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  1. I can’t even believe we’re having a discussion to justify the first amendment. If you favor censorship or think there’s anything reasonable about homeland security developing a misinformation department led by a woman deeply steeped in partisan misinformation—- GFY
    17 points
  2. Took me almost five years to build the story, and it might not make me any friends in publishing it, but Schultz’ honour deserves to be defended: Doc Schultz' Area 51 Mishap: The Details Revealed https://youtu.be/zidJB6qxlKs
    16 points
  3. Ok, I’ll bite. How and why? From my narrow military point of view, funding Ukraine is helping to weaken a near peer adversary. Also, I’m sure the nerds are picking apart as many of the Su-34s and Su-35s (not sure if it was multiple) components as they can to increase our SA on their capes and limitations. Additionally, I have to suspect we’re able to collect valuable data on Russian missile capes, particularly the Adder and it’s variants. No doubt there are significant amounts of intel the US can gain in all domains concerning how Russia executes combat operations. From my narrow geopolitical point of view, if there is even a chance that our backing, along with a large number of other western/non-western nations, can push China’s timeline to the right on Taiwan, then I think it’s worth it. China is slowly distancing itself from Russia in certain aspects (to look good on the world stage of course), which will be ammunition for the rest of the world if they move against Taiwan. Ultimately, my belief is if our support for a non-NATO ally will make China rethink their plans for Taiwan and the timeline of their invasion, then the billions we’re spending in Ukraine will be a drop in the bucket to what I’m worried it will cost us in lives, assets, and treasure if China invades Taiwan in the next 10 years. Europe reducing their reliance on Russian energy seems like a great way to cut the leash Putin has had around European leaders’ necks for some time. Hopefully that will make it easier for those same leaders to impose other sanctions on Russia without fear that their population will freeze to death. Not saying Europe has made it to this point yet, but they’re moving in the right direction. Russia, in some serious miscalculations, has helped the process along by cutting off power and demanding payment in rubles. That’s all without addressing the horrible human toll that is taking place against non-combatants. I morally have issue with a government openly allowing their troops to rape and murder at will. For this reason alone I’m happy to send my taxpayer dollars to make sure those individuals get wiped from the earth.
    13 points
  4. Ironic, CH starts a thread about disinformation, and suddenly we have two new members arguing he's wrong about it...
    12 points
  5. I don't think you are soapboxing, I think Danger41 summed it butter than I could. Steve as a journalist operating under the freedom of the Constitution and the 1st amendment, told the story, bravo. I am assuming you are not saying Steve can't report what he finds as a journalist. I agree that folks with classified knowledge have no business discussing things with the press or anyone not read in period dot. When I say Doc's story deserved to be told, perhaps I should caveat, I mean to his family. There is probably some middle ground but DoD never seems to find it. The family deserved some details and instead of "your loved one died in a crash, sorry", I would have handled it like this - "Unfortunately Doc passed away in the crash of a classified aircraft. It happened when he attempted to land but there was an issue with said classified aircraft and Doc was forced to initiate a very dangerous go around that ultimately saved the life of his backseater. Doc attempted to eject but his seat failed and he perished."
    11 points
  6. Then teach them critical thought, but do not for one second create a gov organization to arbitrate truth and therefore regulate free speech. Flat earthers are retarded, but they have every right to have websites, create documentaries, stand on a street corner with a sign, etc. Free speech is not perfect and fabricated bullshit will always exist, but that is substantially better than a restricted/controlled-speech society.
    11 points
  7. All too many threads have become politically charged (guilty myself), so let's have at least one thread to lighten things up.
