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    Hey udaman...

    I took that last week, Im' about 50%, I think one category was 51%. On that graph I'm almost dead center, slightly to the bottom left quarant, in fringe republican range. I think it's fairly accurate, I don't agree with neither republican nor democratic party completely. I'm a proud registered independent
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    Cute joke

    This joke is now ironically funny given our gas prices.... "When I got home last night, my wife demanded that I take her out to some place expensive.......... So I took her to a gas station!!!!!!! "
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    Katrina: Time to call out National Guard...

    As I read more reports when I had time, I think there are plenty to blame all around, mayor, governor and federal authority all need to share. I don't think race is a factor, because if you want to demonstrate t me race was a factor, you have to show whites are really getting relief while blacks are. Instead, what I've seen mostly is equal opportunity denial of relief:( President of Jefferson Parish Aaron Broussard was white, who broke down on NBC meet the press. I did not watch the actual interview, just caught bits and pieces of it being replayed on night news. It was touching to see him saying the following http://www.msnbc.msn.com/id/9179790/ "MR. RUSSERT: Hold on. Hold on, sir. Shouldn't the mayor of New Orleans and the governor of New Orleans bear some responsibility? Couldn't they have been much more forceful, much more effective and much more organized in evacuating the area? MR. BROUSSARD: Sir, they were told like me, every single day, "The cavalry's coming," on a federal level, "The cavalry's coming, the cavalry's coming, the cavalry's coming." I have just begun to hear the hoofs of the cavalry. The cavalry's still not here yet, but I've begun to hear the hoofs, and we're almost a week out. Let me give you just three quick examples. We had Wal-Mart deliver three trucks of water, trailer trucks of water. FEMA turned them back. They said we didn't need them. This was a week ago. FEMA--we had 1,000 gallons of diesel fuel on a Coast Guard vessel docked in my parish. The Coast Guard said, "Come get the fuel right away." When we got there with our trucks, they got a word. "FEMA says don't give you the fuel." Yesterday--yesterday--FEMA comes in and cuts all of our emergency communication lines. They cut them without notice. Our sheriff, Harry Lee, goes back in, he reconnects the line. He posts armed guards on our line and says, "No one is getting near these lines." Sheriff Harry Lee said that if America--American government would have responded like Wal-Mart has responded, we wouldn't be in this crisis. But I want to thank Governor Blanco for all she's done and all her leadership. She sent in the National Guard. I just repaired a breach on my side of the 17th Street canal that the secretary didn't foresee, a 300-foot breach. I just completed it yesterday with convoys of National Guard and local parish workers and levee board people. It took us two and a half days working 24/7. I just closed it. MR. RUSSERT: All right. MR. BROUSSARD: I'm telling you most importantly I want to thank my public employees... MR. RUSSERT: All right. MR. BROUSSARD: ...that have worked 24/7. They're burned out, the doctors, the nurses. And I want to give you one last story and I'll shut up and let you tell me whatever you want to tell me. The guy who runs this building I'm in, emergency management, he's responsible for everything. His mother was trapped in St. Bernard nursing home and every day she called him and said, "Are you coming, son? Is somebody coming?" And he said, "Yeah, Mama, somebody's coming to get you. Somebody's coming to get you on Tuesday. Somebody's coming to get you on Wednesday. Somebody's coming to get you on Thursday. Somebody's coming to get you on Friday." And she drowned Friday night. She drowned Friday night. MR. RUSSERT: Mr. President... MR. BROUSSARD: Nobody's coming to get us. Nobody's coming to get us. The secretary has promised. Everybody's promised. They've had press conferences. I'm sick of the press conferences. For God sakes, shut up and send us somebody. " More FEMA bureaucracy http://www.cnn.com/2005/US/09/04/katrina.b...=cnn_topstories FEMA, meanwhile, has refused to release 50 trucks carrying water and ice sitting at Camp Shelby, Mississippi, Hattiesburg Mayor Johnny DuPree said. "They're sitting down there right now because one person from FEMA won't make the call to say, 'Release those trucks,' " he said. Two-thirds of the residents of the southern Mississippi city have no power, and that figure was 100 percent for three-and-a-half days, he added. He said FEMA representatives did not arrive in Hattiesburg -- 95 miles from New Orleans -- until Saturday. Although I don't think NO mayor nor Lousiana governor are totally blameless, however, it is apparently there are seriously disconnect, miscommunication, incompetence and bureaucracy at play at the federal level. Local and state can only do so much, especially if their infrastructure is wiped out. Governor should've asked for national gaurds frmo other states immediately. Wisconsin's governor took a very unusual step of declaring a state of emergency outside of Wisconsin in order to activate Wisconsin national guard and send them to Louisiana. There are state and federal issue. Unless Louisiana governor ask, other governor can't really send their national gaurd units into Louisiana. Exception was 911 when Bush declared emergency and send national guards into NY. However, given the news reports and anecdocal stories I've heard, I think bulk of the blame lies with the federal government. FEMA has really obtained a failed grade.
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    Katrina: Time to call out National Guard...

