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Here's the thing, most conservatives I know are ardent anti-racists and have been their whole life. Judging others as individuals is a core part of their morality since they were young, imparted to th

Finally,  a Trump proposal I can support.

I am saying that.  If the Democrats want to remain competitive, they need to dig out decades worth of Chicago machine apparatchiks and Clinton lackeys and send them to the salt mines.  If the Republic

@Walter_Sobchak if one believes the news coverage, the issue is the SecDef disagrees with the President over Afghanistan and Syria. 

 

Having effectively destroyed ISIS, what objective at the operational and strategic level requires having US troops on the ground in Syria?

 

After extending the deployment of troops in Afghanistan for two years, what objectives were achieved and what purpose does having military personnel serve which hasn't already been tried for 17 years and trillions of dollars.

 

Trump campaigned on defeating ISIS and bringing the Aghanistan War to a close.

 

So if it's a choice of keeping the SecDef or bringing those conflicts to a close, it shouldn't be a surprise that the second option has been chosen.

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Just now, Donward said:

@Walter_Sobchak if one believes the news coverage, the issue is the SecDef disagrees with the President over Afghanistan and Syria. 

 

Having effectively destroyed ISIS, what objective at the operational and strategic level requires having US troops on the ground in Syria?

 

After extending the deployment of troops in Afghanistan for two years, what objectives were achieved and what purpose does having military personnel serve which hasn't already been tried for 17 years and trillions of dollars.

 

Trump campaigned on defeating ISIS and bringing the Aghanistan War to a close.

 

So if it's a choice of keeping the SecDef or bringing those conflicts to a close, it shouldn't be a surprise that the second option has been chosen.

 

Again, read Mattis' letter.  His issues with Trump went far deeper than just this Syrian issue.  It also speaks to the larger question of why do so many people keep leaving this administration? 

 

Frankly, I would love to see US troops out of Afghanistan.  But it needs to be done properly and not through "Presidential Tweet."

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2 minutes ago, Walter_Sobchak said:

 

Again, read Mattis' letter.  His issues with Trump went far deeper than just this Syrian issue.  It also speaks to the larger question of why do so many people keep leaving this administration? 

 

Frankly, I would love to see US troops out of Afghanistan.  But it needs to be done properly and not through "Presidential Tweet."

 

I've read the letter. And I've been reading the news coverage. It seems that Syria/Afghanistan is the main sticking point.

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And for the record, @Walter_Sobchak, I don't give a shit if you agree with me. Politically speaking like one other person does (and even he and I can find differences if we try a little bit). Relative to most people, my political views are well off the map. I'm never going to get a hive mind here, nor do I want one. I like the variety of opinions.

I also don't care if you are left wing or right wing or whatever. In fact, I feel pretty protective of the lefties on this forum because it's important not to have an echo chamber. I don't want any of you to leave or to suddenly swing right-of-center.

 

It's the TDS that drives me nuts.

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33 minutes ago, Sturgeon said:

 

Take offense if you want. Get mad if you have to. Just stop taking the blue pills dude.

 

 

Yeah, he forgets he was the one who started the insults months ago, of course, because mostly everyone here treats Walt with kid gloves because of his past temper tantrums followed by quitting and disappearing for months and then slinking back in ignoring the shit he spewed before he left. I think people were ok with that, because other than in the Trump thread, Walt was interesting...

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10 minutes ago, Jeeps_Guns_Tanks said:

 

 

Yeah, he forgets he was the one who started the insults months ago, of course, because mostly everyone here treats Walt with kid gloves because of his past temper tantrums followed by quitting and disappearing for months and then slinking back in ignoring the shit he spewed before he left. I think people were ok with that, because other than in the Trump thread, Walt was interesting...

 

I love Walt. I want him to stick around. He's fantastic, and he still does great work with T&AFVN and his posts outside this thread are routinely delightful. But at some point the TDS just gets to me.

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1 hour ago, Donward said:

 

I've read the letter. And I've been reading the news coverage. It seems that Syria/Afghanistan is the main sticking point.

 

How so? He only mentions ISIS tangentially in the letter, and syria or afghanistan aren't mentioned - he even explicitly states that the USA should not play world police

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5 minutes ago, Xlucine said:

 

How so? He only mentions ISIS tangentially in the letter, and syria or afghanistan aren't mentioned - he even explicitly states that the USA should not play world police

Hence the bit about the news coverage. Also, the fact that the "top us envoy in fight against ISIS" is resigning over it as well.

