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operatorstorm712 1 point ago +1 / -0

On this one he's right (he's still being a weak ass, but he's right). It could be done, but not given the circumstances -- which includes this administration's likely orders, counter orders, etc.

It wouldn't need to be done, if it wasn't this administration.

It wouldn't have to be done, if it wasn't this administration.

But with this administration? You're probably just going to up the body count/make a larger laughingstock of the U.S. There it is; might be unpopular, but doesn't make it any less probable.

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operatorstorm712 1 point ago +1 / -0

Kamala bragged about being in on this pull out plan. Impeach her too.

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operatorstorm712 2 points ago +2 / -0

True enough, and you beat me to that last point, which is a bit of a debate but worth noting.

Although, I don't consider the U.S. as replicating the same circumstances as Rome -- we are not the same thing at all. The shift to a professional military has some of the characteristics of the Marian reform, but not completely. There are some earmarks that are worth noting however.

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operatorstorm712 1 point ago +1 / -0

What is this woman supposed to be teaching? Did it ever get taught? That doesn't look like a history/civics classroom even.

Classes usually run 40-45 minutes; you have to factor in at least 5 minutes of this to beginning/ending (usually more like 10-15 minutes), which leaves about 30-35 minutes for actual instruction time, and the way I look at it this was about 5 minutes (at least) of wasted instruction time. She should probably pay the school district back out of her paycheck for lost instruction time.

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operatorstorm712 1 point ago +1 / -0

I feel that I already respect people by not wishing harm upon them or actively going out of my way to harm them. Civility is a form of respect.

I find it odd that one should feel the need to bribe -- bribery usually entails making people look the other way when corruption takes place. It is disrespectful.

Why should I respect disrespectfulness? And no, I'm not going to honor someone's choice of pronouns -- it's highly disrespectful to demand others engage in untruths. In short, go to hell.

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operatorstorm712 1 point ago +1 / -0

He's doing exactly what he was put into place to do. This goes beyond this piece of shit and involves the whole manure pile (including you, Barry and Val, hi!).

This situation helps who? Who reaps the obvious benefits?

In the meantime, he'll say "no, we can't"; we'll all demand that "yes, we can" (and we can, but it could get very risky...and I'm not so sure that some of those Americans aren't already hostages). We go in; and these bastards will do their best to make it a Mogadishu scenario (more loss of life, more making us look weak/laughingstock, more blame game and circular firing squad). We don't go in, and we see the results shaping up right now. Heads, they win; tails, we lose.

Oh no, I believe China doesn't just want ransom money (the Talis are only going to get a cut); they want us groveling, begging for American lives. And they are in a position to get it....thanks to this administration.

  • I would like to reiterate: we CAN do it; we could even have the Taliban escort the Americans to us with a complementary box of bonbons and excessive apologies from them with promises to never, ever try it again; and it would send a message to the world...but not with this administration, not with this one.
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operatorstorm712 1 point ago +1 / -0

Well, I do remember several people writing decades ago that the wedge being driven between the citizens of this country and the military (all levels) with both the political atmosphere of Vietnam and after plus the decision to go to an all volunteer force (which, by the way, quite a lot of citizens were perfectly comfortable and fine with) would lead to problems.

But that of course was an unpopular decision that nobody wanted to listen to. Citizens were quite all right with a military force made up of less than 1% of the population, a force that increasingly became generational (aka. a caste)...just as long as they got to live their lives unencumbered by such uncomfortable things as military service! And wars in far off lands didn't really affect them personally -- it was something you watched on the news, perhaps commented on, and complained about the cost of it all in your tax dollars, but that was about it.

Well my darling, now you get to find out why things made too easy are a net loss in the long run. Have fun looking in the mirror -- mea culpa, mea culpa, mea maxima culpa!

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operatorstorm712 2 points ago +3 / -1

You're confusing the switch to a standing, professional army under Gaius Marius around 100 BC. Prior to that Rome did rely on what we could describe as a conscription type military. The Marian reforms allowed the lower social classes of Rome (the empire, not just the city) a mean of social advancement (and also increased the manpower pool the empire could draw from). Non-citizen legionaries were only a part of that force -- and were seen as a way to 1) strengthen ties with allies; 2) grant a path of Roman citizenship; 3) an acculturation tool for said people.

Since the fall of Rome was dated (by Gibbon) at 467 AD...it appears as though it worked pretty well for a very long time. And that there are some significant differences between the way we view not only our militaries, but our society (Rome did not suffer under any notions of cultural meekness -- inclusion meant you learned the Roman way of life, period).

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operatorstorm712 1 point ago +1 / -0

And they send SR teams out to find them (since they conveniently told them to 'shelter in place')....and you'll likely get them killed too.

This is Saigon/Benghazi/Iran/Mogadishu/Iraq.

Sounds like the Reagan Battalion wants to up the body count.

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operatorstorm712 1 point ago +1 / -0

Yes, so Biden can be seen begging, the Chinese can be seen brokering a deal (perhaps with Russian/Iranian help), or else (we refuse that scenario and the Taliban get to make videos of, well, their usual thing).

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operatorstorm712 9 points ago +9 / -0

Or at least leave the lines of communication open if they were having troubles meeting the deadline. It's almost like they didn't want to, like they wanted a shit show.

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operatorstorm712 1 point ago +1 / -0

Joey is looking for the escape hatch, just in case.

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operatorstorm712 1 point ago +1 / -0

Ah, the teachers' associations -- the mobile arm of the teachers' unions, which is but one of many mobile arms of the Democrat goon squad.

Locally they've been going to every school board meeting, carrying on about the "fear for their loved ones' lives!!!!!" (TM) from the unmasked and the unvaxxed. All of them have a family member with compromised immune systems too (funny that). Everyone must be masked (and the jab should be mandatory, but they can't get that one quite yet) for the good of all!!!! (TM)

Behind the scenes they've been threatening board members, admin, and staff with personal litigation if so much as one person connected with the schools gets sick (I believe there's a legal term for that, but of course they get away with it in blue states).

And lo and behold...they got busted eating at a local restaurant...maskless! (and some of them got busted at work...maskless!). And somehow a picture of it made the rounds on FB just long enough to catch some folks' attention. Ooopsies! People were a little pissed at the hypocrisy of it all.

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operatorstorm712 1 point ago +1 / -0

China will try and pressure Taiwan into concessions and then the slow takeover. The situation in Afghanistan holds some opportunity for them, but conditions are developing quickly and hold some risk as well. China is feeling some pressure to strike while the iron is hot; the window of opportunity won't stay open for long.

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operatorstorm712 3 points ago +3 / -0

Hmmm, it's almost like it was planned to go this way.

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operatorstorm712 1 point ago +1 / -0

We already made them look weak when we didn't honor the May deadline agreement, and they didn't push back. That's how the Taliban got the clout in the tribal regions to do this.

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operatorstorm712 3 points ago +3 / -0

Any time one of these dipshits starts spouting off, just say "Afghanistan" (there are many other things that could be said, but this one will carry the heaviest hit...until our economy crashes, then perhaps another word can be used).

Make them own it -- because they do.

And while it may not "be helpful", it sure feels good in a bitter sort of way. And right now a lot of people have a right to feel pretty bitter.

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