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On a positive note, if Texas DOES secede, the Marxists will have to drive about 12 more hours before they reach Kansas. This should give us the extra time we need to mobilize air power!!

Comment Posted By bsjones On 21.04.2009 @ 19:36

Does anybody here have an idea what the U.S. government's interests are in Nicaragua?

I remember Ronald Reagan's speech explaining that Sandinista rebels were two days drive from Texas. Maybe this is just about national security?

Are we ready?

Comment Posted By bsjones On 21.04.2009 @ 18:04

How ya gonna disrespect me?
How you gonna disrespect my people?
Nobody disrespect me..
Nobody disrespect my posse...
You disrespect me, you deal with this (displays his AK 47)

N*g*h please! You want me to cap yo @ss?

Comment Posted By bsjones On 20.04.2009 @ 17:10

One possible approach in Nicaragua is to work diplomatically to establish relations and political influence in the country. Could it work? Maybe.

Another possibility is to fund a guerrilla war with money gained for selling arms to Iran and send advisers to the region to train an insurgent guerrilla army in terror tactics. Did it work? Was it even legal?

Still, a full on frontal assault with U.S. Marines followed by an occupation of several years to a decade where the U.S. sets up several strategic military bases might produce the desired result. Cost effective in the age of smaller government tax rebellions?

Finally, how about showing diplomatic contempt for the country the U.S. is trying to influence might get the desired results. A "NO SOUP FOR YOU" approach. Try to embarrass the country in an attempt to preserve American honor. Follow that up with an embargo. (Let's hope the country does not have huge oil reserves!)

What is the correct approach? It depends on what the goal of the U.S is in the region. If honor is the goal, then "NO SOUP FOR YOU" might be the answer. Without clearly stated goals and articulated U.S. interests it is hard to know what is the correct action for the United States. Perhaps if Americans knew what the interests and goals of the U.S. government were in Nicaragua and the region we would be able to formulate and evaluate policy that did not rely on honor and saving face.

One thing to remember. America has interests. Other countries have interests too. These interests (as you might expect) do not always align. Politics is the art of accommodating conflicting interests. When one nation is powerful and the other weak, as is often the case with the U.S. in Latin America, the powerful country can force it's will. When the weak country has a good hold card, say oil or nuclear weapons diplomacy tends to be more beneficial.

What to do in Nicaragua? First, clearly articulate your interests and goals.

Comment Posted By bsjones On 20.04.2009 @ 15:43

I thought Obama passed his first big test by pulling the trigger on Somali pirates!?

Comment Posted By bsjones On 20.04.2009 @ 15:17


As you can see, they are all there safe and sound - 4 times worth.



Comment Posted By bsjones On 22.04.2009 @ 20:03


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Comment Posted By bsjones On 22.04.2009 @ 17:01

I find it inexplicable that after posting the pew data on public perception of homosexual marriage three times the comments never get posted.


Incredible alright. They were all captured by the spam filter. As were some others. Not quite sure exactly how it works but if you post more than a certain amount in a certain period of time, it goes to my spam filter for approval or deletion.

As you can see, they are all there safe and sound - 4 times worth.


Comment Posted By bsjones On 22.04.2009 @ 16:59

This will be my third and last attempt to link to the PEW data on gay marriage.

oppose legalizing gay marriage 53% to 55%

support civil unions 54%

oppose federal ban on gay marriage 59%

Comment Posted By bsjones On 22.04.2009 @ 16:57

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