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 ¥ ¥ ¥ ¥

    Lol stumped huh? Thats why they call it "dope" dont ya know? Ok well the answer of course is....Blazing Saddles. Nitey nite now and CYA tomorrow! Lmao

    January 20, 2015 at 11:26 pm |
    • Americana

      Going raypin? In Bombay? Have tiffin will raype.

      January 20, 2015 at 11:43 pm |
      • Cuchumber

        Trying hard not to be sounding like a monkey from Madras. Om Om Om.

        Hare Krishna Hare Ram.

        January 20, 2015 at 11:54 pm |
    • Blue Sapphire

      How dumb can one be not to be able to click the reply icon. Does your k untt still smell like rotten tuna? Lololo

      January 21, 2015 at 12:10 am |
  2. Cuchumber


    VISHWA HINDU PARISHAD (World Hindu Council)

    LEADERS: Narendra Modi/ L.K. Advani/ Ashok Singhal/ Bala Saheb Devaras/ Bal Thackeray(EXTERMINATED)/ A.B. Vajpayee/ Savarkar/ Baikunnth Lal Sharma “Prem”/ Balraj Madhok/ The Shankaracharya of Puri, Niranjan Dev Theerth/ Rama Gopalan/ Variyar – Vishwan Hindu Parishad/ Dharmalinga Nadar/ Cho Ramaswamy

    January 20, 2015 at 11:34 pm |
    • Americana

      Modi has a buddhist boyfriend in Myanmar. I heard they are getting married next werk.

      January 20, 2015 at 11:46 pm |
      • Cuchumber

        Modi got AIDS

        January 20, 2015 at 11:55 pm |
    • Hannah

      You missed @chrissy. The mother of all terrorists. Homeland Security is onto IT.

      January 21, 2015 at 12:02 am |
    • Rappaport

      Some of these right wing hindu operatives are extremely anti christian and using terror to achieve their goals .

      January 21, 2015 at 6:33 am |
  3. Cuchumber

    Raiping, chopping heads off and stuffing bodies in wells is the hallmark of hindu culture and form of terrorism that has been in existence for centuries . That is why the entire region is reeling in terrorism for so long. The world needs to address the terrorism emanlating from India
    Hindus and their gods wrote the book and the Standard Operating Procedures on terrorism::;:::

    Lord Shiva is god of destruction in Hinduism. He is a head chopper in chief of India. He even chopped his son Ganesha's head. He is the fabric of Hindu culture.

    January 20, 2015 at 11:36 pm |
    • Cuchumber

      Yup he beheaded him and put an elephant head with trunk. The essence of terrorism.

      January 20, 2015 at 11:49 pm |
  4. Americana

    People in India, hindus mostly, are raipists. After raiping they hang these underage raiped girls to their death on large mango trees.

    And the atrocities have just begun. Police take bribes and squash the case. When the victim's families go to file complaint, they are raiped. When and if these cases move to courts, the judges do same. Take bribes and raipe the victims and/or their families.

    I expect nothing less from these animals from India. And we continue to send them aid and jobs. My bad.

    January 20, 2015 at 11:42 pm |
    • Cuchumber

      @banasy chrissy adam etc are all raypists from India. Very bad smelly peeps with BO. Rotten tuna smell.

      January 20, 2015 at 11:51 pm |
  5. Hannah

    Ahhhhhh...... Those hindoo terrorists.
    Deport those funky smellin curry sauce people back to their ratholes in India.

    January 20, 2015 at 11:57 pm |
    • Blue Sapphire

      Cut off their nutts b'fore you put them on the donkey cart. Otherwise them hindoos will multiply like cokroaches and we'll have to feed 'em aid.

      January 21, 2015 at 12:05 am |
  6. Hannah

    Hey @chrissy don't forget to take that p ussie @banasy and @ adam's apple with ya to gang raipe in India. Happy huntin.

    January 21, 2015 at 12:00 am |
    • Blue Sapphire

      Lmfao .... Same person different IDs.
      Paid to Prey as someone called it. Right on!

      January 21, 2015 at 12:07 am |
  7. Blue Sapphire

    @banasy you rayping on a buffalo cart or donkey cart tonight in India? Mobile eh! Rofl

    January 21, 2015 at 12:18 am |
  8. Yedi

    CNN, you have lost complete control of this blog. The above remarks have obviously been made by demented imbeciles.

    January 21, 2015 at 6:39 am |
  9. Yedi

    Being anonymous does not excuse one from decency, for neither animals nor bacteria act in such a manner.

    January 21, 2015 at 6:45 am |
  10. Rappaport

    The war on terror is just warming up. We have no strategy. Just day by day reaction. Using CNN to spread misinformation. Then paying some trolls to take attention away from topic at hand. We have outsourced this function also. Read the above posts for clues.

    Now watch them emerge under different names pretending to use american vernacular to make us think otherwise. Working in shifts to time it right. LOL.

    Cousin Frankie is the latest pseudonym. Right @Better Tomorrow? Reminds me of Silence of the Lambs.

