Comments for http://www.bbc.co.uk/blogs/thereporters/markmardell/2009/12/mcchrystal_confident_on_new_af.html http://www.bbc.co.uk/blogs/thereporters/markmardell/2009/12/mcchrystal_confident_on_new_af.html en-gb 30 Fri 19 Sep 2014 20:18:40 GMT+1 A feed of user comments from the page found at http://www.bbc.co.uk/blogs/thereporters/markmardell/2009/12/mcchrystal_confident_on_new_af.html colonelartist http://www.bbc.co.uk/blogs/thereporters/markmardell/2009/12/mcchrystal_confident_on_new_af.html?page=97#comment47 Damn look where that homophobia got us.I happen to think there are a few that would prefer marriage over legal non married married status.-------------------------------------------------------------------------There are perks and there advantages of marriage..you save a lot of tax and other things if you are married, and when you transfer property or asset to your spouce, which you dont get if you have just liven boy/girl friend status...Your societies allow liv in boy/girl status, so you can go on living together unmarried...Our societies dont, but for fun, if tomorrow I am allowed to say G-d forbid, without being homophobic, because my religon forbids it....clear and clear...but if it was as diffuse as the rest of religon, and tomorrow people woud have not minded the gay relationships, we would have atonce without loosing one minute accepted gay marriages, not becuase of bla bla bla reasons of the west, but because of the practicle reasons which i have mentioned...You havent read the link I suggest, read it, you will enjoy it...An emperrors open confessions of impluses of falling in love with a man... Fri 11 Dec 2009 17:27:09 GMT+1 fluffytale http://www.bbc.co.uk/blogs/thereporters/markmardell/2009/12/mcchrystal_confident_on_new_af.html?page=95#comment46 15 16 lol colonel. good morning.I'm in agreement there has been far too much attention on the gay marriage debate in the USA. I too wish that instead of thinking "He's homophobic enough for me" when voting for GW ,THE SECOND TIME, people had said." that guy is a cock up."But they didn't Damn look where that homophobia got us. I happen to think there are a few that would prefer marriage over legal non married married status.Personally As I illustrated I am not a fan of the old ball chain and yolk so am still waiting for the civil union. I'm almost a decade into a relationship so obviously I am patient about waiting for a civil union to emerge as the legally accepted version of saying two people committed.But I do get the reasoning that single people should be treated equals .As to that Lieberman. I'm not sure which one you guys are talking about;) is that the one that wants the energy package with the nukes (cause how's the geddeon going to happen if there is no arms.) And the "clean coal" . That "independant"Yea he was the one that said No public option what so ever before the debate had ended. maybe that is the same ....... Fri 11 Dec 2009 15:56:24 GMT+1 David http://www.bbc.co.uk/blogs/thereporters/markmardell/2009/12/mcchrystal_confident_on_new_af.html?page=93#comment45 Colonel Artist, You are an alternate source for news so I'm showing you my politeness skill, (its one of my better skills so I can infiltrate into all areas of thought and gain at least an attempt at a knowledge of a wide range of opinions) :)Don't bother wasting thought on it,... you see, understand? Therefore, I am free to think and ponder ...fun, fun :):) Fri 11 Dec 2009 04:56:14 GMT+1 colonelartist http://www.bbc.co.uk/blogs/thereporters/markmardell/2009/12/mcchrystal_confident_on_new_af.html?page=91#comment44 Well, thank you for the warning, C.A.-------------------------------------------------------------------------http://persian.packhum.org/persian/main?url=pf%3Ffile%3D03501050%26ct%3D0Go to the content of volume one, then,click on transactions of the year 905, and fourth page..Thats emperor Babur's confessions..in his own words.. Wed 09 Dec 2009 23:43:08 GMT+1 shiveringofforgottenenemies http://www.bbc.co.uk/blogs/thereporters/markmardell/2009/12/mcchrystal_confident_on_new_af.html?page=89#comment43 McChrystal is Obama's hand picked puppet general. Pull the string and he salutes his commander-and-puppet-master-in-chief! It's good to know that the soldiers were are sending to be slaughtered in Afghanistan are of such high caliber! Perhaps he is pointing out that you Brits have a way of sending in your "empire" troops even today where there is serious dying to be done!Obama took his traveling tent show to West Point as a suitable venue for his announcement. A regular Army base wouldn't be as "compelling visually". He now has his propaganda dogs like the much-decorated and largely decorative General McChrystal "un-saying" the withdrawl...certainly McChrystal is looking around for a pat on the head, maybe even a good tummy rub. He's been a good little doggie! Wed 09 Dec 2009 23:16:38 GMT+1 David http://www.bbc.co.uk/blogs/thereporters/markmardell/2009/12/mcchrystal_confident_on_new_af.html?page=87#comment42 Well, thank you for the warning, C.A. Wed 09 Dec 2009 22:37:51 GMT+1 colonelartist http://www.bbc.co.uk/blogs/thereporters/markmardell/2009/12/mcchrystal_confident_on_new_af.html?page=85#comment41 Pakistani military has 'degraded' Taliban groups: US generalWASHINGTON (AFP) – Pakistan's military operations have "significantly degraded" Taliban militants but Islamabad has yet to go after the Taliban's Afghan leadership, a top