 

https://www.politico.com/story/2018/12/22/trump-syria-us-envoy-resignation-1074300

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Taibbi getting digs in everywhere on this one:

https://www.rollingstone.com/politics/politics-news/trump-syria-withdrawal-772177/

 

"As to the argument that we’re abandoning Syria to Russians — anyone who is interested in reducing Russian power should be cheering. If there’s any country in the world that equals us in its ability to botch an occupation and get run out on a bloody rail after squandering piles of treasure, it’s Russia. They may even be better at it than us. We can ask the Afghans about that on our way out of there."

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23 hours ago, Jeeps_Guns_Tanks said:

 

 

Yeah, he forgets he was the one who started the insults months ago, of course, because mostly everyone here treats Walt with kid gloves because of his past temper tantrums followed by quitting and disappearing for months and then slinking back in ignoring the shit he spewed before he left. I think people were ok with that, because other than in the Trump thread, Walt was interesting...

 

I don't remember slinking away for months.  I know I have had periods where I post less than usual or avoid certain threads, but I don't think I have ever "disappeared for months."  Also, I don't think I have ever used outright insults.  I've vehemently diagreed with people, I've been a bit sharp at times.  I thought SH was all about wearing our big boy pants.  

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13 minutes ago, Walter_Sobchak said:

Also, I don't think I have ever used outright insults.  I've vehemently diagreed with people, I've been a bit sharp at times.  I thought SH was all about wearing our big boy pants.  

 

I don't care about you disagreeing (I actually welcome it), and I don't mind you being a bit sharp. I called you out specifically because you were being pretty fucking condescending to other people on here. I'd probably have a lot more patience with that (condescension? in my SH?) if it weren't for the nonstop TDS.

Like you know what I mean by TDS, right? It's not "being a Democrat" or "being a liberal", nobody here cares about that. TDS is something else, it's where everything Trump does is bad regardless of what it is or whether it completely contradicts a previous "Trump is bad" position from even mere days ago. It's hugely frustrating, especially coming from someone I respect a lot otherwise.

 

I get that it's just how you see things. I wasn't born yesterday, I know that people can earnestly believe all sorts of things. I also get that I probably can't change your opinion. But I'm just trying to be straight with you, that's what gets me. It doesn't help that everyone, regardless of whether we watch the news or not, gets inundated with an endless deluge of TDS pushed by the news media all day long. I've been making an effort to treat you fairly and separately from fucking Don Lemon or whoever. I know you're not the same person as all them and you have your own views. But when you start saying effectively "you all are such shitsuckers for Trump that I bet you'll start talking about how Mattis leaving is a good thing", that's not exactly reciprocating that effort. That's why I called you out on it.

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1 hour ago, Walter_Sobchak said:

 

I don't remember slinking away for months.  I know I have had periods where I post less than usual or avoid certain threads, but I don't think I have ever "disappeared for months."  Also, I don't think I have ever used outright insults.  I've vehemently diagreed with people, I've been a bit sharp at times.  I thought SH was all about wearing our big boy pants.  

 

 

Whatever dude,  I guess self-awareness isn't your thing either.   I suppose "wearing big boy pants" isn't a little shot or anything, no you are always a reasonable adult, and the other people pointing out your shit are all wrong and just out to get you!   :lol:   

 

 

 

 

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9 minutes ago, Jeeps_Guns_Tanks said:

 

 

Whatever dude,  I guess self-awareness isn't your thing either.   I suppose "wearing big boy pants" isn't a little shot or anything, no you are always a reasonable adult, and the other people pointing out your shit are all wrong and just out to get you!   :lol:   

 

 

 

 

Pretty sure taking shots at people you disagree with has been the defining characteristic of your online persona since the WOT forum days.  I don't think you got the title of Baby's Beloved Hunting Hound by accident.

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Talked it over a bit on the Discord and I think the right thing to do is to put a temporary moratorium on any editorializing in this thread. I am thinking that anything that's not "just the facts ma'am" will be hidden until New Year's Day. Nobody will be punished, but I think we've just gotta give each other some room for a little while.

 

If you want to get into fights, do it on the Discord.

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