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  •  Local populations (0+ / 0-)

    This is why you can't win a land war in Asia.  No one does guerilla better that local populations.  Any attempt to control a US city with an occupying force is just not feasible logistically.  Just the supply lines alone are a nightmare.  This is tinfoil hat stuff.  

    Besides, why use force when they can dope the water supply<snark>.

    "In the councils of government, we must guard against the acquisition of unwarranted influence, whether sought or unsought, by the militaryindustrial complex."

    by Mxwll on Thu Sep 25, 2008 at 09:04:08 AM PDT

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    •  U.S. citizens (0+ / 0-)

      are likely to be a lot easier to control than populations of countries that have undergone the experience of warfare -- and resistance -- in their home teritories during recent years.  

      Most Americans will be disposed to obey any orders that appear to be coming from a valid authority. (Maybe not you, but take a mental census of your neighbors.) If not, an example made of certain individuals or neighborhods, perhaps in a single town or city, would cow most of the the exceptions.

      Obviously this is a worst-case scenario; but it is why Amercians have refrained from deploying reuglar national Army at home and have kept a State-based National Guard instead as a resource for civil problems.

      Even if nothing happens this time, are we willing to have this potential support for a future military coup present in the long run with heaven-knows-who in the White House at some time in the future? Bad idea, bad precedent, should be reversed at once.

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