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. Blue Saffroń

    Terrorism is what we are witnessing by Fox News and thus being sued by the French. There are others. This is the new battleground of terrorism. In the courtrooms.

    Organization of Islamic Countries ( OIC) has also initiated a lawsuit against France and Charlie Hebdo for misuse of freedom of expression.

    So this is indeed a new era in fighting terrorism of sorts. Recall also that Palestinian Authorities have already filed lawsuits against Israel for war crimes. This now opens up Modi of India's prosecution for genocide as well.

    January 20, 2015 at 12:31 pm |
    • banasy©

      How does one misuse freedom of expression?

      January 20, 2015 at 12:59 pm |
      • Crockett

        Just like you under many names.

        January 20, 2015 at 1:45 pm |
      • banasy©

        And you are incorrect.

        My question is for Blue Saffron; why the need to jump in, when you did nothing but make an incorrect statement?

        January 20, 2015 at 1:52 pm |
  2. palintwit

    "I want to help clean up the state that is so sorry today of journalism. And I have a communications degree".

    – Sarah Palin –

    January 20, 2015 at 12:59 pm |
  3. Yedi

    I doubt that the impotent courts can ever be fixed as Blue Saffron seems to desire.

    As for you, quoting Sarah Palin is perplexing, especially when one considers the topic, you brainless imbecile.

    January 20, 2015 at 1:44 pm |
    • banasy©

      Especially as it relates to religious laws.

      January 20, 2015 at 1:53 pm |
  4. chri§§y ¥ ¥ ¥ ¥

    Lol @ rupert, just because i choose not to argue with an IDIOT does not mean he "kicked my butt" as you put it!

    January 20, 2015 at 1:53 pm |
  5. rupert

    LMFAO @chrissy whatever happened to your holier thou demeanor? "I don't abuse" bs? Did RAW provide you a different script this time? It is a long way to Bombay as they say unless you are in a bar. But I am you will say you don't drink.

    January 20, 2015 at 2:05 pm |
  6. chri§§y ¥ ¥ ¥ ¥

    Laughing your fat ass off are you? Proving that you and HE are one and the same person. Deny it all you wish but the authorities already know! Your internet abusing ways will be comming to end very soon Adam aka rupert!

    January 20, 2015 at 2:12 pm |
  7. chri§§y ¥ ¥ ¥ ¥

    Why do YOU think cnn has left this blog stay active while all others have been shut down? Or do you have NO common sense at all? Lmao!

    January 20, 2015 at 2:15 pm |
  8. rupert

    Yes, I am George Clooney too. Eat your heart out @chrissy. Lol

    January 20, 2015 at 2:46 pm |
  9. rupert

    Buncha amateurs telling Aesop's fables on this forum. @chrissy aka banasy and the RAW agents from India. LMFAO!
    The autorities are coming ... from Bombay carrying curry in a tiffin box.

    January 20, 2015 at 2:52 pm |
    • banasy©

      Rupert, Chrissy and I are two separate people who live in two different states here in America.

      You really know by now that repeating a lie never makes it true, right?

      Probably not. You're too dense to understand the written word.

      You debate as poorly as another I could name; relying on lies for argument. Just as transparent.

      January 20, 2015 at 3:21 pm |
  10. chri§§y ¥ ¥ ¥ ¥

    You are free to think whatever you wish! For now anyway lolololol. Toodles!

    January 20, 2015 at 2:58 pm |
  11. chri§§y ¥ ¥ ¥ ¥

    Hes hanging himself @ banasy. One inch at a time daily!

    January 20, 2015 at 3:36 pm |
  12. Blue Saffroń

    We will be fighting this war for a very very long long time. Most of the countries are bunkered up already. We will all look back and credit a few for this .... Bin Laden, Obama, Bush Papa, Bush Sonny Boy and the holy spirits Cheney and others. Hunker down guys.

    January 20, 2015 at 4:08 pm |
  13. Daddy's Joy

    You nalied it @Blue Saffron.
    We have a great big birch tree near our Capital Building.

    January 20, 2015 at 4:25 pm |
  14. Hannah

    @Daddy's Joy lol in other words 2 bollz at a time. Unless you were to metal rod them one inch at a time. Atta Boy. lolololol!

    January 20, 2015 at 4:39 pm |
  15. Blue Saffroń

    @Daddy's Joy and Hannah, Al Pacino said it best....

    "We can climb out of hell.
    One inch, at a time.
    Now I can't do it for you......"

    I say, inch by inch or by boll or neck let's get it done.


    January 20, 2015 at 5:00 pm |
  16. Yedi

    I suggest CNN, that you update your blog soon. The collective brain power of the above bloggers is depleted.
    Thank you.

