January 18th, 2015
12:31 AM ET

Military intervention not solution to terrorist threat

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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. chri§§y ¥ ¥ ¥ ¥

    Oops meant to say And *while* i dont think

    January 22, 2015 at 3:17 pm | Reply
  2. Blue Saffroń

    @Chrissy these guys want territory and assets so they can retaliate. ISIS/AQAP want real estate and oil. In South Asia they want nukes also. Trust me they can stretch a buck more than our congress spending a million bucks to manufacture a toilet that leaks!

    January 22, 2015 at 3:32 pm | Reply
    • Philip

      No. It is Federal Reserve corporation gobbling-up US property to the tune of 3 trillion dollars worth per year. Not you make-believe "ISIS".

      January 22, 2015 at 5:17 pm | Reply
      • Marylynn Novatney

        "Not you make-believe “ISIS”."






        So you don't think ISIS exists? Rotflmao.

        January 22, 2015 at 5:42 pm |
    • Philip

      What sort of an idiot would want 1940's technology nuclear bombs when they could have 2015 chemical and biological weapons at a fraction of the cost? Hmmm, at BS?
      And it is NOT "ISIS" that gobbled-up the Harley-Davidson motorcycle corporation. It is the Federal Reserve doing the gobbling-up of Harley and so many hundreds of other US corporations and properties.
      You really need to get a clue, BS.

      January 22, 2015 at 5:29 pm | Reply
  3. chri§§y ¥ ¥ ¥ ¥

    I agree @ Blue Saffron...hence my previous posts stating they are far more intelligent than our govt wishes us to believe. And that we should NOT underestimate them!!! You didnt read my posts??? And a group of kindergartners could do a better job of stretching a buck than Congress!

    January 22, 2015 at 3:52 pm | Reply
  4. Blue Saffroń

    I certainly read your posts and agree these guys are prrretty savvy @chrissy.
    Why are the Americans so gullible? Naive? Not worldly enough?

    I am beginning to believe NRA.

    January 22, 2015 at 4:11 pm | Reply
    • Philip

      Stupid question, BS. Why? Ask professor Noam Chomsky, M.I.T. He says that America's system of education is designed to make a person as stupid as is humanly possible. And the National Adult Literacy Survey agrees: Your average Ivy Leaque grad student entered university at the 12th grade level and 4 years later graduates but can no longer pass an 8th grade final. Not "gullible". Dumbed-down by a stupid system of education, not to mention America's ongoing nationwide drug addiction epidemic.

      January 22, 2015 at 5:15 pm | Reply
  5. chri§§y ¥ ¥ ¥ ¥

    Lol @ Blue Saffron a famous line comes to my mind. "There are none so blind, as those that refuse to see!"

    January 22, 2015 at 4:28 pm | Reply
  6. Philip

    Yes. Military intervention vs. MS-13, Hells Angels, Cripples&Boolds, Sons of Silence, etc. etc. etc. US Military v the 33,000+ gangs of Americans currently terrorizing US.

    January 22, 2015 at 5:12 pm | Reply
    • Marylynn Novatney

      I don't think that's ever gonna happen.

      January 22, 2015 at 5:45 pm | Reply
      • Philip

        That's because you are thinking instead of researching. Read the 2015 National Defense Authorization Act of Congress which is now LAW by the hand of president Obama. It clearly authorizes US military to shoot suspected criminals on US soil exactly as most Americans praise troops for doing overseas
        Gangs have been overwhelming local law enforcement for decades. The NDAA solves that problem. Returning troops have been training for urban combat, not desert warfare as before.
        You will see US troops marching on gang bangers. And you heard it here first, no matter your personal thoughts on the matter.

        January 22, 2015 at 5:53 pm |
      • Marylynn Novatney

        No, it's because it will never happen. I know you seem to want it to happen, but the NDAA gets passed every year and to do that martial law would have to be declared and every law enforcement department in the country would have to stand down. It's not going to happen and although you sound way eager for lots more bloodshed for whatever reason it's not going to happen. Gangs don't terrorize as many citizens as you seem to think and they do a pretty good job of killing themselves off. We're not fascist and I don't know why you want a military state but no.

        January 22, 2015 at 6:59 pm |
  7. chri§§y ¥ ¥ ¥ ¥

    Wow! What a garbeled mess that response was huh @ Blue Saffron? Lol

    January 22, 2015 at 5:39 pm | Reply
    • IRS Tax Code

      Simply saying "garbled mess" says nothing. Duh.

      January 22, 2015 at 5:56 pm | Reply
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    January 22, 2015 at 6:14 pm | Reply
  9. chri§§y ¥ ¥ ¥ ¥

    Duh yourself philip! Mess is your posts! They dont say a whole lot either!

