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  • God bless you, Mr Obama (Barfalarm!)

    12/25/2009 6:40:07 AM PST · 7 of 10
    voletti to voletti
    Even more from the farticle: Again, this new, more engaging and positive negotiating attitude has doubtless made it easier for the Chinese to become more accommodating on exchange rates, which is critical for the medium-term resolution of global financial imbalances. All in all, an excellent year, opinion polls notwithstanding. In fact, the only still-egregious issue that Mr Obama hasn’t touched yet — and, make no mistake, he will address it in time — is domestic gun control. It may turn out to be personally dangerous, but he’s a brave man. In any event, that’s for his second term. For right now, God bless you, Mr Obama. And give Michelle a kiss from me. Where's the standby barfbag when you need one?!?!?
  • God bless you, Mr Obama (Barfalarm!)

    12/25/2009 6:38:11 AM PST · 6 of 10
    voletti to voletti; All
    More from the farticle: And then, of course, there’s the whole global image thing. Mr Obama has completely changed the way the world looks at the US. And while many in the US appear uncomfortable with this, seeing it as a capitulation from being “the greatest nation in the world”, it is, in reality, no such thing. Rather this image change is strategically crucial to the success of virtually every US policy. Remember the speech in Cairo early in the presidency — this perception of openness to normal Muslims is part of the reason that US policy in Af-Pak looks to be gaining traction and appears to have a greater chance of success. Iran and the Israel-Palestine conflict, too, have more chances of success today since America is seen as being more open-minded and actively engaged. Well, how about measuring success in terms of longterm trust engendered as a result of investing hard-won US geopolitical capital, eh? The writer is a sold-out deluded hack. And writes like one too. Typical.
  • God bless you, Mr Obama (Barfalarm!)

    12/25/2009 6:36:11 AM PST · 5 of 10
    voletti to getitright; All
    From the farticle: Domestically, Mr Obama has stuck doggedly to getting the US health care albatross into the public gaze. And while the bill that finally comes through may be disappointing to many — perhaps, most — people, the fact is that creating real competition to the insurance companies by setting up a non-profit insurance option will certainly loosen the grip of the medical-financial-legal complex. Of course, the devil, as always, will be in the details and implementation, but, as with the restructuring of the financial infrastructure, I have little doubt that Mr Obama is committed to ensuring accountability in health care costs and, critically, that even low income Americans can get reasonable health care. Success may spill over into his second term, but succeed he will. There - in one para the scrooball manages to praise Ogabe to the high heavens while simultaneously sowing the seeds of excuses and blame-deflection to use when Ogabe's actions finally fail. Typical.
  • God bless you, Mr Obama (Barfalarm!)

    12/25/2009 6:17:13 AM PST · 1 of 10
    voletti
    Okie, this was just some dark humor to spice up the holiday season...

    Enjoy!

  • Barack Obama cancels meeting with Dalai Lama 'to keep China happy'

    10/07/2009 1:46:36 AM PDT · 1 of 9
    voletti
    Grande.

    His Holiness the Dalai Lama lives currently in India as a guest of the Indian Government, which too has often scurried to curry (pun intended) favor with Beijing but has never stooped so low as to give him up to the chicoms.

    And yet, Barak's admin lists India on the religious freedom watchlist?

    I came to know recently that Italy officially recognises only the 3 Abrahamic religions denying permission to the others (primarily Indic faiths) to assemble and worship freely in Italy. Yet, Italy finds no mention on the said watchlist, last I heard.

    Hypocrisy has become real cheap n easy indeed.

  • U.S. Visa Limits Hit Indian Workers

    04/08/2009 1:59:16 PM PDT · 99 of 99
    voletti to Sir Francis Dashwood; All

    The H1B program should be suspended at least for the next few yrs.

    The sad truth is that the US is no longer cost competitive in a large number of formerly high tech fields, many of which the US pioneered.

