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Old 07-23-2015, 09:34 PM   #31
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When you look at things objectively without any sort of "my team VS their team" bias, the picture is very clear that we have screwed up more times than we got it right and our priorities are more about protecting the almighty dollar vs protecting human rights, democracy, etc.
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So to further your argument a little, riddle me this, Batman. If the US had not played its miserable role since 1945 - what would happened in the world? It is very easy to play devil's advocate and quite fun some times, but roll out some alternate history and tell me what would have happened if "our team" had not flown the Berlin Airlift or stick 2 Army Corps within a couple hundred miles of the InterGerman Border? Sacrificed thousands of young Americans in the early and mid-50s to stop the NKs before they got to the Tsushima Strait? The West -v- East in the 60s-late 80s? What would have happened if the US led from behind? I've been to the other side of the Iron Curtain before it fell. We would not be allowed to have this conversation.

What do you honestly feel the world would look like today if we pulled back 60, 50, or even just 30 years ago? Approach this as not some wine and cheese philosophical discussion but put on your Red Team hat and game this out for me, please.

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Old 07-24-2015, 05:32 AM   #32
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Those were the times when we got it right.
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Old 07-24-2015, 05:42 AM   #33
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I'm just being the devils advocate.
To assume the good ol USA has a clean nose is really foolish. no one said or assumed this so I'm not sure who you're talking at here


When you look at things objectively without any sort of "my team VS their team" bias is this how you look at things?, the picture is very clear that we have screwed up more times than we got it right and our priorities are more about protecting the almighty dollar vs protecting human rights, democracy, etc.
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begging you to provide your historically objective very clear and accurate evidence for the last part
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Old 07-24-2015, 06:12 AM   #34
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Have you ever heard the phrase " WW2 was the good war"?
That was the last war where it was abundantly clear that there was true "good vs evil" fighting happening.
All wars since then in my opinion are nowhere as morally pure in the fact that we had to do it to for the sake of us making the right choice for the right reasons without having to lie about it to hide hidden agendas.

Here's a good read.
http://www.ihr.org/news/weber_ww2_may08.html

"If the history of war and conflict teaches us anything, it is the danger of arrogance and hubris – that is, the danger of going to war because a nation's leaders are convinced of their own righteousness, or have persuaded themselves and the public that a foreign country should be attacked because its government or society is not merely alien, hostile or threatening, but "evil."

This is perhaps the most harmful legacy of America 's national mythology about World War II -- the notion that worthwhile or justifiable wars are fought against countries headed by supposedly "evil" regimes. And it is this very outlook that moved President George W. Bush to refer to his "war on terrorism" as a "crusade," and, in a major speech, to proclaim a US foreign policy dedicated to "ending tyranny in the world." / 39

A nation should go to war only after prudent consideration, after carefully weighing the possible consequences, and only for the most compelling of reasons, after all other alternatives have been exhausted, and as a last resort. This is especially true given the awesome destructive power of modern weaponry, and because – as World War II , the "Good War," so tragically attests -- wars rarely turn out the way anyone expects."
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sooo..revisionist history website?


https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Timeli...ary_operations

timeline of the use of American military

you'll see this a lot "American troops participated in operations to protect " whether the US sent troops to protect or foreign interests sought protection...don't see "protect oil or money" anywhere

supposedly "evil" regimes.....that's pretty funny
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I don't expect you to see the world as open eyed as I do.

I am an artist after all.
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I don't expect you to see the world as open eyed as I do.

I am an artist after all.
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some of the self-proclaimed "most tolerant, well educated and open eyed" folks that I know have a remarkably narrow view of things and even narrower historical perspective
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Old 07-24-2015, 07:23 AM   #38
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I don't expect you to see the world as open eyed as I do.

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True, but as an uber liberal I don't expect you to see the world as open minded. You are an artist (and a seriously cool one - I mean it) after all.

Open minded could allow you to see both sides of the coin, and what may or may not happen as a consequence after a series of actions or lack of actions.

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Open minded could allow you to see both sides of the coin, and what may or may not happen as a consequence after a series of actions or lack of actions.
....after viewing the timeline of military actions can one still claim we get it wrong more than right?? particularly in the "context' of us VS Iran when it comes to moral imperative, I love Eben but this attempt to degrade the US and it's actions (even in a "devil's advocate" sense)over time to bring it to the level of what are very clearly "evil regimes" for the purpose of making some politically motivated point is pretty offensive....but it does seem to chic these days

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Old 07-24-2015, 08:38 AM   #40
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You do have to wonder how the author could use more words to describe American troops shooting wounded Germans than to describe say, I don't know...the systematic murder of 6 million Jews.

