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  •  I'm all for denouncing Scott Brown (2+ / 0-)
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    and any other Rethug whenever possible, and I'm sure he has political motives for wanting to do service in Afghanistan.

    But seriously, even in this country, who except for his own constituents and politics-junkies has the slightest idea who Scott Brown is?  And  I'd venture to predict that in Afghanistan, ninety percent of the Taliban are illiterate in their own language, and probably couldn't even name any members of their own Parliament.  The idea that they would know who Scott Brown is and would target him personally is frankly laughable.

    Let's get real here.

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    by Egypt Steve on Tue May 03, 2011 at 10:43:36 AM PDT

    •  Hmm (1+ / 0-)
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      It only takes one Taliban leader to find out about this and give the orders. What's more, even if the chances are remote, Brown's superiors have to take extra preventive measures to make sure even the most unlikely attack is successful.

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      by David Nir on Tue May 03, 2011 at 10:53:35 AM PDT

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      •  Yep (1+ / 0-)
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        Reminds me of Prince Harry. All very admirable that he wanted to stay out there but it became a problem when being there put others at risk.

      •  I don't even particulary care (0+ / 0-)

        about Brown. He's doing this to himself, but he's putting at risk the soldiers around him if he does this. He should know better. The Taliban are looking for any way to retaliate. It may be remote, but it's still a risk.

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        by ndrwmls10 on Tue May 03, 2011 at 11:00:27 AM PDT

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      •  Hmm indeed. (1+ / 0-)
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        I agree that that might be a perceived political necessity.  I don't accept at all that there's any real military rationale for it.

        And "higher value" targets have served in combat before.  Lincoln had sons in combat during the Civil War; Eisenhower had sons in combat during World War II. A son of Teddy Roosevelt was a general during World War II and landed at Normandy on D-Day.

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        by Egypt Steve on Tue May 03, 2011 at 11:03:17 AM PDT

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    •  He's a JAG officer. (1+ / 0-)
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      He'll almost certainly be on one of the largest bases in an office, far from the fighting. If the Taliban can pick and choose which colonels to target in Bagram, than the military has larger problems than Scott Brown and those around him.

      So, he's not going to endanger his fellow service members. But you can feel free to denounce him for political showmanship. Lindsey Graham has done the same thing on a few occasions, although as a reservist rather than a Guardsman.

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      by LtNOWIS on Tue May 03, 2011 at 12:56:14 PM PDT

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      •  So there's (0+ / 0-)

        very little chance of this meaning anything bad for regular soldiers? If so, good. I don't really care about any political bounce this might give him, if it does in fact do that. Should one exist, it can be overcome.

    •  Assuming all of our enemies are stupid (1+ / 0-)
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      Is half of what got us into trouble in the Middle East in the first place. Sure, most of the ground troops probably wouldn't know who Scott Brown is, but there's definitely someone in the Taliban chain of command who knows what a Senator is and the propaganda benefits they would get from targeting one.

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