    For instance, the Indian Chandrayaan lunar probe cost just $80 million as opposed to $500 mn and $400 mn for similar Japanese and Chinese probes, all launched in the last few months. Just HOW do you compete with costs structures like that? And no, the Indians float rather than peg their currency. So, its not a currency manipulation thing that accounts for their cost competitiveness.

    Keeping the brighter lot amongst the Indians in India should benefit India in the longer run. Will hurt those currently in the US on student visas but am sure the higher edu and industry markets in the US and in India will adapt to changed circumstances within a year or 2 of the H1B program being scrapped.

    Either way, India is destined to rise and is currently way, way below her true potential. Of course, the Indian political system is pretty much capable of screwing up anything, so I wouldn’t count on a fast or even a steady rise. It will likely be chaotic, messy but ultimately good for the country - pretty much like the democracy they have.

    Just my $0.02.

  • Pakistan Says “NO” to Obama and Demands Predator Drones

    04/08/2009 1:41:43 PM PDT · 8 of 25
    voletti to BenLurkin

    >>Probably so they can give warnings to the inended targets.

    Worse.
    They’ll hand ‘em over to the Chinese to study and reverse engineer.
    Exactly what they did with Clintoon’s doomed Tomahawk launches against Bin Laden in ‘98.

  • Obama pledges $7.5 billion "down payment" to Pakistan for US security

    03/31/2009 5:57:16 PM PDT · 45 of 45
    voletti to Sir Francis Dashwood

    >>The elections startin mid April...

    And will last into Mid May.

    And it will be an epic battle between the forces of darkness and of light - much like the Kurukshetra scene you’ve displayed.

    The nationalist right in India simply has to rise to the occasion and win power else the nincompoop, socialist, muslim-appeasing lefties will drag India further down into the cesspit of nonperformance and poverty.

    JMTs of course.

  • Military Balance with China Depends on Indian Carriers

    03/25/2009 4:29:49 PM PDT · 6 of 6
    voletti to swarthyguy

    Well, chances are the engines will be offered again just when the Indians are able to design and build one themselves.

    Unlike many other countries the US is used to dealing with, India has shown in the past it is willing to invest in its own sci-tech to develop and build systems that are denied under various sanctions regimes to it.

    O so I suspect.

  • Anger Grows in India over U.S. Visa Rules

    03/03/2009 5:43:30 PM PST · 56 of 56
    voletti to MahatmaGandu; MimirsWell

    Dear Gandu,

    >>Welcome to dealing with Indians. The lower caste people are generally just fine, but the upper tiers of their social order are arrogant bastards in the extreme.

    Oooh. Someone’s burning away inside I see. All that hate, daubed with generalizations, dripping with racism, sans sufficient understanding of the subject to be mouthed off on.... smella of Pakiness.

    Tch tch, and what for Gandu? Such a sorry attitude shall merely affect your own precious health, Gandu.

    >>but see they have to establish their superiority over you so getting you to kiss their ass is the point.

    Attaboy, Gandu. Seems Gandu’s been kissing yindian a$$ bigtime. Hence, the burning passion to hit back by mouthing off any inanities that may come to mind.

    You go, Gandu! I’ll cheer your noble effort in what small way moi can.

    May the Lord bless you, Gandu.

  • Indian Rupee at Historic low

    03/03/2009 5:30:43 PM PST · 5 of 5
    voletti to MyTwoCopperCoins

    The UPA govt is as misguidedly liberal as Obama is. And their spending has dwarfed all previous estimates.

    I’m not at all surprised the rupee is falling given the rate at which they’re printing rupees.

    Longterm, perhaps even medium term, India’ll likely recover and do quite well coz it has a lot going for it. These temp ups and downs happen and these are particularly difficult times for the world economy as a whole.

  • India’s Newest Martyrs, Christians Die for Their Faith in Troubled Orissa

    03/03/2009 5:27:01 PM PST · 16 of 20
    voletti to Coleus

    Seems like ‘em yindoos are learning from the muslims that violence and aggression pay. Its easy to parachute into Hindu land and preach to the Hindus that they’ll all burn in Hell. Can’t see the same happening in Muslim lands simply because the preachers would burn on earth before they got too far. And to preserve their majority, their numbers and their way of life, which, as far as I know, doesn’t deny anyone the right to heaven based on belief, but only of actions (’good karma’), seems like some yindus have learned the wrong lessons.

