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by SteveFoerster
Sun Feb 18, 2018 11:10 am
Forum: Foo
Topic: Nancy Pelosi trumps Fidel Castro as history's most irrepressible windbag..?
Replies: 11
Views: 155

Re: Nancy Pelosi trumps Fidel Castro as history's most irrepressible windbag..?

Could either of you good men enlighten me on this? I thought that Trump was keen to deport over 1 million undocumented illegals back to El Salvador and a few weeks later he wants to give all of their "dreamer" offspring permanent residence in the US. Why this apparent policy backflip? Because Trump...
by SteveFoerster
Sun Feb 18, 2018 11:03 am
Forum: Current Events
Topic: Polar Silk Road
Replies: 20
Views: 351

Re: Polar Silk Road: look on the bright side.

Well, Alaska does have an independence movement.... Based upon the myopic supposition that the oil revenue will be with them forever , I suppose? :( They anticipate tapping into their huge seal blubber reserves . . . As opposed to the vast natural resources that propelled Hong Kong to prosperity?
by SteveFoerster
Sun Feb 18, 2018 10:56 am
Forum: Literature, Arts, and Philosophy
Topic: This will Change Everything You Know... (2018-2019)
Replies: 8
Views: 241

Re: This will Change Everything You Know... (2018-2019)

There will always be death and destruction in the Mid East with or without western intervention. Arab Israeli wars 1948, 1976, 1973 and other smaller conflicts Iran-Iraq war 1980 - 1988 Sudan Civil Wars 1955 - 1972, 1983 - 2005. Lebanon Civil War 1975 - 1990 Iraqi invasion of Kuwait 1990. This led ...
by SteveFoerster
Sun Feb 18, 2018 10:46 am
Forum: Current Events
Topic: US Foreign Policy
Replies: 340
Views: 9829

Re: US Foreign Policy

As for the US and other foreign participants of this conflict; don't you think that the stakes are now too high to make withdrawal an easy option? What stakes? There is no alternative to withdrawal. I suppose leaving would mean embarrassment for U.S. policymakers for having to admit both fecklessne...
by SteveFoerster
Sun Feb 18, 2018 10:42 am
Forum: Literature, Arts, and Philosophy
Topic: Why Socialists cannot see the truth (that Socialism does not work)
Replies: 14
Views: 229

Re: Why Socialists cannot see the truth (that Socialism does not work)

Private fortunes of the rich can easily be protected using tax havens. What I fear is that Socialism will lead to bankruptcy and dictatorship. That is what is happening now in Venezuela. I am sure the rich in Venezuela have protected their fortunes in nearby tax havens such as Cayman Island, Bahama...
by SteveFoerster
Sun Feb 18, 2018 10:39 am
Forum: Current Events
Topic: Russia meddled in U.S. election: George W. Bush
Replies: 40
Views: 342

Re: Russia meddled in U.S. election: George W. Bush

Trump and the Bush family are staunch enemies, not allies. Don't forget that Trump humiliated Dubya's brother Jeb all primary season long. For this reason, I'd say it carries no additional credibility at all. (Doesn't mean he's wrong, though.) "it carries no credibility" and yet it "Doesn't mean he...
by SteveFoerster
Sun Feb 11, 2018 11:08 am
Forum: Current Events
Topic: Trump has Putin over a barrel (of oil)
Replies: 131
Views: 1369

Re: Trump has Putin over a barrel (of oil)

On the one hand, Sertorio is quite right that the U.S. acts in aggressive ways that would get any other country branded as a rogue state. On the other, his irrational belief that Russia and China are meaningfully different in any way other than inferior ability to project power is baffling. You for...
by SteveFoerster
Sun Feb 11, 2018 10:23 am
Forum: Current Events
Topic: Trump has Putin over a barrel (of oil)
Replies: 131
Views: 1369

Re: Trump has Putin over a barrel (of oil)

On the one hand, Sertorio is quite right that the U.S. acts in aggressive ways that would get any other country branded as a rogue state. On the other, his irrational belief that Russia and China are meaningfully different in any way other than inferior ability to project power is baffling. Perhaps ...
by SteveFoerster
Sun Feb 11, 2018 10:17 am
Forum: Current Events
Topic: Iran
Replies: 2
Views: 53

Re: Iran

TBH, I'd expect the regime to moderate before it came to being overthrown. But youth unemployment is a serious problem, so I wouldn't say anything's impossible.
by SteveFoerster
Sat Feb 10, 2018 3:02 pm
Forum: Current Events
Topic: Polar Silk Road
Replies: 20
Views: 351

Re: Polar Silk Road: look on the bright side.

Arctic sea routes could ease Malacca Strait security issue http://www.atimes.com/article/arctic-sea-routes-ease-malacca-strait-security-issue/ Yes, it could also rob Singapore of a certain amount of business. Singapore, do not forget, is a major global oil marketing and refining centre. But still, ...