January 18th, 2015
12:31 AM ET

Military intervention not solution to terrorist threat

Watch "Fareed Zakaria GPS," Sundays at 10 a.m. and 1 p.m. ET on CNN

The Paris terror attacks were barbaric but also startling, leading many to ask what could be done to prevent this kind of terrorism in the future.

Well, one man has a clear answer. "That attack you saw in Paris? You'll see an attack in the United States," Senator John McCain told the New York Times. Elaborating on how to stop this from happening, he explained to the Times and to CNN that it would require a more aggressive American military strategy across the greater Middle East, with a no-fly zone and ground troops in Syria and more troops in Iraq and Afghanistan.

This theory was sometimes described during the Iraq war as, "We fight them there so we don't have to fight them here."

It was wrong then and it's wrong now.

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  1. Firsties

    Firsties. ūüôā ha ha @chrissy

    January 18, 2015 at 3:34 am | Reply
  2. Doctor. Doctor.

    A white doctor observed, Very few surgeons will do precisely for blacks as they would for whites.

    January 18, 2015 at 4:43 am | Reply
  3. Cow in a Bottle ©

    The only way to boot and reboot India and Modi is for them to face charges and trial for the genocide in Gujarat in ICJ Hague.
    Otherwise the world will never accept their legitimacy. And I am yet not talking about Indian Occupied Kashmir.

    Hindus kill in the hundreds of thousands while Talibans kill in the hundreds. Both are terrorists. It just happens to be that hindus are Uber Terrorists.

    January 18, 2015 at 5:02 am | Reply
    • Sam

      No wonder there is terrorism all over there.

      January 18, 2015 at 7:25 am | Reply
    • crawny

      Its is not only stupid to misquote historical facts but brag about like a dumb chick about Indian Kashmir as Indian occupied Kashmir. Muslims invaded India. Pakistan was created because some Muslims wanted their own land. Sikhs wanted the same and still do. They then talk about being oppressed. Kashmir is part of India. China had been constantly encroaching upon Indian territories and had gained control over Indian soil in many parts over decades and centuries. India is one country which has suffered at the hands of invasions and stupidity of facts being twisted by dorks who don't know what facts mean.

      January 18, 2015 at 11:10 am | Reply
      • Aide Buford

        Indian Army::::

        :::Killed 10 million bangladeshis
        :::Raiped 7 million bengali women
        :::Massacred 200,000 muslims in Meerut
        :::Murdered 1 million Kashmiris and raiped 500,000 and 50,000 are missing
        :::In Assam 350,000 have been killed
        :::During 1947 division of India hindus murdered 3 million muslims
        ::::Murdered millions of Sri Lankans

        ISIS ARE PEACE LOVING PEOPLE COMPARED TO HINDDOOS

        And I am just beginning.

        January 18, 2015 at 11:32 am |
  4. Abby

    One is a pariah if you are a pedophile like Modi. Plus India and Modi have subjugated and massacred and keep on massacring minorities including sikhs and moslems and Christians and Jews. The memories of India's leader Gandhi siding with Hitler and holocaust of Jews is still fresh in our minds.

    January 18, 2015 at 5:07 am | Reply
  5. Blue SaffroŇĄ

    For the Nth time let me tell you the solution to this problem. Solve the Palestinian and Indian Occupied Kashmir issues. Would you like me to do it for you too? It has been 70 years! And then you complain about terrorism? They consider themselves as freedom fighters.

    In the private sector we have quarterly results of every public company. In private companies I insist on at least monthly reporting and daily monitoring. One gets fired if you don't achieve results. See what I am getting at?

    So take a deep breath and get ready for a long fight. This is not a threat but just the way it is going to be. One does not need to be a rocket scientist to figure this out.

    Senator McCain, with all due respects, this ain't Vietnam. These folks will have you for breakfast. You know it well with all the briefings you get. Tell us when are you going to solve the Palestine and Indian Occupied Kashmir problems, sir?

    January 18, 2015 at 5:29 am | Reply
    • Sam

      These politicians and journalists keep talking in circles and have no solutions. They are laughing their way to the banks.

