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Old August 12th, 2016, 11:38 AM   #11
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I am glad that you progressives are fitting nicely into your new neocon skin. The haterid that goes along w/ being pro war fits nicely into the self entitled persona that you all have been portraying for the last few years.

Remember when Obama was running for his last term, all of that anti war rhetoric that he was spewing and you guys were eating it up and cheering him on. Good thing that was a bunch of bullshit otherwise you wouldn't have these wars to get all excited about today.
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I am glad that you progressives are fitting nicely into your new neocon skin. The haterid that goes along w/ being pro war fits nicely into the self entitled persona that you all have been portraying for the last few years.

Remember when Obama was running for his last term, all of that anti war rhetoric that he was spewing and you guys were eating it up and cheering him on. Good thing that was a bunch of bullshit otherwise you wouldn't have these wars to get all excited about today.
That is one of the greatest things about this election. Watching the progressives become neocons, and the Socialist buying a third home because the American people deserve access to other people's wealth
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The American public could be treated to a major U.S.-led military victory in Iraq this fall, just as voters are deciding who will be the nation’s next president—but U.S. military officials insist the timing of the operation has nothing to do with politics.

Iraqi and Kurdish military and paramilitary units are preparing for a push on Mosul, the Islamic State-held city that is now in the cross hairs of the U.S.-led coalition battling the terrorist group across the Middle East. “The idea is to isolate Mosul, cut it off, kill it,” a senior U.S. Central Command officer told me.

Senior military officers say the city in northern Iraq, which has been under Islamic State control since June 2014, will be enveloped in a complex pincer movement from Iraqi military forces battling their way into the city from the southeast and Kurdish units storming the city from the northwest.

The military offensive, months in the planning, is now tentatively scheduled to begin sometime in early October, with a final battle for Mosul coming at the end of that month.

If Mosul is retaken, it would both mark a major political triumph for Barack Obama and likely benefit his party’s nominee at the polls, Hillary Clinton, undercutting Republican claims that the Obama administration has failed to take off the gloves against the Islamic State. Even so, senior officers at U.S. Central Command who are overseeing the effort scoff at the notion that the Mosul offensive is being timed to help the candidate Obama is now actively campaigning for, his former secretary of state.

“Hurrying this thing along for political benefit would be just about the dumbest thing that we could do,” the senior Centcom officer told me this week, “and there’s been no pressure for us to do that. None.

Iraqi and Kurdish fighters are going to fight for the city when they’re damned good and ready, and not before. There’s too much at stake to do it any other way.”

All evidence supports that notion, but U.S. officials have confirmed the Pentagon is planning ways to time their offensive against Mosul with an attack on the Islamic State “capital” in Raqqa, Syria. A coordinated Mosul-Raqqa military offensive could yield a dual defeat to the ISIS caliphate, unhinge ISIS power in both Syria and Iraq and have the added benefit of pinning ISIS units moving into Iraq along interior lines from Syria in place.

In late March, the Centcom stepped up its monitoring of the Syria-Iraq border, with the intended purpose of spotting and bombing ISIS units headed toward Mosul.

The ambitious plans for Mosul and Raqqa reflect a shift in tactics and deeper U.S. involvement that has not been fully reported in the U.S. media—or talked about in the presidential campaign.

Most recently, Centcom has gained White House permission to deploy U.S. advisers with Iraqi units at the battalion level, which would place U.S. advisers and trainers in greater danger, but would also give them more control of the battlefield.

And the U.S. has been quick to flow advisers (an initial tranche of some 200 in all) into al-Qayyarah air base, about 40 miles south of Mosul, which was overrun by Iraqi military forces last week.

Washington has also boldly stepped up its support of the Peshmerga, the veteran military units of the Kurdistan Regional Government who will lead the assault on Mosul from the north, despite the risk of upsetting the delicate regional politics—especially suspicions by the Shia-led Iraqi government that the U.S. is favoring the Kurds.

On July 12, the U.S. signed an agreement with the KRG to provide Peshmerga units with $415 million for the purchase of ammunition and medical equipment. The agreement would also provide heavy weapons to Peshmerga units, which have been consistently outgunned by ISIS fighters, according to one senior civilian Pentagon official.

The $415 million would correct that shortfall, with weapons flowing into Peshmerga units near Mosul.

The stepped-up aid to the Kurds reflects U.S. military confidence that the Islamic State is being rolled back. Since the campaign was initiated on August 8, 2014, the U.S.-led coalition has launched over 13,000 airstrikes on Islamic State military targets.

Just as crucially, the four near-term goals laid out by the U.S. military to combat ISIS are on the verge of completion: to stabilize Anbar, prepare coalition ground forces to take Mosul, organize a ground campaign in Syria for a planned assault on Raqqa and ramp up the flow of weapons for anti-ISIS ground forces.


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That is one of the greatest things about this election. Watching the progressives become neocons, and the Socialist buying a third home because the American people deserve access to other people's wealth
I was reading a Victor Davis Hanson editorial this morning.....He described the NeoCons to a tee.....But pointed out that by shifting to the Democrat side they are now called NeoLiberals...
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That is one of the greatest things about this election. Watching the progressives become neocons, and the Socialist buying a third home because the American people deserve access to other people's wealth
like moths to a flame. i would guess that the majority of them are completely unaware what is going on, they are just marching to the drums of their masters.
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like moths to a flame. i would guess that the majority of them are completely unaware what is going on, they are just marching to the drums of their masters.
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One thing that the World needs to do is to allow the Kurds their own nation.

The news show 60 Munutes did a show on the Kurds and what they were like, and the people by and large were much more liberal minded than their (asshole) neighbors. Women had (almost I guess) equal rights. Did not have to wear a Burqua, could work outside the home and were welcomed in the military. They were Islamic, but I came away with that these were Methodist like Islamics, they did the Ramadan, Eid, and the other holidays and traditions, and people went to the mosque on Friday but we're not fanatical about it.

The Kurds have been the only ones in the region fighting ISIS. They are against Iran, and probably a huge stumbling block from getting sir own country is Turkey, but Turkey has shown themselves to be assholes who deserve to be Middle Eastern and not European like they want, and an independent Kurdistan should take its place.

Kurdistan should be the top third of Iraq including the oil fields north of Baghdad. Iraq owes them that for allowing Saddam Hussain from gassing them in the 1980's. Actually if ISIS and Assad (who was a total FAIL at being a totalitarian dictator, cute wife though), one could merge Syria and the bottom third of Iraq and make a decent sized nation for those people. But the Arabs will just screw (trying to limit my f words) it up.

Isreal has been the problem in the Middle East since 1949. The Jews should have never gotten that territory. The Jews should have moved enmasse to the United States, and or a chunk of Germany and Poland should have been given to them for a homeland. Dunno. I wish there was a way that Jews and Arabs could just live there together and quit all this animosity. I know I sound like a hippy (or Gary Johnson stoned!), but this has been more bullshit that what it's worth. Isreal is never leaving because it has nuclear weapons, but Iran cannot have nuclear weapons, even thou the Pakistanis have nuclear weapons because they hate India for some reason....

The Earth is like a neighborhood of people who mostly do not like each other. Some bordering or regional countries are friendly with each other, but there is always seemingly a conflict between every border, every place. The world is like a crack neighborhood in New Jersey and it isn't safe to walk the streets anymore.
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