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  1. If you look at the map of Iraq, and how both wars went...they were completely separate actions, yet covered much of the same territory. Iraq had 12 years to rebuild and redeploy their forces after all prior to 2003. GW2/2003 certainly wasn't some sort of continuation of the first Gulf War, some situation where Iraq held positions that weren't taken in 91 that were objectives in 2003 - no, in GW1/91, Iraq was completely defeated, it was the Allies decision to stop the advance and call it a win, and declare that the objectives were met, which they were. 2003 turned into a drawn out affair due to it becoming an insurgency/police action - again, the military objectives were met extremely quickly, and Iraq's military that was in the field, such as it was, was rapidly defeated and mostly destroyed, again, in just a matter of days, not even months. Finding/not finding WMD has no bearing at all on the statement made, which is whether or not "quick" wars are a fallacy, which, obviously with both GW examples, they aren't. I could use the Falklands war, or the 67 war between Israel and Jordan/Egypt/Syria/Iraq as examples of pretty abrupt wars as well. All I'm saying is that it isn't uncommon for wars/actions to end far more quickly than projected either. I don't disagree that many wars take far longer than projected by those who start them - tons of examples supporting this, when Germany attacked Russia in 41/Barbarossa, a famous quote from a well known German general was "at last, a proper war", as if it would be some simple cake walk. Initially it likely seemed so, I'm sure, what with Germany destroying over 1500 Russia aircraft in the first day, and over 5000 in the first month, giving them complete air supremacy, while their mechanized forces performed nearly as well. 4 years later, a tad bit longer than projected, Russian troops pulled down the Nazi flags in downtown Berlin.
  2. I lived in Hong Kong in 1996, the year before it was handed "back" to mainland China. There were similar attitudes there, even among many of my friends, regarding HK and returning to the "wonderful" PRC. Heh, most of them there I'm still in contact with don't feel the same way anymore, and I don't blame them, after all the rights that have been stripped away in HK by the central government of the PRC.
  3. I can think of a 1/2 dozen examples off the top of my head where the reverse was true. The least of which was Desert Storm/Gulf War1 circa 1991. CNN and many other media outlets of the day predicted tens of thousands of Allied casualties, and a war that would drag on for years like Vietnam did. The actual ground war was measured in hours, not days, after a couple weeks of an air campaign which demolished Hussein's so called "battle hardened" military and infrastructure.
  4. Werthead, have you watched season 4 of Rebels yet? It's not over yet, 3 eps or so left in 2018, I'd be interested to hear/read your opinion on it once you do, as I have really enjoyed Rebels season 1-3. Not sure if it's been said, has anyone noticed that Kylo's lightsaber when Luke was about to strike him down while asleep, is obviously the saber he used to build his new red crystal "dark" saber, just with a new paintjob and some side vents added? The shaft and the base are identical when you look at both of them.
  5. Agreed completely. It was such a different time, as you said, the interest rates were sky high, and that left a lot of room to drop them, where as now, not so much. Also, the whole capital forming effects of the rapid build up of the military to counter/end the Soviets, particularly the Navy, which had 600 fighting ships or near enough, literally 2x what the USN has now, and in effect nearly 3x if you go by the number of ships and naval aircraft that are actually capable of fighting right now. Notice how Trump has latched on to that, frequently boasting of rebuilding the US Navy to a "500 ship navy". Probably one of the most outrageous things (fiscally at least) he's flapped his gums about IMO. While I feel his wife would have been an even greater disaster than Trump, if that's even possible, I think that Bill Clinton was the best President the USA's had since the second world war ended. Certainly the best in my lifetime, hands down. It's a shame he was politically limited over getting a blow job or two (or a thousand, who cares), and couldn't have done even more in the latter part of his administration. About the only saving grace IMO of having had Hilary win would be that Bill would be back in the WH too, that's how I feel about it anyway.
  6. For me my #1 is Clash of Kings, the Davos chapters in particular - his and Tyrion's chapter during the battle for Blackwater Bay are probably the best battle scenes written in fantasy, ever, IMO. The rest, it's 5/6 and pick em, very close, and it changes every time I re read them. I'm in the middle of AFFC, and having a new appreciation for it, particularly the Cersei chapters, which are hilarious this time around for some reason.
  7. Pretty volatile day. I did very well in BC, sold out when it hit about $8500 USD or around $12k CDN. I had purchased a lot back years ago, used some, kept some, bought some more...did very well in fact. Even though I took a haircut selling part of my investment for liquidity/cash with a local place in Toronto that offers such, and is one of the larger online brokers. I wish we had stuck it out a bit longer, I could have made another 80% had I been a bit more patient, however, after today, I really feel a bit better about our decision to bail when we did, heh. As per above posts, several exchanges shut down due to the volatility/etc, I'm glad I'm not eating that stress today.
  8. I like Rosie, but she screwed up big time here IMO. Unless she can prove her Twitter account was hacked or it was someone else using it, she's plainly broken the bribery laws of the USA. Considering how much Trump and her have clashed in the past, I'm sure she'll get special attention regarding this. Why didn't she just offer to fund these senators future campaigns, or donate the $ legally in some way, which is done ALL the time, instead of outright offering to bribe them both. Rosie probably didin't realize she was breaking the law, however ignorance of the law rarely is a defense that succeeds. I understand her motivations, but wow. Plus, she must have some serious $$$ to be able to throw 4 million around so casually, which in itself says something which the right will use to attack her.
