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  1. Both Alan and Doug need to shut the fuck up when it comes to GNR. They are not helping whatever cause they think they're chasing.
  2. US Politics/Elections Thread

    Sorry, but this is dumb. Shutting down the government for any reason is dumb. Millions of government employees could lose their pay cheques. Allowing it to go long enough would shut down critical services. The only good idea left is to come to some sort of consensus on areas they agree on and continue talking about areas they don't, all the while keeping the lights on. It's what responsible adults do. ------------------------------- I criticized Republicans the last couple of weeks of undermining elections... Apparently New Jersey Democrats are no better. The U.S. needs to take a page from most of the developed world where a third-party, non-partisan organization manages electoral districts. https://slate.com/news-and-politics/2018/12/new-jersey-gerrymandering-plan-bad.html
  3. US Politics/Elections Thread

    Again, your post is utter nonsense. You're coming up with your own conclusions that are not based on facts. The U.S. did not fund Al Qaida in Yemen. They did not fund Al Qaida in Iraq. Your first link relates to what happened with the Bush administration, not the Obama administration with respect to torture. You can't find the exact quote of Obama saying Yemen is payback to the Saudis for Iraq and the Iran deal because it doesn't exist. There is space to criticize Obama for allowing continued arms deals to Saudi Arabia when the Yemen civil war began, but the humanitarian crisis the country now finds itself reached a whole other level after Obama left office. Again, not to say that there isn't anything to criticize, but to say that the situation in Yemen is Obama's doing is nonsense. As for your last link, it doesn't speak at all to what we're talking about (i.e., Obama is responsible for the wars in Syria, Libya, or Yemen). Certainly there has been an increase in using surgical strikes against terrorists, but I don't see the how one connects those actions to regional conflicts like Yemen, Syria, or Libya.
  4. US Politics/Elections Thread

    Obama's drone program started the wars in Syria and Libya? Really? Can you please provide a link where Obama admits to placating the Saudis with respect to Yemen? Let's get our facts straight. Syria started out as an internal civil war between forces loyal to Bashar al-Sassad and those who sought political freedoms and revolution. Nothing in Iraq caused the civil war in Syria. Protests began in March of 2011 in Damascus while final withdrawal of U.S. major military operations occurred in December of 2011. To say that war in Syria was Obama's fault is to ignore the efforts to topple dictators throughout the Middle East and Northern Africa at the time. Please, learn what actually happened before posting gibberish. There's a difference between providing support and military intervention, don't you think? Sure, the U.S. still maintains a military presence in Iraq that helps with military training for local forces and provides a support role. It does this all over the world in many other countries. But that's a long way from major military intervention a la Bush's wars in Iraq and Afghanistan. Or do you not see or understand the qualitative differences between the two? Please provide a link where torture was still ongoing under Obama? This is made up nonsense.
  5. US Politics/Elections Thread

    Obama ushered in the end of America's large-scale military presence in Iraq, even prior to his re-election bid in 2012. Granted, the stasis of forces agreement was signed under Bush, but Obama made no attempt to renegotiate it and kept his promise from the 2008 election to remove American military forces from Iraq. While I agree Afghanistan should have ended some time ago, there's a lot of institutional and geopolitical considerations for why it continues to this day, even under Trump. Sorry, but you're going to have to explain how Obama takes ownership for Syria, Libya, and Yemen. Certainly the U.S. had a hand to play through arms deals, but I think it's a stretch that the war in Yemen was Obama's doing or in anyway similar to the military interventions in Iraq and Afghanistan launched by Bush. Depends on how you define war. Trump has certainly escalated the U.S. drone program compared with Obama and has certainly ramped up American military involvement in Afghanistan. Not that I necessarily disagree with those actions, but it's not as though Trump's hands are clean with respect to military escalation. You also realize that the President doesn't have full control of America's purse strings, right? Obama made several attempts to negotiate a grand bargain with Republicans who controlled one or both houses of Congress for the last six years of his Presidency. There was a willingness on Obama's part to reign in spending while raising taxes to chip away at America's growing debt issue but Republicans balked. Sorry, but saying that the Obama administration is guilty of crimes or in anyway similar to the Bush administration that green light torture is asinine. Probably one of your most absurd statements.
  6. US Politics/Elections Thread

    And the best part: Trump takes ownership of any government shut down. Americans don't agree on much, but they almost all hate when the government shuts down for petty bullshit. Trump gave Nancy and Chuck exactly what they wanted. He now owns any government shut down. Truly a master negotiator... At this point I'm not sure who is dumber: Trump or those who continue to support him.
  7. US Politics/Elections Thread

    The charges were in federal court, so yes, Trump could theoretically pardon Cohen. But don't expect it. Sorry, what "facts" were those again? Yes, because the Bush and Obama administrations were one-in-the-same in every respect.
  8. British Politics

    Things not looking good for May and the Brexit deal. Grab your popcorn...
  9. George H.W. Bush. RIP

    Okay, so I think there's been plenty of opportunity to express condolences and discuss George H.W. Bush. As this thread has turned into a pissing match, let's just call it a day on this thread.
  10. US Politics/Elections Thread

    Federal guidelines for the crimes Cohen admitted guilt to is 4 to 5 years. That is fairly substantial for a first time offence.
  11. US Politics/Elections Thread

    I think Dan Coats, Director of National Intelligence, is widely supported. But yeah, there's not many besides Mattis.
  12. US Politics/Elections Thread

    That's been the rumour for almost a year now. We'll see if it actually happens this time.
  13. Agreed. I think Axl has a very high standard for what gets released under the GNR name. The band has arguably never released a bad album. Too many artists nowadays release music out of routine, resulting in less than inspired drivel that few outside of the hardest of the hardcore fan base give a shit about. Much like MJ was constantly try to one-up Thriller, I think Axl thinks similarly with his past discography. Not to suggest that others don't have standards, but Axl expects greatness from everything he releases. Other artists, not so much.
  14. Though most of those albums are met with barely a flicker of notice from fans and the general public (with exceptions, of course). Axl strikes me as the kind of guy that doesn't want to release something unless it's 100 percent genuine. A lot of new albums from nostalgia acts don't measure up to their previous works. I think Axl wants to avoid that kind of operation.
  15. I think Axl only wants to release what he thinks is great. Releasing music for the sake of releasing music isn't his thing.