My prediction is that the US is following the pattern of : Napoleon, Hitler, Ceasar and others. No one ever has been able to control the whole world; the US will dig its own grave if we continue expanding our wars and forces around the world. Amen
Schmidt Wrote: Or he may resign.
I think he should; also the other Generals because they likely have promised "loyalty to Trump"
No, the President has not pushed the "button"; how come there is an huge atomic dust cloud hovering above N.K.?
Lying has become the norm.
Jared I'm just trying to show the whole picture as the world sees us. Indeed it is related to the Niger adventure as well all our meddling in the world. Who is picking an fight with N.K.? not China, not S.Korea, not Japan,not Germany,not Russia etc. Is China stomping around in Niger? Yes the French do, because it used to be their colony. The US never had colony's but only "invades" countries and then runs away like hell and leaves an huge mess behind. Have you ever worked in Africa? I did all over, and know that the US has no idea what is going on there, except the US did help quite a few corrupt leaders with lots of money; result known. What are drones doing there; cost nothing?; result nothing? (counting "sand" or poor people?) ridiculous! Who are you going to kill? (they are all nomads and poor and fight each other) Have you got any idea how big Africa is? The diversity alone is mind boggling. To have an US "adventure" there is totally nuts; it has nothing to do with keeping us safe. Total B.S. I guess an "African terrorist" likely has no idea where Oregon or the US is; get the picture?
The most ridiculous part of it, I found the statement: How do people dare to question an four star General (they don't lie)
Sorry they lie like everyone else. This has shown what an weaklings these Generals are; they crawl up Trumps butt as all the people without backbone or morals. I fear that they neither can stop him from pushing the "nuke" button.
What a country run by idiots.
Dutch Wrote: No Jared; always pointing fingers! What the French do is their problem, not ours. Let us for a change learn to run our country before going on all kind of adventures over the globe costing a lot more than what the French do. We like to play with our drones in an area which is dead poor and kill people who have nothing except a big sandbox. Let us concentrate on Puerto Rico our "colony"; at least we treat them like that.
What fingers am I pointing? America isn't the only country with a military presence in Africa. That's a fact. I'm not casting blame or "pointing fingers." I'm just stating a fact.
France and other European powers did a terrible job decolonizing the countries they used to occupy and the entire world is paying a major price for that now. Decisions made decades ago are why various militant groups control vast swaths of land throughout northern Africa today and are why western military's are faced with a lose-lose conundrum. Do they wipe their hands clean and leave these weak central governments to fend for themselves and inevitably fail or do they try to help prop up those central governments so they aren't overtaken by militant groups?
Dutch Wrote: Chasing terrorist ( at least we call them that) all over the globe, costing millions; killing thousands, does not solve anything, except creates only more hate against the US. Like Somalia which used to be an Spanish colony which got independent; then the Russians went in after that the US and the mess became only bigger; the same with Afghanistan , Iraq and others. So what is our goal anyway?
The soldiers who were killed were not on a hunt "chasing terrorists," they were meeting with local villagers along Niger’s border with Mali. They were not armed with weapons of war and were therefore not prepared for the ambush. Military aircraft wasn't in the area because, again, they were meeting with local villagers in an effort to foster goodwill.
Dutch Wrote: Let's try to run our own country for a change instead of ruining others. What the French, Dutch, British do with their ex-colonies is none of the US business anyway.
It is if militants from those ex-colonies bring down a US bound airplane full of American citizens. It is if militants from those ex-colonies blow up a US Embassy in a European country. And it is militants from those ex-colonies get their hands on a dirty bomb and detonate it in a major US city.
Dutch Wrote: More people here get killed by our lovely guns than terrorists or by drugs or suicide; so external terrorists would have no interest in this country if we would not bully the world around us.
That's true, but the Opioid, gun, and suicide crises has nothing to do with militants wanting to kill as many human beings as possible.
A typical Jared answer; no one in the world would hate the US, if they would not meddle or invade or steal their resources or bribe their leaders or bully their way around or hand out Bibles, but no food. Guess what; what country is just about at war with everyone? Ask N.Korea, Iran, Somalia, Philipines, Lybia, Mali, Iraq, Syria, Yemen etc etc. But yeah Jared thinks we are as "holy" as the Pope. Just keep pointing fingers!!!!
As an example look at our sweetheart Kussner he steals diamonds from Angola " whitewashes" those via the Netherlands; puts them in an "dying" bath and smuggles those into the trade. (as reported by Zembla NL) Guess what the US steals in Afghanistan. No Jared you have an total wrong picture of this country; it is not "peaceful" at all but is driven by "greed" and corruption; which is "spread" all over the world. The US wants to poke their noses in "everything" if there is an "buck" to make or show that they "rule". Rome ended in an bad way by doing this, as well we.
