Opinion: Gone fishin’

I’ll be off all this week, returning on Monday, July 24. Y’all try to behave yourselves in the meantime, and I’ll be back at it next week.

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AndyManUSA#45
AndyManUSA#45

"""""Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer said that Democrats can only blame themselves, not Russia, for former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton’s loss to President Donald Trump in November."""""

A moment of clarity?

AndyManUSA#45
AndyManUSA#45

"""""“Gov. Romney, I’m glad you recognize al-Qaida is a threat, because a few months ago when you were asked what is the biggest geopolitical group facing America, you said Russia, not al-Qaida,” Obama said. “You said Russia. And the 1980s are now calling to ask for their foreign policy back. Because the Cold War has been over for 20 years. But Governor, when it comes to our foreign policy, you seem to want to import the foreign policies of the 1980s, just like the social policy of the 1950s, and the economic policies of the 1920s.”""""

😂

What a bunch of fools.

AndyManUSA#45
AndyManUSA#45

And they talk about Trump flip flopping? Anyone over the age of one and a half knows that they used to be Russia's useful idiots. Now they cower under their cribs?

Really, grow up.

breckenridge
breckenridge

@AndyManUSA#45 

You're the fool.  For years Putin has been trying to undermine democracy in western Europe. His efforts here are more recent, but he is all about corruption and using government as a vehicle for personal enrichment.

AndyManUSA#45
AndyManUSA#45

Years? How about decades? Same as all the other leaders before him.

You used to love him but you had to kill him 😂

breckenridge
breckenridge

Robert Mueller served in Vietnam.  He was given an award for valor during his service there, as well as a Purple Heart.


Donald Trump received 5 Vietnam deferments.  Deferments 1 through 4 were because he was in college.  After he completed college, he was awarded deferment #5 because he had "bad feet."

bu22
bu22

@breckenridge  He was doing the country a service with those deferments.  Would you want Donald in the foxhole next to you?  Mueller got himself shot.  Donald kept lots of potential squad mates from getting shot.  Advantage Donald!  More 4D chess!

SGTGrit
SGTGrit

Ho chi minh said your resolve can only last from one election to the next ours can go on indefinitely. That is how we lose wars and the good people who fight in them.

Starik
Starik

@SGTGrit  We should have helped Ho instead of the French colonialists. The Communists stepped in. 

AndyManUSA#45
AndyManUSA#45

""""""General Giap was a brilliant, highly respected leader of the North Vietnam military. The following quote is from his memoirs currently found in the Vietnam war memorial in Hanoi:

“What we still don’t understand is why you Americans stopped the bombing of Hanoi. You had us on the ropes. If you had pressed us a little harder, just for another day or two, we were ready to surrender! It was the same at the battles of TET. You defeated us! We knew it, and we thought you knew it. But we were elated to notice your media was definitely helping us. They were causing more disruption in America than we could in the battlefields. We were ready to surrender. You had won!”"""""

bu22
bu22

@Starik @AndyManUSA#45  Haven't seen the thing about the bombing, but Tet was a devasting military defeat for the Communists.  The Viet Cong were basically annihilated.  But it was a psychological defeat for America.  The enemy's ability was severely underestimated.

AndyManUSA#45
AndyManUSA#45

Anyone with the slightest clue knows that the NVA/ Viet Cong were thoroughly defeated in the Tet offensive and were no longer an effective fighting force. If you don't believe me then ask Vo Nguyen Giap. But the vermin party and the vermin media shrieked like little girls and forced the US to surrender.

It has been a long time since the democrats didn't suck.

breckenridge
breckenridge

@AndyManUSA#45 

Well we were propping up an incredibly corrupt government in South Vietnam. Were they more corrupt than the Putin government? No, but Putin is much more subtle.

breckenridge
breckenridge

Mr. Trump still has strong support among republicans.  And democrats still hate him. Neither of these things have changed. But from January through July he seen a constant drip, drip, drip of support from independents. His approval rating has dropped from 42% to 31% among independents since he took office.


Is support from independents important? You better believe it, independents make up the largest voting bloc.

AndyManUSA#45
AndyManUSA#45

You and your fake polls remind me of a little baby with a pacifier. It's all you got and as hard as you suck on it, I'd be worried about your face collapsing.

AndyManUSA#45
AndyManUSA#45

They sucked on the fake presidential polls/pacifier right up until election night, when the real people were polled.

Total different results, won't it? 😂

And how about tossoff's victory?

AndyManUSA#45
AndyManUSA#45

Stick your fake polls up your fake rear end. The Republican party is out raising the vermin party 3 to 1 because of Trump and that is the real poll.

Starik
Starik

@AndyManUSA#45  No. It means the Republican party is popular with rich folks getting richer. Dollars don't vote. 

AndyManUSA#45
AndyManUSA#45

They beat you vermin 3 to 1 in small donors, bozo, but nice try anyway.

bu22
bu22

@AndyManUSA#45  And Obama buried Romney and McCain in $$$.  Hillary spent $1.2 billion vs. 500 million for Trump.  Its turned around.

breckenridge
breckenridge

July 23 - At the six-month mark of his administration, Donald Trump is less popular than any president elected in the modern polling era. Don’t expect a dramatic reversal of fortune anytime soon.

A POLITICO analysis of Trump’s approval ratings and more than four decades of presidential polling data suggests it’s unlikely Trump’s numbers will significantly change for the better over the next 12 months.