  9. Regarding Yoda and the ever changing and confusing Jedi "rules". In one film, Yoda goes on about not having attachments, and when a Jedi loses someone close "miss them do not". Yet the second line he says to look is that "miss you I have, young Skywalker". Ok, so do you miss people, or don't you? This is just one example where the writing and the "rules" are extremely contradictory, even hypocritical. The film is doing some big $, I think we can expect all the new SW films to do pretty well, which at the very least means we'll all continue to see more content, the bad with the good. I hope once Rebels is over they come out with either a new animated show, of a more adult nature, OR that the new planned live action TV show ends up being something great. I've really enjoyed Rebels, far more than the Clone Wars, although I did like that as well. Well said, even the preview for the Ozymandias, with Walter reciting the poem by Shelley, made the hair on my neck stand up. Rian Johnson famously said that this episode, in fact all of BB, was a catharsis. I wonder if he feels at all similarly regarding SW. It's pretty important IMO, as he has the reigns for 3 of the next trilogy SW films... Regarding Ezra Bridger's age, I stand corrected, further investigation in a Reddit thread on the subject proves that he is 1 day older than Luke, and would have been 19 at the Battle of Yavin, same as Luke, not 14 as another source I read claimed. Still, I'd have preferred they put HIM in the film instead of "DJ", or perhaps even Rose, although the actress did a good job I felt with what she had to work with. Doesn't bode well for Ezra surviving Rebels, although it being a kids show first and foremost, killing the teenage child hero off will be something surprising from Disney, at least for me, in a good way, should they choose to do it.
  10. He's 5 years younger, I checked again, you can Google it too if you like. Season 4 Ezra is stated as being 14 years old, and Season 4 is 1 year before the Battle of Yavin. Luke Skywalker is stated in current canon to be 19. So, very close, in later years, but again, TFA is stated as being 30 years after Yavin, which would make Luke 49. Del Toro being 50, all I'm saying, is that his age wouldn't have been out there at all for playing a 44 year old Ezra, actors to +/- double digits all the time, much less just 5 years. I agree, I wish he hadn't existed in the film in many ways, and feel that it would have been better FOR them to go the Ezra route, than just some code breaker/thief character that didn't do much of anything.
  11. The time frame of Rebels is just shortly before the battle of Yavin IIRC, season 4 being a single year before that. That'd make Ezra 14 or so, and Luke in his early 20s, say 5 or 6 years older than Ezra. Del Toro is 50, Mark Hamill what, 65 or so? I don't think it's that big of a stretch, remove the 5/6 year difference between Ezra and Luke's character, Del Toro only needs to pass for late 50s to be believable as Ezra Bridger. In fact TFA was stated in canon as being 30 years after the battle of Yavin, that'd make Luke a fair bit younger than Mark Hamill is IRL, at least 10 years. That makes Del Toro almost exactly the right age to have been Bridger.
  12. I thought they could have done so much more with him too. I'll wager his character will be in the next film, some sort of redemption/save the day arc. I'd thought there was a good chance he would be from the Rebels animated series, an older version of Ezra Bridger. That not being the case, I do wonder now if Ezra will survive the end of his series, only 3 or 4 episodes left due to air in the next couple/few months sometime.
  13. I did as well, but he's already confirmed that it's not KOTOR based. Sucks. Ep 4 was the first film i remember seeing with my father, just glimpses of memory, but I vividly remember going to see Ep5/TESB with 2 uncles, and I also remember that it wasn't all that well received at first as well. Time will tell on this one I guess.
  14. You had to be watching closely, the kid outside with the broom summoned it about 2 feet to his hand using the force.
  15. Great thread, well done all. My degree is History, and I continue to enjoy reading and studying all forms of it today. When Marco Polo came out on Netflix a couple years ago, I became fascinated with the Mongols, Kublai and the other Khans, and listened to a lot of Carlin and read a lot. I've been on a Roman Empire kick lately, from the late Roman Republic times of Julius Caesar until the fall of the empire some 4 centuries + later. Adrian Goldsworthy has written some fantastic stuff in this regard, highly, highly recommend any of his books on Rome and the Roman army. As stated, Carlin's info regarding the Galic wars under Caesar - fantastic, I could listen for days and never grow tired or disinterested. Still, IMO Caesar and his legions showed their true steel backbones during the civil war, particularly at Pharsalus where they were so outnumbered and starving, yet still prevailed due to their experience, espirit de corps, and some timely decisions made by the Centurions. Antony and the third line being deployed using their typically thrown javelin/Pilum weapons as hand held spears vs enemy cavalry as well. Such an interesting battle, a shame we only have Caeser's account of it. Secret History is on my to do list during Xmas, I'll post back after finishing it. Just a quick tidbit, found this diorama of a complete Roman Legion, every century, cohort, and attached units present. Great look at what a single legion looked like, any fan of Roman history could spend hours looking at these pi tures IMO. I try to imagine what battles of the period must have looked like, particularly Phillipi, where there could have been as many as a quarter million men and dozens of legions on the field those days. I've seen our RCMP musical ride do charges here, the thundering of just a few dozen horses is impressive, what it must have been like with tens of thousands of cavalry charging in such a small area...