    Yeah, I lived in a somewhat urbanized area in Asia. What helped us getting through was the fact most of the families living in the community had at least one family member working in a government corporation. The community was built as corporate housing for employees. In short, most of the fathers will know each other in company. It was not the police that kept order, it was the fact if someone did something bad, it's likely it'll spread, causing their father's situation in the company more difficult. Even then, somtimes arguments over water breaks out. We were kinda isolated when typhoon cause flood, wipes out electricity and other goodies. That's why living through those kind of condition made me more sympathetic to the plight of those New Orleans refugee. We shared our resources and we helped each other, there was not much looting if any really. However, I can still remember the feeling of wanting to drink more water but I cannot since there was not enough purified water to go around for everyone. It was definitely not pleasant. I guess devil's in the details. I'm aware of some supply problems as I have a friend who currently stations in eastern Afghanistan. He was telling me tales of supply woes when their supply convoy does not make it. It cost fuel to airlift supplies into their little base so it was impossible to keep their base supplied by air. I forgot how marshy New Orleans area can be but I am still dumbfounded why it took so long. On the bright side, my cousin's house value in Baton Rouge just shot up by about 50% overnight. Apparently, there were some disturbances, car jacks and all but there were also a lot of refugees who will knock on your door, either asking you politely or demand you sell them your 2nd vehicle or your current house. Baton Rouge sold 30 houses in 2 days and the builders are happy as all of their homes are sold already. Based on those anecdotal story, it seems some of those New Orleans residents aren't planning to return back, at least not for a while.
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    Congress to Investigate Federal Aide Delay

    This more or less mirrored what our local news station is reoprting. Although my understanding was we began to assemble our guard at Travis airport (between SF bay area and Sacramento) first with search & rescue on Wednesday. By Thursday night, we were shown video footage of California national guard MP and military guard units packing up and waiting to be shipped out at Travis airforce base. I think Travis airbase alone sent 300-500 California national guards to the disaster area (I am not sure if 100% went to New Orleans) It's sad it takes time to active, get ready and ship At least our guards started to get ready by Wednesday so they got there before Arizona's guards. Baton Rouge is getting interesting. I just called my cousin, who owns a home there. Apparently, there were a lot of desperate refugees from the coastal area. Some of them were rude, some weren't. People will knock on door, asking you if you can sell your car or house outright. Their home value shot up about 50% overnight. There were carjacking and other problems in Baton Rouge and I also knew people who were going to go volunteer and help with refugees canceled their plan after reports of carjacks and other crimes.
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    Katrina: Time to call out National Guard...