      January 18, 2015 at 7:27 am | Reply
  6. Yedi

    Indeed wrong to mobilize entire armies to fight terrorism. A more surgical precision type of attack would be much more successful. If one thinks about it, that is how OBL was destroyed after being hidden with the help of Pakistan.
    Pakistan is truly disgusting beyond words.
    Even in recent news, they paid tribute to the murdering culprits in Paris.

    January 18, 2015 at 8:35 am | Reply
  7. Yedi

    Good God! Trained orangatans! How absolutely splendid. I have read the above remarks above mine. I am extremely impressed. For these apes to be able to type and construct sentences is truly magnificent. I suppose that's why they are completely off topic. God bless these little apes.

    January 18, 2015 at 8:51 am | Reply
  8. Cynic

    It will take the US military to wipe-out the more than 33,000 gangs of armed and organized Americans currently terrorizing the USA.

    January 18, 2015 at 10:30 am | Reply
  9. Blue SaffoŇĄ

    THE RESERVOIR OF TERROR: A Comprehensive Approach to Understanding Terror

    India is the well of global terror. The inspiration of all evil in that society emanates from hinddoou philosophy that is evil, medieval and dark vide Rig-Veda and Gita Bhagavad the SOPs of terrorism.

    The hinddoous see humans, particulary the weak, as targets of subjugation and domination manifesting as oppression of minorities and raipes of women.

    Sociologically, the gang raipes in India are a manifestation of pack mentality similar to wolves. A purely animal instinct and medieval practice. Recall, animals and reptile representations are essential part of hinddoou mythology.

    The metal rodding, a psychological need to attain nirvana in terms of witnessing and partaking in human pain and suffering. Again deeply embedded in hinddoou preachings.

    Coupling the foregoing with prevailing conditions in Indian Occupied Kashmir and massacre in Gujarat personifies the centrifugal forces of terror permeating to the neighboring countries onto Middle East and onto EU and USA.

    January 18, 2015 at 10:55 am | Reply
    • crawny

      Its is not only stupid to misquote historical facts but brag about like a dumb chick about Indian Kashmir as Indian occupied Kashmir. Muslims invaded India. Pakistan was created because some Muslims wanted their own land. Sikhs wanted the same and still do. They then talk about being oppressed. Kashmir is part of India. China had been constantly encroaching upon Indian territories and had gained control over Indian soil in many parts over decades and centuries. India is one country which has suffered at the hands of invasions and stupidity of facts being twisted by morons

      January 18, 2015 at 11:21 am | Reply
      • Aide Buford

        :::Killed 10 million bangladeshis
        :::Raiped 7 million bengali women
        :::Massacred 200,000 muslims in Meerut
        :::Murdered 1 million Kashmiris and raiped 500,000 and 50,000 are missing
        :::In Assam 350,000 have been killed
        :::During 1947 division of India hindus murdered 3 million muslims
        ::::Murdered millions of Sri Lankans

        ISIS ARE PEACE LOVING PEOPLE COMPARED TO HINDDOOS

        And I am just beginning.

        January 18, 2015 at 11:31 am |
      • Aide Buford

        My above post refers to Indian Army in India which is predominantly hindoo.

        January 18, 2015 at 11:33 am |
  10. Cynic

    It's as if the USA was invaded by an army of fat stupid people currently occupying America.

    January 18, 2015 at 11:25 am | Reply
  11. Blue SaffoŇĄ

    India is a TWO FACE SERPENT. A source of financing and inspiration for all terrorists in the world the likes of which have attacked thousand of innocents everyday across the world. A place where these extremists seek refuge after attacking neighboring countries. India is a Smithsonian specimen. Like humpty dumpty even USA, NATO and the entire free world are having a tough time holding it together. Living in the shadows of China, defined by bangladesh, haunted by Nepal and Myanmar and punctuated by zillion hindu extremist Terror Organizations, India is struggling to find a meaning for its existence and a place in the new world order. How can it stand up? certainly not on its feet .....perhaps on its knees to seek redemption for double crossing USA in Afghanistan.

    January 18, 2015 at 11:25 am | Reply
    • crawny

      So wrong and dumb. Pity your perceptions of countries you have no clue on. Check the mirror. You probably see a rhino with a horn on its nose! Eh?

