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Bomb Kills Five U.S. Troops in South Afghanistan
Reuters ^ | Aug 11, 2011 | Michelle Nichols

Posted on 08/11/2011 4:50:24 PM PDT by rlferny

A roadside bomb killed five American troops in southern Afghanistan on Thursday, the U.S. military said, less than a week after American forces suffered their worst single loss of the Afghan war when Taliban insurgents shot down a helicopter.

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TOPICS: Breaking News; News/Current Events; War on Terror
KEYWORDS: afghanistan; casualties; chicongo; fallen; gwot; mymuslimfaith; obama; obamaagram; oef; soldier; troops
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1 posted on 08/11/2011 4:50:26 PM PDT by rlferny
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To: rlferny

What are we trying to accomplish in Afghanistan? Does anyone know?


2 posted on 08/11/2011 4:53:31 PM PDT by rlferny
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To: rlferny
Good question. Why weren't conservatives asking that exact same question when George W. Bush was in the White House and the war in Afghanistan exceeded the duration of the U.S. involvement in the two World Wars combined?
3 posted on 08/11/2011 4:55:36 PM PDT by Alberta's Child ("If you touch my junk, I'm gonna have you arrested.")
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To: Alberta's Child

Many of them were. There is no goal or mission there. It’s a mess and getting worse.


4 posted on 08/11/2011 5:01:03 PM PDT by rlferny
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To: rlferny

As I understand it we are trying to establish in Afghanistan a government as good as that in Detroit or in Chicago.

For this we have given over 1,600 dead Americans and over 13,000 wounded.Also, we have spent a lot of money, but since 40 percent of it was borrowed from China, I guess that doesn’t count.


5 posted on 08/11/2011 5:04:38 PM PDT by Malesherbes (- Sauve qui peut)
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To: rlferny

“five American troops”

This is something that has gotten on my nerves for years. They should employ the term soldiers. The proper use of the word troops should be to refer to larger groups. In my opinion, the media has been doing this deliberately to inflate the size of our military commitments.


6 posted on 08/11/2011 5:05:22 PM PDT by GenXteacher (He that hath no stomach for this fight, let him depart!)
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To: rlferny

I think it has something to do with the re-election of 0bama.


7 posted on 08/11/2011 5:06:33 PM PDT by SuzyQue
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To: Alberta's Child

Your observation is irrelevant. The Afghanistan situation is unrelated to any of those you mentioned. And for the record we still occupy Germany Italy and Japan We have major forces in Korea still. We also have forces in Iraq

The battle is against radical Islam and the battlefield of choice by both sides is Afghanistan.

There are people on this forum who have become liberal pacifists just like they did in the early 70’s. Pacifism kills.


8 posted on 08/11/2011 5:07:16 PM PDT by bert (K.E. N.P. +12 ....Rats carry plague)
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To: Malesherbes

“a government as good as that in Detroit or in Chicago.”

We are aiming high I see!


9 posted on 08/11/2011 5:08:20 PM PDT by rlferny
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To: rlferny
What are we trying to accomplish in Afghanistan? Does anyone know?

At this point, I think we're trying to find a path to a dignified exit as opposed to fleeing with our tails between our legs as the Soviets did.

10 posted on 08/11/2011 5:09:18 PM PDT by Gena Bukin
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To: bert

“There are people on this forum who have become liberal pacifists just like they did in the early 70’s”

Sorry there bud but I have three (3) sons that have been in this conflict so pacifist I am not. But when your enemy points an RPG at you and you can’t shoot them - there is something very wrong.


11 posted on 08/11/2011 5:10:11 PM PDT by rlferny
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To: rlferny

This is such bull$HIT! Pull our troops out now and bomb the Taliban strong holds back into the stone age. Our Lib media will sugar coat this to protect the Kenyan King. Sickening!


12 posted on 08/11/2011 5:18:46 PM PDT by 4yearlurker (I've been dipping into my jar full of Hope & Change just to buy gas!!)
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To: rlferny
Make more sense to shift special ops against the CPUSA and their comrades in Congress and the press.

Afghanistan needs a final solution.

13 posted on 08/11/2011 5:20:34 PM PDT by Rome2000 (OBAMA IS A COMMUNIST CRYPTO-MUSLIM)
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To: bert
LOL -- you must be kidding.