    Tracker: I too have lived through typhoon devastated, monsoon inundated Asia more than once. The worst one was no runnin water nor electricity for about a week. Like I said in a previous post, I did not want to cast stones on looters eventhough I do not condone looting shoes, jewelry, TV, etc. because I have not been in those situation that desperate. We survived by purify monsoon rain with alum and our large community (a few thousand) had access to 2 wells. We lined up and get well water ourselves, of course tempers often flare and there were fights over those well water but we got by. After about a week, government restored electricity then running water. Food was getting to be an issue but we conserve and lived off dry and canned food. Clean water is only for drinking, not for cooking or anything else. We can flush toilet every two days or so using unpurified monsoon water. Also, we had dirty sewage water flooding up to my thigh. What I don't understand is if buses can get there, why can't relief supplies? If they airdrop supplies already, they already know the situation, why can't they try to send supplies in earlier? I just don't understand. I know the road into New Orleans is hard, only one way in and out as bridges are in pieces and all other roads are closed due to damage. However, if evacuation buses can get in and out, why can't supplies get in? Why can't troops be shipped in even earlier? All those questions without answers bothers me.
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    Katrina: Time to call out National Guard...

    After spending 2-3 hours watching news report (news, 20/20) last night, I tried to find excuses why federal response is so slow.....I had a great deal of trouble. Some people claim if news crew can get into those disaster area, why can't the federal government? I can think of an excuse for that claim. News crew go in small groups, in SUV and what not, even those news crews claim hardship as they had to get new battery, fuel, and dealing with cars that won't work after being soaked in water. They also had to generate their own power. The fed will be facing the same problem but in a larger scale as the fed also had to worry about bring in a lot of food, water, and medical supplies as well as staff for those distribution and medical services. It is not fair to say if news crew can get in, fed can. Fed can sure get in but it'll take longer time to organize and get staff & supplies in. Still, nothing pretty much until Friday is just deplorable. (they had air drop mostly prior to Fridays' relief convoy as far as I know) However, I just do not see how the heck the fed can fail to show up in super dom and NO convention center....for crying out loud, they even had buses evacuing refugees out of new orleans. If buses can get through, I'm sure a host of other kind of vehicles could've brought relief supplies in, right? I mean, you can even put supplies in those evacuation bus and drive them into super dome.... I read this article on CNN and it really showed how disconnected the federal officials are from reality http://www.cnn.com/2005/US/09/02/katrina.response/index.html NEW ORLEANS, Louisiana (CNN) -- Diverging views of a crumbling New Orleans emerged Thursday, with statements by some federal officials in contradiction with grittier, more desperate views from the streets. By late Friday response to those stranded in the city was more visible. But the conflicting views on Thursday came within hours, sometimes minutes of each of each other, as reflected in CNN's transcripts. The speakers include Michael Brown, chief of the Federal Emergency Management Agency, Homeland Security Director Michael Chertoff, New Orleans Mayor Ray Nagin, evacuee Raymond Cooper, CNN correspondents and others. Here's what they had to say: Conditions in the Convention Center # FEMA chief Brown: We learned about that (Thursday), so I have directed that we have all available resources to get that convention center to make sure that they have the food and water and medical care that they need. (See video of Brown explaining how news reports alerted FEMA to convention center chaos. -- 2:11) # Mayor Nagin: The convention center is unsanitary and unsafe, and we are running out of supplies for the 15,000 to 20,000 people. (Hear Nagin's angry demand for soldiers. 1:04) # CNN Producer Kim Segal: It was chaos. There was nobody there, nobody in charge. And there was nobody giving even water. The children, you should see them, they're all just in tears. There are sick people. We saw... people who are dying in front of you. # Evacuee Raymond Cooper: Sir, you've got about 3,000 people here in this -- in the Convention Center right now. They're hungry. Don't have any food. We were told two-and-a-half days ago to make our way to the Superdome or the Convention Center by our mayor. And which when we got here, was no one to tell us what to do, no one to direct us, no authority figure. Uncollected corpses # Brown: That's not been reported to me, so I'm not going to comment. Until I actually get a report from my teams that say, "We have bodies located here or there," I'm just not going to speculate. # Segal: We saw one body. A person is in a wheelchair and someone had pushed (her) off to the side and draped just like a