very suspicious. It's all made to sound like a great idea until people get killed and the effort gets really messy with no real end to it.

They will try again

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