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  •  Did you skip history class? (2+ / 0-)
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    blueyedace2, jan4insight

    The US has been blowing people up in countries we are not warring against pretty much non-stop since the Spanish=American War of 1898.

    Philippine Insurrection between that war and WW1.

    Boxer Rebellion in China in 1903.

    Pancho Villa in Mexico pre WW1

    The Bolsheviks in Russia 1918-1920

    Pretty much everywhere in South/Central America and the Caribbean between wars.

    Countless places during the Cold War.

    ---The drone actions outside the Afghanistan theater of war (which included Pakistan strikes) are actually about average or even below, in terms of "historic" comparisons to previous American Presidencies, when discussing actions taken outside war zones.

    •  yes, I read my history . . . (6+ / 0-)
      The US has been blowing people up in countries we are not warring against pretty much non-stop since the Spanish=American War of 1898.
      and progressive activists have been protesting against every one of them--rightly so. Including me, since 1983.

      Sad to see progressives justifying illegal militarism now, instead of opposing it.  Apparently "blowing people up in countries we are not warring against" is OK--even laudable--if its being done by a Democrat.  If DUBYA were still in office doing the same thing, of course, we'd be screaming and yelling and want his head on a plate.

      (sigh) Too many of us are just as brainlessly partisan as Red State.  Same bird, different feathers.

    •  I read history too and there are many villains. (1+ / 0-)
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      Tony Situ

      This idea that some on the Left advance that the world was a nice rational, peaceful  and just place before the United States messed it up is as nutty as anything the wingnuts can come up with.

      The history I have read has human beings killing each other, continuously, on every inhabited piece of land on the planet. The concepts of tribalism, imperialism and colonization predate the United States and the rise of the West. For example, do you understand the difference between Sunnis and Shites? If you are reading history, then you should know the relevance of differences to conflict in that part of the world.

      So while that list of yours is true, it is insufficient by any historical measure.

      The politicians may be bought, and the system corrupt, but it is our duty to fix these things.

      by sebastianguy99 on Sat May 18, 2013 at 02:21:29 PM PDT

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