      January 18, 2015 at 11:32 am | Reply
      • Aide Buford

        I see India's hindus with a terrible BO posting nonsense. Get your a zz moving and hold plebiscite in Indian Occupied Kashmir as mandated by UN Resolutions.

        January 18, 2015 at 11:37 am |
  12. crawny

    Its embarrassing to watch GPS show since Fareed's presentation clearly reflects hidden biased opinions about countries like India. In an another earlier show he mentioned India has interests in Afghanistan. Mr. Fareed you should be careful about misquoting facts and presenting India in bad light. I question your journalism ethics. As I mentioned earlier, India has been that one country that has suffered due to Muslim invasions. Pakistan was created as a country because Muslims wanted their own land. Sikhs are trying to do same. These two groups and religions are the most unrefined class of people who are thankless for what they got from India. Kashmir is part of India. Calling it a Indian occupied Kashmir is like you slapping yourself silly. Keep journalism factual! People like Fareed Zakaria should be thrown out of CNN

    January 18, 2015 at 11:29 am | Reply
  13. Aide Buford

    Terrorism is rampant in the region in part financed by Indians. We need to revisit our relationship with India. American taxpayers will not tolerate this anymore. We need to take care of our own populace going forward. We cannot be exporting jobs to India or giving it financial or technical handouts. It has become too big to govern or create any value for western countries or even for its own population. India needs to be carved up into smaller independent states to be a viable economically and geo politically.

    January 18, 2015 at 11:35 am | Reply
  14. iralarry

    Good grief, Fareed. You cannot take the word of plundering murderers to be truth. They script excuses to exercise their barbarian penchants for killing and destruction. They are thugs who revel in blood lust and terror for its own sake and use religion and perverted morality and scripture to justify what is innate to them. They are another form of Mafia. Inner city gangdom. This could be ended in weeks should the world decide to marshal close to a million ppl and simultaneously coordinate rooting out strikes at their known strongholds and massacre them. Probably fantasy because the world won't do this massive coordination because the cost to life and property hasn't been high enough yet.

    January 18, 2015 at 11:40 am | Reply
    • Cynic

      Are you talking about US Christian troops dropping carpet bombs on citizens overseas? Or Catholic priests sprinkling "holy water" on US made bombs?

      January 18, 2015 at 11:53 am | Reply
  15. Cynic

    Terrorism is rampant in the USA. Local police and FBI have been totally incapable of dealing with the growing number of street and outlaw biker gangs currently terrorizing our streets. According to the FBI, there are now over 33 THOUSAND outlaw gangs of Americans currently operating against US.
    If military intervention isn't the answer, what is?

    January 18, 2015 at 11:50 am | Reply
  16. Factoid

    The number one killer of fertile women around the world is AIDS.

    January 18, 2015 at 12:00 pm | Reply
    • Factoid

      So no need to become alarmed, Donna and Chrissy. Perhaps mention this to younger females in your circle of family and friends since nobody else has.

      January 18, 2015 at 12:02 pm | Reply
      • banasy¬©

        Yes, caused by unprotected sex with men who have it.

        You arrogance at thinking you're privy to what the females in my family know is quite laughable. You may want to stop pretending you know; better yet, stop bringing my name and Chrissy's name in your posts.

        That would be the best outcome.

        January 18, 2015 at 12:16 pm |
  17. Factoid

    Condoms are not even 100% effective at stopping giant sperms. Let alone tiny little AIDS viruses. Plus AIDS is found in all bodily fluids, not just semen.

    January 18, 2015 at 12:32 pm | Reply
    • banasy¬©

      Yes; although this is true,
      For women aged 15-44 years, HIV/AIDS is the leading cause of death worldwide, with unsafe sex being the main risk factor in developing countries. Biological factors, lack of access to information and health services, economic vulnerability and unequal power in se relations expose women, particularly young women, to HIV infection.

      Citation: who.int

      Which confirms what I said initially: Yes, caused by unprotected sex with men who have it.

      I do not understand your ire at something that confirms what both of us said...

      January 18, 2015 at 12:57 pm | Reply
  18. Old Lady No Hair

    Ok, my daughters. When you go-out to get laid tonight don't forget to crawl into a giant condom first.

