Source: Sydney Morning Herald
quote: I'd like to point out that people with worse guns who are worse shots have tied us up for years and cost billions of dollars in Iraq and Afghanistan.
quote: Granted they're fighting a losing war, but they did play a major part in bleeding Russia dry in the 80's and the last decade will probably go down as one of the major causes of the failure of the US if we dont' get our act together.
quote: When you have a "leader" who does not have the word "victory" in his vernacular and follows a 1970's failed foreign policy, what do you expect?
quote: The only reason we are doing very poorly right now is the incredible omission of will by our leader and not fighting a fast, to the point war with pre-defined and well-defined goals.
quote: This ideology stems from the misguided, progressive belief that a large combat force has no place in this day of civilized people.
quote: There is no silver in war, let alone trophies for everyone. Go BIG or stay at home. War is ugly, vile, and an unfortunate reality that if not tackled in a hard and, sadly, brutal manner, don't bother.
quote: It was the 1970s cold war approach to conflict that has lead to the current mess. You cant defeat an insurgency with bigger tanks, more bombs, and faster planes.
quote: In a way, youre right. The objectives of both wars seemed to be 'stop terr'rists'. Invading a sovereign nation, on a pretext of dodgy intelligence, that turned out to have nothing to do with 9/11 in defiance of the UNSC probably isnt the best way to go about it.
quote: Clearly a large combat force isnt the answer - or else some measure of success would have been achieved by now?
quote: Keep that up in the Middle East and the problems will continue - new generations of freedom fighters will take up arms against the invaders. This, in turn, will only flare up anti-Western sentiment. This is exactly the wrong approach to take.