    10 points
  8. You got the memo on no black boots and calling it a “heritage room” too right? Also, don’t look for porn in the shitters anymore…
    10 points
  9. Watch the testimony and questions that follow. Why put it under DHS except to harness broad legal powers? Look at the lady they are installing as the director, look at her words about the Hunter Biden laptop and her book How to Lose the Information War: Russia, Fake News, and the Future of Conflict "What's changed about [fighting disinformation] today is the tools and tactics and speed at which the info spreads. Part of this is not only building resilience but we have to get the regulatory framework in place so that we can respond more effectively." “...In the digital sphere, there’s artificial amplification of particular ideas, and so it’s cheating in the marketplace of ideas. If digital platforms can’t find an effective way to remove those fake voices, the trolls, the bots, then you’re not actually approximating the true public square.” Are you remotely serious? Russia - Pravda Nazi's - Ministry of Propaganda and Public Enlightenment Iran - The Ministry of Culture and Islamic Guidance - Additionally the "Supreme Leader has the power to appoint and dismiss the leaders of the judiciary, the state radio and television networks. North Korea - Korean Central Television - It is so bad in North Korea that wrote a book called The Ministry of Truth ! The 1st amendment is crystal clear - Congress shall make no law respecting an establishment of religion, or prohibiting the free exercise thereof; or abridging the freedom of speech, or of the press; or the right of the people peaceably to assemble, and to petition the Government for a redress of grievances. In a free country the government does not get to decide what is true and what isn't or what the press can report. Based on how well our own government did with Vietnam, tests on American soldiers, Watergate...the list goes on. The 4th estate is vital and although right now they are extremely dysfunctional, we NEED them.
    10 points
  10. Congrats! Not the way I would phrase it, instead try. I will be working hard to be the best pilot possible, let the rest take care of itself. Tell your "MAF guy" to go back to chewing his cud. Command is years away, if it took you this long to get to UPT go for want to fly, your passion, not the possibility of command some day. Things have a way of working out, there is no set formula. Absolute non-sense to say you can't be a CAF SQ/CC unless you are a patch. Your odds for WIC may be reduced by your timeline, but anything is possible. I've been to WIC, I was an instructor at WIC, I was a commander at WIC...I've sat on the selection boards for WIC. There are ALWAYS exceptions. The overarching desire is to pick WUGs as Captains so they have time for payback and to grow, but I personally selected two majors because they were the right dudes. You are so far ahead of yourself you are about to fall over. You are already planning retirement and you haven't finished UPT. Honestly, some of your suppositions sound like careerism and entitlement "Even if that means retiring as a light colonel." I know some great American aviator who purposely retired as Lt Col's...and I would fly into combat with all of them. Rank is great but there other things like your reputation, career fulfillment and looking yourself in the mirror. Maybe I am wrong about your intentions but I would take a quieter approach in a squadron spend a lot more time listening. Life is short, if you want to chase fighters, go for it with all you have. If you want to go to WIC, work as hard as you can and let your squadron patch know. If you want to be a commander, work HARD, be the best you can and don't tell people, show them through your performance and effort.
    9 points
  11. I'd focus on boldface/ops limits before all that shit bro, let alone command.
    8 points
  12. There’s a line…and Demonrat crossed it. His recent posts and subsequent replies have been deleted.
    8 points
  13. What hasn't changed is how the Democratic party still strongly believes that race is a person's most important attribute in determining who they are.
    8 points
  14. Hey gents, thanks for keeping this one alive. I retired, got a contract job, got blackballed, filed a FWA complaint and am now 100% doing they cybers on the outside. Somehow lost the password to here and didn't really have time to get it going again (writing a book, starting a business, beekeeping, etc.). Nice to be back and I do have some thoughts on what was posted. I'll write those out and give an update on the commercial side and what the bros are still saying in. PS - edibles are great.
