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  •  If it's that particular hypothetical, that's one (1+ / 0-)
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    But in the war in the Afpak border region, I don't think it's that cut and dried and I don't think they usually know just how imminent an attack is. To some degree, they're profiling from the air. To me, more precision would be more psychologically devastating to al Qaeda.
    Civilian deaths just makes more al Qaeda and makes the Taliban hate us more.

    You can't make this stuff up.

    by David54 on Sat May 18, 2013 at 08:09:43 AM PDT

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    •  The whole "when we kill them they (2+ / 0-)
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      hate us more" meme falls flat with me. I think the small number of actual terrorists that exist would be after us no matter what US policies were. Sure, stationing troops in Lebanon, supporting Israel, attacking with drones, etc. all are things that make them mad. But if we had not one troop in the Middle East and never did anything to them my sense is that we'd still be the devil to fanatics. If we can kill the worst of them with minimal loss of innocent life I'd say that is the least bad option for us (plus, pull out as many troops as possible from the region and never go back).

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