Unlike the situation in Afghanistan, the U.S. laid waste to the Axis powers in World War II and reduced much of their landscape to rubble before occupying them. That's why you didn't have this kind of sh!t going on nearly ten 'effing years after the war against those nations started.

The battle is against radical Islam and the battlefield of choice by both sides is Afghanistan.

The radical Muslims in the royal family of Saudi Arabia -- who continue to rule with the support and protection of the United States government -- thanks you for fixing your gaze on that 6th Century sh!t-hole known as Afghanistan.

14 posted on 08/11/2011 5:20:48 PM PDT by Alberta's Child ("If you touch my junk, I'm gonna have you arrested.")
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To: Alberta's Child
Why weren't conservatives asking that exact same question when George W. Bush was in the White House...

I'm ready for our troops to come home, without a doubt.

But, if you're gonna ask the question above, then why aren't you asking why King George III raised taxes on tea in the colonies?

I mean, if you're gonna to live in the past...

15 posted on 08/11/2011 5:20:48 PM PDT by moovova (“There is nothing wrong with our country,” Obama said in a speech at a Holland, Mich. plant.)
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To: Gena Bukin
At this point, I think we're trying to find a path to a dignified exit as opposed to fleeing with our tails between our legs as the Soviets did.

A bit late for that.

16 posted on 08/11/2011 5:27:48 PM PDT by MinorityRepublican
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To: rlferny
I am disgusted with both the war in Iraq as well as in Afghanistan. President GW (Doofus) Bush had good intentions with utilizing the Afghan warlords in 2002 & 3 to oust the Taliban.... mission accomplished in 2003 and he should have immediately pulled out rather than getting sucked into a quaqmire as it currently stands. But he was too stupid to realize this. Now we have a commie pig muzlim in the WH who is remaining in both wars, because he can then continue to bash Bush for this AND to keep spending money, his favorite pasttime after killing & aborting babies and trying to play his shitty pathetic game of golf.

Re. Iraq, again Pres GW (Doofus) Bush rightly got into Iraq in 2003 to squash Barack Hussein (oops I meant Saddam Hussein), and eliminate his propensity for biological & chemical warfare plus his suppport of Al Queda. Once Saddam was found & arrested and then executed, Bush should have immediately pulled the plug and vacated Iraq asap. Instead the dumb ass kept us over there and allowed the dems to hammer the Repubs in 2004-06 and thereby get control of the House with Nazi Pelosi as speaker. And then to hammer the Repubs even more in 2008 and thereby sweep the commie pig 0dumb0 into his coup d'tat as well as the demoRATs gaining control of the Senate. Thank you Doofus Dumb Ass Bush. And now we have 0dbumb0 continuing the Iraq engagement because it gives him the opportunity again to bash Bush and to spend money like crazy.

The travesty now is that we are continuing to spend hundreds of billions of dollars in two muzzlim cesspools AND our troops are being shot, killed, maimed & persecuted by JAG for politically correct kangaroo trials in which our soldiers are increasingly being arrested & tried & convicted for trumped up ridiculous charges.

But the greatest travesty of all is that our soldiers are being shot, maimed & killed on behalf of that commie pig RAT bastard sonofabitch 0dumb0. I wish every US soldier would refuse orders to go into battle until 0dumb0 resigns from office. What a RAT bastard commie pig. I am calling for the U.S. military to refuse any orders from 0dumb0, other than to immediately vacate & leave Iraq & Afghanistan. WTF are we still doing there, now on behalf of 0dumb0???

17 posted on 08/11/2011 5:30:49 PM PDT by rcrngroup
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To: Alberta's Child

I always thought the idea was to cripple Al Qaeda and kill OBL.

Well, Barry spiked the football for a month after the Seals got OBL, and he is still using it as campaign fodder.

Does our President even know that we still have troops in Afghanistan?


18 posted on 08/11/2011 5:32:01 PM PDT by Carling (At some point, those surrounding Obama have to realize that they are working for a psychopath)
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To: bert
There is nothing liberal or pacifist about wanting to actually win the war we are fighting.

Our troops have their hands tied behind their backs with the current ROE.

