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An experienced American miltary officer, now Canadian, talks candidly by Lounge Trekker on 10 January 2007 3:36pm
 
I generally avoid talking of political/military issues, but this article was worth reading.

http://www.cbc.ca/news/background/world-conflicts/

Do you believe any of it? Do you agree with any of it? I don't believe anything I can't eat, drink or sleep with, much less anything published by the misinformation services of any government!

Lounge Trekker
 
Re: An experienced American miltary officer, now Canadian, talks candidly by canaveralgumby on 10 January 2007 6:13pm
 
Thank you for this link, Trekker. I will read the article when I can... (This is a nice change from the "I ate a chocolate egg today" posts!)
 
Re: An experienced American military officer, now Canadian, talks candidly by sighthound on 10 January 2007 10:21pm
 
Apologies to those of you who don't want to talk about politics here but thanks for the link, Pete. Definitely food for thought. Would like to know more about Vokac. How did he come to be a Canadian from being an American military officer? (I'm half-Canadian and often get the urge to sink back into the Canadian half of my heritage but that is usually when I'm weary of fighting American wrong-headedness in the world.)

Just did a cursory read but some things jump out:

First - "Taliban is no longer in power" Definitely not so. The Taliban is growing in military power every day. And the cultural strictures they put in place are still there. The suicide rate of young Afghani women is soaring. http://www.npr.org/templates/story/story.php?storyId=6777775 There is a proposed law that
may soon be passed to protect women but it has no possibility of being enforced because the local police and judges still adhere to Taliban principles. (I was about to write "evil Taliban principles" but censored myself because that might be showing "cultural insensitivities" but, dammit, they ARE evil.)

Next: "Yes, if one looks at something like the threat of nuclear war. Certainly the threat of that has greatly diminished. "

I just do not understand why he could think that with Korea, Iran and Pakistan, unstable areas all, pursuing bomb development and the revelation this week of Israel's plan to use nuclear weapons on Iran if Iran continues to develop their weapons.

With Bush's destabilization of the Middle East, I think we are closer to nuclear war than we ever have been.
 
Re: An experienced American miltary officer, now Canadian, talks candidly by kazzzz on 11 January 2007 8:23am
 
I ate a chocolate egg today :)




*duck*
 
Re: An experienced American miltary officer, now Canadian, talks candidly by Sunniva on 11 January 2007 11:23am
 
Haha, you really know how to irritate people, Kazzzz :)
 
Re: An experienced American miltary officer, now Canadian, talks candidly by kazzzz on 11 January 2007 11:38am
 
Yes and I don't even try!!! :):):)
 
Re: An experienced American miltary officer, now Canadian, talks candidly by Sunniva on 11 January 2007 12:03pm
 
WOW!!
 
Re: An experienced American miltary officer, now Canadian, talks candidly by Blairhoyle on 11 January 2007 2:30pm
 
just to bring a little of humour to the thread, I heard that when Tony Blair was in Japan with George W meeting the Japanese Prime Minister, Shinzo Abe the host welcomed the British PM by saying

"ah welcome to my country Prime Minister Bonzi!"

Tony Blair said, "Why do you call me that?"

Shinzo Abe replied "Well you're a little Bush"

;-)
 
Re: An experienced American miltary officer, now Canadian, talks candidly by canaveralgumby on 11 January 2007 5:42pm
 
1. kazzzzz LOL!

2. I don't know how much I agree with Vokac that N. Korea is not as much of an issue as the world perceives. He said that one can say the world is safer because there is no threat of assured mutual nuclear destruction. So by his own standard, they are a danger i.e. a nuclear threat.

Whatever happened to Gov. Bill Richardson becoming a candidate in '08? As an ambassador he has had audiences with Kim Jung Il. TUSCONMIKE, 'YOU OUT THERE?
 
Re: An experienced American miltary officer, now Canadian, talks candidly by sighthound on 11 January 2007 7:46pm
 
Richardson hasn't "announced" yet but he's still acting like a potential candidate, putting out position papers and such.
 
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