blanket over this person in the wheelchair. And then there is another body next to that. There were others they were willing to show us. ( See CNN report, 'People are dying in front of us' -- 4:36 ) # Evacuee Cooper: They had a couple of policemen out here, sir, about six or seven policemen told me directly, when I went to tell them, hey, man, you got bodies in there. You got two old ladies that just passed, just had died, people dragging the bodies into little corners. One guy -- that's how I found out. The guy had actually, hey, man, anybody sleeping over here? I'm like, no. He dragged two bodies in there. Now you just -- I just found out there was a lady and an old man, the lady went to nudge him. He's dead. Hospital evacuations # Brown: I've just learned today that we ... are in the process of completing the evacuations of the hospitals, that those are going very well. # CNN's Dr. Sanjay Gupta: It's gruesome. I guess that is the best word for it. If you think about a hospital, for example, the morgue is in the basement, and the basement is completely flooded. So you can just imagine the scene down there. But when patients die in the hospital, there is no place to put them, so they're in the stairwells. It is one of the most unbelievable situations I've seen as a doctor, certainly as a journalist as well. There is no electricity. There is no water. There's over 200 patients still here remaining. ...We found our way in through a chopper and had to land at a landing strip and then take a boat. And it is exactly ... where the boat was traveling where the snipers opened fire yesterday, halting all the evacuations. ( Watch the video report of corpses stacked in stairwells -- 4:45 ) # Dr. Matthew Bellew, Charity Hospital: We still have 200 patients in this hospital, many of them needing care that they just can't get. The conditions are such that it's very dangerous for the patients. Just about all the patients in our services had fevers. Our toilets are overflowing. They are filled with stool and urine. And the smell, if you can imagine, is so bad, you know, many of us had gagging and some people even threw up. It's pretty rough.(Mayor's video: Armed addicts fighting for a fix -- 1:03) Violence and civil unrest # Brown: I've had no reports of unrest, if the connotation of the word unrest means that people are beginning to riot, or you know, they're banging on walls and screaming and hollering or burning tires or whatever. I've had no reports of that. # CNN's Chris Lawrence: From here and from talking to the police officers, they're losing control of the city. We're now standing on the roof of one of the police stations. The police officers came by and told us in very, very strong terms it wasn't safe to be out on the street. (Watch the video report on explosions and gunfire -- 2:12) The federal response: # Brown: Considering the dire circumstances that we have in New Orleans, virtually a city that has been destroyed, things are going relatively well. # Homeland Security Director Chertoff: Now, of course, a critical element of what we're doing is the process of evacuation and securing New Orleans and other areas that are afflicted. And here the Department of Defense has performed magnificently, as has the National Guard, in bringing enormous resources and capabilities to bear in the areas that are suffering. # Crowd chanting outside the Convention Center: We want help. # Nagin: They don't have a clue what's going on down there. # Phyllis Petrich, a tourist stranded at the Ritz-Carlton: They are invisible. We have no idea where they are. We hear bits and pieces that the National Guard is around, but where? We have not seen them. We have not seen FEMA officials. We have seen no one. Security # Brown: I actually think the security is pretty darn good. There's some really bad people out there that are causing some problems, and it seems to me that every time a bad person wants to scream of cause a problem, there's somebody there with a camera to stick it in their face. ( See Jack Cafferty's rant on the government's 'bungled' response -- 0:57) # Chertoff: In addition to local law enforcement, we have 2,800 National Guard in New Orleans as we speak today. One thousand four hundred additional National Guard military police trained soldiers will be arriving every day: 1,400 today, 1,400 tomorrow and 1,400 the next day. # Nagin: I continue to hear that troops are on the way, but we are still protecting the city with only 1,500 New Orleans police officers, an additional 300 law enforcement personnel, 250 National Guard troops, and other military personnel who are primarily focused on evacuation. # Lawrence: The police are very, very tense right now. They're literally riding around, full assault weapons, full tactical gear, in pickup trucks. Five, six, seven, eight officers. It is a very tense situation here. Just learned about NO convention center problem on Thursday? Excuse me...you or none of your staff even watch ANY television or read any news website? The federal response to NO is a big F in my opinion. I can find excuses for some of their claim but their organization and communication clearly had a catastrophic failure.
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    Katrina: Time to call out National Guard...

