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by Octavious
Sun Aug 22, 2021 9:05 pm
Forum: Off Topic
Topic: Freedom!
Replies: 47
Views: 1003

Re: Freedom!

Sorry. Forgot the "USA! USA! USA!" Happier? Never had you down as joining the USA chanting Yanks. I always felt you were better suited to the cream cheese bagel, angry jogger, and chiwawas in a sling fraternity ;) What about angry walker?? And I don't even own a dog, you insensitive clod! It's inev...
by Octavious
Sun Aug 22, 2021 8:47 pm
Forum: Politics
Topic: After 20 years of fighting the Taliban
Replies: 82
Views: 751

Re: After 20 years of fighting the Taliban

Seventy Thousand Deaths The Afghan army was only around 200,000 strong. If any force takes those kind of losses it will struggle to hold. As Tugendhat said in his excellent speech I posted here on Wednesday: "Those who have never fought for the colours they fly should be careful about criticising th...
by Octavious
Sun Aug 22, 2021 6:20 pm
Forum: Politics
Topic: After 20 years of fighting the Taliban
Replies: 82
Views: 751

Re: After 20 years of fighting the Taliban

Ora, 70,000 Afghan military servicemen have died fighting the Taliban. Let's not rubbish their sacrifice with bloody stupid comments dismissing them as glorified mercs I see you haven't bothered addressing any of the points raised. But nice try. You first point was that the Afghan military acted li...
by Octavious
Sun Aug 22, 2021 5:53 pm
Forum: Off Topic
Topic: Freedom!
Replies: 47
Views: 1003

Re: Freedom!

flash2015 wrote:
Sun Aug 22, 2021 5:42 pm
Sorry. Forgot the "USA! USA! USA!"

Happier?
Never had you down as joining the USA chanting Yanks. I always felt you were better suited to the cream cheese bagel, angry jogger, and chiwawas in a sling fraternity ;)
by Octavious
Sun Aug 22, 2021 5:45 pm
Forum: Off Topic
Topic: Freedom!
Replies: 47
Views: 1003

Re: Freedom!

The Australian strategy has largely been a success. The only obvious drawback being an initially slow vaccination rate which, considering that vaccination is the only way back to normality, is a little baffling. Still, they now seem fairly well on their way to getting to the level of vaccination req...
by Octavious
Sun Aug 22, 2021 10:28 am
Forum: Politics
Topic: After 20 years of fighting the Taliban
Replies: 82
Views: 751

Re: After 20 years of fighting the Taliban

Ora, 70,000 Afghan military servicemen have died fighting the Taliban. Let's not rubbish their sacrifice with bloody stupid comments dismissing them as glorified mercs
by Octavious
Sun Aug 22, 2021 7:11 am
Forum: Politics
Topic: After 20 years of fighting the Taliban
Replies: 82
Views: 751

Re: After 20 years of fighting the Taliban

That's... really quite a low bar for greatness you have there.
by Octavious
Sat Aug 21, 2021 10:53 am
Forum: Politics
Topic: After 20 years of fighting the Taliban
Replies: 82
Views: 751

Re: After 20 years of fighting the Taliban

Meanwhile in the European Union...

https://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-europe-58289893

#MakeEuropeGreatAgain
#BuildThatWall
by Octavious
Sat Aug 21, 2021 10:16 am
Forum: Politics
Topic: After 20 years of fighting the Taliban
Replies: 82
Views: 751

Re: After 20 years of fighting the Taliban

Ora, a reporter saying she's "heard" something is not evidence. And the idea that you let the lunatic murderer society win because some government officials are a bit corrupt is a tad bizarre in itself.
by Octavious
Fri Aug 20, 2021 1:15 pm
Forum: Politics
Topic: After 20 years of fighting the Taliban
Replies: 82
Views: 751

Re: After 20 years of fighting the Taliban

I think that you'd benefit hugely from giving twitter a miss for a while, ora. You're reading a hell of a lot of weird shit there. Yes, totalitarian dictatorships that rule with an iron first can be quite stable, especially when combined with religious extremism. Other exciting examples of stability...
by Octavious
Wed Aug 18, 2021 3:20 pm
Forum: Politics
Topic: After 20 years of fighting the Taliban
Replies: 82
Views: 751

Re: After 20 years of fighting the Taliban

orathaic wrote:
Wed Aug 18, 2021 12:26 pm
How much money did the President take with him as he fled the country?
Do tell :-)
by Octavious
Wed Aug 18, 2021 10:48 am
Forum: Politics
Topic: After 20 years of fighting the Taliban
Replies: 82
Views: 751

Re: After 20 years of fighting the Taliban

Ah, my apologies. I'd taken your argument to be that the war was far less costly for America than the headline figure suggests because much of the money stays in American hands. I was clearly giving it weight that was unwarranted. I shall endeavour to avoid doing so in future :-)
by Octavious
Tue Aug 17, 2021 6:07 pm
Forum: Politics
Topic: After 20 years of fighting the Taliban
Replies: 82
Views: 751

Re: After 20 years of fighting the Taliban

More info on the crazy costs of the Afghan occupation. Apart from the 2 trillion cost, by 2050 it is estimated that the US will likely have to pay 6.5 trillion dollars in interest on this debut. https://www.hindustantimes.com/world-news/afghan-war-cost-us-2-trillion-interest-will-pinch-every-americ...
by Octavious
Tue Aug 17, 2021 2:28 pm
Forum: Politics
Topic: After 20 years of fighting the Taliban
Replies: 82
Views: 751

Re: After 20 years of fighting the Taliban

The deal he made was that Taliban forces would not fire on US troops as they withdrew. So that would have been an issue for stopping the withdrawal. It is impossible to fire on troops as they withdraw if said troops are not withdrawing. But also, give that thousands of Talbian prisoners had been re...
by Octavious
Tue Aug 17, 2021 7:07 am
Forum: Politics
Topic: After 20 years of fighting the Taliban
Replies: 82
Views: 751

Re: After 20 years of fighting the Taliban

You're remarkably quick to take Trump's word at face value when he happens to say something you agree with :razz:. Out of curiosity, how do you believe Trump made it impossible to stop the withdrawal? Being the commander in chief one imagines that all Biden had to do was say the words "stop the with...
by Octavious
Sun Aug 15, 2021 8:07 am
Forum: Politics
Topic: After 20 years of fighting the Taliban
Replies: 82
Views: 751

Re: After 20 years of fighting the Taliban

I don't necessarily disagree with these comments. The other side is, after 20 years we are tired of seeing our soldiers come home with PTSD and amputated limbs. Or not at all. And for what? Over the last five years we've not seen our soldiers come home with PTSD, amputated limbs, or not at all. NAT...
by Octavious
Sat Aug 14, 2021 11:03 am
Forum: Politics
Topic: After 20 years of fighting the Taliban
Replies: 82
Views: 751

Re: After 20 years of fighting the Taliban

Trump negotiated a piss poor deal that the Taliban instantly violated. Biden had it easily within his power to use the violation to invalidate Trump's deal and act however he believed to be appropriate. What he believed to be appropriate, however, was to throw the Afghan population under the same bu...
by Octavious
Sat Aug 14, 2021 10:44 am
Forum: Off Topic
Topic: Freedom!
Replies: 47
Views: 1003

Re: Freedom!

Eh? It's literally always been safe to go outside in public without a mask, regardless of whether or not you have a vaccination. Wearing a mask when you're not in an enclosed area or in a dense crowd of people does more harm than good because it dampens the mask and makes it less effective for when ...