US general said on Wednesday.General David Petraeus, head of US Central Command, said the military campaign has boosted US efforts against the Al-Qaeda network and represented an "important step forward.""One of the most important developments over the past year has been the impressive determination of Pakistan's efforts against extremists that threaten the stability of the Pakistani state," Petraeus told the Senate Foreign Relations Committee."Pakistani operations in Bajaur, Mohmand, Khyber, Swat, Buner, Lower Dir, and now South Waziristan have significantly degraded Pakistani Taliban groups," the general said.Petraeus said the campaign, however, has "not directly engaged the sanctuaries of the Afghan Taliban groups in Pakistan," a distinct group from the so-called Pakistani Taliban.But he said the offensive "does facilitate our efforts to degrade the extremist groups in the border region and to defeat Al-Qaeda."http://news.yahoo.com/s/afp/20091209/wl_sthasia_afp/afghanistanpakistanunrestusmilitarytaliban_20091209172912------------------------------------------------------------------------Like i had been saying, obama wasnt thinking, he was just waiting for pakistani army of 30,000 men, to do the infantry battle against the taliban so that afghanistan would be safe enough for american troops to do their skirmishes with kandhari taliban...They had been pressing pakistani military to do that for them as well, but I guess they would have to for the time being do those skirmish themselves..the pakistani troops have taken the full brunt of the battle... Wed 09 Dec 2009 18:39:34 GMT+1 Crataegus Monogyna http://www.bbc.co.uk/blogs/thereporters/markmardell/2009/12/mcchrystal_confident_on_new_af.html?page=83#comment40 With supporters like Majik, Lieberman doesn't need enemies... Wed 09 Dec 2009 18:12:00 GMT+1 colonelartist http://www.bbc.co.uk/blogs/thereporters/markmardell/2009/12/mcchrystal_confident_on_new_af.html?page=81#comment39 35. At 06:03am on 09 Dec 2009, David wrote:fluffytale, As a gay male, (LOL-here, I defended ol Colonel Artist,once)------------------------------------------------------------------------If you think that the gays are being blindly supported in your media and through other means because somehow the world has become open to them, then let me assure you that its just a bubble..its just the timing..the west is anti islamic, and in order to attack islam this blind support to gays...30 to 50 yrs from now, the people are going to do what they are doing to stop the climate change, only if they had been a little careful with the climate from the start, they wouldnt have to go through these lengths to make the change of climate stop..This is how the western mind works, take any example and you will see the same mentality..first they supported the islamic extremists, now they are killing them... Wed 09 Dec 2009 16:01:14 GMT+1 colonelartist http://www.bbc.co.uk/blogs/thereporters/markmardell/2009/12/mcchrystal_confident_on_new_af.html?page=79#comment38 chronophobe (#32), we have another advantage in now having armed remotely piloted vehicles (drones), and that has already made a big difference.------------------------------------------------------------------------Which difference? the 50 civilians to 1 terrorist killed ratio? and those so called terrorists are mere soldiers not your dangerous ones who sit and plan how and when to attack usa again...america is attacking a sovergein country and the world is singing how peaceful and international law abiding country it is...America and israel, two countries who assasinate through missiles.. Wed 09 Dec 2009 15:49:50 GMT+1 Crataegus Monogyna http://www.bbc.co.uk/blogs/thereporters/markmardell/2009/12/mcchrystal_confident_on_new_af.html?page=77#comment37 One day drones may be pointed at us.... Wed 09 Dec 2009 14:33:03 GMT+1 D R Murrell http://www.bbc.co.uk/blogs/thereporters/markmardell/2009/12/mcchrystal_confident_on_new_af.html?page=75#comment36 So this is the same Lieberman who 2006 said he was in favour of universal health care? And the same one who gets $920,000 in contributions from insurance companies? Though I am sure that his change in stance has nothing to do with the money he gets given, I mean if I was getting nearly a million dollars funding I am sure I would keep to my promise to oppose the very people giving me the money!From reading about Lieberman he appears to be more of an independent than an actual Democrat these days and I am guessing endorsing the Republican presidential candidate would not have gone down well. Personally I believe a man of ‘principle’ should either keep quiet, or official swap sides, not go to the other camps convention and offer support while still claiming loyalty to the party he has just PR wise stabbed in the back. But that’s just me and no one pays me $920,000 to keep my promises and principles! Wed 09 Dec 2009 11:50:13 GMT+1 MagicKirin http://www.bbc.co.uk/blogs/thereporters/markmardell/2009/12/mcchrystal_confident_on_new_af.html?page=72#comment35 ref #31 SaintDominick wrote:Well, it looks like good ole Joe Lieberman decided to vote against the public option and Democrats are desperately trying to negotiate a compromise that would allow private insurance companies to operate at a national Vs state level. If Joe succeeds he will hand the insurance industry a bonanza of unimaginable proportions. I wonder what he is getting out of this, besides payback.