    January 22, 2015 at 6:15 pm | Reply
    • Philip

      My posts conveyed much info Chrissy. Perhaps you did not read them. They are the long ones, not the micro blogs common of old hags.

      January 22, 2015 at 6:20 pm | Reply
      • Marylynn Novatney

        You seem pretty mean

        January 22, 2015 at 7:01 pm |
  10. Blind Hags

    M.I.T. professors can see. It is blind hags from the upper Mid-West having difficulties with vision. Duh.

    January 22, 2015 at 6:17 pm | Reply
    • Marylynn Novatney

      Do you have a problem with women?

      January 22, 2015 at 7:03 pm | Reply
  11. chri§§y ¥ ¥ ¥ ¥

    Good luck @ Blue Saffron! I have no patience for the drunk and stupid ramblings of the above person!

    January 22, 2015 at 6:20 pm | Reply
    • Your Bible

      Satan the Devil is the god of Good Luck and has deceived even old women.

      January 22, 2015 at 6:34 pm | Reply
  12. Blue Saffroń

    @Philip, in one sentence please explain what is your position in the comments you post? Americans are bad? I am bad? What is your point? I am seriously interested in understanding it. And don't come back with a snide remark.

    January 22, 2015 at 6:21 pm | Reply
    • Philip

      Oh. You thought Americans are all good? Sorry to hurt your feelings.

      January 22, 2015 at 6:32 pm | Reply
  13. Philip

    Ya gotta be pretty stupid to think that "foreign terrorists" would rather have very expensive 1940's technology nuclear weapons rather than modern chemical and biological weapons to kill people with.

    January 22, 2015 at 6:23 pm | Reply
    • Blue Saffroń

      They rather have it all.

      January 22, 2015 at 6:35 pm | Reply
      • Your Bible

        Am thinking it is Americans who have it all.
        Take issue with ONE thing I said above, BS. And let's go from there.

        January 22, 2015 at 6:36 pm |
      • Blue Saffroń

        Above where? Be specific.

        January 22, 2015 at 7:54 pm |
  14. Philip

    "In one sentence"? Lmao You watch too many game shows, BS.

    January 22, 2015 at 6:30 pm | Reply
    • Blue Saffroń

      I don't watch any. What is your point? Tell us.

      January 22, 2015 at 6:36 pm | Reply
  15. Philip

    My point is that the US gov owes The World Bank/IMF about 8 times more than American owned property is worth. And that US troops have ran-out of foreign countries to invade and occupy and force to allow national treasures to be consumed by US, and so are now prepared to invade and occupy The USA. Any questions?

    January 22, 2015 at 6:40 pm | Reply
  16. Philip

    @BS. Be honest. Have you even bothered with reading the 2015 NDAA?

    January 22, 2015 at 6:43 pm | Reply
    • Blue Saffroń

      Yes, my question is what drugs are you on? You make absolutely no sense. What is your problem? You want attention?

      January 22, 2015 at 7:45 pm | Reply
      • Philip

        Be more specific please. Take one point and take issue. Simply accusing me of being on drugs is dumb like Chrissy, a pharmacy goer, accusing me of drinking when I post what she would rather not read.
        You are a male, I suspect. So stop accusing old men you don't even know. Ty

        January 22, 2015 at 7:49 pm |
      • banasy©

        Where else is she going to get her heart medication, Philip? A window tinting shop?

        Shut up. You don't know jack shit about anyone, but feel free to speculate and project your stupid biases onto everyone.

        So stop accusing a woman you don't even know. Ty.

        January 22, 2015 at 8:08 pm |
    • Blue Saffroń

      The only thing I have read in 2015 is Kissinger's "China" and subdivision regulations for Irvine, CA.

      January 22, 2015 at 7:49 pm | Reply
  17. Philip

    Bbl. Dinnertime.

    January 22, 2015 at 6:58 pm | Reply
    • Blue Saffroń

      What are you having for chow? Eat proteins. Good for you.

      January 22, 2015 at 7:46 pm | Reply
      • Philip

        Simple fruits and grains and live green vegetables are vital to life. Not complicated proteins.

        January 22, 2015 at 7:58 pm |
      • Philip

        ...but yeah. Wendy's single with fries and small chile. Coke. 🙂

        January 22, 2015 at 8:00 pm |
      • Blue Saffroń

        You are living the life tonite!

        January 22, 2015 at 8:16 pm |
  18. Philip

    OK bye. Donna is here. Good night all but her.

    January 22, 2015 at 8:12 pm | Reply
    • banasy©

      My nights are always good, regardless whether you wish it or not.

      Good night.

      January 22, 2015 at 8:33 pm | Reply
  19. Dr. Donna nomenclature

    When someone says Pharmacy Products they are putting-down heart pills. See?

    January 22, 2015 at 8:14 pm | Reply
    • banasy©

      That's what she goes there for, Philip. Don't you remember she had a heart attack a few years ago?