    Is this things to come? Everyone blame the others for this releif disaster? For those of you who claim our war on Iraq did not affect relief, I beg to differ. Numbers vary but at least over 3000 of Louisiana's own national guard units were shipped to Iraq. As far as I know, our local California guards went to Louisiana in two waves. First wave were our disaster relief units, potentially affecting our own fire fighting ability. Today about 300-500 more soldiers were shipped from here, they are mostly military guards and military police. The emphasis has clearly shifted from search & rescue to maintaining order. If Lousiana was able to mobilize their own national guard units, they could've responded much faster, instead of relying on units from California, Arkansas, New York and many other states. Rangers and Marines were shipped in as well around Wed-Thu as far as I know. For those of you who claim the government isn't doing enough nor fast enough, I somewhat agree. I agree government response was deplorable but at the same time, consider this. According to some news source, news reporting Katrina disaster area is harder than reoprting from Iraq. Various news organizations had to deal with their own cars got submerged in water, had to provision backup battery, fuel, water, and many other essential equipment and supplies themselves in order to broadcast signals back to stations as well as keeping their own workers alive. Government relief workers will be facing the same obstacles. Our own California national guards brought their own supplies with them when they were shipped to Lousiana. Our news station interviewed some, one was a firefighter captain in Menlo Park (I think), he reported the difficulty they faced in New Orleans and they were very glad they brought their own water and food with them, or else they would be in serious trouble, just like those refugees. At least watching what units from California national guard was shipped to New Orleans area, it is clear government agency is reacting, although belatedly, from initial search & rescue to order control. Unfortunately, calling up reserves, mobilize them, prepare them, and ship them all take time, it would've been much faster if Mississippi, Alabama, and Louisiana had their own guard units instead. In closing, I think we shoudl stop fighting and focus on what can be done to improve the existing relief effort as well as making sure next disaster, our relief effort won't be as bad as this one.
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    Katrina: Time to call out National Guard...

    Several European countries have already offered help and the EU may do so itself as well. 214272[/snapback] Hugo Chavez offered to help too. I read it on yahoo news. 28,000 national gaurds have been mobilized so far and another 10,000 are being called. National guards are being shipped from places such as NY and CA. Although our Iraq and Afghanistan deployment drained our national guard reserve, we can still mobilize 30-40K for Katrina it seems. However, I think our system is being stretched pretty thin, if there is another earthquake in California, we may not have enough national guards to handle it Our local California TV station are reporting troops are being shipped out today to help with Katrina. Unfortunately, we won't have much left locally for fire or earthquake disasters (we're pretty hot and dry lately so we had red alarm for fire, we've tapped into volunteer firefighter already and any worse, we'll have to tap into national guards and firefighters from other states, one of the volunteer firefighter had his own house damaged by a fire) I think the US media is focusing on the disaster, not relief. I tend to read about offer for help from other language news sources.
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    Phoenix Lights footage

    Some of those phenomenons can be explained by science. Crop circle has been duplicated in relative short time, with just a couple people, rope, and boards...ever think why it's circular? Well, that is because it's easier to form in a short time. Have someone or a pole in the middle, holding rope, then use rope + board and turn those wheat/grass/plant from upright to lying on the ground, you'll get your crop circle. Some UFO are airplane, atmospheric phenomenon and other goodies. I do believe there are aliens, it's just mind boggling from a statistical point of view not to have them. However, some of those sightings and phenomenon might not be the works of ET or aliens.
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    Robertson Says Assassinate Hugo Chavez.

