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December 10th, 2009
09:40 AM ET
soundoff (16 Responses)
  1. Sanjay Bhandari

    If we always opt for war as a way of penance to the people at the other end who want to paralayse the world with terrorism-then it should be borne in mind that the war won't end. It will continue as the two parties go on finding ways to outburst their rage upon each other. It will continue until we find a good way out other than the war to come to a solution. War is a continuum. It won't end until we are firmly prepared. There shouldn't be any excuse for war if we opine that it should definitely end. The time has come for us to find a way to find a square solution to end the war and not to ponder upon if "war is sometimes neeed"!

    January 2, 2010 at 10:08 pm |
  2. Florencio Mendiola Jr.

    I spend most of my life in the military. Nobody wishes for war, but if we must fight a war, lets fight to win! I once heard a president say these words! I believed then and I believe today. Today's leaders are very different from the old days. They seem to lack a backbone (True Grit), leaders who mean what they say, and say what they mean! And more importantly, get the job done! Please don't tell me you'll do your very best, No, no, no... GET IT DONE! August 6, 1945, President Harry S. Truman ordered the bombing of Hiroshima and Nagasaki with an atomic bomb and nine days later, Japan announced its surrender to the Allied Powers, signing the Instrument of Surrender, ending the Pacific War. Justified or not, million of life were spared and peace was achieved. Sometimes we need to take extreme measures to achieve peace. I truly believe that extreme islamic fundamentalist (terrorist) threaten world peace and our way of life. Where are the General Geroge Patton, General George Marshall and General Douglas MacArthur of today? Then again, we could just do what President Gerald Ford said right before he died, "We Shouldn't Be In The Golbal Police Business" we need to worry more about fixing things here at home! Who's right or who's wrong! There is only one sure thing about all this, "Only Time Will Tell." Let's hope for the best, but is hoping doesn't work, "What are we prepared to do?

    December 29, 2009 at 9:26 pm |
  3. Wayne

    War is not nice ... never has been. So why do we try to dress it up and pretend that it is humane? It's not humane ... it's deadly, and if we are going to war then let's make sure it is for the right reasons and that we win with as little loss of OUR soldiers as possible. Here's how:

    1. When women (in their coverings) run into a war zone and dress their men in those same coverings to escape we should simply consider them all enemy. They did join the enemy and therefore should be fired upon like any enemy.

    2. Rather than allow the families of terrorist bombers to receive financial payment and/or public acclaim for the part their family member had is destroying innocent lives, they (the surviving immediate family) should have all of their property confiscated, sold and the proceeds distributed to the families of the innocent dead. If that is not adequate, also require half of their wages for X years to be given to the victims families.

    3. Public leaders who urge people to become terrorist bombers or kill innocent people should be removed from society and all of their property, and their imediate family's property sold and used in the fight against terror.

    4. Discontinue VISA's and trade with any country that (1) harbors terrorists, (2) does not publicly condemn and actively fight terrorism.

    The problem with doing any of these (by either side) is the profit that would be lost. When it comes right down to it ... it's about power and greed.

    December 28, 2009 at 11:40 pm |
  4. cambio

    America needs to pay heed to Eisenhower's words about unneeded growth of the Military Industrial Complex. The Republicans have ignored it since Reagan with trillions spent on obsolete or redundant weapon systems along creating huge hidden deficit spending until Obama moved those costs to a transparent balance sheet.

    We need to defend ourselves responsibly but we have based too much of our economy on defense spending while other nations have stolen our technology, auto, and consumer product domination.

    Unnecessary Iraq War costs for example could have paid for our Healthcare Reform.

    December 27, 2009 at 8:23 pm |
  5. Joe

    War is sometime needed to keep some contractors on the job. Sometimes is cheaper to create a war and fight one than bailing out contractors.

    December 24, 2009 at 8:36 pm |
  6. forist

    I'm always impressed by the ignorance and arrogance of people, like Kraig Khan and Willem Batha, who think all of the world's problems are caused by the United States, when in reality it is the US and her allies that have suppressed the tyrants of the world and hwo have come to the aid of others when some would not.

    If the United States is such an awful country why do so many try to enter her borders? Why do so many people, of every ethinic background, want to call themselves American? Why does she give so much of her self to come to the aid of the poor and the weak? If the United States is so bad and arrogant why does she send her young men and women to the defense of others, knowing many will lose their lives for a land that is not their own? Before you knock her down and spit on her know one thing; I am a witness to her generosity and her sacrifices. It is in her unending example of freedom that those on her shores are able to speak so openly and others want of her freedom. The United States is not perfect by any means but she always responds when there is a call for help.

    To those who live within her boundaries and see nothing good you can leave anytime...because here you are free! She has paid dearly for that freedom and if you have no respect for her there are many who would be happy to assist you in your departure. There are thousands that would love the opportunity to call themselves American. That is not arrogance or snobbery. It's simply fact.