    Even so it seems uncharacteristic of the yindoos to indulge in wanton mobbery. As a rule its difficult to organize them to get anything done for a Hindu cause, such are the divisions within their society.

    Disclaimer: I’m an atheist. An agnostic at best. And their belief system has place even for folks like me. I wish the broader, peaceable Hindu community well.

  • Britain and its Muslims: How the government lost the plot

    03/02/2009 4:21:27 PM PST · 23 of 24
    voletti to Sir Francis Dashwood
    I'm sorry to say that my reading of history suggests that the anglo-saxonian powers - UK and now the US, have attempted to ‘use’ radical Islam in service of geopolitical interests. A relationship that now has returned to haunt us all.

    The very creation of Pakistan was a British ploy to retain influence in the Indian subcontinent. The covert and overt support by the US and the UK to the murderous Pakistani regime in the 1971 genocide in Bangladesh is appalling and unpardonable.

    UK’s attitude towards Israel bears little mention. And even now UK advises the US to ‘negotiate’ with a ‘good Taliban’ and accommodate Paki schemes in Kabul.

    Folly, thy name is Britain!

  • Taxing the rich at 100% won't pay for Obama's budget

    02/28/2009 3:54:18 AM PST · 5 of 24
    voletti to Askwhy5times

    I certainly hope that the US government break into the secrecy code of the Swiss banks where a lot of ill gotten tax evaded wealth is stored. Am sure a lot of politicians also have goodies stacked away there which is why this move will never fructify.

  • ICBM test to launch India into Big Five

    02/27/2009 2:46:17 PM PST · 11 of 11
    voletti to djf
    >>I have met, worked with, and been friends with quite a few Indians over the years. They are a very spiritual, non-aggressive, intelligent and inquisitive people.. I cannot help but have the utmost respect for them. Amen, Brother. I have family among them. And I couldn't have put it better.
  • Republicans Smell Weakness In Obama

    02/27/2009 12:48:05 PM PST · 7 of 101
    voletti to SonOfDarkSkies

    Moi thinks the GOI has a long way to go before challenging anybody.

    And the next few yrs in the wilderness could actually do it some good. Esp as they will see the Dems making blunder upon blunder in a dangerous world.

  • US lines up billions for Pakistan, ignoring terror links

    02/26/2009 6:25:49 PM PST · 18 of 20
    voletti to swarthyguy

    >>Roggio is sounding more like an Indian than even the majors and colonels of the US Army stationed in Afghania, lol.

    Maybe, maybe not.

    Its no secret what the basic premise of NATO policy seems to be in that region.

    And it is that terrorism is terrorism only when western targets are hit, and when Indian targets are hot, oh, it must be some regional differences like Kashmir.

    Baloney.

    Apart from rank hypocrisy against a fellow secular-pluralistic-giant democracy, its self-defeating in the long run.

    NATO is allowing a monster to grow in the region by not strangling the Pak army-ISI nexus that directly feeds and the Taliban/Al Qaeda jihadists.

    I repeat, ‘Give peace a chance, destroy Pakistan’. Rather, allow it to commit (assisted) suicide. Withdraw all life-support such as emergency aid etc. Then see how long they last.

  • Anger Grows in India over U.S. Visa Rules

    02/26/2009 6:19:39 PM PST · 34 of 56
    voletti to BGHater

    Classic misdirection.

    No names, just unnamed sources, ‘critics say..’, ‘experts say...’.

    The Indians aren’t dumb. They know better than to push America on an issue on which they really have no locus standi. The farticle is suspicious and reads like a hit job.

  • US needs to stabilise India-Pakistan relationship first: Chinese daily

    02/26/2009 5:44:28 AM PST · 9 of 9
    voletti to MimirsWell

    >>India will deal with the US on its own terms. Any attempts by the Big O or anyone else to force India will only get the American influence in the region to wane.