    What are we trying to accomplish by assasinate Hugo Chavez? If the answer is to get friendlier regime in Venezuela, I'm afraid the opposite may very well happen. Just some recent examples 1. Lebanon's anti-Syrian ex-prime minister was assasinated....what was the result? anti-syrian sentiment went to all time high, even opposing sides within lebanon called truce and wanted Syrians out. Syrians pulled out. Syrians is very likely to be behind the bombing (they controlled the security and all) and the end result is Syria lost a great deal of influence in their "successful" attempt at removing a troublesome troublemaker. 2. When did G.W Bush attained his 90% rating? Right after 911 perhaps? What was Bush's rating prior to that? If I remember correctly, it was not very high, our nation is polarized after the 2000 election but due to 911, Bush's rating went to very high level. Venezuela has a lot of homegrown problems, if Chavez can tackle them (crime, corruption, the usual), he'll win popular support and be elected as leader. Removing him will most likely rally the people in Venezuela to support whomever backs Chavez policies and not friendly towards USA. There are even more examples really but I need to start pulling out URL as some of them have been a while and I dont' remember the exact details, for example Marcos v Aquino in Phillipines, Bhutto in Pakistan, Ansungsuki (spelling?) in Burma/Mymnar, Sukarno and Suharto in Indonesia, etc. They had father or husband assasinated and rode popular discontent to power as people were dissillusioned by their own regime and wanted change. They provided a convenient symbol to rally behind to show their discontent. Venezuela is not at the point of Columbia (kidnapping, civil war, etc.) but it's getting there. Getting us entangled over there will be messy to say the least. We have a job to finish in both Afghanistan and Iraq, do we need any more burden?
  12. man, I thought doing my case briefs were hard....I was wrong.... I thought reading judicial opinions/holdings were hard....I was wrong... Maybe I should spend more time here and read posts here to improve my comprehension skill....
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    Could it be: The OPEC, the real terrorists

    Unfortunately, until our car has racing car's safety equipment, vehicle weight/mass does talk My car was totalled in all 3 accidents, none of them were my fault and 2 of them I could not even prevent them if I want to (unless I have premonition and just don't go there at that time). One I stopped for left turn and was hit from behind, I almost got hit by the incoming traffic. Another one someone made an emergency illegal right turn and slammed into me, luckily I wasn't killed. I suffered 2 concussions already as a result. Out of the 3 cars that hit me, only 1 suffered some damage, the other cars were more or less fine. People choosing bigger, gas guzzling cars are forcing me to join them, not by choice. After 10 years of driving economy car, I bulked up, got a minivan. I just hate wasting money, bigger cars often mean more gas money and often more depreciation value. Cars are an expense, not asset and I want to build up my asset, not expense & liabilities. Unless I need the space all the time, it's really cheaper to buy an econo car for commuting and weekend driving. You rent a truck or a minivan for big items or vacation. That's what I did for 10 years. Anyways, now I have to pay for an expensive minivan that use up more gas than I like because I have my child to think about too, I shouldn't jeopardize my child's life in a smaller car. After driving fuel efficient cars, I'm justl not used to get only 18 MPG from our minivan
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    Could it be: The OPEC, the real terrorists

