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UJ, I was wondering if you could point me to a definitive post-fallout analysis of the Swift Boat allegations. Every time they're brought up (red or blue) it's as an assertion. I would tend to trust the prevailing opinion here, but people like Steve Hayes (an early SBVT member who dropped out and made accusations against the group) and Jim Rassmann give me doubts.
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Need I remind you how many countries were partnered with us in our "unilateral" invasion of Iraq?
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All true. Thanks for the great posts.
Toggle Commented Sep 2, 2013 on Cascade Effects at BlackFive
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I was scrolling through past posts and read this. Wow. I'm stunned. Thanks for taking the time to tell the rest of us how it was.
Toggle Commented Aug 30, 2013 on Iraq looking for some help from us at BlackFive
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Hah! About time someone called them out.
Toggle Commented Jul 30, 2013 on Those damned relevant Google Ads... at BlackFive
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lol, OBL indeed!
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I'd like to hear the reasoning behind the F-22 platform being hopelessly outdated while the freaking F-18 platform is the bee's knees. Seriously, oxygen issues aside, it's really hard to find bad press about the F-22. On the other hand, it's pretty easy to find extremely high praise of its capability in all air-to-air scenarios.
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We know with pretty high conference that the NSA is permanently trawling for all American communication metadata. That is NOT acceptable and NEVER should be.
Toggle Commented Jun 13, 2013 on First verified lie from Ed Snowden at BlackFive
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I would say if there's an enormous potential for abuse, there's no benefits that would make this worthwhile. Sure, we *might* be able to stop the next Boston bombing. But if the black helicopters are real, what the hell is the point?
Toggle Commented Jun 13, 2013 on First verified lie from Ed Snowden at BlackFive
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I know secondhand that it was pretty easy to get an 18X contract about a year or two ago. It's basically throwing warm bodies at the pipeline. Your scenario is not at all unlikely.
Toggle Commented Jun 13, 2013 on First verified lie from Ed Snowden at BlackFive
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Thanks for bringing teh funny, UJ. Truth is stranger than fiction.
Toggle Commented Jun 13, 2013 on The IRS has a SWAT team? at BlackFive
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Yeah okay, when's the last time these gangs took a shot at a federal agent? The only reason the cartels can afford to do that is because they're in another country.
Toggle Commented Jun 13, 2013 on The IRS has a SWAT team? at BlackFive
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I didn't think of that. Still, with the revelations about the IRS, I wouldn't trust a federal agency to abstain from peeking at people's data. It's clear that many of them view those vaunted Constitutional protections as little more than speedbumps.
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"That matters, and the leaker is not a whistleblower unless that changes." Yeah, if FISA is a rubber-stamp court (which it increasingly appears to be), blanket surveillance of every American who uses a telecom service is totally legal and this dude is not a whistleblower. But at this point, it's semantics. He broke the law, of course. That's not in dispute. But maybe that needed to be done.
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Hey chow line, the share of taxed income is sliced in our favor. Maybe the next time you meet a 1%er, you should thank them. It's hard to take you seriously when every other line is generic liberal hacktivist. Maybe you could link Wake Up by Rage next time. That's a good song.
Toggle Commented Feb 5, 2013 on Don't be so defensive at BlackFive
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This sounds more like a hipster than one of our "elder statesmen."
Toggle Commented Feb 5, 2013 on Ron Paul -Class(less) act at BlackFive
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Said all the victims of irate pizza parlor customers with CCW (zero) In fact, those holding carry permits are much more law-abiding than the population at large...but don't let that, or the input of the professionals you trust with your life, get in the way of your characteristic bombast. Tell me, do illegal concealed weapons get zapped out of people's hands in "gun-free zones?"
Toggle Commented Jan 6, 2013 on Save a school, arm a teacher at BlackFive
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I would do an adverb count, but I'm too lazy. The sheer number of "-ly"s is too much for any one man.
