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Old 19-11-2008, 13:11   #46
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Wow...thats something. That town in Pirates of the Caribbean comes to mind.
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Go to the BBC, and it will give you quite an eye opener. These guys are heroes to the locals.
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I don't see this ending well...
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I don't see this ending well...
Me, either. Those guys have no economic prospects. We're talking subsistence fishing and farming as the only alternative for most. Those pirates the Brits turned over were painfully skinny.
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Looks like Russia has some military ships on the way out there now.

Now if anyone has the military hardware and resources to combat piracy, be willing to open fire first, and not have a lot of red tape regarding Rules of Engagement... its Russia. Velcome Comrades!

Russia sending more ships in pirate crack down - CNN.com
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Interesting. Putin's puppet places missiles near Poland, and now their warships will be engaged tactically around our 5th fleet. This is going to get VERY interesting. I would not want Obama's job.
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Ubnfortunately for GWB, it's still his job for another 7 weeks, or so. What a streak of BAD luck he's had!
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Ubnfortunately for GWB, it's still his job for another 7 weeks, or so. What a streak of BAD luck he's had!
Poor little fellow.
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I am not turning it political, but I wasn't giving him sympathy. Just an observation....i2f
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I gotcha. And agree. He deserves no sympathy.
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The immediate answer to this problem is use of the old World War II strategy of using escorted convoys. It's not a long-term solution, but it would end piracy in this area until a more permanent solution (such as establishment of a "proper" Somalian government) can be found. It's too bad it's come to this, but I see no other workable solution.
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Leaving in escorted convoys until in better waters is almost too simple....I love it...good one bloodhound. Is there somewhere we can vote you into office?
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I gotcha. And agree. He deserves no sympathy.

Well as long as your turning this political this is what I would do If I were GW right now..and let your "New Messiah" handel it.


BUSH'S RESIGNATION SPEECH

The following 'speech' was written recently by an ordinary Maine-iac [a
resident of the People's Republic of Maine]. While satirical in nature,
all satire must have a basis in fact to be effective. This is an
excellent piece by a person who does not write for a living.


The speech George W. Bush might give:


Normally, I start these things out by saying 'My Fellow Americans.' Not
doing it this time. If the polls are any indication, I don't know who
more than half of you are anymore. I do know something terrible has
happened, and that you're really not fellow Americans any longer.
I'll cut right to the chase here: I quit. Now before anyone gets all in a
lather about me quitting to avoid impeachment, or to avoid prosecution or
something, let me assure you: There's been no breaking of laws or
impeachable offenses in this office.

The reason I'm quitting is simple. I'm fed up with you people. I'm fed
up because you have no understanding of what's really going on in the
world. Or of what's going on in this once-great nation of ours. And the
majority of you are too damned lazy to do your homework and figure it out.

Let's start local. You've been sold a bill of goods by politicians and
the news media.

Meanwhile, all you can do is whine about gas prices, and most of you are
too damn stupid to realize that gas prices are high because there's
increased demand in other parts of the world, and because a small handful
of noisy idiots are more worried about polar bears and beachfront property
than your economic security.

We face real threats in the world. Don't give me this 'blood for oil'
thing. If I were trading blood for oil I would've already seized Iraq 's
oil fields and let the rest of the country go to hell. And don't give me
this 'Bush Lied... People Died' crap either. If I were the liar you
morons take me for, I could've easily had chemical weap ons pl anted in
Iraq so they could be 'discovered.' Instead, I owned up to the fact that
the intelligence was faulty.

Let me remind you that the rest of the world thought Saddam had the goods,
same as me. Let me also remind you that regime change in Iraq was
official US policy before I came into office. Some guy named ' Clinton '
established that policy. Bet you didn't know that, did you?
Now some of you morons want to be led by a junior senator with no
understanding of foreign policy or economics, and this nitwit says we
should attack Pakistan , a nuclear ally. And then he wants to go to Iran
and make peace with a terrorist who says he's going to destroy us. While
he's doing that, he wants to give Iraq to al Qaeda, Afghanistan to the
Taliban, Israel to th e Pale stinians, and your money to the IRS so the
government can give welfare to illegal aliens, who he will make into
citizens, so they can vote to re-elect him. He also thinks it's okay for
Iran to have nuclear weapons, and we should stop our foreign aid to Israel
. Did you sleep through high school?

You idiots need to understand that we face a unique enemy. Back during
the cold war, there were two major competing political and economic models
squaring off. We won that war, but we did so because fundamentally, the
Communists wanted to survive, just as we do. We were simply able to out
spend and out-tech them.

That's not the case this time. The soldiers of our new enemy don't care if
they survive. In fact, they want to die. That'd be fine, as long as they
weren't also committed to taking as many of you with them as they can.
But they are. They want to kill you, and the bastards are all over the
globe.

You should be grateful that they haven't gotten any more of us here in the
United States since September 11. But you're not. That's because you've
got no idea how hard a small number of intelligence, military, law
enforcement, and homeland security people have worked to make sure of
that. When this whole mess started, I warned you that this would be a long
and difficult fight. I'm disa ppoint ed how many of you people think a
long and difficult fight amounts to a single season of 'Survivor.'

Instead, you've grown impatient. You're incapable of seeing things
through the long lens of history, the way our enemies do. You think that
wars should last a few months, a few years, tops.

Making matters worse, you actively support those who help the enemy.
Every time you buy the New York Times, every time you send a donation to a
cut-and-run Democrat's political campaign, well, dang it, you might just
as well Fed Ex a grenade launcher to a Jihadist. It amounts to the same
thing.

In this day and age, it's easy enough to find the truth. It's all over the
Internet. It just isn' t on t he pages of the New York Times, USA Today,
or on NBC News. But even if it were, I doubt you'd be any smarter. Most
of you would rather watch American Idol or Dancing with Stars.

I could say more about your expectations that the government will always
be there to bail you out, even if you're too stupid to leave a city that's
below sea level and has a hurricane approaching.

I could say more about your insane belief that government, not your own
wallet, is where the money comes from. But I've come to the conclusion
that were I to do so, it would sail right over your heads.

So I quit. I'm going back to Crawford. I've got an energy-efficient house
down there (Al Gore could only dream) and the capability to be fully
self-sufficient for years. No one ever heard of Crawford before I got
elected, and as soon as I'm done here pretty much no one will ever hear of
it again. Maybe I'll be lucky enough to die of old age before the last
pillars of America fall.

Oh, and by the way, Cheney's quitting too. That means Pelosi is your new
President. You asked for it. Watch what she does carefully, because I
still have a glimmer of hope that there are enough of you remaining who
are smart enough to turn this thing around in 2008.

So that's it. God bless what's left of America.

Some of you know what I mean. The rest of you, kiss off.


PS - You might want to start learning Farsi, and buy a Koran.


IN GOD WE TRUST
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Lets stop the politics right now! It is a violation of the rules. Either stop the politics or the thread gets shut down. I would hate have to be the heavy handed moderator who has to shut down the thread, because so far it has been very entertaining with some really good opinions and information.

Please people, lets get back on course.

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I agree thanks Dave
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Its going to be a tough fight now that its been let go this long..with the remaining crew hostages that they still have its not like we have much wiggle room if they were to start threatening life for life of something like that.

It should have been nipped in the bud long ago.

I thought I heard one report that the tanker was let go...That must have been wrong?
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