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  1. Horza

    UK Politics - From Russia with Love

    They need to get as English as the English.
  2. Horza

    US Politics: The Ides of Mueller

    It's an excellent idea to fire a deputy FBI director days before retirement and then gloat about it, historically there have been no cases of thwarted no.2 G-men using their extensive knowledge of where certain bodies are buried to get revenge against a sitting US president.
  3. What would that accomplish?
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    US Politics : And the Finer Art of Grumbling

    He's probably referring to Russia in that quote. North Korea's heading in the other direction from tac nukes. Indications are that the US defence establishment has convinced itself that Russia has a policy of using tac nukes in a conventional war to destroy enemy forces without going over the nuclear retaliation threshold, so-called "escalate to de-escalate". There's no evidence for this being Russian policy and the idea is really dumb for the reason you lay out, but the US nuclear caste is obsessed with these sterile thought experiments about baroque nuclear weapons use cases.
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    Middle East and North Africa

    As far as I know the YPG claims they pushed some of Turkey's client FSA (TFSA henceforth) off a key mountain position. That's about it. In general, the Afrin YPG are on their own,as they aren't under the umbrella of the US-backed Syrian Democratic Forces and Russia has withdrawn its token presence. That said, they've been expecting this campaign for the best part of two years, appear to have a stockpile of anti-tank missiles and face an underwhelming TFSA and a Turkish army that's just been through eighteen months of purges -- not the worst hand.
  6. Cannot wait for the next round of "See? We're super tolerant of you people, now piss off" columns nestled next to "Once more Christians are in fabulous queer peril".
  7. Horza

    Rocket Man vs. Orang-Utan: Korean Krisis

    Good diplomacy? Cos this year all that's come out of the US is crazily unrealistic preconditions for talks backed up with a barrage of posturing. EDIT: also, you know how two months ago I was saying how if everyone kept insisting that North Korea needed to test a warhead on a missile for their program to be considered credible, then they would adopt that yardstick? Well guess what:
  8. Note that the general doesn't even say that: He says he has an advisory role and he specifically doesn't say he'll refuse insane orders, only illegal ones, and those he will refine in order to produce something legal. He also rather conveniently assumes that Trump will display a sudden interest in legality and take advice on board. If that doesn't turn out to be the case it could get quite complicated. (Also the publicly available info on the chain of command suggests it goes: Donald > Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff > Stratcom > These guys so it's not clear Hynter would even be in a position to discuss the Bozeman annihilation order). I don't want to get too categorical, it's possible that the CJCS would try and halt a rash, Fox-and-Friends-induced order to melt Pyongyang, maybe even successfully. But the people who study this stuff say US nuclear chain of command is all about enabling Presidential authorisation, not challenging it. In that way, the US president is the absolute monarch of a kingdom of nukes.
  9. An illegal order would be something like him tweeting '@STRATCOM nuke Bozeman Montana everyone is saying how boring it is now TOTAL MAKEOVER NEEDED!'. If he ordered an attack on an ally, or Peru or somewhere, that also might be refused. Other than than, the entire US nuclear command and control architecture is about ensuring the President, and only the President has the authority to authorise and direct the use of nuclear weapons and making sure those orders are rapidly executed. If it's an order like nuke North Korea, China, Russia, etc, those orders are legal and the codes are in the football.
  10. Christensen's electorate got a higher Yes vote than mine...
  11. Horza

    US Politics: flaking out and coming uncorked

    So, to be clear for some nazis, it is a tactical question. For others the ideological components that go into that prioritisation can be quite diverse, depending on the group. For a lot of nazis, it's the same old stuff ideology-wise: eliminationist antisemitism. They identify Jewish people with liberalism, socialism, capitalism, pluralism and internationalism all of which they consider conspiracies aimed at the white race. Some play the respectibility game like Richard Spencer, some run meth labs and have fraud convictions in a dozen states. Then you get these other strains that share the opposition to liberalism, etc., but aren't about the eliminationist anti-semitism. @dmc515 identified the evangelical far right types who have white supremacist politics in general but believe Israel is key to unlocking the apocalyse. Some of the white nationalist and scientific racist crowd aren't exponents because their IQ pseudoscience is all about anti-black racism. More broadly some white supremacists are antisemitic but admire the state of Israel, and have adjusted their racial hierachy ladder accordingly - Bannon and a lot of his followers seem to be in this camp.
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    US Politics: flaking out and coming uncorked

    That was you trying? I have no idea why this observation has brought you to this place and I am not terribly interested in unpicking it given the absense of good faith that has characterised your responses (why does no one ever follow through with their opening rhetorical commitments "not to be an [x]"). You can't seem to summarise my position accurately and from the start I don't think you wanted to. Your efforts not to grasp the point that ideological differences produce differing priorities, which in turn produce conflict between nazi organisations have been herculean and I'll leave you to bask in the accomplishment.
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