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Dynamite illustration. The only thing to make it a perfect parallel would be if Tuvalu had oil we wanted.Originally posted by barfle:
To continue with your Tora, Tora, Tora analogy, it appears the sleeping giant has decided to attack the equivalent of Tuvalu after being attacked by Japan.
Stars & Stripes"Democratic presidential nominee John Kerry said on Monday he would have voted for the congressional resolution authorizing force against Iraq even if he had known then no weapons of mass destruction would be found.
Taking up a challenge from President Bush, whom he will face in the Nov. 2 election, the Massachusetts senator said: "I'll answer it directly. Yes, I would have voted for the authority. I believe it is the right authority for a president to have but I would have used that authority effectively."
Will this be the new Kerry position -- the war was justified, but the peace was bungled? And I'll handle the wars I start better?"Stripes: The charge is out there that Republicans are much better suited to handle defense issues. How do you counter that?
Kerry: My record counters that, and my friends counter that. . . .
They went into Iraq in a brilliant military strategy, which we all adopted and supported, but they didn’t have a plan to win the peace. They didn’t bring other [countries] to our side. They didn’t give our troops all the equipment — the body armor and the armored Humvees and things they need and deserve.
There’s a great tradition of Democratic presidents who’ve led us in war."
Time for more regime change?""If Iran were to go nuclear, it would... place nuclear materials in the hands of a radical regime that has ties to unsavory groups. It would signal to other countries that it's possible to break the nuclear taboo. And it would revolutionize the Middle East. Saudi Arabia and Egypt would feel threatened by Iran's bomb and would start their own search for nuclear technology"
Washington Post columnist Fareed Zakaria.
"International peace researchers report that worldwide conflict is on the decline as are the number of casualties.
Their research shows that the number of people killed in battle has fallen to 20,000 per year–the lowest number in the post-Second World War period."
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