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Joel

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  • ISIL's target wasn't Brussels, it was the whole idea of European Union
    • It's a strange type of revenge, when most Muslims in Iraq, and many in Syria, are killed by the likes of ISIS themselves.

      Furthermore, at its core, ISIS is absolutely opposed to both our way of life and the manner in which we construct a state. They prove it everyday with the atrocities they commit against women, homosexuals, and all those who refuse to submit to the authority of their self proclaimed state.

  • Avenging its Christians, Egypt Bombs Libya in first formal Campaign since 1991
    • Hard to call the last 8 years a "full court press" when we removed all our forces from Iraq and largely stood on the sidelines in Syria.

  • Is ISIL's 'Shock and Awe' more Awe-ful because One Victim?
    • We also dropped a couple nuclear bombs on Japan. Did that make us morally equivalent to the Nazis in WWII? Let me know when you figure out a way to wage war that does not include the loss of civilian life. In the meantime, the rest of us will deal with reality.

      Furthermore, ISIS is a murderous organization that seeks to impose a brutal, distorted version of Islam on everyone within their reach. They proudly advertise their brutality as a means to further their grotesque ideology. Drawing equivalencies between their actions, and the actions of any liberal democracy is a tired and sad game that simply distracts from the real issue of radical Islamism.

  • Paying the Piper: How America's Iraq War haunts its Failed Syria Policy
    • Others put all presidents in their situation Mr. Davidson. Imagine if the difficult decision to kill Bin Laden had been made in the 90's. Didn't happen. But that game could be played forever. Doesn't really get us anywhere. Presidents have to be judged by the decisions they do make in the situations they are presented with. I think this president has made some pretty poor ones.

      But in regards to the article, regime change in Syria was not something that America brought about. It was an uprising of Syrians against the Assad regime. Libya on the other hand, was brought about by the Obama administration. I think the lesson of the past decade is that regime change without some framework (and a long term commitment to that framework) for what comes next is dangerous.

  • Has the War on Terror Failed?
    • If you're calling Muslims that are not jihadists, irrational, you probably don't know very many Muslims.

    • Did we lose the Cold War because cold is an adjective? What about WWII?! Come on, this is just intellectual laziness.

    • I think a better question is, has Obama's foreign policy failed? How was ISIS / AQI fairing in 2008?

  • The Cruel Jest of American "Humanitarian Aid" to Iraq
    • The proximate cause for the suffering in Iraq was Saddam's invasion of Kuwait, his subsequent massacre of Shia and Kurd, and his brutally oppressive regime. But i suppose its easier to blame America than to look at the root causes of violence in the region.

  • The Fall of Mosul and the False Promises of Modern History
    • I hope that is sarcasm regarding the humanity of Obama's policies. Unless you think it is humane to wash your hands of a conflict and claim to end a war while leaving the country at the mercy of jihadist thugs.

    • What was entirely predictable is what would happen if the United States withdrew completely from Iraq. Obama pretended that he was "ending the war", but really he just gave jihadists the breathing room they needed to continue fighting it. At what point do we judge Obama based on what happens under his watch?

    • This is an indictment of Obama's policy in Iraq. Just compare Iraq in 2008 to today. Obama can pretend he is "ending the wars", but in reality he is just giving radical jihadists an opening to continue fighting them.

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