    January 18, 2015 at 12:34 pm | Reply
    • Old Lady No Hair

      P.S. If you wear dark makeup and cheap perfume your odds at getting what you want increase significantly.

      January 18, 2015 at 12:35 pm | Reply
      • Old Lady No Hair

        You see, you live in America! where there are NO LAWS regarding manufacturing perfume. And so while expensive French parfum is made by law NOT to confuse the male hormone, here in America! American made perfume does just that; confuse the male hormone LEGALLY! So, have at it you shameless hussies.

        January 18, 2015 at 12:42 pm |
    • banasy¬©

      Good advice for your daughters, Philip.

      January 18, 2015 at 12:49 pm | Reply
      • Philip

        Lol. My daughters have long known the truth: Condoms do zip-squat nothing at preventing the spread of AIDS. It is your daughters that YOU lied to that are in perile. Not mine. I told my daughters the TRUTH about AIDS. You lied and said wear a condom. God will sort this all out. No need for you and I to get into another case of an old man fighting an old woman.

        January 18, 2015 at 12:59 pm |
      • banasy¬©

        So?

        You have no clue what happens in my family, so your imagination is useless.

        My daughters don't wear condoms; they're female.

        You're really quite stupid.

        January 18, 2015 at 1:07 pm |
  19. Question

    Was adultery (cheating on your spouse) legal in Washington D.C. when Bill Clinton cheated on Hillary? Am fairly sure it was still illegal to commit adultery back then.

    January 18, 2015 at 12:36 pm | Reply
  20. Query

    Wondering if military intervention could somehow help in the war against AIDS. Perhaps having US troops shoot those spreading this horrible plague in the name of having a good time.

    January 18, 2015 at 12:48 pm | Reply
  21. Query

    1.7 million humans die from contracting AIDS from hedonists each year. People throwing caution to the wind and blindly...and knowingly...getting involved in activities famous for spreading HIV. No other thing...not war. Not "cancer". Not chemical and biological weapons. AIDS! is the number 1 killer, and by far. Yet, the subject of AIDS is hardly discussed by those spreading it anymore. Mums the word. Have a good time.
    Eat, drink, and be merry, say those who doubt that absolute Truth even exists. Party on. Everything is ok.

    January 18, 2015 at 12:56 pm | Reply
    • banasy¬©

      You used quotes around cancer, as if you doubt its existence; you are not seriously positing that it does not exist, are you?

      Cancer kills more people worldwide that AIDS.

      January 18, 2015 at 1:01 pm | Reply
      • banasy¬©

        More than twice as many people die from cancer than from AIDS, malaria, and tuberculosis combined. The World Health Organization (WHO) projects that without immediate action, the global number of deaths from cancer will increase by nearly 80% by 2030, with most occurring in low- and middle-income countries.
        Citation: http://www.cdc.gov/cancer/dcpc/resources/features/worldcancerday/?mobile=nocontent

        January 18, 2015 at 1:06 pm |
      • Philip

        Good point. Without what drug money MD's call "cancer", life on earth for vertebrate creatures simply could not exist. Without bacteria, we would all be dead. Without prions, we never could have happened. Yet cancer, bacteria, prions, etc. are called "bad" by the men who profit from making money off of combatting that which is natural. Even "global warming" which was going-on long before the industrial revolution.

        January 18, 2015 at 1:13 pm |
      • banasy¬©

        Cancer has existed since humans have been on earth...just because it didn't have a name does not mean it didn't exist.

        The disease was first called cancer by Greek physician Hippocrates (460-370 BC). He is considered the ‚ÄúFather of Medicine.‚ÄĚ Hippocrates used the terms carcinos and carcinoma to describe non-ulcer forming and ulcer-forming tumors.

        Citation; news-medical.net

        January 18, 2015 at 1:18 pm |
  22. Philip

    My daughters are not allowed to wear dark makeup or wear cheap American perfume. Yours? You probably don't even care.

    January 18, 2015 at 1:01 pm | Reply
    • banasy¬©

      My daughters outgrew that long ago; you being an utterly stupid man who has never raised a daughter from birth through adulthood in their home would obviously not understand that.

