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Author: Raine    Date: 12/18/2014 14:22:00

I know that Cuba has long been a contentious subject in the the United States. People older than I remember learning about the Bay of Pigs, the overthrow of Batiste in Cuba, heralding in the Castro dictatorship. I was taught about the Cuban Missile crisis. I only know the little I was taught in High School, and later from documentaries, movies and reading.
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37 comments (Latest Comment: 12/18/2014 21:50:51 by Raine)

Ruble in Rubble
Author: BobR    Date: 12/17/2014 14:47:50

If there's one thing that both America and Russia know well, it's that war is a costly endeavor. Back in the Reagan-80s, we propped up the Taliban as the USSR tried to annex Afghanistan. Between the cost of that war and the faltering Soviet economy, everything collapsed and the USSR retreated back home to try and solve their own internal problems.

The U.S. felt that same pinch when we tried to colonalize Iraq. As the dollar figure on the weekly Ask A Vet blogs here on FourFreedomsBlog attest, we poured over 1.5 trillion dollars into the bottomless pit of Mideast war. We too have mostly left the area after a financial crisis that started in the fall of 2008, and recurs every time Congress can't decide whether to even fund the government.

It's only been about 8 months since Putin got shirtless on his horse and rode westward, annexing Crimea and making the move on Ukraine. At that time, Russia was flush with funds, and their economy was humming along. A funny thing happened on the way to Kiev, however. The price of oil started dropping... and dropping... and dropping... to the point now where gas is almost to $2.00/gal again. The problem for Russia is that their economy is heavily reliant on oil exports. As the price of oil drops, so does the value of Russia.
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Ask a Vet
Author: TriSec    Date: 12/16/2014 11:16:33

Good Morning.

Today is our 4,818th day in Afghanistan, and our 180th day back in Iraq.

We'll start this morning as we always do; with the latest casualty figures from our ongoing wars, courtesy of Antiwar.com:

US Military Deaths - Afghanistan: 2,356
Other Military Deaths - Afghanistan: 1,127
There have been 3 casualties in Iraq.

We find this morning's Cost of War passing through:

$1, 588, 508, 250, 000 .00

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17 comments (Latest Comment: 12/16/2014 20:49:17 by Raine)

Good Monday Morning.
Author: Raine    Date: 12/15/2014 14:05:35

How was the weekend?

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23 comments (Latest Comment: 12/15/2014 21:38:44 by Raine)

This is Torture...
Author: velveeta jones    Date: 12/14/2014 14:29:49

...watching Dick Cheney on Chuck Todd. One evil, evil human with one dimwit.
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4 comments (Latest Comment: 12/14/2014 23:42:45 by Raine)

Sinking Fast
Author: TriSec    Date: 2014-12-13 12:00:00

1. the act of inflicting excruciating pain, as punishment or revenge, as a means of getting a confession or information, or for sheer cruelty.
2. a method of inflicting such pain.
3. Often, tortures. the pain or suffering caused or undergone.
4. extreme anguish of body or mind; agony.
5. a cause of severe pain or anguish.

verb (used with object), tortured, torturing.
6. to subject to torture.
7. to afflict with severe pain of body or mind:
My back is torturing me.
8. to force or extort by torture:
We'll torture the truth from his lips!
9. to twist, force, or bring into some unnatural position or form:
trees tortured by storms.
10. to distort or pervert (language, meaning, etc.).

When is enough enough? We’ve had some time to digest the so-called torture report, and I must admit that I am repelled, repulsed, and otherwise disillusioned with what these United States have become.
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3 comments (Latest Comment: 12/13/2014 22:11:28 by Raine)

Fluffy Friday
Author: wickedpam    Date: 12/12/2014 13:58:08

Hey Catholic's, we may not agree on some topics, but I have to say I like your Pope.


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17 comments (Latest Comment: 12/12/2014 22:05:50 by Raine)

No heart, no soul.
Author: Raine    Date: 12/11/2014 14:10:39

After yesterday's blog there is little more than I can say about the release of this report that we did indeed torture people. This nation lost a little more of its soul with these new revelations.

It's not like we didn't know that things were happening; all anyone needed was to look at the Abu Ghraib photos. A year or two later in that hellacious decade, we learned of the Torture Memos
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43 comments (Latest Comment: 12/11/2014 23:24:20 by Raine)

The Moral Authority
Author: BobR    Date: 12/10/2014 13:51:56

America has a lot of pride and self-confidence. We just know we're the best country in the world, because: freedom. We look at ourselves as that gleaming beacon on the hill, an example set for the rest of the world to follow. We admire self-reliance and eschew government dependence. We consider ourselves to be just and moral.

Most Americans had only a superficial familiarity with Islam prior to 9/11. The Middle East was very far away, and we thought of it in a more abstract way. It was only after the day we were attacked on our own soil did we strive to educate ourselves. What we held onto was all of the those things common to the religion and culture that were alien to us. We looked down our noses at them like they were savages. They made their women wear burqas, they bombed those who didn't believe their religion, they were positively medieval when it came to torture and execution.
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39 comments (Latest Comment: 12/10/2014 21:33:34 by wickedpam)

Ask a Vet
Author: TriSec    Date: 12/09/2014 11:05:07

Good Morning.

Today is our 4,811th day in Afghanistan, and our 173rd day in Iraq.

We'll start this morning as we always do; with the latest casualty figures from our ongoing wars, courtesy of Antiwar.com:

US Military Deaths - Afghanistan: 2,353
Other Military Deaths - Afghanistan: 1,127
There have been 3 casualties in our return to Iraq.

We find this morning's Cost of War passing through:

$ 1, 586, 737, 125, 000. 00

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48 comments (Latest Comment: 12/09/2014 21:39:02 by Raine)

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