User Profile: Lloyd Drako

Lloyd Drako

Member Since: September 02, 2010

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  • September 17, 2014 at 2:37pm

    To be fair, the hearings are also going on because there’s a new book out that really adds little to what we knew already, and because elections are only a few weeks away.

    I wonder how many of those who love to dig up and chew on the Benghazi bone can say how many committees so far have investigated this affair, and who chaired them?

  • [7] September 17, 2014 at 2:30pm

    Your call was misdirected. You were talking to the Drug Enjoyment Association.

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  • [5] September 17, 2014 at 2:27pm

    I note Gowdy says Woods and Doherty “dared” to fight back. Is he suggesting that, even at that late hour, something like 9 hours after the so-called “stand down” orders given by “Bob” (but of course the cognoscenti know, really by Hillary with Obama smirking in the background), when they were taking fire, someone was trying to keep them from firing back? Nice innuendo, Trey.

  • [1] September 16, 2014 at 4:51pm

    A Saudi has already flown on the shuttle. I’m happy to report that he and the entire crew returned safely.

  • September 16, 2014 at 4:50pm

    Kuat Drive Yard? Incom? Who are you, Sheldon Cooper? But seriously, why do we even have NASA any more? There is no reason why Boeing, SpaceX or some other private firm can’t recruit and train astronauts just as well. If there’s any government agency that ought to be eliminated, it’s NASA.

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  • [2] September 16, 2014 at 4:46pm

    We weren’t the ones who ended the deal with Russia. It was the Russians who said they wouldn’t ferry astronauts to the ISS as retaliation for our sanctions over Ukraine. At least they didn’t send them up and hold them hostage or shoot them out the airlocks.

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  • [2] September 16, 2014 at 4:33pm

    I’ll concede her one teeny point, which is that our list of “terrorist organizations” should be thoroughly examined and culled. It wasn’t so long ago that the IRA and the ANC were still on the list, though they had long ceased to engage in terror.

  • [2] September 16, 2014 at 4:13pm

    What it shows is that the most fanatical and militant Muslims in western countries are being steadily drained into the wastelands of the North Mesopotamian Plain, many of them to be killed there. Like pus being drained out of a wound. This is actually to the benefit of western countries, provided these fighters can be prevented from coming back.

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  • [1] September 16, 2014 at 4:11pm

    IS doesn’t need to “have” fighters here. They don’t need to do much at all beyond existing and doing what they do, to inspire the young and foolish. If they were still active today, the Tsernaev brothers might well claim to be acting in the name of IS.

  • [1] September 16, 2014 at 4:08pm

    Then why so few from Pakistan? Why none at all from Indonesia or Malaysia, if these figures are to be believed? Why no Iranians? (I’m guessing you know the answer to that one.) They all read the same Koran.

  • [3] September 16, 2014 at 4:05pm

    Why no mention of the number who are native to either Syria or Iraq? My impression has been that the core of IS is disaffected Iraqis, both religious fanatics and veterans of Saddam’s army. Proximity surely has a lot to do with the large numbers coming from Saudi Arabia and Turkey. Of those from western countries, it would be interesting to know how many were born Muslim and immigrated from Muslim lands, how many were born in the West of Muslim parents, and how many are converts. My money says a surprising number of Muslim newbs, if we had the breakdown.

  • September 15, 2014 at 5:40pm

    Bernie Sanders would be a better choice if the dialogue is to have something other than entertainment value.

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  • September 15, 2014 at 2:06pm

    It won’t be easy to target IS leaders so long as most of them are ensconced in cities surrounded by civilian populations who are basically hostages. Bombing, the American go-to solution for everything, won’t work here as well as in, say, Somalia or Yemen. IS leaders have to be flushed out of Mosul and other urban hidey-holes into open country before particular individuals can be targeted.

    At that, satisfying as it might be to see a drone take out al-Baghdadi himself on the evening news, why does anyone suppose that would be the end of it. If I had a dime for every time I heard about a “top insurgent leader” in Iraq or an “al-Qaeda number two” killed over the last dozen years, I’d have–well, I’d have a pretty big stack of dimes.

    Islamic extremism is like the hydra of Greek mythology: a new head springs up for every one you (excuse the expression) cut off. Brute force alone won’t eliminate it, though there are times when you have to use it. The problem is one of containment. Blundering about the Middle East with American bombers and drones and combat troops not only won’t do the job by itself, it’s what provoked this phenomenon in the first place.

  • September 15, 2014 at 1:49pm

    Well, well, Zappa, you asked for it and you got it. Pretty predictable.

    Still, these British imams aren’t the only Muslims who are horrified by IS and consider it um-Islamic, nor is Muslim repudiation of IS merely a matter of “semantics”. The Kurds, Syrians whether pro- or anti-Assad,, Iraqi ****** Muslims and, in fact, most of the people who are actually fighting IS on the ground are Muslims too.

    Or should we accept the IS position and declare that they are not?

  • [7] September 13, 2014 at 3:17pm

    It’s totally off topic, but this seems as good a place as any to remark that TheBlaze has apparently had only one (1) story in the last six months about the impending vote to take Scotland out of the UK. Has no one else noticed this?

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  • September 12, 2014 at 4:29pm

    Just as an aside, and in a much wider perspective, 9/12 deserves to be celebrated as the day in 1683 when an army commanded by Polish king Jan Sobieski rode in to break the Ottoman siege of Vienna.

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  • September 12, 2014 at 2:48pm

    For someone who disdains keyboard war, you sure have waged a power of it in only two days.

  • September 11, 2014 at 7:08pm

    I think if you do a little digging you’ll find that there were hundreds of thousands of Jews sold into slavery after the Romans suppressed the rebellions of 66, 115 and 132 AD. In that era at least, they were the merchandise, not the merchants.

  • September 11, 2014 at 6:32pm

    Even if the earth were to swallow up every ISIS fighter tomorrow, there would still remain the problem of the disaffected Sunni Arabs of Iraq and Syria. Is anyone still satisfied with the borders drawn by Anglo-French imperialists a century ago? Does anyone think that jihadism will disappear if ISIS does? The US has no stake in any of this except to keep its homeland as safe as possible from homegrown Islamic terrorists, to become so energy independent that it can afford to stop sucking up to the Saudis, and to stop turning the Middle East into a weapons bazaar through ill-advised arms sales to ill-vetted movements and unstable states.

  • [-1] September 11, 2014 at 5:53pm

    There’s a historic “civilizational” boundary in question here. What’s clearest to me is that Ukraine, together with Belarus and of course Russia, is an East Slavic speaking, Eastern Orthodox country whose proper orientation is toward Moscow, not the West. That is the best justification for NATO’s inclusion of the Baltic states, which are neither Slavic nor Orthodox, and for letting the Russians and Ukrainians settle this without our interference.

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