      Of course not.

      Naturally, you hear "prescription" and your mind goes directly to...whatever medicine you're complaining about that day.

      January 22, 2015 at 8:24 pm | Reply
  20. chri§§y ¥ ¥ ¥ ¥

    @ Philip you are the most ignorant, hatefuk S O B on the planet! Your posts are all over the place, with a bunch of wishy washy topics that have NOTHING to do with the conversation Blue Saffron and i were having! And then you think everyone should just follow that hot mess? Not to mention you are a PROVED LIAR so why should we even try to decipher all that garbage? It had nothing to do with what we were discussing! And YES i get my HEART pills at the pharmacy ya idiot! Where else would i get them? And w t f does THAT have to do with ANYTHING pertinent to the topic?

    January 22, 2015 at 8:33 pm | Reply
  21. chri§§y ¥ ¥ ¥ ¥

    And for the record @ philip...i already have a father RIP daddy, so i dont need lectures from YOU on how i should live. Not to mention im older than you, have probably lived a much harder life than you. And still managed to raise my children plus, while working AND putting myself through college so youre little window tinting life doesnt impress me much. I would be much MORE impressed if you were a kinder person than what YOU percieve to be knowledge! I guarantee you will be remembered long after youre gone for how youve treated others, then for how smart you THINK you are!!!!

    January 22, 2015 at 8:56 pm | Reply
  22. chri§§y ¥ ¥ ¥ ¥

    And i apologise @ Blue Saffron. Conversing with you earlier was actually quite enjoyable. Too bad others cannot stand it when people are getting along so they feel the need to be disruptive!

    January 22, 2015 at 9:12 pm | Reply
  23. chri§§y ¥ ¥ ¥ ¥

    Oh and Todays Quirky News is dedicated to @ philip in honor of his continuous woman bashing!
    At age 109, the oldest living woman in Scotland says "the secret to her longevity is avoiding men!" 😉

    January 22, 2015 at 9:24 pm | Reply
    • Philip

      And if her own mother was that way, she wouldn't even be here. Men rule. Get a clue.

      January 23, 2015 at 1:12 am | Reply
      • banasy©

        Aren't you the one who claimed that you are a survivor of a botched abortion? Seems you mother ruled.

        January 23, 2015 at 11:13 am |
  24. Blue Saffroń

    Then again @Philip is a hobyah as that Scottish centenarian will attest.... Lol

    January 22, 2015 at 9:43 pm | Reply
  25. chri§§y ¥ ¥ ¥ ¥

    Lol ok @ Blue...not quite sure what that is but it SOUNDS perfect! Guess ill have to look that up! 😉

    January 22, 2015 at 9:49 pm | Reply
  26. chri§§y ¥ ¥ ¥ ¥

    Lmao you are so very, very right @ Blue Saffron! Scottish mama would be so proud! Nasty little critter indeed! Similar to a rabid dog even. And im not at all surprised that the "None are so blind as those that refuse to see" comment went completely over his head either! As my dad would say "that boy is SOS!" lol

    January 22, 2015 at 10:06 pm | Reply
  27. Yedi

    To the imbecile that would produce those revolting and monotonous lists, your days were numbered I say onto you. The new GPS format will in most likelyhood keep you out. Yes, your water has been cut off.
    Go now and never return, you bore.

    January 23, 2015 at 12:57 am | Reply
  28. chri§§y ¥ ¥ ¥ ¥

    Well put @ Yedi! They are tedious at best are they not? Lol and WHO has told you that little fairy tale philip? The ruler of nothing is just that...NOTHING!

    January 23, 2015 at 1:18 am | Reply
  29. chri§§y ¥ ¥ ¥ ¥

    By your own philosphy if it werent for WOMEN you wouldnt be here either! Guess you need to realise it takes both! Therefore men do not rule. I would agree there are women out there willing to let you believe that but even then you have to earn that right! And you earn it by showing respect, and you have a long way to go to get to THAT point!

    January 23, 2015 at 1:26 am | Reply
  30. chri§§y ¥ ¥ ¥ ¥

    And im going to end my conversation with you now but before i do theres a cpl things i wish to say to you. First...you get what you give and since youve CHOSEN repeatedly to come to this forum and begin bashing,and showing hostility to pretty much everyone but especially the female gender! You dont have the right to feel offended when its brought back at ya! If youre gonna dish it out you better be able to take it. And this isnt something new to you, this hostility you have has been going on for years on this site. I admit you have had some good moments even. For a week or 2 i actually thought we had become friends AGAIN! And it really was a very good week or two and it was fun! But turned out that was a myth, a passing phase with you. So here we are now back to square one. And the only thing different it appears...is me. I no longer trust or believe in you at all.

    January 23, 2015 at 1:49 am | Reply
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