________________-How coe evey time Joe Lieberman takes a principaled stand instead of walking lock step he gets blasted. He feel and so do others the public option will destroy the economy. I think this truly great Senator deserves far more respect than he gets. Wed 09 Dec 2009 09:41:07 GMT+1 David http://www.bbc.co.uk/blogs/thereporters/markmardell/2009/12/mcchrystal_confident_on_new_af.html?page=70#comment34 fluffytale, As a gay male, (LOL-here, I defended ol Colonel Artist,once)Once Bette Midler opened her stage sh0w in a bed, and asked,"How many of you thought I was gonna do the whole show in the bed?","um I don't do shows in bed, no more, I'm an artiste."David Wed 09 Dec 2009 06:03:10 GMT+1 GH1618 http://www.bbc.co.uk/blogs/thereporters/markmardell/2009/12/mcchrystal_confident_on_new_af.html?page=68#comment33 chronophobe (#32), we have another advantage in now having armed remotely piloted vehicles (drones), and that has already made a big difference. Wed 09 Dec 2009 02:13:06 GMT+1 HERCULE_SAVINIEN http://www.bbc.co.uk/blogs/thereporters/markmardell/2009/12/mcchrystal_confident_on_new_af.html?page=66#comment32 [GOAL] #28.SaintDominick wrote, At 00:25am on 09 Dec 2009:Hoping for a world where harmony, mutual respect, and cooperation prevail is, indeed, a chimera that will never materialize.************************************TRIATHLON REPLYS:Well, you got it, you put the ball right into the net Old Boy! Now, if you can think it over and [maybe] agree that this is a war for the entire of the Islamic Crescent based upon a War of Economic Stimulus, Blood for Oil, Resources and Markets, your going to have won the match, and picked up the World Cup, running around the pitch.Over the years never say never has become a truth, things do change, the rate of change may vary but it happens."I like to believe that people in the long run are going to do more to promote peace than our governments. Indeed, I think that people want peace so much that one of these days government had better get out of the way and let them have it." --Dwight David Eisenhower I'm a Ponder, You Start off a Dreamer, Grow and develope become came a Thinker, looking at what your teachers and professions have presented, then looking at the reality, and become a Worker, towards creating a world in which you yourself wants and one that can be passed to your descendents, then you become a Ponder as you hand over the reins to the next generations. Having reached Pondering Age [I BELIEVE] Peace can be achieved, not lasting but not another Century of Empire Wars, its time for a short break, for Jet'Aime...Moi Non Plus, Mon Die Senie,and the “Petite Morte”.As a Ponder unwilling to accept Never, but saying NEVER SAY NEVER! Dream, Think, Work, Ponder, and HOPE!HERCULE TRIATHLON SAVINIEN Wed 09 Dec 2009 01:47:56 GMT+1 chronophobe http://www.bbc.co.uk/blogs/thereporters/markmardell/2009/12/mcchrystal_confident_on_new_af.html?page=64#comment31 "It will be unfinished business forever", said McChrystal, with the look of someone who has said something rather clever. This is not terribly encouraging, is it? An interesting conversation between Daniel Ellsberg (he of the Pentagon Papers) and Matt Hoh can be seen (in part, anyway) here.A couple of thoughts: we have an advantage over the Soviets in that another global superpower isn't funding and arming the mujahadeen, and the much maligned af/pak strategy is at least attempting to close one open border available to the taliban. But will this make a real difference? Wed 09 Dec 2009 01:30:39 GMT+1 SaintDominick http://www.bbc.co.uk/blogs/thereporters/markmardell/2009/12/mcchrystal_confident_on_new_af.html?page=62#comment30 Well, it looks like good ole Joe Lieberman decided to vote against the public option and Democrats are desperately trying to negotiate a compromise that would allow private insurance companies to operate at a national Vs state level. If Joe succeeds he will hand the insurance industry a bonanza of unimaginable proportions. I wonder what he is getting out of this, besides payback. Wed 09 Dec 2009 01:10:15 GMT+1 SaintDominick http://www.bbc.co.uk/blogs/thereporters/markmardell/2009/12/mcchrystal_confident_on_new_af.html?page=60#comment29 Ref 21, GH1618"In any case, most Americans do not have the difficulty you express here, according to the latest poll from Quinnipiac"You are absolutely right, most of my fellow citizens support the decision to escalate the conflict in Afghanistan and favor military action in Pakistan. Their support, I believe, is influenced by the respect that we all have for the Office of the Presidency, the trust we afford to our leaders, our lack of familiarity with anything foreign, and religious and cultural intolerance. Similar poll results were evident when President Bush announced his decision to launch a pre-emptive attack against Iraq, and remained high until it became evident that we had been deceived at which time his popularity dropped to the 20 percentile. Support for intervention in Grenada, El Salvador and Nicaragua was also high when President Reagan announced those countries posed an unacceptable threat to the security of the USA. Barring a canoe invasion and an overwhelming dumping of Chiquita bananas it is hard to conceive how those impoverished Third World countries were a threat to us. Can anyone imagine the Chancellor of Germany, the President of France of the British PM warning their people about the need to