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  1. Wraithkin commented on Michael Ramirez 4 days ago

    Case in point: When liberals descended on Madison, WI and caused millions of dollars in damage, left garbage around, and were literally defecating in the hallways, it was considered a “peaceful demonstration” and their right to assemble. When Tea Partiers went to Washington DC to protest government, picked up after themselves, and caused no damage, they were likened to terrorists. Double standards indeed.

  2. Wraithkin commented on Dana Summers 5 days ago

    I’m a conservative, and even I don’t want Jeb to run.

  3. Wraithkin commented on Michael Ramirez 10 days ago

    Which future is that? The welfare state your “glorious leader” has planned, or the one that empowers individual freedoms? We bash on Obama no more or less than you bash(ed) on Bush. Suck it up, cupcake. Your “leader” has turned out to be a monumental failure, a liar, and a hypocrite.

  4. Wraithkin commented on Mike Lester 10 days ago

    I get that idea from the frequency with which other countries look to us expecting us to help. I’m not talking just bombs and bullets, I’m talking aid as well. How many billions do we spend on third-world countries? How much flak would we get if we halted those billions?

    Imagine if we didn’t step in during Korea. Or Somalia. Or any host of other conflicts. What would the geopolitical landscape look like if we sat by and did nothing. How much wailing and gnashing of teeth would there be if we did what Obama has done recently throughout history?

    The old adage applies: Those with great power have a great responsibility. We have the strongest military in the world — by a large margin — and thus we have a responsibility to use it when the need arises.

    Historically speaking, our military has done more good for this world to promote freedom and human rights across the globe than any nation in the history of our species. Have we made some missteps? Yes, of course. But the net effect is positive. People look at Iraq as a mistake. I look at the good we have done (Enabling the first free elections in that country’s history, running water, electricity, schools, etc) and say that is worth what has been paid… in both blood and money.

    If we had been able to maintain a defensive military force, like I suggested above, we wouldn’t have ISIS conquering Iraq. We wouldn’t have had thousands of innocent people (mostly Christians) murdered. It should be painfully obvious now that the Iraqi military is not up to the task, and never was. And that’s been a lot of my brothers’ opinions since Obama announced that he was going to be forcibly extracting us. And Obama’s so-called “restraint” has made all the sacrifices people like me made to create a Free Iraq worthless.

  5. Wraithkin commented on Mike Lester 11 days ago

    I don’t think neighboring countries are going to do anything. They’ll talk and condemn, but they won’t insert themselves into Iraq, either because they don’t have balls for it or they don’t have the capabilities.

    You speak of Bush breaking the mold, but when it came to War, he followed the rules. Before he dropped a single bomb, he got approval from Congress, as is expected. The same isn’t true about our current POTUS.

    However, I’m concerned about the “no win” you are expressing. Here’s a bit of predicting if we don’t win. ISIS will seize control of Iraq, something we see happening right now. They’re at Al Asad Airbase right now, with the 300 Marines there most likely kicking their tails in. But that’s Al Asad… not the whole country. So they go around Al Asad and move towards Baghdad. They take over the government and institute their perverse version of Islam and impose a much more strict version of Sharia law. And then they have access to the resources Iraq has.

    So we, in our weak-kneed response, sanction them. This hurts the people of Iraq and causes them to hate us more. They cry out “Why didn’t you stop this,” at the same time as condemning us for cutting off their food supply. The populace lives in fear, and is half-starving.

    We are demonized by the rest of the world for not stepping in to stop these human rights violations, and we vacillate and we talk and we do nothing. This serves as a recruiting tool, just as our bombs do. ISIS has an established country to grow, train, and develop weapons of terror. They then export this terror across the globe. Including here. Because while we have to be right every time, they only have to be right once.

    I’m not saying we should go bomb them into the stone ages (because, well, they’re already there), but instead we need to find a way to DEFEND our allies in Iraq while the neighboring countries help Iraq to exterminate ISIS. We set up garrisons in Al Asad, Ramadi, Baghdad, and the like to protect those interests. We then let the locals deal with ISIS. That way we don’t get demonized for “bombing brown people,” and we don’t get demonized for “doing nothing.” We protect, and act as the shield. To me, that’s a win-win.

  6. Wraithkin commented on Glenn McCoy 12 days ago

    Funny how in the face of a horrible act, people have their own internal narrative and refuse to accept responsibility for those who perpetrated the act. We are blaming the CRIMINAL for being shot by the police for assaulting an officer. Brown was a thug, and he lived a thug’s life. He brought it upon himself, and you repeating yourself over and over, plugging your ears to the evidence that is provided to you will not change reality. Darren Wilson defended himself from an unprovoked attack.

    I dare you to actually look at the factual evidence and stop repeating your mantra. Brown was a criminal. If he didn’t want to get shot, he shouldn’t have committed the crime.

  7. Wraithkin commented on Mike Lester 12 days ago

    You can’t win a war without troops on the ground. That’s an absolute. The biggest problem I have ever had with his military action has been that he hasn’t followed proper protocol. He violated the war powers act, and did not seek congressional approval. He just bombed people, killing US Citizens without due process. It’s not what he did, it’s how he did it. Whatever failings you feel Bush had, going by the book was not one of them.

    You are right… there is no real way out, now that we are in the current situation. But make no mistake, no matter the amount of conflict we don’t generate, they will still hate us for who we are. They truly dislike us. And nothing we do or say now is going to change that.

  8. Wraithkin commented on Glenn McCoy 12 days ago

    Injury free face? You clearly don’t look at facts that are present Stop being so willfully blind. People like you are the reason he fears for his life, because you don’t listen and see evidence when it’s presented for you. They don’t fit your narrative.

  9. Wraithkin commented on Lisa Benson 12 days ago

    Freedom Fighters rebel against their oppressors with insurgency tactics. Terrorists use fear and violence to effect ideological change. Pick up a dictionary once in a while and you’ll see that ISIS is many things, but freedom fighters are not one of them.

  10. Wraithkin commented on Mike Lester 12 days ago

    I’m sorry Cross, please explain to me how “No boots on the ground,” insinuates, implies, or intimates that he wants to “go after” ISIS. Everything Obama has done was to get us out and keep us out of the middle east. I’d like some verification that he actually wanted to go after ISIS, especially after he juvenile “JV” comment.