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 ¥ ¥ ¥ ¥

    And particularly CONGRESS! Everything they do or in their case, dont do, is purely out of SPITE! Every day theyre in session is like an episode of Romper Room!

    January 21, 2015 at 5:49 pm |
  2. chri§§y ¥ ¥ ¥ ¥

    And im not certain i would trust most of them to organise a neighborhood canned food drive much less be a government official!!! I suppose we should grateful they manage to find their way out of the bathroom everyday without a lead dog huh? Lol

    January 21, 2015 at 5:59 pm |
  3. chri§§y ¥ ¥ ¥ ¥

    My apology @ Blue Saffron and all other readers! This is just a topic i feel very strongly about and i do tend to get heated up about these misfits!

    January 21, 2015 at 6:03 pm |
  4. chri§§y ¥ ¥ ¥ ¥

    Oh and i forgot this...
    Terrorism~to intimidate or coerse by threats or violence, especially for political purposes! IMHO congress most definitely falls into this category!

    January 21, 2015 at 6:23 pm |
  5. Philip

    Oh. Like little green men flying around in "UFOs". Sceary.

    January 21, 2015 at 6:45 pm |
  6. chri§§y ¥ ¥ ¥ ¥

    Scarey you mean?

    January 21, 2015 at 7:14 pm |
    • Philip

      No. Sceary. As in not scary at all.

      January 21, 2015 at 7:20 pm |
  7. Classified Woman

    In this startling new memoir, Sibel Edmonds—the most classified woman in U.S. history—takes us on a surreal journey that begins with the secretive FBI and down the dark halls of a feckless Congress to a stonewalling judiciary and finally, to the national security whistleblowers movement she spearheaded. Having lived under Middle East dictatorships, Edmonds knows firsthand what can happen when government is allowed to operate in secret. Hers is a sobering perspective that combines painful experience with a rallying cry for the public’s right to know and to hold the lawbreakers accountable. With U.S. citizens increasingly stripped of their rights in a calibrated media blackout, Edmonds’ story is a wake-up call for all Americans who, willingly or unwillingly, traded liberty for illusive security in the wake of 9/11.

    January 21, 2015 at 7:19 pm |
    • Lolo

      If its classified how'd she write it. ?

      January 21, 2015 at 8:03 pm |
  8. chri§§y ¥ ¥ ¥ ¥

    Whatever. No such word exists.

    January 21, 2015 at 7:26 pm |
    • Philip

      Go pick on someone your own size. Thanks.

      January 21, 2015 at 7:30 pm |
  9. chri§§y ¥ ¥ ¥ ¥

    Ok back to my book....it was nice "conversing" with you @ Blue Saffron. Later!

    January 21, 2015 at 7:32 pm |
    • Philip

      Amscray isn't a word either.

      January 21, 2015 at 7:38 pm |
      • Lolo

        It's pig latin for scram something we used to do when we were 8.

        January 21, 2015 at 8:02 pm |
  10. chri§§y ¥ ¥ ¥ ¥

    Damn your dumb! It is a word idiot. Both latin and slang! Have fun though! Talking to yourself i mean. Asta la vista idiot.

    January 21, 2015 at 7:47 pm |
  11. chri§§y ¥ ¥ ¥ ¥

    Oh i forgot to say "pig" latin.

    January 21, 2015 at 8:03 pm |
  12. chri§§y ¥ ¥ ¥ ¥

    Lol thats a good question @ Lolo. You mustve "scaery'd" him with it tho cuz he sure did "amscray" rather abrubtly! Lmao! Kudos to you! 😉

    January 21, 2015 at 10:38 pm |
  13. chri§§y ¥ ¥ ¥ ¥

    Lol my bad *abruptly* i meant

    January 21, 2015 at 11:59 pm |
  14. Blue Saffroń

    Boehner inviting Netanyahu to address Congress is like having a convention of terrorists. The jewish leader is the epitomy of all terrorism.

    January 22, 2015 at 8:19 am |
    • Chris Kyle

      Are you trying to tell me Blue Saffron, that I shot the wrong people?

      January 22, 2015 at 8:59 am |
  15. Chris Kyle

    Fareed has it right. Military intervention is no solution to terrorism. I know, I shot a whole bunch of them as the move American Sniper shows!!!!!!!!!!!

