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  •  Putin could totally pull a Gulf of Tonkin. (3+ / 0-)
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    Or maybe he could claim that Ukraine is hiding weapons of mass destruction and refusing to disarm. He could claim that they are seeking yellowcake from Niger. There's lots of good reasons to wage war. If Putin wants to do so, I'm sure he could come up with an excuse.

    If you're not part of the solution, you're part of the precipitate.

    by HairyTrueMan on Thu Mar 20, 2014 at 10:13:26 AM PDT

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    •  You remind me of an old joke from the Cold War: (5+ / 0-)
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      An American goes on a trip to Moscow. The Soviets send a tour guide/handler to keep an eye on him and take him to some Potemkin sites. The first place they go is the new train station. The guide starts pointing out things - the open design, the natural lighting, the marble stair cases, the innovative design and construction techniques - he really gives an architectural seminar.

      After a while, the American says, "You know, this station is really very impressive, but I just realized, we've been here and hour and I haven't seen a single train come by."

      The Russian is silent for a moment, and then says "But what about the Negroes in the South?"

      You'd make a good tour guide.

      Art is the handmaid of human good.

      by joe from Lowell on Thu Mar 20, 2014 at 10:24:42 AM PDT

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      •  DON'T YOU TALK BAD ABOUT AMERICA!!!!! (1+ / 0-)
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        protectspice

        We came to protect freedom and blow shit up, and we're just about out of freedom.

        AND HITLER!

        If knowledge is power and power corrupts, does that mean that knowledge corrupts?

        by AoT on Thu Mar 20, 2014 at 10:46:44 AM PDT

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        •  DON'T YOU HIJACK THREADS WITH IRRELEVANCIES! (4+ / 0-)
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          By all means, if we're talking about something where a reference to WMDs would be relevant, throw it out there.

          But completely changing the subject just because you can't stand it when an American dares to be against something done by another country is just trolling, and deserves to be mocked.

          Art is the handmaid of human good.

          by joe from Lowell on Thu Mar 20, 2014 at 10:51:02 AM PDT

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          •  WMDs aren't the issue, sport. (2+ / 0-)
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            The issue is lying about the reasons for war. Or worse, creating a justification to go to war. The United States is really good at that... historically speaking. I think it's relevant when you're pre-accusing Putin of attacking Russians in the Ukraine to justify an invasion.

            And anyway, you're the one who brought up 1939 Poland.

            If you're not part of the solution, you're part of the precipitate.

            by HairyTrueMan on Thu Mar 20, 2014 at 11:52:05 AM PDT

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            •  No, they aren't, so don't bring them up. Sport. (1+ / 0-)
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              Timaeus

              Nor is the issue American history. Sport.

              So don't bring that up, either. Sport.

              It's not your job to make sure everyone on the internet is talking about how terrible America is every second of the day. Sport.

              We were having a discussion about Russia and Crimea. Sport.

              You trolled the thread by jacking to an irrelevant topic. Sport.

              Knock it off.

              Art is the handmaid of human good.

              by joe from Lowell on Fri Mar 21, 2014 at 07:52:24 AM PDT

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