 Trump’s approval rating has declined over the course of his young presidency. Gallup data charts Trump’s approval rating gradually dropping over the past six months from the mid-40s after his inauguration to just 39 percent now – the most significant declines have been among moderates, independents and Midwesterners.

breckenridge
breckenridge

Mr. Trump has indicated that he will do the correct thing and sign the Russian sanctions legislation. 

Congratulations to Congress for not only a rare instance of bipartisanship but smacking down Putin and his kleptocracy.

Starik
Starik

@breckenridge  Trump flip flops constantly. Believe it when it happens, if it happens. 

SGTGrit
SGTGrit

Trump and Scarumucci, are reformed Democrat liberals that have seen the path to the bottom the far-left has been taking this country.

Starik
Starik

@SGTGrit Gee, I thought they were very rich people who for some reason feel compelled to get richer.

SGTGrit
SGTGrit

Sanctions haven't stopped Russian aggression. The only thing that will stop it is peace through overwhelming military strength. The far-left doesn't understand that fact even though Regain proved it. These far-left dunces are only going to encourage Russian and other adversarial nation aggression even wars that no one wants.

Starik
Starik

@SGTGrit Communism collapsed from within. We may do that too; where will we find this overwhelming force, and pay for it? We failed in Iraq and Syria and are failing in Afghanistan. We failed in Libya, Cuba and Viet Nam. We have the nukes... so does Russia, North Korea too.

SGTGrit
SGTGrit

@Starik @SGTGrit 

Communism/socialism will always collapse from within. Vietnam was a political failure not a military failure. Same for Korea and Cuba. As for the others school isn't out but it won't surprise me if they fall victim as well. Russia and the N.K. do have nukes with Iran not far behind lets also not forget about China. Our job is to have better nukes and a missile defense system. We're further ahead as far as technology is concerned we just need to aggressively press forward.

Starik
Starik

@SGTGrit @Starik Vietnam and Korea were military failures; too many casualties to continue. Cuba was Kennedy's failure, true, but bad military planning as well.

SGTGrit
SGTGrit

@Starik @SGTGrit 

Categorically disagree. We could have brought Vietnam to its knees if we employed only one third of our military capability. Same for Korea. Cuba would have been a cake walk. 

bu22
bu22

@SGTGrit @Starik  China could have kept sending hordes to die.  The terrain in Korea was not conducive for our forces.  We didn't attack the North (except later on by bomber) because we didn't want to fight the Chinese army again.  But we were too timid in North Vietnam after the Korea experience.  We could have done far more without threatening the Chinese border.  But we weren't willing to risk or to pay the price.

SGTGrit
SGTGrit

@bu22 @SGTGrit @Starik

I was trained by Korea war veterans and we even had some WWII vet's. Our troops adapted well to the Korean terrain and bitter winter climate. Truman halted MacArthur's push to cross the yalu river after the successful Inchon landing and march North. China didn't have the air power to stop us much less nuclear weapons. If we wanted to muscle our way to victory on the peninsula we could have. Once again a political decision not to.  


SGTGrit
SGTGrit

@bu22 @SGTGrit @Starik 

I really should have said adapted and not adapted well. It was, I'm certain sheer Hell for our infantry in the bitter North Korean winter. Even given that Hell they pushed the North Korean army all the way North to the Yalu river on the Chinese border.

Starik
Starik

@SGTGrit @Starik  600,000+ troops? Scraping the bottom of the bottom of the barrel with Project 100,000? Letting Lt. Calley types become officers? Carriers off the coast, the B-52 fleet and all that air power? That was the peak of American military power and the North Vietnamese kept on coming. We could have kept South Vietnam afloat, maybe, but we'd still have troops there. 

Starik
Starik

@SGTGrit @bu22 @Starik  When we hit the Yalu the Chinese came in. How many people died for a return to the prewar line? 

SGTGrit
SGTGrit

@Starik @SGTGrit 

600,000 troops but only less than 100,000 actual bush combatants. All the air power dropping ordinance on worthless targets in the North and a refusal to even bomb and block foreign shipping into the port city of Haiphong? Give it a break the war was lost politically. 

SGTGrit
SGTGrit

@Starik @SGTGrit @bu22 

Once again Truman held the military back. The Chinese weren't the impediment to securing the peninsula our government was. 

bu22
bu22

@Starik @SGTGrit  We still have troops in Korea.  We severely limited what we did with our air power in Vietnam.  We gave them lots of sanctuaries for years.  Fought it with one arm tied behind our back.  Some of those generals should have been court-martialed.  The Vietnamese had better artillery than we did.  That is one reason we had to rely on air power.

bu22
bu22

@Starik @SGTGrit @bu22  And in Korea, too long a supply line across all those hills where our tanks couldn't do much.  North Korea also borders Russia.  Unless we were willing to invade and subdue mainland China and take enormous casualties over a span of years, we couldn't have done much better in Korea.

AndyManUSA#45
AndyManUSA#45

Let's see how many of these wormy little vermin still want to vote on Russian sanctions if the legislation doesn't include any unconstitutional limits placed on the Executive Branch's powers.

Let's see what they really want to vote on.

MarkVV
MarkVV

@AndyManUSA#45  Putin's position: The Russia sanctions bill in the US Congress places unconstitutional limits on the Executive Branch's powers.