It's a good thing the Russian's defeated Hitler just in time for Uncle Sam's boys to show up and make a few patriotic movies.
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I'm sorry but do you guys realize who holds the biggest blame for helping Iran's current leader come to power?
THE UNITED STATES!

as I said.... I have screwed up this world in so many ways.

I'm simply trying to defend my argument here and I am not anti US or feel ashamed of our country. I'm just pointing out the facts. That doesn't mean I stand behind them.
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Lol. I will leave that typo.
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You do have to wonder how the author could use more words to describe American troops shooting wounded Germans than to describe say, I don't know...the systematic murder of 6 million Jews.

It's a good thing the Russian's defeated Hitler just in time for Uncle Sam's boys to show up and make a few patriotic movies.
Stalin couldn't win in the East if the Allies had not opened the second front in the west. Yes, Normandy and the allied invasion of France was the supporting attack, but the Russians could not defeat Germany on their own and it would be years before they could do their own bomb.

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I'm sorry but do you guys realize who holds the biggest blame for helping Iran's current leader come to power?
THE UNITED STATES!


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"A cousin of mine has finished his freshman year in college; like most freshmen, he now knows absolutely everything. He took it upon himself, this week, to announce (to my brother, who is a very patient man) that Iran’s Islamist dictators were “a predictable consequence of American imperialism,” which manifested itself through “the CIA’s international pro-fascist crimes.”

That’s nonsense, of course, but it’s widely believed nonsense — and not just among college kids who’ve read the first chapter of a Noam Chomsky book. "

"Iran did not fall to the mullahs because of “the hated Shah,” as Ron Paul has said — it fell because the United States refused to defend progress from Islamism, in the same way we refused to protect our successes in Iraq from the rise of ISIS. The Shah’s government could have been saved, but we refused to save it.

So why do so many people believe the imperialist-calamity version of modern Persian history? Because the world is filled with freshmen and sophomoric adults."


timely article....sorry, not from a New Zealand or revisionist history website

http://www.nationalreview.com/node/421595/print


related http://www.pbs.org/wgbh/pages/frontl...-iranians.html

read through the comments at the end ...many from Iranians...

seems Americans either blame America for doing too much or not doing enough...

...Iranias seem to blame themselves......... "Zarrin, I do not disagree with you that my generation was fooled and the completely misread Khomeini and the mullahs. We blew it. I am especially, mad at myself because I come from a family with mullahs among its members. I should have known that they care about only two things: What is between their legs and what is in their pockets. What worries me now is the current generation may be fooled by another dictator who looks good when out of power and of course completely changes his/her tune when in power. "

great exchange from the comments....

Mark •
I lived for a year in that country while it was ruled by that foreign imposed dictator. I can tell you this: no self-respecting American would ever tolerate such. Heck, we had a revolution back in the 1770s to get rid of ours. So did the Iranians, two hundred years later.


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All one can do is laugh at this rhetoric trying to equate everything to America.

Your comparison of the 1979 bloodthirsty, Islamic totalitarian reaction in Iran, to the American Revolution of 1776 is laughable. America's revolution was inspired by freedom and democracy, whereas the Iranian reactionary event of 1978-1979 was motivated by pushing back all the positive social and economic gains made during the Pahlavi period. It can be argued that the current Islamic system in Iran is a foreign imposed dictatorship advancing a state ideology (Islam) founded in Arabia. It is undisputed that the "akhunds" (mullahs) have made every attemt at destroying Iran's native glorious pre-Islamic culture and history.

You living in Iran for one year, hardly makes you an expert. It is obvious that you are an apologist for the Islamic dictatorship. How unfortunate that people like you have such disregard for peoples intelligence. Most people know that the Shah was a true patriot and loved Iran deeply. After thirty-three years of ineffective and harmful rule by the akhunds, Iranians have had it. We want a true revolution that is inspired by freedom, democracy, and a secular society.



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Ah yes, but you're forgetting that Mark doesn't believe Iranians deserve democracy or freedom. He also doesn't see them as intelligent enough to understand what freedom is. Mark is an apologist, who clearly has issues with his own government in America, and therefore sees Iran as a beacon of human rights, liberalism and freedom - actually, that's wrong - Mark also once said that Iranians don't want liberalism, as if liberalism is something they don't understand.

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Scott. You said. "It wasn't because we did this. It was because we did this".
Sorry try again.
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Scott. You said. "It wasn't because we did this. It was because we did this".
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I never said we didn't do anything nor what we did or didn't do...you always have to weigh the potential absent our involvement, you just like to put all of the blame(or the biggest) on America which is pretty silly....