    8 points
  15. Very different situations. We are now looking at a developed country that is democratizing and courting the free world that has been straight up invaded and is asking for help. This is worlds away from an I’ll advised war against an already shaky dictatorship or popping into someone else’s civil war hoping you can prevent more bloodshed. I agree that in all honesty, we probably don’t care all that much about Ukraine per-se. But we do care about the idea of sovereignty. Very much in fact. We also care about Eastern Europe and Europe as a whole. If you don’t think this is Putin’s litmus test for Poland, Lithuania, Romania, etc, you’re being naive. And while we’re being honest, yes, this is a chance to affect Russia’s abilities to threaten its neighbors and hold Europe hostage over energy, which have been major concerns of ours for years now. To recap, our interests in the region are: the survival of a democratic nation and its people, protecting the very idea of sovereignty, hardening the NATO alliance (and finally getting Europe to pay its fair share & take defense seriously), weaning Europe off Russian energy, and sending the Russians something with a little more kick than the strongly worded letters they’ve been receiving from the UN the last several years. And the icing on the cake is that our strategy does not involve any direct military confrontation with Russia. Sure there are pundits out there who argue we should act more aggressively, but I have not heard one voice from the current administration make that argument. The Russians say we risk nuclear escalation by supplying weapons and support to Ukraine because of course they do. What other cards do they hold? None. Their conventional forces were apparently worse off than we thought and have been severely degraded from there. They’re quickly losing their biggest bargaining chip in Europe, energy, and it’ll likely be gone permanently. They thought they were good at information warfare, and maybe they were but they’re losing this one (at least abroad). So the one card they have left is waiving around their nukes. But Putin likes living. He likes his mansions and his boats and his girls. While he’s no 4D chess player, he’s smart enough to know that all turns to glass if he actually pulls the trigger.
    8 points
  16. I hear this counter argument quite a bit, it’s not an apples to apples comparison. There’s a reason why the FAA changed the minimum hours needs for the ATP, and why a restricted ATP exists. Inexperienced guys were bending metal and killing people and it made the FAA realize that 250 hour first officers was dangerous. Airlines don’t teach guys with ~200 hours, they teach guys with minimum of 750 hours for prior military, or 1,000-1,500 hours for civilians, depending on how they got those hours. That’s potentially ~550-1250 hours more than a dude right out of flight school. That extra flight time makes a huge difference. The airlines sim is more of a top off for an already experienced pilot instead of teaching a brand new pilot how to fly the plane in actual airspace while refining their airmanship.
    7 points
  17. https://coffeeordie.com/bronze-star-kabul-evacuation/ Phenomenal Navy O-3 I owe some friends lives to. Super happy she was recognized.
    7 points
  18. The Russians continue to take HEAVY losses in both personnel and equipment. As the fight in the east intensifies it was expected the Russians would hold a great advantage due to the flat terrain and expected maneuver/combined arms warfare. From this video near Donetsk, that is not working out for them thanks to anti-armor weapons like Javelin and some very savvy RPA/Artillery coordination by the Ukrainians. The Russians seem incompetent but I hope that is not the take away from our folks in DoD who are no doubt soaking up every tron and lesson learned.
    7 points
  19. What did you say? Sent from my iPhone using Baseops Network mobile app
    7 points
  20. Wish I could get my wife to say this…
    7 points
  21. I want Hillary to go to jail for any of the many illegal things she's gotten away with over her misbegotten career. To show that justice works for both the little people and those "too big to fail." I want some convictions, in particular, over the Russian collusion fiasco because I want the executive branch to know that it's not ok to pick sides. I do not want to see the continued weaponization of various federal agencies along with their resources to absolutely fcuk over peoples' lives. I want the various GS13s-15s/SESs' to understand they will face consequences for doing illegal things in pursuit of partisan political objectives or to fight against those policies with which they disagree. I do not want more rogue CIA/FBI/IRSI employees. I do not want jumped up Lt Cols who think they should set policy and not those elected officials. A few perp walks might make someone reconsider for the next time.
    6 points
  22. Truth We had one crash them into each other, drop one and then step on it.
    6 points
  23. Geez, thought we all got into this business, some later than others, for the love of flying. Everything else is secondary. Still love it 50 years after my Tweet solo.
    6 points
  24. DHS pauses disinformation board amid free speech questions
    6 points
  25. Define what success looks like to you and pursue that with gusto. You’ll be thrust into more leadership oriented positions as a more senior guy earlier so be ready for that. As an aside, that’s the most on brand stereotype of a MAF squadron CC to immediately talk to a new guy about going to IDE and then commanding lol. Sigh…
    6 points
  26. Amen, Lets get back to how the Russians suck. In this case deliberately hurting themselves to get off the battlefield.