invade Lichtenstein or Monaco were preparing an invasion? The response would have been instant admission to the nearest insane asylum.We were not attacked by a country or a government-sponsored group on 9/11, we were attacked by a terrorist organization and we do, indeed, have the right and even the obligation to go after those that attacked us. The problem is that we expanded the scope of our original goal and it now encompasses nation-building, regime changes, denouncing local laws and traditions, taking sides in internal struggles, focus on business opportunities, total disregard of indigenous goals and aspirations and, until recently, focus on distractions and illusions that had nothing to do with what the original goal was. Most importantly, trying to destroy a terrorist organization with a large military contingent is ineffective and will never bear fruit. If the intent is to capture Bin Laden and al-Zawahiri and destroy Al Qaeda the best approach would be to infiltrate the organization, find out where our nemesis are hiding, and go after them. It may take years to achieve our goal, but expecting Al Qaeda terrorists to line up and engage our troops is more than naive. It will never happen. They will simply vanish and reappear elsewhere. In fact, there is a very good probability that they are no longer in Afpak and that they may be regrouping and planning their next strike in countries like Yemen, Somalia or Libya.I don't blame President Obama for trying to solve the problems he inherited, in fact, I think he is doing a great job under the circumstances, but I think the surge and our military presence in Afghanistan is a mistake and a waste of lives and resources. Wed 09 Dec 2009 00:48:25 GMT+1 publiusdetroit http://www.bbc.co.uk/blogs/thereporters/markmardell/2009/12/mcchrystal_confident_on_new_af.html?page=58#comment28 A speculative statement made by the poster, Lucy,(Reference 2) keeps getting quoted and referred to as fact.Lucy wrote:"McChrystal said that because he knows that the Islamic extremist terrorists are fighting for the world to follow Sharia law, which is just as political, as it is religious."This is not a direct quote from Gen. McChrystal. It is nothing more than Lucy speculating what McChrystal may, or may not, be thinking. This unfounded speculation is now being referred to as if it is a quote from McCrystal, or his stated belief. Unless the poster who began this falsehood can produce valid evidence that this is truly a belief held by Gen. McCrystal, it should be retracted. Wed 09 Dec 2009 00:41:00 GMT+1 SaintDominick http://www.bbc.co.uk/blogs/thereporters/markmardell/2009/12/mcchrystal_confident_on_new_af.html?page=56#comment27 Ref 25, HTS"NOT A WAR OVER SOCCER THIS TIME!"Hardly. It is, as usual, a battle between super-powers for control of global assets and interests. One invades other countries and imposes its will - or protects/expands its interests - regardless of what the indigenous population wants. The other side expands its interests and business opportunities by cutting deals with those that are afraid of being the next country to be invaded. In the middle are the majority of people whose voice and aspirations are of little interest to the superpowers and, quite often, to their own leaders.Hoping for a world where harmony, mutual respect, and cooperation prevail is, indeed, a chimera that will never materialize. The biggest difference is which type of weapon the minions buy from their "benefactors". Wed 09 Dec 2009 00:25:08 GMT+1 MagicKirin http://www.bbc.co.uk/blogs/thereporters/markmardell/2009/12/mcchrystal_confident_on_new_af.html?page=54#comment26 ref #2, Lucy wrote:McChrystal said that because he knows that the Islamic extremist terrorists are fighting for the world to follow Sharia law, which is just as political, as it is religious.Any countries who do not follow the Sharia law are their enemies.This is why it is difficult for Islamic extremists to live in other countries, because they do not want to follow other country's laws. _________________Imposing sharia law should be considered a war crime Tue 08 Dec 2009 23:50:01 GMT+1 HERCULE_SAVINIEN http://www.bbc.co.uk/blogs/thereporters/markmardell/2009/12/mcchrystal_confident_on_new_af.html?page=52#comment25 [THE ISLAMIC CRESCENT COLONIAL WAR]#23. colonelartist wrote:At 10:22pm on 08 Dec 2009, You should separate Iraq from Afpak,------------------------------------------------------------------------And you should separate Pak from the Af, the Pak of Af wasnt in your original objectives, its something obama made up to justify his war against pakistan...your leaders give you catchy phrase and within seconds you start repeating them without even bother to think what those phrases lead to..*******************************************TRIATHLON REPLYS:Ditto! this is a total war for the Islamic Crescent, with each country upon the Islamic Crescent a piece to be taken by the Empire, each is a theather, in the whole. Now [GH1618] is a hard-core Media Messiah Imperical President far left Democratic, which is his choice but his postions are unmoveable, and unchangeable, and generally wrong.Until such time as the world as a whole wakes up and says enough is enough, were heading into a nuclear winter not global warming. The idea that The Russian Federation will be ringed by the Empire, or that China will be under the gun of the 7th Fleet over the China Sea isn't going to happen.HERCULE TRIATHLON SAVINIEN Tue 08 Dec 2009 23:45:14 GMT+1 HERCULE_SAVINIEN http://www.bbc.co.uk/blogs/thereporters/markmardell/2009/12/mcchrystal_confident_on_new_af.html?page=50#comment24 BOLIVIA NEXT 20.SaintDominick wrote: At 9:59pm on 08 Dec 2009, Having said that, we can always hope and wish for a miracle...no matter how elusive or unlikely it may be.