    True.

    The Indians have proven to be quite stubborn mofos when it comes to matters of core national interest. The entire world, technology denial, famine etc among other hardships could not force Delhi to abandon its N-weapons program. (Don’t hetme wrong. India 100% merits its own N-weapons force, IMHO). I pity the fools who think they can wrest Kashmir by leaning on Delhi. They are welcome to try though.

    >>India can very easily sabotage American attempts to “be nice” to Pakistan by sending an army to work with the Afghans.

    The Indian army in Afgn? wow. Not happening without land access to Afgn, possibly via the chahbahar port in Iran. Its an interesting proposition if you think about it but I think its premature.

    >>We’ll see what the turtle-eggs in Beijing will do when their sissy eunuchs in the Pakistani army go running, tails between their legs to their masters for help.

    PRC has successfully boxed in India all these years. I wouldn’t underestimate the chicoms. But yes, once India gets its N-triad operational, the field would truly be leveled. More PRC antics inside India’s borders would then become untenable.

  • US lines up billions for Pakistan, ignoring terror links

    02/26/2009 5:36:03 AM PST · 4 of 20
    voletti to MyTwoCopperCoins

    Letting Pak collapse into 4-5 independent stans is the best outcome. Riven by ethnic divisions, these stans will squabble, rely on external support and occupy themselves there.

    Pak’s collapse would be the best, hardest and most irrecoverable blow to terrorism the world has seen in a long time.

  • Pakistan Must be Taught a Lesson in a Way it Understands: Narendra Modi

    02/26/2009 5:33:35 AM PST · 8 of 9
    voletti to Sir Francis Dashwood

    Sorry, make that kaliyuga pinglist...

  • Pakistan Must be Taught a Lesson in a Way it Understands: Narendra Modi

    02/26/2009 5:15:32 AM PST · 7 of 9
    voletti to Sir Francis Dashwood

    Hi,

    Would love to be added to the lakiyuga pinglist.

    TIA.

  • Pakistan Must be Taught a Lesson in a Way it Understands: Narendra Modi

    02/26/2009 5:14:53 AM PST · 6 of 9
    voletti to nickcarraway

    Modi is the man.

    If and when he assumes power in Delhi, backed hopefully by a simple majority in parliament, India will rise to her true potential and the terrorshits in the region will get a whupping long overdue.

    You go, Modi!

  • US warns that Pakistan needs $5bn urgently to avoid collapse

    02/26/2009 5:06:05 AM PST · 53 of 59
    voletti to VeniVidiVici

    >>I would think India would have a vested interest in seeing a stable Pakistan.

    Not quite.

    India would like to see several small, manageble nuke-free Pakistans instead of one large, unruly, N-armed Pakistan.

    That way, the small stans can be coaxed into exhausting their radical energies bickering with each other rather than team up and direct their attentions outward.

    Like it or not, all of us free (kafir) countries are in this together. Using islam and pakistan for tactical gain is suicidal in the long run.

    Let Pak collapse and let India handle them the way it has always wanted to. By defanging and balkanizing them.

    Just my 2 cents.

  • Indian Americans: The New Model Minority

    02/25/2009 5:56:58 AM PST · 109 of 126
    voletti to Cronos

    >>Isn’t the BJP also the party that promotes a hard-line Hindu philosophy and also related to the party that molested women in a pub in Mumbai?

    Not Quite.

    The nationalist right is littered with several fringe groups and the pub incident was precipitated by one such.

    The BJP represents the mainstream right, is hated viciously by the leftie ‘intellectual’ establishment and has already demonstrated its commitment to a secular, liberal constitution by not subcerting anything during its 6 yrs in power (’98-’04).

    That said, the left-of-center entitlements and ‘divide-and-rule’ politics practiced by the most of the rest of the Indian political parties weights down India heavily. The BJP is the best and brightest chance for Indians to script their own story as Indians. I wish them well.