Toggle Commented Nov 30, 2012 on And Now a Word from Our Sponsors at davidthompson
I'm aware this is two days later, but it is important to note nonetheless that every CIF member that has spoken out in the last week - and they are coming up every day - has said this is exactly the kind of situation they are trained for. The actual CIF members. Froggy is from a different background. Also, I would like to see evidence for which way the generals actually went. At this point no one has admitted responsibility for anything.
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One may also raise the question of what kind of symbolism would be evident in a necessary American military action, complete with air support, against Lybians we had just helped to liberate using the aforementioned air support.
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The CIA is mum on most issues, and the US military is directly subordinate to the civilian chain of command and is therefore in lockstep with them as far as the officer corps is concerned (the fact that the CIA spoke up to issue a carefully qualified CYA is telling in this case). That leaves the White House and the State Department, which are the same entity - the Obama Administration. It is up to THE OBAMA ADMINISTRATION to define the event. There are two separate points at which the official record of decisions makes no sense. One of them is the stand down order that Woods and Doherty disregarded. The second is the decision not to provide them with any air support that could be lased in the subsequent struggle at the CIA annex (talking bombs, artillery). In regards to the second point, IF what was going on was a spontaneous protest a la Cairo, it is not a valid response to bomb protesters. If, on the other hand, there is a coordinated paramilitary attack by radical terrorists, those options come on the table. One scenario can be blamed on a video, not Obama. The other scenario raises interesting questions about Obama's claimed success in prosecuting and eradicating al-Qaeda in the last four years.
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Panetta's line is directly contradicted by the special operations LTC who called into Rush. If you read the transcript, the LTC directly states that In-Extremis forces designed to rescue noncombatants specifically train for dropping into highly volatile areas where there is a lack of specific intelligence. Please note the implication of denying a rescue because "we don't know enough." That exact rationale could be reasonably used to deny ANY RESCUE ATTEMPT on ANY EMBASSY UNDER SIEGE. Is that a rationale that you are prepared to defend????
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The angle is stupidly obvious chow line, but since you're interested I'll spell it out. Obama's foreign policy bona fides lie in the claim that he, unlike George Bush, recognized the real enemy that attacked us on September 11th, 2001. (Osama bin Laden with al-Qaeda at his command) and brought THAT SPECIFIC ENEMY to justice by killing OBL. Please note that the implication that Obama wants to push is that the KILLING OF OBL is the crowning moment in OUR TRIUMPH OVER AL-QAEDA. Flash forward to the 11th anniversary of September 11th. Al-Qaeda sticks its thumb in our eye by attacking the very representative of the United States of America in Lybia, Ambassador Stevens. This kind of runs against Obama's claim that he neutered al-Qaeda, doesn't it? Oops. Ah well, we can chalk it up to a spontaneous Muslim protest against some film, which neatly avoids ruining a staple talking point of Obama's reelection campaign...but that's impossible if we actually grant air support to the CIA operations officers. So...what do we do? Alternatively, Obama may have simply been asleep.
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chow line I would like to ask why you equate the decision to get into Vietnam with the decision to get out of Lebanon. One of the main reasons weighing on Johnson's mind was the well-known stereotype of Democrats as weak. I would like for you to elaborate on the reasoning behind your claim on Reagan's decision. "The souls of those who died under Obama's watch should be on all of our consciences. The Pax Americana that you defend so vehemently has way too many departed souls whose deaths should be a lesson in national humility, not arrogant imperialism." While this sounds like a powerful sentiment, it is far too treacly to be taken seriously. Show Your Work.
Toggle Commented Oct 18, 2012 on Obama killed Osama at BlackFive
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I don't see much support for the idea that "true" debate reactions only come no less than two or three days after. Nevertheless, if it turns out that Ryan did indeed edge Biden in the contest, it won't be because of Biden's actual words. He showed passion for his cause and a gift for strong argumentation (never mind that he DID actually vote for both wars). It will be because of the arrant bursts of nervous, condescending laughter. I hardly put up with that kind of jackassed behavior from my closest friends, let alone a candidate for the Vice Presidency.
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