Huber, you make sense until your last sentence.Israel lives under siege and threat of annihilation but is democratic and clearly no more a repressive state like North Korea than the United States (which is also democratic, although perhaps imperfectly so like Israel.I suggest that you confront your biases, and take a lengthy trip to Israel----and while there open your eyes and look around to see life there as it actually is. Then visit its neighbors, Syria, Egypt, Iran, Iraq, Saudi Arabia for a reality check.
No matter the decision, there will be riots. Seems some people are just bent on causing mayhem and looting - all in the name of "justice"
I see in many of these comments a rush to judgment. I also see that bent in the NYT article.
I hope your 12-year-old never has to use her training. I wonder how effective it would be if she were actually attacked by people who were bent on harming her.
To Richard Huber: "without modern agriculture that allows less that 3% of our population produce enough high quality food to feed all of us we would lead the same dismal existence that our forefathers did at the time of the War of 1812 when roughly 90% of the population worked from dawn to dusk to barely feed us."It doesn't have to be 'small farmer' vs. 'agro-monopoly battle, as it is now (and monopolies are winning, so far). There're better ways to organize production than just outsourcing it to a few corporations- food co-ops,for example.Most of the modern day farmers are extremely knowledgeable - you cannot compare them to the peasants of yesterday. Besides, what's wrong with having more people involved in farming, as it was before? It's an honorable way of making a living; much better than the miserable, soul-crushing jobs in the current food industry.
Witness the ham handed logic of another of our political elite tinfoil hat wearing nitwits. There isn't one shred of evidence in support of their claims, except for a hysterical White House-CIA syndicate bent on preserving their fiefdoms. Russia has no need to attack US banks, bent on destroying the U.S. economy for a buck anyways. Wall Street, the hedge funds, those big banks, and their puppets in Washington, have already brought this country to its knees. All Russia has to do is stay out of their way.
So liberal Democrats are bent on returning NYC to its glory days of the 1970's. Until NYC is like Caracas they won't be happy.
An excellent argument that will no doubt be ignored by an administration that seems hell bent on talking the talk but NOT on walking the walk.
May be those who were breaking their heads why the US would not leave Afghanistan have an answer now. May be they can now feel silly about their anger and frustration and break a smile.The title "U.S. Identifies Vast Riches of Minerals in Afghanistan" is misleading, considering it mentions the fact that they were identified several years ago by the Russians.Its all starting to make some sense now, this probably explains why the Russians were hell bent on occupying what looked like a hopelessly barren land, and also why the US was hell bent on defeating them through the proxy war and was so quick in invading it after 9/11.The world has already had enough with one Saudi Arabia. The thought of a “Saudi Arabia of Lithium” considering the kind of characters living in and around it is horrifying. The thought of the US trying to have a good relationship with it is even more horrifying.
With a little give and take on both sides, it's amazing how much can be accomplished. Blessed are the flexible, for they shall not get bent out of shape.