    6 points
  27. I know the first place the new Ministry of Truth needs to look!
    6 points
  28. This is an interesting fear, since the GOP has had trifecta control of the Texas state government since 2003 🤷‍♂️ Can't say I blame the Democrats for any laws passed in Texas anytime recently... @Lord Ratner I think you've argued in good faith here, cheers. I am not a lawyer, but here are a my thoughts on some of the topics you've posted about previously, in no specific order (too many to quote). Feel free to respond if you'd like, or just skip the #WallOfText and have a great day: It seems like while you don't like abortion, you're basically pro-choice, along the lines of what Roe allowed, as modified by Casey. Early-term abortion is perhaps regrettable yet is allowed, but not late-term abortion, life of the mother medical exemptions notwithstanding. The exact definition of where the line falls has changed over time but is now IVO 15-21 weeks. Do you agree with that characterization? In fact, this is where I fall. I'm "pro-choice" if you ask me in a survey but I've only personally been a part of two pregnancies and we have two children, so we've "chosen life" both times, easy call. I am opposed to abortions after the point of fetal viability unless there's some threat to the life of the mother. The vast majority of abortions that take place in the US (approx. 95%) happen before 15 weeks, and 98% happen before 21 weeks. That is the status quo under Roe et al today and it feels like a fair line to say ok, that's the tipping point between a woman's freedom of choice and the fetus' freedom to have a life, both of which I can see the argument for. Therefore why are we overturning an important right (in my view) and landmark precedent for the 2-5% of cases that are unsavory to my personal morals? Maybe you support the likely decision on Dobbs simply because you believe Roe was badly decided to begin with rather than because you are rabidly anti-abortion in all cases, and that's fair. But don't be deceived, several state laws already on the books ban abortion entirely, from 0.001 weeks onward, and have no exemptions for rape, incest or the life/safety of the mother. Idaho and Texas come to mind there. Many others have full restrictions except for life of the mother situations, i.e. no timetable, no rape/incest exemptions. These laws will take effect immediately if Roe is overturned. I get what you're saying in that states should have the right to legislate as they see fit, but the courts have always found limits to that - state and federal lawmakers aren't free to enact things that are not permissible under either their state or the federal constitutions, it's been that way from day one of our current system of government. Ok so you can't enact things that are unconstitutional, and presently under Roe total abortion bans are unconstitutional, so moving a thing from one category to another is a big deal! Which I can see why maybe you've been mad all along if you think Roe was wrongly decided, and now the forthcoming Dobbs decision would just undue that past wrong. I disagree. Granting a constitutionally protected right like Roe did is a major precedent that should not be overturned lightly, which is basically what Gorsuch, Kavanaugh and ACB promised Susan Collins and Lisa Murkowski (and the Democrats) in their SCOTUS appointment hearings. Sic "Roe is settled law" and etc. I don't remember exactly what Alito and Thomas said on the subject. Roberts at least seems to be signaling that he is anti-abortion but doesn't want to destroy the Roe precedent, and especially no in the way that Alito does, which IMHO threatens other rights as well. If Roe is overturned for the reasons that Alito sketched out in the leaked draft opinion, I'm also very concerned it will open an enormous can of worms that will spill out into many other issues that everyday people will notice and care about. If the 14th Amendment is essentially gutted, which is where I think we're headed, i.e. the Due Process Clause (and perhaps the Equal Protection Clause also?) no longer include unenumerated rights and really it only protects rights with a (sic) "long historical tradition" as Alito puts it, that would allow states to legislate away gay marriage, sodomy, and perhaps even reinstitute segregation in schools. I can think of some very recent times when banning gay marriage and sodomy were A+ cool and not so long ago when segregated schools were also perfectly fine in the eyes of both the law and the public. None of those rights are specifically enumerated in the federal constitution nor do they enjoy a "long historical tradition" in my view, and therefore are vulnerable under Alito's logic. I for one don't want states to be able to get rid of the right to marry who I want, stick it