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  •  And of course (1+ / 0-)
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    you have a convenient memory lapse when it comes to Iraq.


    •  I have zero memory (1+ / 0-)
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      lapse on Iraq.  What's you're point?

      I do have 122 letters from a friend (nun) who was a nurse in Liberia during the civil war.  Each one is a document of mutilations and murders because there was no intervention.  

      Perhaps you should not consider a career in mind-reading.

      " My faith in the Constitution is whole; it is complete; it is total." Barbara Jordan, 1974

      by gchaucer2 on Mon Mar 21, 2011 at 05:03:31 PM PDT

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      •  If I may jump in here, (3+ / 0-)
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        Richard Lyon, frostbite, MrJayTee

        I don't think it's necessarily about the oil so much as it is about compelling interests in whatever region we're talking about. No, there is no oil in Kosovo, but the fact that a massacre was occurring in the backyard of our most important allies is a pretty big deal.

        In the Middle East and North Africa, one of our two main goals is the security of oil supplies. We may not get significant amounts of our oil from Libya, but our allies do. So we do have a compelling interest in interfering.

        So my point is that yes, there is a humanitarian component to this mission, but we only intervene when we get (or perhaps more accurately, perceive to get) something out of it.

        If the people one day wish to live / destiny cannot but respond / And the night cannot but disappear / and the bonds cannot but break. -- Abu'l-Qasim al-Shabbi

        by unspeakable on Mon Mar 21, 2011 at 05:16:15 PM PDT

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