    January 22, 2015 at 8:57 am |
  16. palintwit

    "He who warned uh, the British that they weren't gonna be takin' away our arms, uh by ringing those bells, and um, makin' sure as he's riding his horse through town to send those warning shots and bells that we were going to be sure and we were going to be free, and we were going to be armed."

    – Sarah Palin –

    January 22, 2015 at 9:51 am |
    • Philip

      Your guns are going to be taken away from you if you are a drug addict. You dopers really need to understand this truth.

      January 22, 2015 at 10:17 am |
      • Marylynn Novatney

        Palin is a drug addict?!??? Then why is she always shooting her guns and her big mouth off?!???

        January 22, 2015 at 12:21 pm |
  17. chri§§y ¥ ¥ ¥ ¥

    Agree again @ Blue Saffron!!! And WHY did congress do that? Purely out of SPITE!!!!

    January 22, 2015 at 10:38 am |
  18. palintwit

    " The "Quitter", a former half-term governor, could not be elected as a Wasilla dog catcher in her home state again. We know her failures and shortcomings too well as an incompetent, vindictive, twit that can barely string a coherent sentence together. She bailed on her sworn duties to Alaskans when someone dangled a book contract in front of her. Oh, and she lost the last election for McCain. "

    January 22, 2015 at 10:59 am |
  19. chri§§y ¥ ¥ ¥ ¥

    Lol @ palintwit....AND she aint too fond of the family dog either! Thinks its ok to walk all over him.

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

    @chrissy... global terrorism is a reaction of the people towards the failed American and European policies. Poor people's response. Had they any capability you would have seen nukes flying.

    January 22, 2015 at 1:38 pm |
  21. chri§§y ¥ ¥ ¥ ¥

    Lol @ Marylynn...thats just philips distorted view on all americans. Particularly the females. Or rather his "phobia"!

    January 22, 2015 at 1:42 pm |
  22. palintwit

    " I've suspected for some time now that Sarah Palin is an alcoholic (her looks have seriously deteriorated, and if there's one thing you could say about her, she used to be a very attractive woman), and that no one in her life will stop the gravy train long enough to force her into rehab. After all, it might ruin her brand and she's a serious cash machine for a lot of people. That's why her every rambling comment on Facebook and Twitter becomes a controversy - they're the only venues where she's still taken seriously. "

    January 22, 2015 at 2:20 pm |
  23. Blue Saffroń

    An inmate at Guatanamo has charged his american female captors of seyxual harassment. Terrorism?

    January 22, 2015 at 2:22 pm |
  24. chri§§y ¥ ¥ ¥ ¥

    @ Blue Saffron....i believe our government wishes us to believe that these "terrorists" are unintelligent thugs! Just because thats what they WISH us to believe this does NOT make it true! They have enough intelligence to know that using nukes would be a suicide mission for all mankind and would not help their mission at all. And i believe they would only use nukes as a last resort when ALL hope is lost!!!!

    January 22, 2015 at 2:51 pm |
  25. chri§§y ¥ ¥ ¥ ¥

    And most american citizens are painfully aware our govt particularly those warmongering individuals manage to meet their agenda by instilling FEAR in the citizens of this country. Its their biggest manipulation tactic to make us submissive to whatever they are proposing at the time!

    January 22, 2015 at 2:58 pm |
  26. Blue Saffroń

    Well, the terorists resort to terrorism as they have lost all hope to solve issues with civility. They are ready to die. Whether suicide belts or nukes. Dun't matter. Taking others with them.

    January 22, 2015 at 3:05 pm |
  27. chri§§y ¥ ¥ ¥ ¥

    Based on that theory it shouldnt surprise any of us WHY other countries do not trust us!

    January 22, 2015 at 3:06 pm |
  28. chri§§y ¥ ¥ ¥ ¥

    Agree @ Blue, but i dont think theyve quite reached the point of giving up which would be the case if they wanted to end ALL mankind!

    January 22, 2015 at 3:09 pm |
  29. Blue Saffroń

    American female interrogators shoving their n ipples into terrorist mouth does not help the cause. May quench the thirst. But wont flush out the info.

    January 22, 2015 at 3:10 pm |
  30. chri§§y ¥ ¥ ¥ ¥

    And i dont think we should live in fear as some would have us do. I also dont think we should underestimate these terrorists either! Both would be foolish.

    January 22, 2015 at 3:14 pm |
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