I agree with everything you just said, but I wanted to highlight this because of its importance. The return China will receive will pay dividends over what it may cost, and when you consider slave labor, it doesn't cost a whole hell of a lot. They're in it for the long game, and we keep showing the world we can't even finish a game of Monopoly.
I went to an NCOPD awhile back and the discussion was about "hostility" in the workplace and how to handle it. And I'm talking about reports of people just saying profane words like 'shit' during the course of conversation or a briefing. Others responded they would shoot off an email/talk to the individual to let them know to be more courteous. I felt it was my duty during this NCOPD to remind everyone in the room, even the E9 that was leading it, that the military exists to kill people and to cause chaos and destruction wherever we go, and we're worried about people being offended when someone cusses? Sorry. It was the last NCOPD I was invited to while in Djibouti. If people are tired of deploying, then the military isn't the place for them. People serve the military, the military doesn't serve them. Yes, you can get some pretty sweet tools given to you that may pay off in ones career, but that's not what it's about. If you can't handle the war machine, someone will be willing to step up and take your place.
I have no idea how anyone with any ability or worth would be willing to step up to this job. They know their opinion will matter very little and they know they can be fired by a tweet. Anyone know what Oliver North is up to these days? What about Rob O’neil? He’s all MAGA.
Trump, well he is taking an asskickin the past two weeks, some deserved and some not. I did see they gave him 5 billion for his wall, I guess that's a win, if you are one of the people who want a wall.
The House did, but not the Senate. I'm sure we'll shutdown. Not sure his gamble is worth it.
The Senate shouldn't be an issue, but you never know these days. Even if the government "shuts down" it won't be for more then a day or two. Those curupt fucks wouldn't know what to do with themselves if the government shutdown. It's all just bread and circus my friend.
I don't think so, not this time. Trump has bluffed too many times and been called on it to bluff this one too. If he does, especially after the week he just had, he'll look even worse and nobody will take him seriously. If he doesn't cave today, I think he will ride this one out because he'll be forced to. Senate won't approve either.The Senate shouldn't be an issue, but you never know these days. Even if the government "shuts down" it won't be for more then a day or two. Those curupt fucks wouldn't know what to do with themselves if the government shutdown. It's all just bread and circus my friend.
I mean that if you can't win a war after 17 years maybe it is time to swallow your pride and admit that it is unwinnable. There comes a point when you have to stop throwing good money after bad. And "saving face" does not seem like a good enough reason to sacrifice more American lives.Can you expand on what you mean by that? How does that affect our competitors (Russia, Iran, Saudi Arabia) in those regions? Does isolationism really work?
Yeah I’ve alluded to it before but I’ll say it outright- people that think ‘winning a war’ means a general from one side gets in their class A’s and signs a paper saying ‘We Quit. We’d like democracy now’ are creating invalid binary choices. There are LOTS of things we could be doing- sometimes all at once.I mean that if you can't win a war after 17 years maybe it is time to swallow your pride and admit that it is unwinnable. There comes a point when you have to stop throwing good money after bad. And "saving face" does not seem like a good enough reason to sacrifice more American lives.
As for the political situation I would say that withdrawing troops does not mean America has to be totally disengaged, things could still be discussed at the diplomatic level. Who knows how it would affect Iran, Russia, Saudi Arabia - this would be an all new approach. I personally don't think the internal affairs and politics of Syria are worth one American life.
Secretary of Defense Jim Mattis isout.
Mattis' resignation comes amid news that President Donald Trump has directed the drawdown of 2,000 U.S. forces in Syria, and 7,000 U.S. forces from Afghanistan, a U.S. official confirmed to Military Times, a story first reported by the Wall Street Journal.
This month, in the January/February print issue of the gun and hunting magazine “Recoil," the former contractor security firm Blackwater USA published a full-page ad, in all black with a simple message: “We are coming.”
Is the war in Afghanistan — and possibly elsewhere ― about to be privatized?
Best (or worst) product relaunch in history?
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Mattis is out, and Blackwater is back: ‘We are coming’