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Seachange in the Middle East?
#1
Why are we now seeing stories about Saudi princes being hurt by al Qaeda suicide bombers, and the Seven Hell-hole prisons in Iran? Several stories here.

There appear to be more "slightly-off" stories meeting the public eye lately. I'm not saying they are firmly in the U.S. MSM - but the camel's nose is definitely under the tent.

How much of this is due to the new Democrat administration? Is it suddenly appropriate to show terrorist are evil - even as they are no longer allowed to be called "terrorists", any more?

When they are the loyal opposition, the Dems have always argued against militarism - but upon assuming office always change track and find new reasons to show the flag.

Is the off-again, on-again piracy of the "Arctic Sea" another story that will gain legs?
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#2
W,

I suppose most the press would be fairly characterized as leftist in orientation globally. Probably because leftists are activists and reporters think they can "change the world",so it is a natural fit.

It stands to reason they will largely report things with a bias toward Obama as opposed to Bush. When Bush says we need to "fight terrs",that's a red neck neanderthal speaking about people he in his hamhanded,nationalistic stupor created,when Obama says it,it is wisdom of the elite.

Maybe that has something to do with this,maybe not.

It's difficult today to keep anything quiet,even in Iran or Stalin's USSR with modern technology. That also may help explain it.
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#3
Bill, when Bush was in power, the military was Their military. Now it is OUR military. Jackasses are just as eager to use force, and in some cases more so, than S&Gs. The only difference is that Hypocrasy is part of their resume.
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#4
John,

Since the Clinton years,I see lefttists as willing to use force,just not for US national interests. Bosnia,Kosovo and had 9-11 not happened,no doubt in my mind we would have half our Army in Darfur by now,what with the Hollywood bunch pushing that angle.
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#5
I don't understand very much the question you are asking here.

IMO ther are less and less interference in arab affairs save Afghanistan.

Obama is not crazy at the idea of bringing the war to Darfur, a few miles north of Kenya, his home country.
But also the US can't spend half a trillion a year in "regime change" and other "nation building".

I also see that the various Jihads being waged at the moment are all directed against muslim and practicaly not against the West.
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#6
Fred,

I think if we had not gone to Iraq we would have dispatched troops to Sudan even under Bush. Remember,it was Bush sr who sent our kids to Somalia. We Americans can't just mind our own business,not since 1947.
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#7
The problem is that your military is too big to be stationed in the US alone.
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#8
Fredledingue Wrote:The problem is that your military is too big to be stationed in the US alone.
Huh???????????
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#9
Yeah, that one doesn't make sense to me, either.

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I know you think you understand what you thought I said,
but I'm not sure you realize that what you heard is not what I meant!
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#10
Same here. Fred, the US has many less forces than previously. In fact, we have been closing military installations. Most of the troops you see or read about, in Iraq or Afghanastan, are reservists and National Guard toops, who are not regulars. They have been activated, go there and serve their time, and then go back home to civilian life again.
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#11
Our problem is we like to lead the show and sometimes it takes wars to keep that going. I'd prefer we were like the Swiss.
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