    P.S.
    Indians had a hugely positive view of America (~74%) even during the Bush yrs. Goes to show that fundamentally, there is no disconnect or conflict of interest between the two countries. Its another story that successive US governments have chosen to favor Pakistan against India - a policy long past its sell by date.

  • Indian Americans: The New Model Minority

    02/25/2009 4:48:22 AM PST · 59 of 126
    voletti to cmdjing

    >>However, coming to America they no longer are, and have embraced the Democratic model of liberalism which is more tolerant towards migration particularly from people of color.

    Certainly, the impression from the outside is that the Republicans are a WASP party whereas the Dems never fail to put up colorful faces in key, often decorative roles.

    >>Which is why they have no problem keeping the poor and downtrodden “back home” poor and downtrodden while demanding “equal rights” in the U.S.

    Sounds a tad condescending.

    The vast majority of the yindu Indians who land here support the nationalist BJP party back home - which is conservative to the core (in a good way) - open markets, property rights, individual liberties, strong military, promotion of culture and traditions, and (surprise surprise) *against caste discrimination* of both the negative-social and affirmative-govt model.

    Besides, their economic reforms started 1991 after languishing in socialism for 40 yrs prior to that. They’re growing now and gradually tackling poverty now. I would wish them well and not grudge them their few successes.

  • Indian Americans: The New Model Minority

    02/25/2009 4:42:07 AM PST · 54 of 126
    voletti to 1010RD

    >>Is English the language taught in schools?

    English is the de facto language of business, of government and of all higher education. A legacy the Brits left behind, inadvertantly perhaps.

    There’re almost 150-200 million English speakers in India (*All* of them multilingual). English is now just another Indian language, their prime minister once joked. But it is not, really. It is the passport to a better life.

    You can see English coaching and teaching centers, English medium schools etc bloom everywhere these days - even in small towns and large villages.

  • Indian Americans: The New Model Minority

    02/25/2009 4:36:09 AM PST · 49 of 126
    voletti to 1010RD

    >>Are most Indian films done in English?

    Almost none are.

    Hollywood has an audience amongst the urban middle class.

    But Bollywood is mostly Hindi and then there are a dozen regional languages with their own littlewoods.

  • Indian Americans: The New Model Minority

    02/25/2009 12:47:20 AM PST · 1 of 126
    voletti
    Some of the stats are incredible.

    In any case, to the extent that it represents America attracting some of the world's best and brightest, can't be all bad.

  • American UN worker is kidnapped in Pakistan

    02/13/2009 6:29:16 PM PST · 31 of 41
    voletti to OafOfOffice

    IMVVHO, in Pakistan, there’s only 1 group that counts - the Pakistan army and its sinister ISI. The entire narco-funding that sustains the taliban in Afgn is vetted by these dregs.

    The scoundrels who planned the Mumbai attacks can certainly plan a few kidnappings aiming to get their taliban buddies released now, can’t they?

  • American UN worker is kidnapped in Pakistan

    02/13/2009 6:25:01 PM PST · 27 of 41
    voletti to SusaninOhio
    He sure won’t be bothered to worry about an American citizen across the ocean who won’t be able to vote for him after he is murdered. At least Carter pretended to care how the hostages were doing. The big O has thrown people under the bus when they turned inconvenient. A certain pastor comes to mind who got disowned rather quickly in the campaign.
  • American UN worker is kidnapped in Pakistan

    02/13/2009 6:22:56 PM PST · 21 of 41
    voletti to LtKerst

    I like your call to action.

    Slight updates though - there is no Peshawar province. Peshawar is the capital city of the Northwest frontier province, a Taliban stronghold. The kidnapping happened in Quetta, capital of the restive Baluchistan province. Quetta is the hub of the Afghan Taliban that Pakistan protects and promotes. Mullah Omar is reportedly hiding here.

    The Baloch people are both anti-taliban and anti-pakistan as well. They’ve suffered systematic ethnic cleansing at the hands of the punjabi dominated Pak army for yrs and deserve our sympathy if not our support.