If we don't have a actual objective other than helping a bunch of goat herders. We need to move on.
19 posted on 08/11/2011 5:34:36 PM PDT by Minus_The_Bear
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To: Alberta's Child

One thing we dont have to be concerned about is any of MYTH FLIP SLICK WILLARD RINO ROMEYS kids being casualties, the entire clan avoids military service.


20 posted on 08/11/2011 5:34:56 PM PDT by Rome2000 (OBAMA IS A COMMUNIST CRYPTO-MUSLIM)
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To: Alberta's Child

It’s a fair question. I think we’ve learned many expensive lessons about ideological blindness.


21 posted on 08/11/2011 5:35:13 PM PDT by americanophile ("this absurd theology of an immoral Bedouin, is a rotting corpse which poisons our lives" - Ataturk)
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To: rlferny

I don’t think that anyone truly knows. We just kill some Taliban and capture and release others. Our ROE are so screwed up that the Taliban can shoot at our troops from behind women and children with impunity. Obastard has already announced that he is cutting the surge troops and going from being marginally undermanned to grossly undermanned.


22 posted on 08/11/2011 5:46:11 PM PDT by Blood of Tyrants (Islam is the religion of Satan and Mohammed was his minion.)
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To: Alberta's Child
U.S. laid waste to the Axis powers in World War II and reduced much of their landscape to rubble before occupying them.

I am a very big fan of "More Rubble Less Trouble". It saddens me to no end that we send our brave ones to die for no reason.

We could make some progress if Karzai were to have an "accident".

23 posted on 08/11/2011 5:55:16 PM PDT by Drill Thrawl (0 - 537 They ALL must go.)
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To: bert

I say turn that he11 hole into glass. How is that for pacifism!


24 posted on 08/11/2011 6:01:07 PM PDT by rlferny
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To: bert

You are wrong.


25 posted on 08/11/2011 6:05:50 PM PDT by MestaMachine (Going down! (Gunwalker Ping List))
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To: rlferny

BTW, does anyone here believe that we really got those behind the attack on Saturday? That was awfully convenient of them to announce. I don’t buy it for a second.


26 posted on 08/11/2011 6:08:35 PM PDT by jeltz25
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Not one bit. Has to keep poll numbers up with losing that many special ops


27 posted on 08/11/2011 6:10:40 PM PDT by rlferny
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To: jeltz25
That was awfully convenient of them to announce. I don’t buy it for a second.

Agreed. Too quick and convenient. If Bambi said the sky was blue, I'd have to go outside and check before I believed it.

28 posted on 08/11/2011 6:11:03 PM PDT by Drill Thrawl (0 - 537 They ALL must go.)
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To: Drill Thrawl

I’m right there with you. I find myself questioning every single thing that he says.


29 posted on 08/11/2011 6:12:17 PM PDT by rlferny
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To: rlferny

God bless their families. May the soldiers rest in peace.


30 posted on 08/11/2011 6:19:30 PM PDT by Mrs.O'Strategery
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To: rlferny
To paraphrase Mary McCarthy:

Every word he says is a lie, including and and the.

31 posted on 08/11/2011 6:25:22 PM PDT by Drill Thrawl (0 - 537 They ALL must go.)
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To: bert; GenXteacher; AdmSmith; AnonymousConservative; Berosus; bigheadfred; Bockscar; ColdOne; ...

Thanks bert and GenXteacher.
32 posted on 08/11/2011 7:27:49 PM PDT by SunkenCiv (Yes, as a matter of fact, it is that time again -- https://secure.freerepublic.com/donate/)
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My_Muslim_faith...

33 posted on 08/11/2011 7:33:01 PM PDT by devolve (. . . . . . . Can't I just drink my beer? ...What time do I go to the Ground Zero mosque? . . . . .)
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To: Carling

“Does our President even know that we still have troops in Afghanistan?”

Probably not; don’t you remember one of his daughters wearing the peace sign T-shirt?

Way to support the troops!


34 posted on 08/11/2011 9:14:54 PM PDT by kearnyirish2
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To: rlferny; All

God rest the souls of the fallen heroes.
Father, give strength and courage to
the families left behind.

