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  •  evening joe d... (4+ / 0-)

    yes, the afghan war of the reagan years was definitely part of our cold war maneuverings. the soviets got involved in afghanistan and we armed the mujahedin (that we would later fight as the taliban and al-qaeda) that ronald reagan called, "freedom fighters."  so, yes we baited the soviets and we armed the population that they were trying to suppress in order to drain their blood and treasure.  in the end, though, we are still dealing with the blowback of one of ronnie's (cooked up in the neocon think tank labs) "neat ideas."  it has cost us dearly in blood and treasure.

    i'm part of the 99% - america's largest minority

    by joe shikspack on Mon Jul 01, 2013 at 05:27:36 PM PDT

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    •  Thanks. I just saw this.. (5+ / 0-)

      This Trans-Pacific partnership free trade agreement is now at risk due to Snowden?  I think that trade agreement is another NAFTA correct that would cause the U.S. to lose jobs?  And France is now open to asylum. Not sure what it all means, just starting to read.

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      by joedemocrat on Mon Jul 01, 2013 at 05:51:50 PM PDT

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      •  joe the tpp is considered "nafta on steroids" (5+ / 0-)

        here's a quick and easy introduction.

        nafta caused a loss of an estimated 7-800,000 american jobs and around 1.3 million mexican jobs, particularly in the mexican agriculture sector which was decimated by cheap american industrial corn.  this not only caused economic dislocations and suffering, it also exacerbated our immigration problems.  nafta is also an environmental disaster as corporations are allowed to sue communities that don't care to be disaster zones not only for lost costs but also for anticipated profits.  tpp will continue that tradition in all likelihood.

        happy reading!

        i'm part of the 99% - america's largest minority

        by joe shikspack on Mon Jul 01, 2013 at 06:02:34 PM PDT

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