      January 18, 2015 at 1:10 pm | Reply
      • Philip

        I raised Leah from 9 months before birth, you ignorant female. YOUR girls wear dark makeup. Not mine. AND they wear American made perfume. Something my daughters are NOT allowed to do. My daughters do not get involved spreading AIDS. Yours do.

        January 18, 2015 at 1:16 pm |
      • banasy¬©

        When did Leah leave your household?

        Implying my daughters are sluts should be neath you, but strangely enough, I not surprised that you are such a bitter misogynistt.

        Oh, btw? My youngest is a virgin.
        So, in that spirit, fuck off.

        Your information, stalking their Facebook like the pervert looking at young girls that you are, is four years out if date. They grew up.

        When will you?

        January 18, 2015 at 1:23 pm |
      • banasy¬©

        *beneath you
        *misogynist

        January 18, 2015 at 1:25 pm |
      • Philip

        Lol. As if kids inform their parents the day they lost their cherry. Get a clue, Donna. You do not know where your daughters have been. Nor do I. I just know they both look like fat cows wearing dark makeup and smelling less like cow poop thanks to cheap perfume.

        January 18, 2015 at 1:26 pm |
      • banasy¬©

        The doctor confirms it, idiot. She doesn't even get Pap smears yet because the doctor says it's unecessary to as she has not had sex.

        And yes, I do know where my daughters have been; because you have a fractured relationship with your daughter, projecting it onto mine is disingenuous.

        You are angry because you cannot cast aspersions on my kids. You're really an ugly man, do you know that? What kind of d bag picks on another person's children to make a point. Lie about me; don't lie about my children.

        And no, if you had actually had viewed my daughters pictures, you would know what a steaming load of bs your statement is.

        You are picking on a child that you views as a 15 year old, you pervert. She was not by any stretch of the imagination "a fat cow."

        My older daughter wears a size 2, and always has; she modeled for years.

        Stop lying, and get a conscience.

        Thanks.

        January 18, 2015 at 1:47 pm |
  23. Blue SaffoŇĄ

    People, please. This is not a soap opera. Keep your personal stuff off this real estate. Exchange your contacts so you can take this personal discussion off air.

    January 18, 2015 at 1:15 pm | Reply
    • Philip

      Kiss my as @Blue Sappon. Simply ignore our discussion if you do not like it. Thanks.

      January 18, 2015 at 1:17 pm | Reply
  24. Philip

    Donna Banasy's daughters could have been legally aborted. You see, she thinks US laws are more vital than God's laws that do not allow things like abortion. I, on the other hand, was NEVER in danger of aborting my precious daughter Leah. I was bound by God's laws not to. Whereas @banasy was free to do whatever the heck she felt like doing that day. With no moral compass to guide her, other than those laid-down by men such as Bush and Clinton and Obama. Men that allow you to have a good time spreading AIDS if that's what you wish to do in your spare time.

    January 18, 2015 at 1:23 pm | Reply
    • banasy¬©

      Donna Banasy’s daughters could have been legally aborted.
      (And so could yours have; oh, that's right. You DID abort two of your children, by your own admission. Mine are here. Unsure if those babies you aborted were female, however.)

      You see, she thinks US laws are more vital than God’s laws that do not allow things like abortion.
      (I don't believe in abortion. That is why my children exist. So, untrue.)

      I, on the other hand, was NEVER in danger of aborting my precious daughter Leah.
      (You aborted two of your own children. So, no.)

      I was bound by God’s laws not to. (And yet you aborted two children; where was your "bound by God's laws" then?"

      Whereas @banasy was free to do whatever the heck she felt like doing that day.
      (What? I went to the doctor, happily had my pregnancies confirmed, and proceeded to have my children.)

      With no moral compass to guide her, other than those laid-down by men such as Bush and Clinton and Obama.
      (Obviously, my moral compass is much better than yours; I had my children. You aborted two. You're going to point fingers at me? Hypocrite!)

      Men that allow you to have a good time spreading AIDS if that’s what you wish to do in your spare time.
      (I would hope that you're not base enough to spread AIDS, but given that you call a virgin girl promiscuous, and accuse her of spreading AIDS, I doubt that.)