*********************************TRIATHLON REPLYS:[Venezuela]Sorry, no such luck and no miracle if the Empire is not stopped now, The Russian Federation is building arms manufacturing facilities in Venezuela with recent Russian arms sales to Venezuela also included [24] twenty-four fighter jets Sukhoi-30, [50] fifty combat helicopters and [100K] One-hundred thousand Kalshnikov assault rifles. Moscow has also granted Venezuela a one-billion dollar credit to finance the acquisition of its weapons. [Bolivia]The Empire is building [700] Seven-Hundred military bases in Bolivia.[THE PRIZE]A consortium of Russian oil companies and Venezuelan state oil company DVSA signed an agreement establishing a joint venture to develop the Junin [6] six oil field along Venezuela's Orinoco River, plus the Venezuelan companies nationalized by them that Empire companies want back.NOT A WAR OVER SOCCER THIS TIME!HERCULE TRIATHLON SAVINIEN Tue 08 Dec 2009 23:33:44 GMT+1 colonelartist http://www.bbc.co.uk/blogs/thereporters/markmardell/2009/12/mcchrystal_confident_on_new_af.html?page=47#comment23 Majority of afghans dont want american soldiers..who should obama listen to, the people he claims to help or his own people...? who go with the flow..one week they are for troops increase, the other week they are for withdrawl...no consistency..afghans on the other hand have been consistent... Tue 08 Dec 2009 22:31:13 GMT+1 colonelartist http://www.bbc.co.uk/blogs/thereporters/markmardell/2009/12/mcchrystal_confident_on_new_af.html?page=45#comment22 You should separate Iraq from Afpak,------------------------------------------------------------------------And you should separate Pak from the Af, the Pak of Af wasnt in your original objectives, its something obama made up to justify his war against pakistan...your leaders give you catchy phrase and within seconds you start repeating them without even bother to think what those phrases lead to.. Tue 08 Dec 2009 22:22:25 GMT+1 colonelartist http://www.bbc.co.uk/blogs/thereporters/markmardell/2009/12/mcchrystal_confident_on_new_af.html?page=43#comment21 Having said that, we can always hope and wish for a miracle------------------------------------------------------------------------If the miracal stood in front of you, you will not see it..Just like pharoah, you will call it an illusion.. Tue 08 Dec 2009 22:18:16 GMT+1 GH1618 http://www.bbc.co.uk/blogs/thereporters/markmardell/2009/12/mcchrystal_confident_on_new_af.html?page=41#comment20 SaintDominick (#18) "The stated goals and the nebulous definition of what constitutes victory is not clear to me, let alone the morality of what we are doing in Iraq or Afghanistan."You should separate Iraq from Afpak, because the goals and policies under the current administration are separate. In any case, most Americans do not have the difficulty you express here, according to the latest poll from Quinnipiac: Quinnipiac poll Tue 08 Dec 2009 22:08:51 GMT+1 SaintDominick http://www.bbc.co.uk/blogs/thereporters/markmardell/2009/12/mcchrystal_confident_on_new_af.html?page=39#comment19 Ref 19, colonelYou left out our valiant invasion of Grenada, the use of surrogates to contain the spread of communism in El Salvador and Nicaragua, and our brif visit to Lebanon in the 80s. Were those Freudian slips or were you just being generous?One of our most consistent historical characteristics has been to be in a perennial state of war, which as of late has been against small countries without the capacity to defend themselves. War is big business, and I doubt Afghanistan or Iraq will mark the end of what has been one of the most consistent traits for every dominant nation throughout human history. Having said that, we can always hope and wish for a miracle...no matter how elusive or unlikely it may be. Tue 08 Dec 2009 21:59:44 GMT+1 colonelartist http://www.bbc.co.uk/blogs/thereporters/markmardell/2009/12/mcchrystal_confident_on_new_af.html?page=37#comment18 Time to focus on our domestic problems and let others deal with their own problems, if they choose to do so.-----------------------------------------------------------------------Be honest with yourself, here is a summary of the past 65 yrs..shortly after ending ww2, the americans started war in korea, then dividing that country, they moved on to vietnam, shortly after that, your adventure in afghanistan, two three yrs after that, the first gulf war, then in serbia, then back to afghanistan, and iraq, and now afghanistan and pakistan...the only time you really focus on domestic problems is a few months prior to your elections.. Tue 08 Dec 2009 21:50:27 GMT+1 SaintDominick http://www.bbc.co.uk/blogs/thereporters/markmardell/2009/12/mcchrystal_confident_on_new_af.html?page=35#comment17 What is important is not how a General feels about specific military tactics or strategies, regardless of how many stars he may have on his shoulders, but how we - the people - feel about the actions we are taking in foreign lands. The stated goals and the nebulous definition of what constitutes victory is not clear to me, let alone the morality