in whatever hole I want, or send my kids to an inclusive and equal school with peers of all races/religions/etc., just because they don't like it, and I know basically all Democrats and even a sizable share of Republicans who share that view, especially ones < age 55. I will bet you a bottle of fantastic Tennessee whiskey that there will be a state that looks at Alito's logic, passes a ban on gay marriage, and that such a ban would be upheld by the current makeup of SCOTUS because well now the 14th Amendment just ain't what it used to be. Let's give it 10 years, you can Manchester me on that one if you want. Alito tries to says that's not on the table because abortion is a special case where there are X-factors blah blah blah, I don't believe it. Some state will argue passionately and honestly that they believe it's a huge moral imperative to preserve traditional marriage, and I think a state-level ban on gay marriage would pass muster if brought before SCOTUS again, overturning Obergefell. Despite what the polling says today, as recently as GWB's second term the GOP wanted to enact a constitutional amendment to ban gay marriage! There are certainly crazy-ass state legislators who would be chomping at the bit to ban it in their state if they had the power to do so. Final parting shot: I know you have not argued this, but others have argued vehemently that "life begins at fertilization, and all human rights for the unborn fetus begin there." Essentially any act that intentionally destroys a fertilized egg is a heinous crime. Got it, that is a coherent worldview, even if I don't share it. Do we ban IVF treatments then? That process definitely involves destroying fertilized eggs, all in the name of actually getting the most viable one(s) implanted and successfully turned into a baby, often times for couples desperate to "choose life." If folks want to subscribe to the worldview that fertilized egg = full human with all the rights of you and I, IVF has to be banned unfortunately and they need to be honest about that. FWIW this is the view of the Catholic Church (full disclosure that I am Catholic), and ok fair enough. But a lot of fairly hard-line pro-life protestant christians I know are fine with IVF and I'm struggling to understand their rationalization there. Maybe it boils down to, "Look, I'm against things I don't like and think are bad and am fine with things I do like and think are good and I want the law to reflect that," with no underlying, coherent logical or legal throughline, and ok, that's probably the case honestly. Enough for now, good talk. 🇺🇸
    6 points
  29. ^^ I for one am someone who does not agree with what seems to be the forthcoming decision to overturn Roe and Casey, but I do not condone protesting outside Kavanaugh’s house. Folks should have a reasonable right to privacy in their own homes and I also think it’s counterproductive in almost all cases. If I were to protest, it would be outside the Court itself. I agree with the following: https://www.washingtonpost.com/opinions/2022/05/09/stop-protesting-outside-supreme-court-justice-houses/
    6 points
  30. How about now? DJIA 32,432 = today - 8.5% inflation = 29586 S&P500 = 4108 today - 8.5% inflation = 3759 You didn't include the NASDAQ before: NASDAQ close 20 Jan 2021 = 13,197.18 NASDAQ today = 11,700.66 - 8.5% inflation = 10706 Your boy is knocking it out of the park, it just gets better and better, we are all so much better off.
    6 points
  31. Here's the latest mushroom cloud on Snake Island.
    6 points
  32. Y'all are seriously struggling with the concept of representative democracy and a republic. What states are enacting laws that aren't supported by the population? How? All of these (mostly) stupid hypotheticals and comparisons, which I know you guys are smart enough to know the difference, are exactly what the legislature is supposed to decide. Miscarriage vs Abortion? Write the law. Confused about the line between preventing conception and aborting a fetus? Debate it and legislate. If you think the issue is so huge that a country-wide rule must be enacted... Guess what? There's a process for that too! If the issue was as obvious and settled as some of you are implying, we wouldn't still be fighting over it 50 years after Roe was decided. And if it's so important that it needs constitutional protection... Holy shit! There's a process for that too! Sometimes I wonder what constitution you guys pledged to defend.
    6 points
  33. Honest question to Demonrat. Since the SCOTUS decision was illicitly leaked does that story comprise disinformation now that should be suppressed? Why isn't the media suppressing this like the Hunter Biden laptop or the Hilary Clinton emails? Shouldn't this be wiped from record until the election like those stories were?
