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  1. phdtogo commented on Doonesbury 2 days ago

    Kandahar, Mazir-Sharif, Kabul and Bagram. Troop strength will be less than 15,000 including NATO and other coalition forces

  2. phdtogo commented on Doonesbury 2 days ago

    Have you met any Iranians? Over the years I’ve met many and their opinion of the Shah is quite opposite

  3. phdtogo commented on Doonesbury 2 days ago

    Apache support for in-close combat killing tanks and perhaps spec-ops. We are not going to risk ground troops (infantry)

  4. phdtogo commented on Doonesbury 2 days ago

    When I was in country was told the estimated value anywhere from $1-3 trillion… trillion with a T

  5. phdtogo commented on Doonesbury 2 days ago

    Hopefully not, he’s a young version of Inspector Clouseau

  6. phdtogo commented on Doonesbury 2 months ago

    Mr. Trudeau and I are on the opposite sides of the political spectrum, but I still enjoy his sense of humor. Especially, issues such as the aging workforce, Toggle’s rehab and marriage to Drew and of course the Red Rascal.

    Our youth-oriented culture pushes older people (I’m 53) out of the way and assumes they (or us) couldn’t possibly know anything.

    Experience is valuable as is historical perspective. How many know of the startling parallels between the financial panic of 1837 and the crash of 2008? During the 1830’s, like the mid 2000’s, there was rapid inflation of land/property values based on market speculation. Banks extended credit to individuals who had no assets other than questionable deeds to vast tracts of “western land” (at that time still east of the Miss. River). Large Eastern banks began calling in loans from the regional banks demanding payment in full and in specie (Guido wants his money now). Thousands defaulted and became bankrupt and the economy languished for another 10 years for want of credit. Those who lived high on speculative assets were brought low.

    Sound familiar? Lesson, study history to avoid repeat mistakes and visit a nursing home – you’ll hear more wisdom in one hour than a week with the skateboard crowd.

  7. phdtogo commented on Doonesbury 2 months ago

    Is this turning into “Breaking Bad”

  8. phdtogo commented on Mike Lester 3 months ago

    Ein Reich, Ein Volk, Ein Fuhrer! I decree that the only quarters you require are filthy barracks in Dachau. You will be fed watery gruel and worked until you succumb to death. OK?
    Arbeit macht frei!

  9. phdtogo commented on Lisa Benson 3 months ago

    I attended the White House Outreach Working Group on Central America briefings in the Old Executive Office Bldg in 1983 that were chaired bhy Faith Ryan Whittlesey. Lt. Col. North briefed us one morning on the dangers posed by the Sandinista regime in Nicaragua. At that moment Soviet engineers were in-country building missile silos (closer to Wash, D.C., than California) and the despotic Marxist regime was actively working to destabilize every government in Central America, not to mention Mexico, Columbia and Venezuela. The Sandinista government was also working to build a 100,000 man army with active plans to invade and subjugate their neighbors.

    Soviet sympathizers in Congress (i.e., Chris Dodd) were actively working with the Sandinista government to undermine the interests and national security of the United States. Please tell me the lesser of two evils: The treasonous actions of members of Congress working in concert with our avowed enemies, or the attempts of Lt. Col North to avert a massive destabilization of the Western Hemisphere.

    You quote from Wikipedia. I speak from personal experience. Summary – you spout from an open source pool of drivel, I speak from education and experience of 30 years in international affairs.

  10. phdtogo commented on Bob Gorrell 3 months ago

    I would put you on a watch list.