  • American UN worker is kidnapped in Pakistan

    02/13/2009 6:13:29 PM PST · 7 of 41
    voletti to allmost

    I have no doubt that some section of the Pakistani ruling establishment is complicit and might actually have plotted this entire episode.

    And I fully expect US aid and arms flow to Pak to rise after this ransom demand. Exactly as Islamabad had gamed it, no doubt.

  • American UN worker is kidnapped in Pakistan

    02/13/2009 6:06:45 PM PST · 1 of 41
    voletti
    The video can be found here:

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=_Pzu9kwobjo

  • CAN WE POST PRO-MCCAIN NEWS PLEASE

    11/04/2008 4:01:42 PM PST · 7 of 66
    voletti to Wegotsarah.com

    Anecdotal evidence would be nice but it would get repetitive very soon....
    “I, my aunt and cousin all voted for McCain!” types.

  • Pakistani troops fire into Indian Kashmir - border security

    10/02/2008 2:49:20 PM PDT · 6 of 6
    voletti to knighthawk

    Pak firing into India, typically to provide covering fire to infiltrating terroristi, is nothing new.

    I await the day the abomination called pakistan becomes history. The US and India should combine to battle real evil directly, for a change.

  • Battle with the Taliban: Pakistan could defeat militants in months

    09/27/2008 3:37:03 PM PDT · 13 of 15
    voletti to maine-iac7
    Look at the map. WE aren't allowed to send supplies through other bordering countries, nor do so via their airspace. McCain and our media outlets need to emphasize this: "Hey, Nobama. If we alienate Pakistan, how do we get supplies to our troops in Afgnaistan? And, by the way, are you not aware of the real progress we are making with Pakistan AND the tribes in the NWFT to take on, kill and drive out the "miscreants"? And why would this not be - and is - the only way we can stamp out the Taliban and al Q in that area?" Well, thinking outside the box (cliched bromide, I know) helps create options where none seem to exist right now. I reiterate that the old US goal of nurturing an unnatural state like Pakistan to be used as a lever against India or Iran or China etc now stands obselete. New vistas of cooperation with both India and Afghanistan beckon. Brekaing up pakistan offers the best and most assuredly secure land access means to resource-rich central asia (Baluchistan with its Gwadar port and direct road links to Afghanistan would make the ally Kosovo never can) and the part of Kashmir under POakistan's savage occupation, when reunited with India offer a way to both undercut Chinese access to the persian gulf as well as enable friendly Indian access to the CARs and Russia. But hey, asking these heavily intellectual wannabe presidents to think outta the box is hard to do. Bush, for all the names folks called him, did think outta the box with regards to sealing a possible alliance with India - that other, great multiethnic democracy - and has thereby changed the nature of the game for the next 50 yrs. JMVHOs onlee.
  • Debate Thread

    09/26/2008 6:18:37 PM PDT · 42 of 556
    voletti to southernindymom

    Does look like BHO will own the debates. Wish MCCain could pull off a holding strategy at least.

    OTOH, perhaps the VP debate will draw more eyeballs than this one...

  • Pakistan army says 1,000 militants killed in Bajaur fight

    09/26/2008 5:52:13 PM PDT · 13 of 14
    voletti to DoughtyOne

    Fair enough.

    Would help to know the real Pakistan, then.

    Pak was created as a homeland for muslims. It ended up being a rentier, fedual and failing state.

    The motto of the Pakistan Army is “Faith, Discipline and Jihad in the Way of Allah”. And they’re now faced with an enemy (the jihadists in FATA) who’re demonstratably more ‘islamic’ than them. What dya expect the pak army to do? Its more than just a crisis of trust or crdibility. Its now a crisis of legitimacy.

    Pak was always a bad idea. It has no redeeming features. None. Nada. zilch. JMVVHOs onlee.

  • Pakistan army says 1,000 militants killed in Bajaur fight

    09/26/2008 5:37:48 PM PDT · 10 of 14
    voletti to FES0844

    In other news, Pakistan has said that it has successfully eradicated extremism from its territory, won the confidence of religious, ethnic and sectarian minorities in Pakistan, and while at it, also found a cure to both AIDS and cancer on the fly.

