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  •  the Iraq War(s) redux (6+ / 0-)
    But such arguments by sanction enthusiasts obscure the fact that sanctions are indeed an act of war.  After all, what else are we to call the deliberate crippling of a nation’s economy?  And in any case, if the American economy were made to scream, we can be assured there would be American bombs aplenty.
    What’s more, though, not only are sanctions clearly an act of war, they often serve as a prelude to an escalated confrontation.  And one certainly need not venture far beyond Iran to find evidence of Washington’s favored sanction today, invade tomorrow strategy.

    “If someone has a gun and is trying to kill you, it would be reasonable to shoot back with your own gun.” - Dalai Lama XIV (-9.50; -7.03)‽ Warning - some snark above‽

    by annieli on Tue Jan 08, 2013 at 08:36:57 PM PST

    •  I didn't want Obama to pick Hagel (12+ / 0-)

      for Sec. of State. I wanted him to pick a Democrat.

      But I have to admit, it makes me smile a little watching the Republican/Neocon war-mongers (who lied us into Iraq and are trying to start another stupid war with Iran) squeal about it.

      "Come, dowsed in mud, soaked in bleach, as I want you to be. As a trend, as a friend, as an old memoria." - Kurt Cobain

      by Jeff Y on Tue Jan 08, 2013 at 08:53:03 PM PST

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      •  ditto, at least Hagel can be a stalking horse (5+ / 0-)
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        high uintas, Jeff Y, Jim P, basquebob, hazey

        for some WH strategic moves, OTOH,

        The number of Syrians registered or awaiting registration as refugees in Iraq, Jordan, Lebanon, Turkey and Egypt has surpassed 540,000, about half of them children, the United Nations said. The number could exceed one million later this year, the agency said.

        “If someone has a gun and is trying to kill you, it would be reasonable to shoot back with your own gun.” - Dalai Lama XIV (-9.50; -7.03)‽ Warning - some snark above‽

        by annieli on Tue Jan 08, 2013 at 08:54:28 PM PST

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        •  Remember Syria had a huge number (5+ / 0-)
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          of refugees from the Iraq attack and the subsequent sectarian civil war? Like Riverbend Girl, who I've heard nothing about since her last post soon after arriving in Syria.

          I know many, maybe most, never returned to Iraq, in fear of the new sectarian arrangements in their old neighborhoods.

          i wonder how many are twice refuges now?


          The Internet is just the tail of the Corporate Media dog.

          by Jim P on Tue Jan 08, 2013 at 09:35:32 PM PST

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      •  of course liberals did want Hagel (1+ / 0-)
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        which is precisely why Obama picked him.

        He never gets tired of the fun.

        His crowning achievement is appointment of torturer-in-charge to head the agency that keeps us all safe by killing civilians with drone strikes ordered by the CIC.

        oh well- Roosevelt had his Japanese internment camps.

        I guess this is just the cost to have the greatest president of my lifetime.

        big badda boom : GRB 090423

        by squarewheel on Tue Jan 08, 2013 at 09:39:56 PM PST

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