"I'm sorry but do you guys realize who holds the biggest blame for helping Iran's current leader come to power?
THE UNITED STATES!"

"So...... Who's the boogyman?"

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I never said we didn't do anything nor what we did or didn't do...you always have to weigh the potential absent our involvement, you just like to put all of the blame(or the biggest) on America which is pretty silly....

"I'm sorry but do you guys realize who holds the biggest blame for helping Iran's current leader come to power?
THE UNITED STATES!"

"So...... Who's the boogyman?"
Haha - very true, the biggest installer of the Shah was the USA and the biggest installer of the Mullahs was, you'll never guess, the USA.

But contrary to the historical understanding of all good Prolesters (if Orwell had Hipsters?) only Imperialcorpratists America is the evil and every other peace loving people in the world (Russia/China) are being repressed by the USA from bringing the enlightenment.

What really pisses me off is how much this alternate reality has solidified its roots. It is very easy to machinize political non-conformity conforming alternate realities under the protections and sacrifice provided by the US government, the Constitution, and the American service-member. This gives these thought activists the breathing room necessary to create the ultimate self-licking-ice-cream-cone: the hate America Unicorn Fart Double Rainbow crowd.

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http://www.foxnews.com/politics/2015...ave-prevented/

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Dear Representatives Boehner and Pelosi and Senators McConnell and Reid:



As you know, on July 14, 2015, the United States and five other nations announced that a Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action (JCPOA) has been reached with Iran to prevent it from developing nuclear weapons. In our judgment as former senior military officers, the agreement will not have that effect. Removing sanctions on Iran and releasing billions of dollars to its regime over the next ten years is inimical to the security of Israel and the Middle East. There is no credibility within JCPOA’s inspection process or the ability to snap back sanctions once lifted, should Iran violate the agreement. In this and other respects, the JCPOA would threaten the national security and vital interests of the United States and, therefore, should be disapproved by the Congress.

The agreement as constructed does not “cut off every pathway” for Iran to acquire nuclear weapons. To the contrary, it actually provides Iran with a legitimate path to doing that simply by abiding by the deal. JCPOA allows all the infrastructure the Iranians need for a nuclear bomb to be preserved and enhanced. Notably, Iran is allowed to: continue to enrich uranium; develop and test advanced centrifuges; and continue work on its Arak heavy-water plutonium reactor. Collectively, these concessions afford the Iranians, at worst, a ready breakout option and, at best, an incipient nuclear weapons capability a decade from now.

The agreement is unverifiable. Under the terms of the JCPOA and a secret side deal (to which the United States is not privy), the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) will be responsible for inspections under such severe limitations as to prevent them from reliably detecting Iranian cheating. For example, if Iran and the inspectors are unable to reach an accommodation with respect to a given site, the result could be at least a 24-day delay in IAEA access. The agreement also requires inspectors to inform Iran in writing as to the basis for its concerns about an undeclared site, thus further delaying access. Most importantly, these inspections do not allow access to Iranian military facilities, the most likely location of their nuclear weapons development efforts. In the JCPOA process, there is substantial risk of U.S. intelligence being compromised, since the IAEA often relies on our sensitive data with respect to suspicious and/or prohibited activity.

While failing to assure prevention of Iran’s nuclear weapons development capabilities, the agreement provides by some estimates $150 billion dollars or more to Iran in the form of sanctions relief. As military officers, we find it unconscionable that such a windfall could be given to a regime that even the Obama administration has acknowledged will use a portion of such funds to continue to support terrorism in Israel, throughout the Middle East and globally, whether directly or through proxies. These actions will be made all the more deadly since the JCPOA will lift international embargoes on Iran’s access to advanced conventional weapons and ballistic missile technology.

In summary, this agreement will enable Iran to become far more dangerous, render the Mideast still more unstable and introduce new threats to American interests as well as our allies. In our professional opinion, far from being an alternative to war, the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action makes it likely that the war the Iranian regime has waged against us since 1979 will continue, with far higher risks to our national security interests. Accordingly, we urge the Congress to reject this defective accord.

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What, they could only find 190 Flag Officer/General Officers willing to sign in opposition?

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I think the "calculus" is when do you want to go war with Iraq and how well armed will they be when you have to go to war. Right now a whole bunch of folks seem to want as much intel as the deal on the table will provide for when the decision has to be made. That and they would like to keep the war non-nuclear.
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That and trying to buy time for an internal regime change, but I don't think there is enough time in the math for that.
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What, they could only find 190 Flag Officer/General Officers willing to sign in opposition?

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