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You know what, you're right. The USA shouldn't have "messed around" when Germany attempted to eliminate British democracy by invading you in WWII.
Avoiding conflict certainly made the World a "safer and better place" for Neville Chamberlain though didn't it?
So basically every one who is in fear of oppression or dictatorial rule can go hang, what's that saying you people have "I'm alright Jack".
Originally posted by lunarminer
First of all I disagree with the premise that we are "losing the global war on terror".
So by any measure it is the terror organizations who are losing.
I have to agree with you, and last I heard, it is safer in Iraq than to drive on the freeway in L.A.
On the rest of the article about attitudes of the DC police. Right now they are way out numbered and highly stressed. After the Inaugurals are over they will get back to business as usual just like the rest of us. I don't think that there is anything abnormal about it.
Now this time, I think you are dead wrong. Once the stress and such is over, they can resume their ordinary arrogant, condescending bullying. Business as usual is criminal as usual. I've never met an honest cop I didn't like. Come to think of it, I've never met an honest cop...
Originally posted by sweatmonicaIdo
The culture of fear is real. There is no denying it. The difference is, there are unfortunately opportunists and psychos who believe the culture of fear is part of a sinister conspiracy aimed at subverting and suppressing the good people of the United States. On the other hand, there are sensible people who realize its a product of various circumstances, reactionsand attitudes that have come about as a result of traumatic events such as 9/11.
Washington, D.C. is the capital of the United States, as well as where out president and our government operate. It is definitely understandable that the dominant post-9/11 culture of this city, this area, is one of caution, security, and suspicion. We (all who live in the D.C. area), after all, are essentially in the business of protecting the president and the machinery that keeps our country together. Therefore, unlike many of the conspiracy theorists and opportunists on this board, I do not question the actions taken by our government and by our intelligence and law enforcement agencies to protect this city and our leaders.
America is losing the war because we've let traumatic events dictate something as fundamental as how we treat our fellow countrymen. Do what we have to do to defend America, turn it into a fortress if we have to. But we shouldn't build fortresses around ourselves. When people say America lost its innocence on 9/11, they weren't kidding. Its time we look at ourselves in the mirror, at those we've hurt, and ask ourselves whether we're worth protecting. I don't know what the answer is anymore.
[edit on 18-1-2009 by sweatmonicaIdo]
Originally posted by northof8
When we have to raise an army of 40,000 and spend almost a quarter of a billion dollars to install the new POTUS then we know something is wrong.