    6 points
  34. "Assault on the Constitution and the American ideas of freedom and liberty?" Since when did forcing conservative Christian values on the populace as a whole in a nation with freedom of religion count as "the American ideas of freedom of liberty?" If anything, forcing religious ethical and moral opinions on the entire nation is an assault on the Constitution and the American ideas of freedom and liberty. Christians then take the Bible and basically any passage and warp it with twisted logic to support their claims that the Bible sees life as starting in the womb. You can basically interpret anything in the Bible exactly the way you want to support whatever argument you are making. This leads to a lifestyle where Christian women go get an abortion, then turn around and scream about others who do the same. You see it all the time, and it's quite pathetic. I always laugh when I see somebody say "we murdered X amount of babies." I truly think nobody really believes that having an abortion is equivalent to killing a 1-month old baby. Show a video of a woman having an abortion, and then show a video of somebody murdering a 1-month old baby. Which is going to garner a stronger reaction across the vast majority of people? You don't truly believe that aborting a fetus is equivalent to murdering a baby who is out of the womb. If you really believe that a person is made at conception, then put your money where your mouth is. Start supporting research that helps stop miscarraige, because there are nearly 1 million of those every year where "people" end up dying. If you regard abortion as murder, then you would support first degree murder sentences for 1 in 4 American women who end up getting abortions by the age of 45. I hope that's not your wife, your daughter, your grand daughter, or anybody you hold close. I hope I can start taking out life insurance policies on my newly conceived "person." If you kill a pregnant woman, it better be a double homicide. If you skip out on a woman while she is pregnant? Better start to pay child support while their "person" is in their first trimester. The list goes on and on with the implications of calling a fetus a "person" at conception. If you want all that, then more power to you I guess. That's not the type of society I want to live in.
    6 points
  35. I refer you to the FBI's deliberate misuse of the FISA legal system. Not just against people in Trump's orbit, but just American citizens. I refer you to several NSA programs that look at US citizens communications that deliberately circumvented the "legal review" system in place. I refer you to the IRS' targeting of Tea Party entities in the early 2000s. I refer you to the CIA's spying on Americans in the 1950s/60s/70s. I refer you to the DoD's program to monitor the social media of service members today. I can go from today back to the John Adams Administration and the Sedition Act of 1800 with such examples of the government not being trustworthy and stifling wrong think. But sure, you rail against the enemy of "white, Christian, conservative men" and trust the government. A) Let me know how that works for ya and B) that is a great gig if you can be the one deciding.
    6 points
  36. We are saying the same thing. As most know USAF bet the enterprise on 5th gen (for good reason), in the middle of a war with dudes running around Afghanistan with AK-47s and IEDs. The real damage occurred during the fight between Gates v Moseley/Wynne. At that point ATF had been a program of record for 20 years and they wanted to see it through because they saw the long-term threat and the absolute need for 5th gen if we were going to fight/deter China and Russia. Gates was focused on the now (again for good reason), young men and women were being blown up everyday and Gates wanted drastic action and response to stop the damage. Forcing USAF to field 100+ orbits of RPA manned at 9:1 gutted the Air Force in both personnel and treasure. We never got credit (or resourcing), for using up 20+ years of a modern Air Force flying two No-Fly zones over Iraq. In the environment the Air Force made some tough (often Sofie's Choice), type resourcing decisions that ultimately cost CSAF and SECAF their jobs. As such we kicked the AWACS can down the road, we kicked the JSTARS can down the road, we kicked the CSAR can down the road, we kicked the nuclear enterprise can down the road and we kicked the tanker can down the road. Now all the cans are rusted and need to be replaced in what would have been a decreasing fiscal environment (if not for Ukraine), and at a time when were are trying to field large numbers of the most expensive procurement program in the history of DoD. All of that being said, just because we have to make tough decisions doesn't give permission to make hasty faulty decisions. Does Wedgetail takeoff and land more often that the E-3, yup but not as often as it should and more importantly not as often as other options. I say again, the Aussies are having a TERRIBLE time with Wedgetail, as are the South Koreans...to the point South Korea is going to buy something else! Is anyone paying attention? Air Force seniors reference commercial fleet reliability rates when they talk about Wedgetail "90+% reliability rate" when the Aussies and Koreans are seeing 60% on their Wedgetails, some issues so severe they only fly at night. There are options that fly faster, higher, further with a MUCH better radar that could be on the ramp in about the same time as Wedgetail but we are so myopic we can't take an honest look. The Air Force is acting like an 18 year old who spent years struggling to catch a glimpse of side boob through the neighbors window. Miraculously he got laid by the fat chick down the street and now he is in love, he can't see anything else and wants to get married because it never felt so good. Forget the fact that he got into the University of Alabama with some of the dumbest yet hottest nymphomaniac blondes in the nation. I hope something changes, I hope they use the decision space to make a choice that solves the immediate problem while providing for the future. And yes, the maintainers are magicians, unsung heroes who have made us all look good for many many years.