    It's the way we live and think. My neighbors have a lot of SUV or trucks, they don't need those trucks nor SUV for work. They use those vehicles to tow their ATV, boats, and other stuff behind their cars. I used to drive small fuel efficient cars (198x tercel, 198x accord, 1999 accord), but after being hit behind several times, lost 3 cars in the process because it was damaged so bad, I started to bulk up. It's simple physics, my cars are much smaller and fuel efficient but when those SUV or heavier vehicles hit from behind, my cars are totally trashed, theirs are fine, I cannot fight physics, from conservation of momentum, translate to kinetic energy when my vehicle hit something and stop. I'm all for laws requiring 40 mpg or higher and 2 or even 3 dollars per gallon gas taxes to force people off their gas guzzling SUV and trucks (unless they need it for work). I still have a toyota camry (heavier than my 1999 accord so safer and can still give me 27-30mpg on highway). I want to go back to smaller cars but until our road has less big vehicles, I am not going to. I'm sick of following the traffic law, then beind hit behind by drunk driver, uninsured careless driver, or reckless driver who's taking his brother to drunk driving school and hit me because he made an illegal turn. Some people are modifying their Toyota prius, giving themselves even better mileage (they cheated a bit by plugging in their prius to an outlet, charge up all batteries, then used the batteries to drive to boost gas mileage but the cost of charging up those batteries were much less than gasoline cost), I think record is 120 miles/gallon or something. I hope they succeed and we'll see more gas efficient cars.
  15. Are you sure Iran's population is pro-American? last time I checked, Iranian opinion of US is very very low. Young Iranians don't like their mullah and there is a lot of discontent but the mullahs are buying off the young Iranians by giving them some freedom and young Iranians like to make money too. Newsweek or Times recently did a special study on Iran and interviewed a bunch of Iranians and Iranian-Americans who went back recently to confirm those trends. USA is not being loved there by far. Udaman, if you want to win converts, answer the main questions/points raised by FS rather than trying to be a lawyer (perhaps you are one since you mention law school so often), skirt the main issue and initiate other fronts to obfuscate, confuse, befuddle your opposition? If Downing street memo is to be believed, USA had no exit strategy on Iraq going in...USA was also twisting intelligence to justify Iraq invasion. I hate to think Downing street memo is right because if it, it's very very troublesome http://www.military-quotes.com/forum/viewt...ghlight=tactics "Amateurs study/talk tactics, professional study/talk logistics". It's hard to trace who said that but it shows how imoprtant logistics is. Given what we have seen in Iraq so far, it seems our logistics did not do well. Our local TV station has been reporting on humvee armor problem for about a year before a soldier asked Rumsfeld about their Humvee armor plate in public. We are not sending our soldiers in well prepared Am I a little biased? Perhaps, but I have friends who joined airforce and marines since the Iraq war and now they're shipped out already. I do worry about them and I would like the US government doing what it can to protect its own soldiers, rather than sending them in some tin can humvee, ready to be killed. FS, since I have been interested in history for about 30 years, I can give you more examples to support your assertions. 1. Bombing a nation, especially a more backward one, does not damage a nation's ability to make war greatly. Germany spread out its military production later to minimize damage from Allied's constant bombing. Japan did the same, US firebomb of Japanese city killed a lot of civilians but Japanese military industry has already spread to the countryside. What killed the Japanse military machine was shortage of raw material since US owns the sea and Japan needs to import practically everything. German military output was affected but not as greatly as the allied had hoped. I cannot pull out references right now since I haven't searched around online. Some of my reference were military books I've collected over the years. 2. Logistics is quite important. Remember general winters in Russia? Napoleon was undefeated until he ignored logistics and suffered severe setback. Wehrmacht under hitler was victorious everywhere until their Barbarosa campaign did not conclude quickly. The 6th army suffered a lot of deaths from freezing before surrender, the general Paulus, the first German field marsh to surrender to an enemy (Hitler tried to prevent surrendering by promoting Paulus to field marshal but Paulus still surrendered to save his soldiers) Gone were the days where Mongol calvary can sweep across Eurasia continent. Mongol soldiers were self sufficient in supply by hunting and pillaging. Mongolian BBQ was developed because mongols can cook with just heated rock, hence their army is extremenly mobile and effective.