  • Obama: Lipstick on a Pig (Did he just call Sarah Palin a pig and a stinky fish?)

    09/09/2008 6:26:37 PM PDT · 733 of 1,566
    voletti to tips up

    Bama’s just had his macaca moment, seems like. And not a moment too soon....

  • GOP NATIONAL CONVENTION *LIVE THREAD* DAY 3

    09/03/2008 7:36:43 PM PDT · 2,111 of 3,987
    voletti to mass55th

    “I was born in St. Mary’s hospital in Rochester and spent the first 27 years of my life there.”
    I was born in the old General Hospital in Rochester, and spent the first 25 years of my life there.

    Wow.

    May daughter was born last yr at the Strong hospital, Rochester NY.

    Small world. Between us, we’ve covered all the hosps here?

  • Great Job at the Stadium

    08/28/2008 8:13:41 PM PDT · 5 of 40
    voletti to johnnycap

    Hate to say this, but the speech exceeded my expectations. The guy’s a smooth operator, for sure.

    “remove dependence on middle east oil in 10 yrs”?
    Wow.
    Dunno how feasible it is but I liked the sound of that.

  • Five Bomb Explosions Hit Jaipur; Popular Tourist Destination In Western India

    05/13/2008 5:35:35 PM PDT · 13 of 18
    voletti to livius

    Its over 75 dead now.

    The freakin’ jihadists used nails and ball bearings as sharpnel and those are now claiming casualities as the hrs go by....

    My prayers for the families of the victimes killed and maimed by this terrible tragedy.

  • Commentary: Pakistan's Terror Inc.

    01/15/2008 3:21:42 PM PST · 16 of 17
    voletti to gandalftb
    No military force in history, not even the Paki's with a 30% Pushtun military have ever operated there effectively

    In history, you say?

    Not so, Pre-islamic Afghanistan and FATA were part of the persian empire for long. Buddhist afghania was vandalized, brutalized, raped and killed by islam. What you see there today is what killed humanity in that land.

    A steam roller, take no prisoners, kill all combatants and potential combatants policy is possibly the only one that can work against the Taliban. Ironically, that was what the USSR was doing there in the 80s.
  • Commentary: Pakistan's Terror Inc.

    01/13/2008 5:20:57 PM PST · 9 of 17
    voletti to G8 Diplomat

    add me to the packeestan pinglist please!

  • Commentary: Pakistan's Terror Inc.

    01/13/2008 4:24:18 PM PST · 7 of 17
    voletti to LoneRangerMassachusetts
    Suggestion to American forces. Give military lawyers a week off. Kill a top Taliban leader. Then bomb the snot out of the remainder when they show up at the funeral. It should work once.

    Good suggestion. Dont use regular dumb bombs. I'd rather they let loose the contagious chronic diarrhoa bug on the funeral. It may well be time to give some $hit back to the stooliban....
  • Commentary: Pakistan's Terror Inc.

    01/13/2008 4:10:29 PM PST · 3 of 17
    voletti to Ernest_at_the_Beach

    The US doesn’t care as long as Pakistan’s nukes are pointed towards India and not towards the west. Enlightened self-interest in the short term no doubt.

    A more sound vision, longer term and better suited to a historical perspective would be to nip in the bud any WMD attempts by authoritarian and/or islamic lands. No exceptions. Tie up with other pluralistic democracies (the genuine variety like Israel, India, Taiwan) and take on the bad guys. It has to happen sooner or later anyway.

    Just my 2 cents.

  • The $2500 car

    01/13/2008 3:48:02 PM PST · 5 of 6
    voletti to RightWhale

    Good observation.

    Its a flat, globalized world and all those bromides. Butterflies fluttering far away may have effects on US shores.

    All in all, I think its a change for the better. Can-do spirit and all that.

  • The $2500 car

    01/13/2008 2:53:19 PM PST · 1 of 6
    voletti
    Awesome.

    We do live in interestig times.