of what we are doing in Iraq or Afghanistan.With the possible exception of capturing Osama bin Laden and al-Zawahiri there is simply no logic behind the decision to remain in Afghanistan for another two years or even two weeks. Al Qaeda can regroup and train just about anywhere they want - alas, some of the Al Qaeda terrorists that carried out the 9/11 attack trained in Embry Riddle University in Daytona - and the Taliban had nothing to do with 9/11, other than being impotent or unwilling to expel Al Qaeda from Afghanistan.While Gen. McChrystal focuses on winning battles and ultimately the "war", we should consider our moral standing in the world, the well being of the people that we are purportedly trying to liberate from themselves, and the justifications we are using to destroy Third World countries that do not have the military means to resist our arrogant and ill-adviced actions.The latest "surge" may allow us to win battles, kill fighters that under different circumstances would have been called freedom fighters, partisans, the resistance, or guerillas; but are we winning the hearts and minds of the people whose welfare we are purportedly trying to protect? Do we care?The reason the Taliban has been so effective against the most formidable military force in the world is not because they can match our materiel or training, they have succeeded because they are fighting for their country, their traditions, their culture and, most importantly, because they enjoy the support of the population at large and we don't. As a result, the most accurate outcome of our crusade in Afghanistan is our eventual withdrawal from a country where we are not welcomed.Time to focus on our domestic problems and let others deal with their own problems, if they choose to do so. Tue 08 Dec 2009 21:40:08 GMT+1 colonelartist http://www.bbc.co.uk/blogs/thereporters/markmardell/2009/12/mcchrystal_confident_on_new_af.html?page=33#comment16 Now, that being said and that being a fact, it is not McChrystal that has been pushing the end of [Sharia Law], the champion of that cause has been, is, and will be Hillary Diane Rodham-Clinton. Which sounds like the right thing to do until you have to decide which Right over rides the other, the Right of Religious Freedom, or The Rights of Women? Islam is not the Empire.-------------------------------------------------------------------------let me know when you, or Mccrystal and hilary get to know what sharia law actually is...there is no static laws of the sharia..its based on the interpretation of the koran...and unless there is the same islam all over the world, there cannot be one sharia law...your democracy can easily fit into the sharia laws..the only difference would be that in usa when prisoners are excecuted by lethal injections they use a cross like bed, in sharia law that cannot happen...unless the prisoner would be a christian.. Tue 08 Dec 2009 21:37:07 GMT+1 colonelartist http://www.bbc.co.uk/blogs/thereporters/markmardell/2009/12/mcchrystal_confident_on_new_af.html?page=31#comment15 The reason I "pick on gays" is that I know that in future when things get out of hand in the west because of this blind emotional encouragement to the gays, your future generations will do with them, what your generation is doing to stop the climate change..or the nuclear weapons or the endangered species...they will say that certain human race iis getting endangered and start their gay reversal policy... Tue 08 Dec 2009 21:24:43 GMT+1 colonelartist http://www.bbc.co.uk/blogs/thereporters/markmardell/2009/12/mcchrystal_confident_on_new_af.html?page=29#comment14 Gays are getting all kind of non sensical attention, the real reason they get married is to avoid taxes and to gain the perks married couple have...In case you noticed i said that if non married couples are given the same rights as married couples, the gays will no longer be interested in marriage..i include the single people in this now..Just for your benefit..and for your information, the latest research shows that in usa, the unmarried the people who have never married are psychologically and emotionally far more better than the married or the separete or the divorced people.. Tue 08 Dec 2009 21:13:14 GMT+1 fluffytale http://www.bbc.co.uk/blogs/thereporters/markmardell/2009/12/mcchrystal_confident_on_new_af.html?page=27#comment13 ah colonel i see you have some evolving of your own to finish;)Why pick on Gays. I will not get married cause I don't want people to assume I come home drunk on a friday and beat me missus.No I'm holding out for the chance at a civil union. and I will expect the same treatment from the GOV as the married folk. Unless they are admitting to the lack of separation of church and state.I guess I'll be waiting for sometime. Tue 08 Dec 2009 20:51:28 GMT+1 colonelartist http://www.bbc.co.uk/blogs/thereporters/markmardell/2009/12/mcchrystal_confident_on_new_af.html?page=25#comment12 Gays get married to get the perks, and to get out of some taxes..there is a benefit for the married couple compared to non-married, and gays want to have a share in that as well...the rest of the things which they say is just emotional blackmail..if today the non married couples are given the same benefits as the married one, the gays will forget about their need to be married to the person they love...and the rest of the bla bla bla.. Tue 08 Dec 2009 20:27:58 GMT+1 fluffytale http://www.bbc.co.uk/blogs/thereporters/markmardell/2009/12/mcchrystal_confident_on_new_af.html?page=22#comment11 colonel ,don't worry I was quoting our evolving friend. Tue 08 Dec 2009 20:22:35 GMT+1 HERCULE_SAVINIEN http://www.bbc.co.uk/blogs/thereporters/markmardell/2009/12/mcchrystal_confident_on_new_af.html?page=20#comment10 [RETIREMENT LIST]colonelartist wrote:At 7:54pm on 08 Dec 2009, The general should have voluntrily retired after the Tillman cover up..He lies...