    6 points
  37. Wouldn't than mean we should censor Jen Psaki who from the White House Podium has shared these truth bombs: "Hunter Biden Story is Russian Disinfo" "Putin Price Hike on gas" "Inflation is transitory" "It is irresponsible to say Americans are stranded in Afghanistan, they are not" "Psaki denies transporting illegal immigrants at 0230 AM is the middle of the night, calls it early flight"
    6 points
  38. The further we get from 1984, the closer we get. With the recent history of government agencies involved in sketchy behavior with a noticable political bent, what could possibly go wrong?
    6 points
  39. "We find this belief to be disinformation. We shall be monitoring your communications, both incoming and outgoing, to ensure that you do not attempt to spread such disinformation." a note from your friendly Ministry of Truth... And given the support for such, even on this thread, it's likely to happen. And I can assure you, it's a GREAT gig to get if you can be the one that decides what is and isn't disinformation. Just ask any of the 50 former IC officials who signed the letter assuring us that the Hunter laptop was classic Russian disinformation. What could possibly go wrong?
    6 points
  40. The National interest is not having aggressor countries walking into another one just because they feel like their empire was aggrieved thirty years ago. You know, the whole national sovereignty thing we’ve mostly held down since 1945.
    6 points
  41. You are completely blinded by bias.
    6 points
  42. Your second sentence is inaccurate and isn't backed by history or the current US position in the world. The US has certainly made military and foreign policy mistakes post WWII. Most historians and foreign policy experts would agree that Vietnam, US actions in Iran pre-1979, and probably now Afghanistan after 2004-5 were large failures. Iraq 2003 is also one IMO but that one is still being debated. I'll cover the last 30 years of Chinese relations in a sec. There are most definitely others I can't think of off the top of my head but those are the big ones. Many times our failures and mistakes overshadow our successes. Korea, through the lenses of history, has been a large success. As was the outcome of the Cuban Missile Crisis, Just Cause, and Desert Storm. Our foreign and military policy also led to the fall of Soviet Union and winning the Cold War after 45 years of effort. The United States is still currently the most dominant nation on the planet in terms of both hard and soft power (China has made large strides over the last 30 years to catch up but they're not there yet). Our network of allies and alliances have given the American public a security that few countries have enjoyed throughout history. The American people enjoy a standard of living matched by few other countries, based on our economic successes and our place in the liberal international order (I would agree that this is currently at risk due to short-sighted outsourcing of goods production, but that's for another post). The US Navy still dominants the seas and ensures the flow of goods both to and from our economy. No other country on the planet currently has the capability to conduct inter-theater military and humanitarian operations the way we can and do. The number of people across the globe wanting to emigrate to the US is testimony to how desirable the American way of life is. None of those things listed above happened by accident; if everything the US has done post WWII was a "disaster", our place in the world and our ability to wield hard/soft power and influence/effect world affairs wouldn't be even close to what it is today. If the invasion of Ukraine has proved anything to the Western world, it's that the last 30 years of thinking Russian, and more importantly China's exposure and integration into the world economic and information systems was going to lead to them embracing Western values and governance. The number of mass graves and destroyed cities in Ukraine should put the final nail in that coffin. That, IMO< has been a huge failure that we'll be dealing with for quite a while.
    6 points
  43. The fear of nuclear escalation will ALWAYS be there. However, at some point we'll have to face Russia and China and demonstrate where the line is. To me, Russia did us the favor by invading Ukraine. Now is the time to teach them a lesson. One that hopefully China pays attention to and learns at the same time. The West and the free world seem to be waking up to the fact that Russia and China are not our friends, and welcoming them into and allowing them to reap the benefits of the free world will do nothing to assuage them. Put simpler: F@&k Russia, and F@&k China.
    6 points
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