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    Here's another waste of taxpayer's money. Congress once again had no say in this and neither did the American people. It's their war, let them fight it. By the way we need help financially to pay our bills. How many times have we come to the aid of other countries and helped them. It's about time we called in some IOUs.
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    @paperdragons81 Our Army, Marines, Navy, and Air Force are no longer a force to protect our borders and our country. They are a police force, and an invading force at the whim of ever who is in charge of the white house. We need an amendment to the constitution to give the American citizens the power through majority consensus to determine what countries we invade, etc. There are too many congressmen, senators, and DC staff memebers sitting on capitol hill waiting to get rich off of American soldier's lives because they have stock in Haliburton, and other war profitable ventures. We have people living in the streets, people in NY still devistated by Sandy, and yet here we go again, broke, but spending more money and lives in a place that we have no gain in. How many lives will America sacrifice on this one to not get anything in return?
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    @MadAmerican I beleave we could be headed for a police state, especially if they try to disarm us but I expect there would be a rebelion in the milatary,many will not turn there guns on there friends and family. That's at least my hope more leaders like that sheriff in kentucky.
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    @paperdragons81 Absolutely. I am retired military and took an oath to protect this country from enemies both foreign and domestic, however to me Obama is the enemy, not my neighbor.
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    Al-Qaeda might set up shop in Mali with relative ease. If you don't fight 'em there, you'll end up fighting 'em here, eventually.
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    I've been watching this topic for a while. I was somewhat amazed that the French took the lead on this one.
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    Yeah, but how long is it till they give up operational control to us since we're already the ogre in the eyes of the world?
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    That was the same argument that sent American troops to fight communism in Korea and Viet Nam. Maybe we will end up borrowing money from Al-Qaeda in the future too.
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    This is exactly what we should be doing in any war on terror. We need to stop nation building and hit them and hit them hard and get out. The French are taking the lead. This is not us playing police in the world. This is a clearly identified enemy of the USA by their own say so and we should bomb them into oblivion, pack up and come home.
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    It's nice to see others in opposition to war.
    I wish it were real and not just hype because they hate the President and will disagree with everything he does or says.
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    yes, Ido. We should keep hammering away at AlQueada wherever they are across the globe. Ignoring them has not worked for us or anyone else in the past.
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    @woodtick57 exactly, the biggest outside threat to our nation is radical Islam, and that's not just Al Quesada. Either we stand up with the rest of the countries and say "no you don't" now, or we face the next world war against a bunch of religious fanatics......
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    @SavageMazx I think that a coalition is appropriate because the fight against Islamic terrorists is always a war for the hearts and minds of the people of Islam as well as those whose actions we try to stop. France is our friend and has answered our callsfor assistance, Americia can do no less than return the favor.
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    Al Qaeda militants? there arent any left are there, I could have sworn that this Obama character stated that he had taken care of that problem.
    He didnt lie did he?
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    Last but not least, the timing of events always seems to be perfect for the president! With the gun control smackdown approaching and we know its going to be ugly. Then magically we have walmart announce the hiring of 100000 military vets ( will be used by Obama for his creating jobs thing. Also will show how much he cares about the military, really? Mali, of all the countries out there who actually warrant assistance we choose Mali, WOW! Let me quote from a speech not written yet by Obama, "we are glad to help and let Africa know they are not forgotten". Mali a poor land locked country was perfect at the very least our fan base cannot say we are there to plunder.
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    I had the opportunity to conduct training in Ghana and Senegal under the ACRI (African crisis response iniative) all of that time and money was spent for exactly for the Mali situation. I'm guessing that was all political smoke blown you know where! I'm having a hard time finding any of this training from any time period that has ever actually been put to practice. Then we have the UN, wow could that not be the biggest joke of our lifetime? Ever wonder why you see some of the poorest countries deployed by the UN....the UN actually pays troops approx.$800.00 a month. Then we have NATO and all of the former empires from days gone by. All of you vets out there know how things quickly head south when they are involved. I think all of the shortfalls of the UN and NATO are in part our fault. We never made the choice to no you guys do it. After how many decades of this can we wonder why? Most of these countries know we will jump in. Our country has to learn how to make the hard choices. They say you know your doing the right thing when it was the hardest decision.
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    we need to use those troops here. we have known terrorists who have set up shop in mexico,add in we all know anyone who wants to come here and do harm can just walk or drive right in.

    instead of going all over the world we need to be secure here first. anyone can do a few searches and see what is right next door and see what is there.
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    We don't need to be there. It was wrong for Bush to get us into 2 unfunded wars and it will be wrong for Obama to get us in here. We don't need to be policeman to the world. The biggest threat to the American way of life is the Military Industrial Complex that keeps getting us into these endless wars.
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    Are these militant rebels linked to Al Qaeda because they share the same religion? Has Al Qaeda become the new boogeyman that allows the United States to commit to military intervention with little or no debate?
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    If you're at war you can't pick and choose your battles. French forces fought with the U.S. in Afghanistan. If anything we owe it to the French.
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    i thought we were in the process of getting out of the Middle East?.. now US forces are being sent to Northern Africa?.. seems like the admin is sending mixed messages.
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    @woodtick57 supposedly saving money by pulling troops out, now will redeploy troops somewhere else. bring the troops home.
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    @woodtick57 well it is certainly not because the mission is complete. why do you think the US is leaving?
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    @Clarke12

    Because that was the plan we had set up.

    Fighting against terrorist groups and supporting our allies is not sending a mixed message about anything.
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    What? Another "coalition" created to fight Islamic terrorism? When are Barack Obama and Joe Biden going to stand up and speak out against the interventionism and imperialism being perpetrated by this administration? Oh yeah, they ARE this administration.
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    Sad thing is, historians and the writers of the President's memoirs can still say, hey we kept our promise to pull out of Iraq and Afghanistan. Oh wait, this one is Bush's fault too, he had it on a to-do list taped underneath the desk in the oval office. How long is it before France cedes operational control to us?
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    "How long is it before France cedes operational control to us?" Considering previous French history, I'd say about as long as it takes the French to OUI OUI their panties!
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    @stepped_in_it Yeah how does that go? France has only won a war against France? It's aggravating, the other "coalition" was made up of many nations, but we were the de facto leader, and so got the vast majority of the bad press. Now that France has some larger allies to help, we'll see if they "tag out" and hide in the back.
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    @woodtick57 It's all agenda! The French had a "thing" against the British for hundreds of years. How best to "attack" a foe you cannot defeat then by backing another combatant that, if lost, you have no skin in that game?
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    @stepped_in_it

    Not sure what that has to do with mocking the French and they actually had extensive territorial holdings in the US at the time of our revolutionary war, so they really did have some 'skin in the game' as it were....
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