    January 21, 2015 at 6:46 am |
  11. Better Tomorrow

    As of this morning the bad guys have taken over Somalia also. So much for the world powers. Intervention or no intervention. The message is loud and clear. Till the Indian Occupied Kashmir and Palestine problems are resolved this will get worse and worse. Get in your basements and stay there will soon be the way of life in the west.

    January 21, 2015 at 7:12 am |
  12. Cow in a Bottle ©

    There are two balls of terror globally. Israel and India. One larger than the other just like my sweaty balls.
    All you have to do is map out terror on a map and you will see these two cults right in the center.

    January 21, 2015 at 7:24 am |
  13. Rappaport

    The streets of Europe and America have been taken over by armed forces. I call this military intervention. Certainly seems to be the solution in western countries. How ironic.

    January 21, 2015 at 7:38 am |
  14. Rappaport

    All is not well. Send in the clowns.

    January 21, 2015 at 7:40 am |
  15. Rappaport

    Has anyone seem Bin Laden lately? @chrissy?

    January 21, 2015 at 7:42 am |
  16. Cousin Frankie

    Too many calzones this morning, @Rappaport?

    This terror war is just a deflection of attention.
    Buying time for economic debacle.

    January 21, 2015 at 7:45 am |
  17. Cousin Frankie

    I am waiting for the hindu contingent from India to show so I can bust their bollz. One person many names. @chrissy etc.

    Gone rayping I suppose. Is that terrorism too? In my book yes! Mama Mia!

    January 21, 2015 at 7:49 am |
  18. Cousin Frankie

    The State of the Onion is Strong. Yes, it is. We have militiarized our local police. Don't Shoot I cant breathe. Maroné.

    January 21, 2015 at 8:36 am |
  19. Blue Saffroń

    This is about an army that is engaged in constructive work. This is about a country that has emerged as a Global Leader. Let us celebrate this article. Let us celebrate the bright future of America. Let us celebrate the positive contributions of America to the cause of peace in the world. E Pluribus Unum.

    January 21, 2015 at 8:50 am |
    • Hannah

      Spoken like a true patriot. You are such a positive influence on all @Blue Saffron.

      January 21, 2015 at 10:18 am |
  20. Blue Saffroń

    Thank you Hannah. I try.
    Seriously, we Americans have expended such enormous resources for world peace that we dont get credit for.

    January 21, 2015 at 11:51 am |
  21. Blue Saffroń

    BTW did you notice that Fareed is not doing any coverage on state of union.

    January 21, 2015 at 11:53 am |
    • Lolo

      Probably cuz he doesn't delve too much in domestic politics?!??

      January 21, 2015 at 11:56 am |
      • Blue Saffroń

        You could be right. But state of union has such global connotation also.

        January 21, 2015 at 12:22 pm |
      • Lolo

        It's called State if the Union for a reason.....?

        January 21, 2015 at 12:29 pm |
  22. Blue Saffroń

    China will now step to the plate to bring stability and peace in the region including Afghanistan as ISAF exits. Will mediate between Afghan Govt and Talibans – Mulla Umer. Shift in paradigm.

    January 21, 2015 at 1:56 pm |
  23. Blue Saffroń

    I think China on surface will emerge as a kinder gentler alternate to America regionally as well in other developing countries. It's model is investments in developing nations for political returns and natural resources. Necklace of Pearls around India.

    January 21, 2015 at 2:06 pm |
  24. chri§§y ¥ ¥ ¥ ¥

    I agree @ Blue Saffron! And China hasnt made a habit of trying to control/run all these other countries! The US govt should take a page out of THAT book!!!

    January 21, 2015 at 3:07 pm |
  25. Blue Saffroń

    Terrorists from Afghanistan – Pakistan are being weeded out and will end up in other places closer to the west. Interesting to see effects.

    January 21, 2015 at 4:50 pm |
  26. chri§§y ¥ ¥ ¥ ¥

    @Blue Saffron, Terrorism isnt really amusing to you is it??

    January 21, 2015 at 5:02 pm |
  27. chri§§y ¥ ¥ ¥ ¥

    And the US has their very own domestic group of terrorists @ Blue! They are not only allowed to roam freely in this country, but we, the taxpayers, pay them to do so!!!! And the name of this terrorist group is...CONGRESS! The largest group of traitors in our history!

    January 21, 2015 at 5:14 pm |
  28. chri§§y ¥ ¥ ¥ ¥

    And they are a whole lot more devious and sneakier than ISIS!!!!!

    January 21, 2015 at 5:20 pm |
  29. Blue Saffroń

    @chrissy how would you define terrorism? A few weeks ago ISIS was an existential threat to America. Today it is not per Biden. Go figure. The entire US elected and appointed apparatus is suspect.

    January 21, 2015 at 5:33 pm |
  30. chri§§y ¥ ¥ ¥ ¥

    Agreed! I trust NO politicians! And the willful costs of lives both foreign and domestic that THEY are responsible for, with no sign of remorse....classifies them as TERRORISTS! Especially all the innocent children!!! Collateral damage my ass! Those warmongering idiots just do not care! They need to get real and tell it like it really is....its all about their bank accounts and being controll freaks!

    January 21, 2015 at 5:44 pm |
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