>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>TRIATHLON REPLYS:Could we also add King David H. [Betray Us] Petraeus the Butcher of Islam too that list? HERCULE TRIATHLON SAVINIEN Tue 08 Dec 2009 20:22:32 GMT+1 HERCULE_SAVINIEN http://www.bbc.co.uk/blogs/thereporters/markmardell/2009/12/mcchrystal_confident_on_new_af.html?page=18#comment9 [CIVIL UNION VS GAY MARRIAGE] At fluffytale wrote:7:46pm on 08 Dec 2009.In the USA, we have a similar problem...gay marriage. In every state where there was a vote on the subject, the people voted for a ban on gay marriage, even in liberal California.>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>TRIATHLON REPLYS:Now, the phrase even in liberal California, The Republic of California is known as the France of the North American Continent, [Liberté, Égalité, Fraternité] Liberty, Equality, Fraternity, the gay rights movement got all they were going to get [CIVIL UNIONS], which is marriage by the State for gay couples. On other blogs this has been, is, and will be a hot button top, for legal reasons between the two individuals it seems to meet specs.Now, that all being said the total concept of Marriage is strange, religion, the whole nine yards, why gays or striate would even want to get married, if two individuals are going to be together they will, if not they won’t, and what anyone [CONSENTING ADULTS] do behind closed doors is their business. Not even going to argue the case either way, neutral, NO DOG IN THIS FIGHT!But, as a Californian, from The Republic of California the Best Coast, now we are the France of the North American Continent, we are more than just liberals, Go West Young Man!HERCULE TRIATHLON SAVINIEN Tue 08 Dec 2009 20:16:00 GMT+1 colonelartist http://www.bbc.co.uk/blogs/thereporters/markmardell/2009/12/mcchrystal_confident_on_new_af.html?page=16#comment8 And the truth is, I don't blame the Swiss people that voted for the ban of the minarets. ------------------------------------------------------------------------------I think you should, most of the leaders in that country in 30s and 40s were facists, although now, the jewish looted assets and gold found its way in that country...And they banned the minarets (as if strucutres determine the mentality of people) because of Geistige Landesverteidigung, the sprititual national defence of the country....Ofcouse they had to attack the minarets to hide their facist mentality because of this spiritual national defence.The taliban are cursed freely for destroying budha statues, while the swiss are shown understanding for banning the minarits...Your right and left arent well intergrated... Tue 08 Dec 2009 20:14:44 GMT+1 colonelartist http://www.bbc.co.uk/blogs/thereporters/markmardell/2009/12/mcchrystal_confident_on_new_af.html?page=14#comment7 McChrystal said that because he knows that the Islamic extremist terrorists are fighting for the world to follow Sharia law, which is just as political, as it is religious.-------------------------------------------------------------------------------How does he know what islamic extremists are fighting for? did they whisper in his ear? He doesnt even know why he is fighting in afghanistan, the americans dont know why their country's soldiers are fighting in afghanistan to save the americans in america..And finally he didnt even know if that football player was killed by friendly fires or the unfriendly fires. The general should have voluntrily retired after the Tillman cover up..He lies... Tue 08 Dec 2009 19:54:39 GMT+1 colonelartist http://www.bbc.co.uk/blogs/thereporters/markmardell/2009/12/mcchrystal_confident_on_new_af.html?page=12#comment6 but were rendered incapable of accomplishing their mission. -------------------------------------------------------------------------------This is getting interesting every day, the people who cannot even tell what their mission is, are now talking about their enemies mission.. Tue 08 Dec 2009 19:49:41 GMT+1 fluffytale http://www.bbc.co.uk/blogs/thereporters/markmardell/2009/12/mcchrystal_confident_on_new_af.html?page=10#comment5 "And the truth is, I don't blame the Swiss people that voted for the ban of the minarets. Personally, due to 9/11 and other terrorist attacks, I do not trust these people.There are people that have been murdered in other countries, such as in the Netherlands, for freedom of speech in criticizing Islam with cartoons. Why would you want to bring that to your country? ""In the USA, we have a similar problem...gay marriage. In every state where there was a vote on the subject, the people voted for a ban on gay marriage, even in liberal California. In the several states where gay marriage was passed, it was done so with government legislature and people were not allowed to vote. Should Americans allow gay marriage to overtake the USA? Should the Swiss allow immigrants to overtake Switzerland? In both cases, the Americans and Swiss who had a chance to vote, voted No. This should make the answer clear. Our govts. should do what we vote for, not what they want. Otherwise, our govts. will no longer be for the people." The voice of tolerance Tue 08 Dec 2009 19:46:02 GMT+1 HERCULE_SAVINIEN http://www.bbc.co.uk/blogs/thereporters/markmardell/2009/12/mcchrystal_confident_on_new_af.html?page=8#comment4 [SHARIA LAW VS THE WAR OF ECONOMIC STIMULUS]Lucy wrote: At 6:38pm on 08 Dec 2009 McChrystal said that because he knows that the Islamic extremist terrorists are fighting for the world to follow Sharia law, which is just as political, as it is religious.