    January 20, 2015 at 5:37 pm |
  17. Yedi

    One only needs to read the remarks; adjective not necessary.
    Need I say more?

    January 20, 2015 at 5:40 pm |
  18. Chris Kyle

    I never saw so many stupid comments as these aboveboard!!!

    January 20, 2015 at 5:44 pm |
  19. Blue Saffroń

    American Sniper is a small step towards catharsis and starting the trials of Bush and company. This is a chapter in American history that is being written and we are witnessing it. These boards are the time capsules that our future generations will inherent. I for one am taking screenshots and preserving them for the book that I am authoring.

    January 20, 2015 at 6:08 pm |
  20. chri§§y ¥ ¥ ¥ ¥

    Lol take one of you as Cesar plz @ Blue! He was by far my most favorite of your characters. Ive been reading the old archives of TJI all week and yes he was the best one so far! 😉

    January 20, 2015 at 6:21 pm |
  21. Hannah

    I don't care what people say @Blue Saffron but you certainly think out of the box. Kudos.

    January 20, 2015 at 6:23 pm |
  22. Hannah

    @chrissy us Y Gen dont know no Morse code. We weren't around during WW1 like ya. Either click reply or write succinctly. OK?

    January 20, 2015 at 6:33 pm |
    • Adam

      I didn't hit reply when I posted this to chrissy. Irony is so delish.

      January 20, 2015 at 7:23 pm |
  23. Cristobal

    Hannah, pllllease some respect for @chrissy. It ain't that vintage. Maybe some hair on face legs and armpits. Nothing that can't be taken care of.

    January 20, 2015 at 6:50 pm |
    • Adam

      Did that as my character Liberty Queen. Behold the feminine musk. SMELL IT I SAID.

      January 20, 2015 at 7:20 pm |
  24. Cristobal

    Ok @chrissy cut it out. "Small screw trying to make a big noise." ©

    Adam go peel the apple. Chrissy ain't your wrinkled Eve. A prune perhaps. Lmfao

    January 20, 2015 at 7:43 pm |
    • Hannah

      Wish I had said that.

      January 20, 2015 at 7:45 pm |
    • Adam

      LOL. Your wit is matched only by your Modi-st penis size. LOL

      January 20, 2015 at 8:00 pm |
      • Aiden Buford

        But long enough to go down your Adam's apple. ROFL!!!! Go home guys, ya got a beating you will remember for a long time.

        January 20, 2015 at 8:29 pm |
      • Adam

        You aren't shit...Bwa ha ha ha ha ha! "Go home guys, ya got a beating you will remember for a long time." ROTFLMFAO amateurs.

        January 20, 2015 at 8:40 pm |
  25. chri§§y ¥ ¥ ¥ ¥

    See you guys, theres hope for you yet if you thing i could possibly be that old maybe you will get there too! And the post about "cesar" was a compliment! He was freaking hillarious! He was also @ ravens, favorite as well.

    January 20, 2015 at 8:07 pm |
    • banasy©

      @Chrissy, my favorite Cesarisms were "The world is my _______and I am its ______."

      January 20, 2015 at 8:26 pm |
  26. chri§§y ¥ ¥ ¥ ¥

    And yes Liberty Queen is equally funny! RUFFNUTT was almost as funny!

    January 20, 2015 at 8:10 pm |
    • banasy©

      RUFFNUTT and his Three Wolves t-shirt and his Camaro. Lol.

      January 20, 2015 at 8:30 pm |
  27. Aiden Buford

    Bozo gasping for oxygen.

    January 20, 2015 at 8:46 pm |
    • Adam

      Get yer head out of yer azz dummy.

      January 20, 2015 at 9:05 pm |
      • Black Betsy

        Get his d ikk out of your Adam's apple. LMFAO !!

        January 21, 2015 at 12:46 am |
  28. chri§§y ¥ ¥ ¥ ¥

    Lol yea @ banasy and ive always been partial to wolves! Oh remember that movie thing @ cesar and @ raven used to do? One sticks out in my mind cuz i can picture raven saying it "badges? We dont need no stinking badges" lol.

    January 20, 2015 at 9:06 pm |
  29. Hannah

    Immature i diot. Drug addict probably.

    January 20, 2015 at 9:15 pm |
    • Adam

      Going through withdrawal huh. Your hands shook while typing idiot unless you think it's 2 words you dumb Modi sucking tiffin whore.

      January 20, 2015 at 9:36 pm |
      • Black Betsy

        Isn't Modi a phagg? You have been s ukkin his wiener eh?

        January 21, 2015 at 12:47 am |
  30. chri§§y ¥ ¥ ¥ ¥

    Lighten up already! After all @ Hannah aka Adam...it WAS your game! Now WHAT movie did that line come from???

    January 20, 2015 at 9:26 pm |
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