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3 days ago

Since I'm getting error messages each time I try to review something using the search engine, I'm giving this 'gas attack' three stars.

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3 days ago

Fuck all this Ben Affleck being a terrible Batman or Miley Cyrus not having a big enough ass to twerk right shit for a second... this shit could get fucked up really fast. Like Abi pointed out, these assholes are way better off in the military backing department than the last couple of adventures that daddy signed off on, plus its a fucked up world that we live in when I even have to ask exactly who used the gas. A lot of motherfuckers have something to gain from another lame military adventure that's only going to get more of my boys killed so fat fuckers can get fatter, so forgive me if I've put on my skeptic hat these days.

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4 days ago

It is reckless to get involved in a civil insurrection involving Islamist mercenary forces from other nations outside of Syria and al-Qaeda fighters. To place these individuals in power inside that country would create a sectarian bloodbath in both Lebanon and Syria. Millions will die. Throwing around allegations of chemical weapons is a desperation tactic on the part of the rebels and the West.

Assad has absolutely no political incentive to use chemical weapons in such as provocation, especially on the same day as a scheduled UN weapons inspection. But the besieged rebels who need outside support just to continue their insurgency do. They carried out the attacks, with the intent of blaming Assad. Now those supporting intervention in the West, the Wahhabi regime at Qatar, and others are crowing about "red lines" and how we need to intervene in favor of a ragtag group of radical militants.

Some in the West believe that a strike against Syria will be easy, just as Kosovo and Libya were in recent years. However, there are some key distinctions between those situations, which involved limited casualties on our side, and Syria. For one, the Assad government is armed with Russian Yakhont anti-aircraft missiles that can go toe-to-toe with our Tomahawks. Any air war or no-fly zone won't be a cakewalk, a one way street. Plus the Russians and the Chinese are not going to be push-overs in this case. We're not just risking an all-out regional war (likely, as it is already spreading over to Lebanon), but there's an outside chance that the superpowers can get dragged into an all-out war.

Qatar is one of key player here instigating these revolts, by financing them. They're seeking to overthrow the Alawite Syrian regime, which backs a pipeline connecting Iran via. Iraq to the Mediterranean coast, which will supply Europe with oil. Qatar, which itself has some new petroleum discoveries, wants to supply the same markets. The UK and France (who are pushing hard to overthrow Assad) has significant investments in the country and want to help Qatar with their geopolitical aims to become a regional power. The US and Israel want to contain Iran as much as possible and they figure that Iran becoming Europe's primary energy supplier will allow them to deepen their independence from the petrodollar system. This began in 2006, when the Iranians established an oil bourse which sold oil with alternate currencies. This is the real root of our opposition to Iran at the present time. In fact, most political conflict in the world today goes back to maintaining the globalized post-Bretton Woods dollar system in place.

So, all of these conflicts has much to do with energy politics and the balance of power in the region. The Syrians just pawns in a broader geopolitical game being played.

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7 days ago

Meh, we're all just clinging to a little ball of rock that's hurtling through the universe in a semi organized fashion.

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8 days ago

The collapse of the Rupee is a harbinger of a broader downturn and perhaps more political instability, especially if the Federal Reserve tapers hot money flows that are supporting the bonds which India's central bank holds on reserve. This is basically the same problem that other larger developing economies like Brazil is having.

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22 days ago

I guess this means their ski date in Sochi is canceled. Honestly, it kind of makes the Obama Administration seem kind of dopey.

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22 days ago

I got a hundred bucks on Putin in if they take it to the octagon.

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22 days ago

A lot of discussion over deteriorating US/Russian relations. The issue has little to do with Edward Snowden, who at this point is nothing but a sideshow. Some politicians on this end don't like his disclosures about corrupt security contracting practices, but at this point, he only serves as a tool to further weaken relations with the Russians.

The REAL issue involves Putin's calculated stands against US economic and political authority. He has effectively waded into Middle Eastern politics and diplomacy. Over the past few weeks, he has driven a wedge in the Sunni political alliance against Shi'ite powers in Syria, Iraq and Iran. Specifically, Turkey and Saudi Arabia cut off funding for the Syrian insurgency at Putin's behest, while pushing for the toppling of the Muslim Brotherhood government in Egypt, thus leaving Wahhabi influenced nations like Qatar and the other Persian Gulf states effectively isolated. Meanwhile, Putin is shoring up relations in Russia's Central Asian periphery.

Basically, it's a bold step to counter a disastrous US strategy of backing Brotherhood revolutions across the Islamic world. A blow has been dealt to the mad US strategy of believing it can use the Brotherhood as a political force to control the Islamic world more tightly and use it to destabilize China, Russia and the Islamic parts of Central Asia. The Saudi's and the Turks, as much as they usually go with US interests, are more concerned about Islamists toppling their own governments.

Our foreign policy stance in Eurasia is in disarray at the moment, as the Arab Spring strategy backfires. Putin is playing ball at a high level with his own rules, and our people resent him for that. Say what you will about him, but Putin is perhaps the most effective independent political operator in world politics today--he's savvy, disciplined, not prone to drastic or hysterical pronouncements. We don't have anyone on our side with those attributes anymore. They also don't like the fact that he hasn't been very accommodating towards globalized Western financial institutions, who would like to access Russia's resource markets at premium prices. The memory of the 1998 financial crash fueled by Western backed local oligarchs is still fresh on many Russians minds. All of these moves are related to Russia becoming more independent from the petrodollar system.

So in reaction to this, the Obama Administration decides to take it's ball home and instead meet with Sweden, which it declares has opened its markets and political institutions to the West. I see this as a petty move that makes us look small and weak by contrast. It's easier to push around smaller nations, but not superpowers with nuclear deterrents.

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24 days ago

This is sort of reminiscent of the old Homeland Security color code scale that would always be raised to red alert during politically opportune times, like elections. I see this event as political grandstanding; people engaged in actually combating terrorism NEVER engage in this, so as not to tip their hand. Of course, the political agenda here is key legislation about to be brought on the House floor to shut down the NSA's spy program.

Ultimately, this just enforces the image of the United States as a "paper tiger." The west adds fuel and even supports revolts featuring radical Jihadi's in Libya, Tunisia, Yemen, Syria and elsewhere in Asia and Africa and expects to suffer no blowback? That's why most of the discussion regarding terrorism is largely past-oriented and how we should react, rather than asking why it's happening and how to change that situation. The "war on terrorism" really serves to fuel this massive multi-billion dollar security complex that has grown around homeland security. War is profitable for these contractors, and the longer it goes, the more money they make.

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24 days ago

Kinda makes us look like spooked little pussies if you ask me.

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