Scootertrash: "Wow, you are way off base! If you for one minute think that the President of the United States is going to send thousands of troops to war because of his daddy, you outta be out chasing aliens in Roswell! "
Ever wonder the possibilities of a sarcastic remark without the need of an emoticon to prove it? Left or Right; I don't buy most of the theories as they are purely motivated by emotion rather than logic, i.e. there is no such thing as common sense. Common sense is a biased opinion based on hearsay and direct experiences.
"I think you have no idea how intelligence operations work. "
And this helps you how?
"If it were as simple as you suggest to destroy these groups using low intensity, unconventional means, we would have done so eons ago. "
You are the one who interpreted that my opinion was simplistic, probably by the fact that it was small and to the point and because of that last remark. I doubt the theory of 'we would have done it by now', cuz that would mean EVERYONE has got to be blind and isolated so that they won’t get a clue. It is difficult to pull crap like that off nowadays cuz people ask questions, whether media or citizens. Maybe in a place that suggests you to control yourself, like China, the John Wayne mode of operations can be done. Of course if there were enough people to believe in something else, then that’s good enough too.
As you said, "What you are proposing, destroying a terrorist organization from within, is an extremely difficult task." Heck the brunt of what you posted is the exact opposite of Saddams nature in Iraq, yet somehow he's a terrorist and therefore a threat. Care to enlighten us?
"The most effective means of dealing with the threat of terrorists using weapons of mass destruction is to cut off the supply. That means using extreme diplomatic pressure, and where warranted, military force. Iraq has been given every opportunity to disarm. If there is a war, Saddam has brought it upon his own people through his own stupidity and obstinacy."
The first part made sense, the second...you are talking about apples and oranges; Saddam is a dictator not a terrorist; diplomacy works for nations with rulers, but not radicals who don’t hold a common place of rule. Please distinctify your enemy before you proceed. BTW, if a river or an ant trail was cut off, does it stop indefinitely?
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