35 posted on 08/11/2011 9:49:32 PM PDT by LUV W (It's the Obama Downgrade!)
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To: rlferny
I find myself questioning every single thing that he says.

it's never what they say,it's what they do

36 posted on 08/12/2011 3:29:29 AM PDT by Doogle ((USAF.68-73..8th TFW Ubon Thailand..never store a threat you should have eliminated))
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To: rlferny

Don’t worry, one of zero’s generals will come out this afternoon (heck maybe during Carney’s press conference) and say we killed the terrorists in a “kinetic” strike (liberal speak since we can’t say anything about killing terrorists we have to resort to phrases from High School Physics)


37 posted on 08/12/2011 4:12:29 AM PDT by Dengar01 ("Liberalism is a Mental Disorder" - Dr. Michael Savage)
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To: GenXteacher

“They should employ the term soldiers. The proper use of the word troops should be to refer to larger groups.”

We have all branches of the service fighting there so “soldiers” isn’t appropriate either. English doesn’t seem to have a generic term except “service members”.

When I write cards & letters to be included in care packages sent by two groups to which I belong, I have to use the salutation “Dear Service Member” (or “Dear Hero”) because I don’t know where or to whom or to which branch the card/letter/package are going.


38 posted on 08/12/2011 5:56:33 AM PDT by JoyjoyfromNJ (everything written by me on FR is my personal opinion & does not represent my employer)
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To: rlferny

In a word—oil. I suggest you Google Soviet Union, oil and Afghanistan. Why do you think they were there?

The Mid East is about two things: Oil and Islamoterrorism. If we were energy independent and there was no Muslim terrorism we would not have to be there.

As for Islamoterrorism: Do you really believe that if we abandoned Afghanistan the ragheads would stop coming? If so, tell me which part(s) of the Islamoterrorist mantra do you not believe? The one that declares simply and clearly that we (Islamoterrorists) will convert, enslave and or kill you.

Moreover, oil and the terrorists are interrelated. If we surrender Afghanistan to Al Queda it will use it to step up its attacks on Saudi Arabia, Kuwait, Oman, Quatar et al. Given our dependence on Middle East oil, do you think that’s a good thing?

To be sure, I too am frustrated beyond words at our political class and its inability to finish this war. Should not have lasted more than a couple of years; and our full military capability should have been brought to bear. Vietnam all over again.

My son’s a career soldier and on his fifth deployment to the Mid East. So far this deployment his unit has lost 5 killed and 8 wounded and the deployment is only half over. Under the present regime in Wash. I believe our soldiers are risking their lives for nothing. That does not change the overall Mid East political dynamics. Running away from Afghanistan will only embolden Islamoterrorism.

I pray that The Usurping Marxist Onada’s defeat by conservatives in 2012 will bring people to Washington with a will to finish this war with overall victory.

Sadly, it is impossible to totally stop suicide and IED attacks. I’m afraid that will be with us for many years.


39 posted on 08/12/2011 6:15:24 AM PDT by dools0007world (uestion)
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To: rlferny

I ask that question every day. What is our goal? And knowing Obama’s plan is to have secret peace talks with the Taliban makes me think we are losing precious lives for nothing, absolutely nothing. I wonder why republican candidates are not talking about the wars.


40 posted on 08/12/2011 6:34:03 AM PDT by ilovesarah2012
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To: 4yearlurker
Our Lib media will sugar coat this to protect the Kenyan King

Ya know, that's an awfully interesting thought.

We know the US could never get away with it during a conservative or even moderate administration. But with this crowd, they could easily pull off a massive strike and not be seriously called onto the carpet for it.

Wonder if we could find a stealth conservative, get him elected as a left-wing loon, bomb the stuffing out of our enemies, and call it a day. Nah, the New York Times would blab and give away the secret.

41 posted on 08/12/2011 6:54:40 AM PDT by P.O.E. (Pray for America)
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To: JoyjoyfromNJ

Actually, warrior would be a generic, if archaic, term in English....


42 posted on 08/12/2011 7:14:47 AM PDT by GenXteacher (He that hath no stomach for this fight, let him depart!)
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To: bert

I mostly agree with you. But this an enemy like no other. He engages in terrorism as his weapon of choice. I think we should carpet bomb them, kill their leaders, drop bibles over them, and leave.