The Senate passed the "budget"; all Dem's against as well the lonely Sen.Paul. I just wonder what idiots approved this; the debt only gets bigger and has things in it like a likely "wall" which is laughable. Comments?
Kelly made an ass out of himself by defending Trump. He scolded an "black" Democratic representative who was befriended with the mourning family. He's also unsuited for he job, just as Trump. Generals do not belong in these functions. Just as Kelly said he only checks and regulates the incoming mail; nothing else. Trump has all the freedom to play the biggest ass in history; not one General will blink; they only know the word "loyalty" and "obedience" He was sent by Trump to "fix" his stupidity and said "yes Sir" as an military robot. Everything Trump touches ends up in chaos; ask any "brain" surgeon. Yes this whole government is non-functional and remains so if you put Generals or Surgeons (Carson) in places where they don't belong. Let alone an "child like used car salesman" in the White House
It's a little more complicated than that, Dutch.
Why aren't you lambasting the roughly 3,000 French troops who are permanently staged in Niger, Mali, Chad, and the Ivory Coast? Or the hundreds German and British troops who are serving alongside them?
I assume you would retort with some diatribe blaming NATO and therefor America for the troops being there, but I'll stop you and let you know that this is a French led operation that has absolutely nothing to do with NATO. It has more to do with Niger being a former French colony and the fact that the French never really left...
Look - I often struggle with my views of the military.
Part of me is somewhat isolationist and believes that American treasure should be spent wisely, especially when it comes to the military. I hate that our country is often quick to jump into wars, but then quickly forgets about our soldiers after they return home. And I hate that less than one percent of our country is taking on 100 percent of the burden of these conflicts.
The other side of me is simply realistic. Russia is rapidly expanding their military capability. So is China. China recently opened up a military base in Djibouti in east Africa and has thousands of soldiers stationed there. If the United States just walks away from the world stage then some other military power will step in. That's just the way it is whether we like it or not.
You may have a infatuation with the American military, but other Western countries have military bases throughout the world as well. France, Italy, Australia, and the UK all have bases in Africa and elsewhere in the world.
List of countries with overseas military bases
I understand that certain people will blame America for being somewhere when shit hits the fan, but those same people will blame America for not being there when shit hits the fan as well.
No Jared; always pointing fingers! What the French do is their problem, not ours. Let us for a change learn to run our country before going on all kind of adventures over the globe costing a lot more than what the French do. We like to play with our drones in an area which is dead poor and kill people who have nothing except a big sandbox. Let us concentrate on Puerto Rico our "colony"; at least we treat them like that.
Chasing terrorist ( at least we call them that) all over the globe, costing millions; killing thousands, does not solve anything, except creates only more hate against the US. Like Somalia which used to be an Spanish colony which got independent; then the Russians went in after that the US and the mess became only bigger; the same with Afghanistan , Iraq and others. So what is our goal anyway? Let's try to run our own country for a change instead of ruining others. What the French, Dutch, British do with their ex-colonies is none of the US business anyway.
More people here get killed by our lovely guns than terrorists or by drugs or suicide; so external terrorists would have no interest in this country if we would not bully the world around us.
I guess there was enough said about on how our "7 year kid" reacted on this horror story. But yeah,what the hell are we doing in Niger? It is an huge sandbox; may the "7 year old" wants to play in it. Anyway this (the US) ridiculous country thinks they can stomp around the world and invade everyone they don't like without consequences. Forget it. We've been doing this since WWII and has not made this country any safer or liked, ask N.K. All of this has cost us trillions, without any return on investment. We are the only country in the world which attacks people outside this country who never attacked us in the first place. I just wonder if we get another Bush situation with N.K as well Iran. Who starts to attack who for no reason?? As long as N.K. does not attack us; then there is no reason to attack them. Sorry the US is no longer the policeman of the world, because with the "7 year old" we are no longer qualified to do so. Neither did we before. We've got military stationed all over the world, which irritates just about every country, which in turn creates terrorism. Our bullying of the world will backfire in an huge way. Sure Niger, Somalia, Sudan, Lybia etc. will invade the US; are you kidding? Terrorists kill only a few compared to us; we have killed hundreds of thousands innocent people all over the world , including with our drones; who likely did not even know, when they were still alive, where the US was. So who is worse us or the terrorists?