    December 22, 2009 at 11:26 am |
  7. Michael Arnaud

    Great Moments in diplomacy:
    1938-Neville Chamberlain goes back to England with a treaty signed by Adolf Hitler stating that Hitler won't take over ALL of Czechoslovakia,
    just part of it. Chamberlain says "it will bring peace in our time." Not only does Hitler take over ALL of Czechoslovakia, but later that year in vades Poland and starts World War II.
    1951-Negoiations begin between North Korea and the Allies(South Korea, the US) to help end a war STARTED by North Korea. North Korea's first demand, all US troops stop fighting the North Korean Army. It takes nearly two years of negoitations while fighting is going on to bring and end to the Korean War.
    1965 to 1972-Negoitations begin in Paris between North and South Vietnam and the US. It takes over three months of negoitation of the shape of the NEGOITATION TABLE for the negoitations to end the Vietnam War to begin.
    1990-Saddam Hussein invades Kuwait after talking to the US Ambassador to Iraq and stating that the US had no problem with Iraq
    invading it's tiny neighbor.

    These are just a few example of the EXEMPLARY pieces of diplomacy
    that kept war from happening. Some examples.
    As long as there are human berings on this earth, there will be wars happening. It doesn't matter who, where, why, what for or how. Wars are a part of human history. There is not one time period in all of recorded history when there isn't a war over something. All you people who think war can be stopped or called off, or if "diplomacy" just has a chance to work, are just being naive and deluding yourselves. Wars are a constant of the human equation.

    Oh, and Kraig Khan-if you don't like the US so much, make sure whatever country you live in doesn't have a natural disaster or get invaded or has something bad happen to it. It'll be the US your government calls to save your a**es with our money or military.

    December 17, 2009 at 3:26 pm |
  8. willem botha

    The brittish and americans have many excuses and try to justify their wars,but for them its just profit they are after.Many years ago it was for gold and diamonds in south africa.Now its for oil in the middle east.They have killed tens of thousands of women and children to force men to surrender in their sick wars in order to fatten themselves with riches that belong to other nations.
    How long will the rest of the world be silent to this theft,murder and nothing but piracy?
    Previously it was God save the queen and God bless america.If one look at what they bring to oither nations with their ever willing armour – I would rather pray:God strike america.

    December 16, 2009 at 3:58 pm |
  9. Kraig Khan

    If I have a power, I would use my power to erase America from the MAP. It' s because, America , put her nose to much in other people's business. It's not good for the rest of the world to or to America it self. We want a free world. Before, you try to handle other country manage yours first.

    December 14, 2009 at 10:07 pm |
  10. Kraig Khan

    I sm sick and tired of American society. Look, what happend to Tiger Woods. He is the best golfer we have for quiet some time and he is great person. He is helping others and good for the golf itself. He has changed the game and bring more people to the game. Just because he made one mistake in the past 13 + years, we should not attack him the way the media outlet doing. He is a human being, should be treated accordingly. However, what is hppening right now is very ugly situation to him and and to America . How other countries view as people who cares about one's personal and private matter more so than the big picture. I hope everyone should learn from this situation and move on. There are so many things to worry about at this time not someone personal life. I think, media has too much power in this country , probably, it is a good idea if government involvement so media won't abuse the public too much. What do you think America?

    December 14, 2009 at 10:02 pm |
  11. rober/reb33

    War are need but when you have a reluctant leader that doesn't lead to win or set goals for his country, That is when the hammer need to ring his bell, or he should just leave if he can't live up to his oath as a President of the USA. Can have heath care when you have a war that is going on that is the Federals number one job and he's failing thanks to people of the progressive ilk! Hate America first Crowd or Coward, Well Change that I want back, and the progressives put and took all our Change away!

    December 14, 2009 at 7:44 pm |
  12. Art

    History will once again repeat itself.

    December 12, 2009 at 7:32 pm |
  13. Johni Pangalila

    Why does we’re willing to spent more times, efforts and human life in war then spend more times and efforts in dialogue and negotiation to save human life? Are all of that just because we’re bigger than them or just simply because we can?

    Because I strongly don’t believe the peace will comes out from the war. The war itself might be stop for a moment but then the hatred will build up among opponent and soon or later will light up another war and then create hatred and so on, and then we will continue counting more dead bodies.

    I also don’t believe that God had given authority to certain of people or religion to take another human life. God is the only creator. If He wants to ended human life, He will do it Himself.

    December 12, 2009 at 9:56 am |
  14. sol131

    So you're saying after 9/11, the US was "supposed" to just take it on the chin while more terrorists plotted to take us down. War is needed to put some people in their place.

    December 12, 2009 at 12:12 am |
  15. A. Smith, Oregon

    Yes, you can explain why War is necessary until you are blue in the face.

    War is never a necessary option.

    War only occurs when all attempts to mediate a respectful settlement have been completely exhausted.

    Bush-Cheney laughed at any and all attempts to mediate a settlement in the Iraqi region of dispute.

    President Obama has yet to set down with the Pakistani President and the Indian President to work out a settlement between their Proxy War in Afghanistan.

    And to be fair, the War in Afghanistan was already ongoing before President Obama came to office.

    December 11, 2009 at 6:14 pm |
  16. Angela Savage Austin

    Let it be known that President Obama has expressed his stance on healing humanity from the gate. I don't know why some found it more important to focus on dividing just to conquer...which by the way has backfired and will continue to do so because evil has a face and the body of minds that will risk the lives of our children fighting wars that only the "elite" profit from, pro and con....No More!!! You are exposed!!! Thank God!

    December 10, 2009 at 7:46 pm |