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1  Politics & World Affairs / Politics & World Affairs / Re: News from the front, Iraq, the Middle East, and elsewhere. on: April 13, 2017, 05:16:03 AM
I hear that taking Aleppo severely sapped Assad's strength, particularly infantry. And he's been losing strategic territory elsewhere in the country. It's not necessarily anything more than that he's desperate.
2  Politics & World Affairs / Politics & World Affairs / Re: Over/Under on Impeachment on: April 12, 2017, 06:31:02 PM
I think both sides mis-used the war powers resolution. You are mono-maniacally focused on Democrats.

I have a harder time coming up with GOP president violations. 
I know Reagan got authorization for his ill fated Lebanon nation building.
Bush I was told by Democratic Speaker Foley that he didn't need to worry about it when he planned to dump 28k men into Somalia, but he also only had 47 days left when he started, so it was hard for the clock to run out on him.  Of course he got authorization for the first war with Iraq.
Clinton openly defied its stipulations after tried, and failed, to pass a support resolution for his bombing campaign with Serbia.  He should have been impeached for that reason.
Bush got authorization for his regime change and nation building, but you're right they used the AUMF regarding the 9/11 attacks to hit a host of countries.
Obama went for regime change Libya, but without the congressional authorization, and I think that's bad not because he's a democrat, but because it violates the separation of powers and sends us farther down the road of the Imperial Presidency.


We disagree on this only in degree, not substance. Presidents should be required to get authorization from Congress except under clearly stipulated and limited conditions. Unfortunately, nobody in Congress is at all motivated to responsibly deal with this issue when their own party is in power.
3  Politics & World Affairs / Politics & World Affairs / Re: Over/Under on Impeachment on: April 12, 2017, 06:25:36 PM
Oh, dear:

https://www.nytimes.com/2017/04/12/us/politics/paul-manafort-donald-trump.html?_r=0
4  Politics & World Affairs / Politics & World Affairs / Re: Over/Under on Impeachment on: April 12, 2017, 09:56:12 AM
LOL...what about my support for the FISA court is sudden?
5  Politics & World Affairs / Politics & World Affairs / Re: Over/Under on Impeachment on: April 12, 2017, 08:22:04 AM
The gist is that there is a fair amount of work that happens before a warrant is requested and that warrants that don't look like they will stand up are discarded before the request happens. You can agree or disagree but it's worth taking a deeper look than just looking at one number and making a global judgement.
6  Politics & World Affairs / Politics & World Affairs / Re: News from the front, Iraq, the Middle East, and elsewhere. on: April 12, 2017, 06:10:09 AM
Michael Anton is now the party theoretician for the Trumpciks? Oh dear....
7  Politics & World Affairs / Politics & World Affairs / Re: Over/Under on Impeachment on: April 12, 2017, 06:06:54 AM
Bit of a myth, that:

https://www.stanfordlawreview.org/online/is-the-foreign-intelligence-surveillance-court-really-a-rubber-stamp/
8  Politics & World Affairs / Politics & World Affairs / Re: Over/Under on Impeachment on: April 11, 2017, 06:53:32 PM
Um....

https://twitter.com/Susan_Hennessey/status/851962772007133184
9  Politics & World Affairs / Politics & World Affairs / Re: Over/Under on Impeachment on: April 09, 2017, 04:35:36 PM
I think both sides mis-used the war powers resolution. You are mono-maniacally focused on Democrats.
10  Politics & World Affairs / Politics & World Affairs / Re: Over/Under on Impeachment on: April 09, 2017, 02:16:43 PM
"Alex, I'll take Partisan Knee Jerk Reactions for $500."
11  Politics & World Affairs / Politics & World Affairs / Re: Over/Under on Impeachment on: April 08, 2017, 05:53:51 PM
Gladly open to correction on this but it's always been my understanding that the Bush AUMF was specifically written to apply to 9/11 related terrorism but in practice was used to authorize everything else.
12  Politics & World Affairs / Politics & World Affairs / Re: News from the front, Iraq, the Middle East, and elsewhere. on: April 07, 2017, 08:08:10 PM
Perhaps he was testing the waters in terms of how friendly to Russia the administration actually is. Now he knows.

I don't get it.
Let's see how loyal my Russian allies are by embarrassing them on the world stage?

Tillerson said last week that Assad was ok to stay in power. Assad figured that let him off the leash. And given that they were forewarned about the attack, able to move their important assets out and start running bombing missions from the hit base within a day, they were right. Don't buy the bullshit on this raid. It was entirely kabuki.
13  Politics & World Affairs / Politics & World Affairs / Re: Over/Under on Impeachment on: April 07, 2017, 08:03:50 PM
I don't think this single strike rises to the level of requiring a vote. That said, we should have clearly voted for force or not on our ME military actions over all. That applies to Clinton, Bush, Obama and Trump. 
14  Politics & World Affairs / Politics & World Affairs / Re: News from the front, Iraq, the Middle East, and elsewhere. on: April 07, 2017, 07:23:08 AM
Correct. Also, not a simple weapons system or in delivery.

And if you think Assad wouldn't do it because it's really stupid, you have to remember you are assuming that he's smart or that he has complete control over his military or that all of *them* are smart. None of those assumptions are true.
15  Politics & World Affairs / Politics & World Affairs / Re: Trump bashing thread on: April 06, 2017, 12:36:01 PM
I don't know if Carter Page is a spy but I think it's certainly likely he'll talk himself into a conviction.

So, not a spy.

I wouldn't recruit him but who knows. There are many shades of recruitment...including padding your recruitment reports sent back to Moscow. But Page admitted giving them (claimed innocuous) documents which has got to be making his lawyer nervous.
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