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  •  the secdef (1+ / 0-)

    will not decide those issues. he will carry his bigotry with him, every moment of every day.

    The cold passion for truth hunts in no pack. -Robinson Jeffers

    by Laurence Lewis on Fri Jan 04, 2013 at 04:22:05 PM PST

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    •  I don't think you get it. (2+ / 0-)
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      poco, bevenro

      Lots of folks don't. War is rarely a decision that is consciously made. It has a nasty habit of happening against the wishes of the participants. Vietnam and Iraq weren't really that bad for this reason. They were wars of choice, and when people had had enough of them, it was relatively easy to end them.

      WWI and WWII were in many ways spontaneous. The US was dragged into WWI to a large degree by Germany's U-boat attacks. It wasn't necessarily what Congress or the public wanted. France certainly didn't want anything to do with WWII, but they ended up hosting their second world war a mere 20 years from the conclusion of the first one.

      If the US doesn't do something to get out in front of the Israel/Palestine issue, events could very well lead to it becoming more than something people are rude to each other about on Daily Kos. Those events might not be directed from Washington DC or even Tel Aviv. It could be any stupid thing that sets the fuse burning.

      Hagel isn't my hero. He's not the bestest guy ever. He can be a dick, and has been on many occasions. But I'll take him, faults and all. He's the right guy for this particular job, if none other.

      You can do whatever you want to us, but we're not going to sit here and listen to you badmouth the United States of America.

      by Eric Stratton on Fri Jan 04, 2013 at 04:41:42 PM PST

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