>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>TRIATHLON REPLYS:[Af-Pak] is a War of Economic Stimulus, Blood for Oil, Resources and Markets, thru military occupation, a regional [MILITARY FOOTHOLD]. In [1997], an Empire diplomat stated that Unocal oil company executives, with Empire government [DC/544] Democratic and Republicans Crooks and Criminals, approval had entertained, and met with Taliban leaders in Houston, Texas, and had offered them a generous cut of the profits of the oil and gas pumped through a [$2B/€1.3B] Two-Billion-Dollars/One-Point-Three Billion-Euros, pipeline that the Americans wanted to build from Soviet central Asia, Turkmenistan through Afghanistan, to Pakistan and India, the Central Asian Aramco pipeline, a consortium of oil companies, the same that control Saudi Oil, with an emir to be put in place with lots of [SHARIA LAW], which the Oil companies are more than willing to live with.Now, that being said and that being a fact, it is not McChrystal that has been pushing the end of [Sharia Law], the champion of that cause has been, is, and will be Hillary Diane Rodham-Clinton. Which sounds like the right thing to do until you have to decide which Right over rides the other, the Right of Religious Freedom, or The Rights of Women? Islam is not the Empire.HERCULE TRIATHLON SAVINIEN Tue 08 Dec 2009 19:39:42 GMT+1 fluffytale http://www.bbc.co.uk/blogs/thereporters/markmardell/2009/12/mcchrystal_confident_on_new_af.html?page=6#comment3 you are not into "gay marriage " I see. you say that it goes against the will of the people. but it also goes against the law of discrimination. so the law should be forgotten every time there is a mob. and yet you say They don't want to obey the law. Sounds like some of the extremist christians of america should try living elsewhere before shouting others can't hack it. I suggest Saudi Arabia. unless of course you drink. which plenty that go there do do on occasions. and they get arrested for it nad we in t he west say "oi why you treating them like that for having a drink" to which they are best answering. "get lost, wrong country dud" Tue 08 Dec 2009 19:35:42 GMT+1 fluffytale http://www.bbc.co.uk/blogs/thereporters/markmardell/2009/12/mcchrystal_confident_on_new_af.html?page=4#comment2 to be fair lucy you did say you" do not trust these people ", ref to Muslims. so maybe you have issues Tue 08 Dec 2009 19:30:52 GMT+1 LucyJ http://www.bbc.co.uk/blogs/thereporters/markmardell/2009/12/mcchrystal_confident_on_new_af.html?page=2#comment1 McChrystal said that because he knows that the Islamic extremist terrorists are fighting for the world to follow Sharia law, which is just as political, as it is religious.Any countries who do not follow the Sharia law are their enemies.This is why it is difficult for Islamic extremists to live in other countries, because they do not want to follow other country's laws. Tue 08 Dec 2009 18:38:50 GMT+1 HERCULE_SAVINIEN http://www.bbc.co.uk/blogs/thereporters/markmardell/2009/12/mcchrystal_confident_on_new_af.html?page=0#comment0 UNFINISHED BUSINESS FOREVER, YOU BET YA![THE RING]Four silver stars on his shoulder, a Technicolor square of medal ribbons on his chest, America's top general in Afghanistan, Stanley McChrystal. Don't you just love all the pretty medals and ribbons, you forgot the ring, [THE RING], The man is a [RING THUMPER], a member of the [MIC] Military Industrial Complex inner Staff, and you forgot [THE RING OF POWER] Proto you forgot [THE RING]. [FOREVER AND A DAY] "It will be unfinished business forever", said McChrystal, with the look of someone who has said something rather clever. You Bet Ya it will be Forever and a Day, no way is Islam and its [IFF] Islamic Freedom Fighters going to allow the Empire to establish a [MILITARY FOOTHOLD] on the Islamic Crescent, and The Russian Federation is not going to allow itself to be ringed by the Empire and its military, [The Russian Federation is in fact preparing for WAR with the Empire], The Peoples Republic of China is not going to allow, the Empire to establish a Naval Base in Karachi Pakistan, as a force presence to be used agaisnt its China Sea enterprises, for oil reserves beneath it.[TRAINING NOT COUNTER-INSURGENCY]But are Nato forces capable of running a counter-insurgency strategy? The [EU] European Forces are being sent strictly to train the [400K] Four-hundred Thousand Afghanistan Police and Military, for a period of [18] eighteen months, May Day of [2011], they are to do only training, and SELF-DEFENSE military operations, with NO OFFENSIVE MILITARY operations. The Surge will be of [30K] Thirty-Thousand Empire Offensive Actions Troops, a force of about [4] four Army Corp size, while the [NATO/EU] [50K], Fifty-Thousand, a [Field Army], STANDS DOWN FROM OTHER THAN DEFENSIVE OPERATIONS.This is Not going to end well.HERCULE TRIATHLON SAVINIEN Tue 08 Dec 2009 18:13:03 GMT+1