      Are you done pretending to know anything at all about me?

      January 18, 2015 at 1:36 pm | Reply
      • Philip

        My daughter Leah was never in danger of being aborted. Her dad, me, lives under higher laws than those American ones you live under, Donna.

        January 18, 2015 at 1:44 pm |
      • banasy¬©

        Neither were any of mine, Philip. We had the same opportunities; except my kids are here, and two of yours are not.

        Get off your high horse. You forgot all of God's laws when it was time to abort them.

        It would seem I adhered to God's laws better.

        January 18, 2015 at 1:50 pm |
  25. Philip

    My two daughters are GORGEOUS. Leah AND Nalwanga. Both are very fine young women and smart too. Made smart by a dad who KNOWS condoms do NOTHING to prevent the spread of HIV. If condoms worked, HIV would be less, not more as is the case.

    January 18, 2015 at 1:28 pm | Reply
    • banasy¬©

      And so are mine( and they know those things too; going to keep attacking my children because you dislike me like a immature brat that cannot debate, or are we done?

      January 18, 2015 at 1:57 pm | Reply
  26. Philip

    Am thinking if Mr. Banasy told his girls to stop wearing cheap American perfume and dark makeup they would laugh at him.

    January 18, 2015 at 1:41 pm | Reply
    • banasy¬©

      Am thinking you're jealous of a man you couldn't begin to hold a candle to.

      Sorry.

      January 18, 2015 at 1:55 pm | Reply
  27. Mr. banasy

    Hey you two. Stop wearing dark makeup and thinking you can hump all night without spreading AIDS if that black dude is wearing a raincoat.
    LOL. Am sure Mr. Banasy's daughters would laugh and go party anyway.

    January 18, 2015 at 1:49 pm | Reply
    • banasy¬©

      Your desperation is showing; as evidenced by your rapid unraveling and attacking a family that is more wholesome than anything you've ever experienced, or ever will.
      Sorry.

      January 18, 2015 at 1:53 pm | Reply
  28. Mr. banasy

    At least try to stick to above yellow, girls. Thanks, My TV show is on now. Bye.

    January 18, 2015 at 1:55 pm | Reply
    • banasy¬©

      Not only is this untrue; his style of parenting isn't throwing money at them in a bid to buy their love, as yours is, by your very own posts.

      And his style of parenting has kept them well-grounded, productive on society, and most of all, in the same area and not clear across the country and continents.

      Lease admit that you are envious at what we have that you could never achieve and stop your cheap lies about people that you have no quarrel with in attempt to try and hurt the one who is your target.

      (It doesn't hurt me, BTW, it merely makes us all laugh at you. Word.)

      January 18, 2015 at 2:06 pm | Reply
  29. Mr. banasy

    Ok. Go ahead and make yourselves up. Have Donna watch your kid. Go party. Ttyl.

    January 18, 2015 at 1:56 pm | Reply
    • banasy¬©

      You are awarded no points for your lies and desperation.

      January 18, 2015 at 2:00 pm | Reply
  30. Philip

    Only in the minds of avid pharmacy goers is observing how families operate confused with posting "opinions" about them. The average American dad could not care less about what his daughters are doing. Yet he has MLB and NFL stats meomorized very well.

    January 18, 2015 at 2:00 pm | Reply
    • banasy¬©

      Only an idiot who clearly doesn't read would postulate that he knows better what goes on in a household 1000 miles away from him better than the people who actually live there; this same idiot who posted stats on the Dolphins, and ignores that the person he is directing this to takes one pill, ONE, to keep her alive.

      Philip, looking at you.

      January 18, 2015 at 2:27 pm | Reply
      • Philip

        Shut the fock up, Donna. You know very well that American men know more football stats than bible scriptures. So just shut the fock up you old hag.

        January 19, 2015 at 7:13 pm |
      • banasy¬©

        No, I will never shut up; I will continue to defend my family against the lies you constantly tell about them. If you do not like that, cease telling lies about them, and shut the "fock" up about them.

        And you suck at Scrioture yourself; I proved that a few pages hence.

        January 20, 2015 at 3:17 pm |
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