43 posted on 08/12/2011 9:42:41 AM PDT by juliej
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To: rlferny

“What are we trying to accomplish in Afghanistan? Does anyone know?”

It’s called a honey pot. You want to eat in peace from the flies, you put a honey pot on the porch. You want to live in peace here at home from muzzie terrorists, you give them targets in Afghanistan. It works.


44 posted on 08/12/2011 9:04:59 PM PDT by Born to Conserve
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To: Born to Conserve

true. very correct.

but just as a person is not given sedatives when they have a brain injury, this masks the real problem.

People have been “misunderstanding” Islam for centuries.
Islam itself declares war on all non-sharia countries.
until we follow Sun-Tzu, and learn and admit the truth,
this war will NEVER end.

(and even worse, is tying the hands of our “decoys”,
by the insane ROE.)


45 posted on 08/13/2011 5:44:12 AM PDT by Elendur (It is incumbent on every generation to pay its own debts as it goes. - Thomas Jefferson)
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To: Born to Conserve

and meanwhile, while we are lulled in comfort that all the bad guys are lured to the “honeypot”,
they ARE in the USA, actively working to destroy us:

http://shariahthethreat.org/a-short-course-1-what-is-shariah/a-short-course-14-the-muslim-brotherhood%e2%80%99s-strategic-plan/

and we ALREADY have “Dearbornistan” and secluded Islamist communities in Virginia, and 100+ Islamist Gulen schools,
some even in TEXAS!
http://www.freerepublic.com/focus/f-news/2762584/posts
Sharia Enclaves in the West...Coming to an American neighborhood near you

American Mosques: Jihad’s Incubators
http://www.freerepublic.com/focus/f-bloggers/2736621/posts

Paul Sperry’s book, Infiltration:
How Muslim Spies and Subversives have Penetrated Washington.
http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/1595550038

the Muslim Brotherhood has ties to the CHIEF AIDE to the U.S. Secretary of State:
http://www.freerepublic.com/focus/bloggers/2735358/posts


46 posted on 08/13/2011 5:48:54 AM PDT by Elendur (It is incumbent on every generation to pay its own debts as it goes. - Thomas Jefferson)
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To: JulieRNR21; kinganamort; katherineisgreat; floriduh voter; summer; Goldwater Girl; windchime; ...
One of these men was a local boy: Braden River graduate killed in Afghanistan.

What a waste. For what? This is just part of the price that we all pay as Americans for having people who hate America running America.

This brave young man's sense of duty and supreme sacrifice has been reduced to, using Edmund Burke's phrase in a related context, "an unpitied sacrifice in a contemptible struggle".

Click the Florida state flag for pro-gun resources!

47 posted on 08/13/2011 7:01:35 AM PDT by Joe Brower (Sheep have three speeds: "graze", "stampede" and "cower".)
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To: Joe Brower

Yup. Osama’s dead and ‘nation building’ for Afgn is a waste of time. Most of the strikes on the Taliban are with predators which could be operated out of Khazakstan.


48 posted on 08/13/2011 7:34:47 AM PDT by Justa
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To: Joe Brower

I disagree. The very willingness of Americans to go to the ends of the earth and fight and die for their country is part of what keeps us secure. We are safer because there is nowhere so remote that our enemies can hide and feel safe.


49 posted on 08/13/2011 7:53:53 AM PDT by Rockingham
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To: Rockingham
You are correct up to a point -- the original mission in Afghanistan was to eliminate the Taliban and Al Queda.

But that is a far cry from the current state of mission-creep there, where it got changed to the usual bit of 'nation building', a lost cause. That's 'dying for your country', but to what end?

Too many of our service personnel have been killed or wounded since then attempting the impossible. And now we are at the point to where the 'brightest and the best' in Washington are admitting it, we're pulling out, Afghanistan will revert back to its natural condition as a failed state, and all the blood and treasure will be for naught.

This whole thing could have been largely handled now if the goalposts had not been altered.

Just my view from the saddle.

50 posted on 08/13/2011 10:03:33 AM PDT by Joe Brower (Sheep have three speeds: "graze", "stampede" and "cower".)
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