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    [–] Russian jets strike U.S.-backed forces in eastern Syria Redditsoldestaccount 31 points ago in worldnews

    Ok, so we (the US backed rebels) are occupying a sovereign nation's natural gas fields, a major source of energy/revenue for that country, and we are crying foul that the sovereign nation whose land we are occupying is trying to retake its own land with the help of one of their historical allies.

    [–] What is the most bullshit thing you've ever heard someone say? Redditsoldestaccount 13 points ago in AskReddit

    James Clapper-

    Wyden: "I hope we can do this in just a yes or no answer, because I know Sen. Feinstein wants to move on. Last summer, the NSA director (Keith Alexander) was at a conference and he was asked a question about the NSA surveillance of Americans. He replied, and I quote here, ‘The story that we have millions, or hundreds of millions, of dossiers on people is completely false.’ The reason I’m asking the question is, having served on the committee now for a dozens years, I don’t really know what a dossier is in this context. So, what I wanted to see if you could give me a yes or no answer to the question: Does the NSA collect any type of data at all on millions, or hundreds of millions of Americans?"

    Clapper: "No, sir."

    Wyden: "It does not?"

    Clapper: "Not wittingly. There are cases where they could inadvertently, perhaps, collect, but not wittingly."

    [–] What are people slowly starting to forget? Redditsoldestaccount 1 points ago in AskReddit

    We do have a great country, you're right. We have this wonderful country because generations before us payed attention, they scrutinized the government and stayed vigilant. Generations before us had to fight for the rights that we enjoy today. The problem I'm pointing out is that we have become decadent and complacent. We see people having their 4th amendment violated if they're a journalist reporting on corruption (Barrett Brown) and we say well I'm not doing anything wrong so it doesn't bother me. All the while, this institution that is supposed to be an instrument of the people is consolidating its power and slowly slipping from our grasp. Do you feel that the citizens will is actually adhered to in DC? I don't.

    [–] What are people slowly starting to forget? Redditsoldestaccount 1 points ago in AskReddit

    I see your point but I think it's weirder that the only way that it could get enough support to pass was because of 9/11 and and the ensuing anthrax scare. It's terrifying to think that they already wanted to pass such a grossly unconstitutional bill, they just needed the right crisis to take advantage of

    [–] What are people slowly starting to forget? Redditsoldestaccount 2 points ago in AskReddit

    That's because the "Business Plot" actually worked, just not in the way and as quickly as originally intended...

    [–] What are people slowly starting to forget? Redditsoldestaccount 1 points ago in AskReddit

    Please continue to educate that child to the best of your ability

    [–] What are people slowly starting to forget? Redditsoldestaccount 4 points ago in AskReddit

    Just get 1% of the population to occupy DC and all the machinations come to a grinding halt. That requires a knowledgeable and vigilant citizenry. The price of liberty is eternal vigilance.

    We need to get our own house in order before we invade anymore countries

    [–] What are people slowly starting to forget? Redditsoldestaccount 1 points ago * (lasted edited 10 days ago) in AskReddit

    Yes, your geopolitical assessment makes sense and has been the foundation of our Kissinger realpolitik. The world is a chess board. Iraq provided a counter balance to Iran in the region though.

    That investment doesn't produce returns for American citizens though, only special interests. My question is how have any of these wars benefitted the American people?

    Imagine if we had reinvested that 5 billion into our own country and not antagonized the entire Middle East

    [–] What are people slowly starting to forget? Redditsoldestaccount 1 points ago * (lasted edited 10 days ago) in AskReddit

    Yes, and these are the same people who fund the campaigns and sit on the think tanks that formulate actual policy.

    [–] What are people slowly starting to forget? Redditsoldestaccount 1 points ago in AskReddit

    We aren't even a democracy according to this Princeton study, we are more of an Inverted Totalitarian Police State. I think we should get our own house in order before we start any more wars.

    [–] What are people slowly starting to forget? Redditsoldestaccount 1 points ago in AskReddit

    Wasn't arguing any of that though I don't disagree with your Assad point. I was just pointing out how we pick and choose whether to support or depose a regime depending on whether or not they suit our national interest and not because of bullshit rhetoric like humanitarian values, providing democracy or protecting our freedom (5000 miles away).

    Edit- I should point out that national interest is not synonymous with the American people's interest.

    [–] What are people slowly starting to forget? Redditsoldestaccount 1 points ago in AskReddit

    Yea it's insane. It seems pretty obvious to me that our occupation there has been an abject failure in terms of our stated goals (democracy, freedom, etc) but not in terms of profits for military contractors that Eisenhower warned us about

    [–] What are people slowly starting to forget? Redditsoldestaccount 3 points ago in AskReddit

    So the Taliban is bad, but Augusto Pinochet is good. Is the dictator we helped install in Honduras also good? Oh yea and Assad is a bad brutal dictator right? But the Saudi Royalty that has people executed in the street is good?

    The hypocrisy is mind boggling. There is no justification for that invasion.