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    If the nukes and all those other people could be...

    If the nukes and all those other people could be safeguard then the state wouldn't be collapsing.

    If there is ever any serious doubt that those nukes can't be controlled, I can see no way at all...
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    Yes, Russia will expand its aggression toward...

    Yes, Russia will expand its aggression toward everybody everywhere. They will continue to do so and increase the level until they are stopped, physically stopped-as in a crook isn't stopped until a...
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    Given the history of the last 25 or so years...

    Given the history of the last 25 or so years relying upon "the professionals" for almost anything is a sure fire recipe for disaster.
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    It seems from my mostly uniformed forever a...

    It seems from my mostly uniformed forever a civilian perspective, a definition of 'happy hunting ground' might include SF being let loose upon Russian supply columns manned by conscripts.
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    I don't think you've factored human emotion into...

    I don't think you've factored human emotion into the equation. A lot of people have died. That tends to get people's back up and then they aren't so amenable to neat and tidy considerations of what...
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    In reference to the interview, to what extent has...

    In reference to the interview, to what extent has the IS re-instituted slavery and who are they enslaving mostly?
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    Perhaps, but the main point is they needed...

    Perhaps, but the main point is they needed powerful backup. They could not do it on their own. Now, they are not any stronger than back then and the IS is very, very much stronger that AQI ever...
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    Yep. And yep again.

    Yep.



    And yep again.
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    From my civilian standpoint I think of it as the...

    From my civilian standpoint I think of it as the Russians can control areas in which they choose to concentrate troops, cities say, and their heavy columns can go where they want but they cannot...
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    This is an example of something I think perhaps...

    This is an example of something I think perhaps is being overlooked, the effect of simple Ukrainian and (maybe especially) Polish cussedness in the face of Russian aggression. Sometimes we seem to...
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    Petkov: Are you Mirhond's replacement? Is he...

    Petkov:

    Are you Mirhond's replacement? Is he ok? He didn't get fired then drafted or anything did he?
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    This is, in my opinion, a hugely important thing....

    This is, in my opinion, a hugely important thing. This is the kind of thing that will ultimately defeat the takfiri killers, breaking their theological underpinnings.

    Theologically important...
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    I know this donkey that lives with 11 horses in a...

    I know this donkey that lives with 11 horses in a small herd. She keeps to herself at the edge of the herd because she gets picked on. The remarkable thing about her is that if one of the horses is...
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    It is well to remember that the Sunni tribes...

    It is well to remember that the Sunni tribes tried several times to rid themselves of AQI and were unable to do it until an arrangement was made whereby they were backed up by the US military, then...
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    I ask your personal opinion. Is the US military...

    I ask your personal opinion. Is the US military capable of selecting and putting the right people in charge, or is the personnel system so strong that that is impossible?

    Same question for the...
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    The Chechens are coming! The Chechens are...

    The Chechens are coming! The Chechens are coming!

    I think it is useful to remember that God seems to sprinkle military prowess at random throughout the human race. They are out there waiting to...
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    Crowbat argued the case better than I can but I...

    Crowbat argued the case better than I can but I want to address this particular point.

    To me your argument in the paragraph above boils down to "Trust us we know what we are doing and you don't...
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    The program you described is a worthy one, but it...

    The program you described is a worthy one, but it will do nothing at all to help those communities when and if an IS battle group shows up. Perhaps something added to the program described that...
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    No, the easiest thing to do is deal with the...

    No, the easiest thing to do is deal with the government. If there are lots of groups there are lots more chances you can find some pretty good people to work with. But it would take work,...
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    One of the unpleasant things to consider is the...

    One of the unpleasant things to consider is the DC genii may be more comfortable and therefore more willing to deal with an 'established' government, no matter how bad, than a bunch of ragamuffin...
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    A KGB guy initiating talks is not a good...

    A KGB guy initiating talks is not a good indicator that said KGB guy prefers a negotiated settlement, unless that settlement is to discuss surrender terms. But maybe the world has changed....no, it...
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    I don't exactly know what your point is but when...

    I don't exactly know what your point is but when regular Russian troops come over the border in number (regardless of what they call themselves or are wearing) the fighting spirit and ability of the...
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    applies Or the prospect of Russki bodies he...

    applies

    Or the prospect of Russki bodies he actually cares a little about might cause him to rethink the whole thing.

    This is one of those situations I think where what Grant said to the...
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    Money and weapons to the Ukrainians. They have...

    Money and weapons to the Ukrainians. They have all the men and fighting spirit they need already. An announcement that weapons are coming would cause Vlad to have a kiniption and threaten all sorts...
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    Come back to this statement in 7 days time and 14...

    Come back to this statement in 7 days time and 14 days time and lets see how you did. Then in one months time after that.

    Can you do that?
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