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" I don't look for good-news stories or bad-news stories. "
" War does horrible things to human beings, to societies. It brings out the best, but most often the worst, in our human nature. "
" I don't think you're going to be seeing the U.S. employing large army divisions to deal with small terrorist groups again. I don't think they're going to be occupying foreign nations in order to dry up terrorist groups within them. I think that lesson has been learned. "
" The Muslim Prophet Mohammed was a big believer in charity and firmly established helping those in need as a basis of the religion. "
" It's probably time to end the global war on terrorism. "
" War can be fun for certain people. It's a magnet for sadists, losers, and angry dreamers. "
" Foreign aid projects have pumped billions of dollars into the Afghan economy. "
" Unfortunately, the American policy towards Pakistan is just to worry and express concern, and that is not a clear policy at all. "
" I think war should be illegal. "
" The U.S., often in secret, carries out counterterrorism missions all the time, with drones in places like Yemen and Somalia. "
" I'm basically a pacifist. "
" Insurgencies are easy to make and hard to stop. Only a few ingredients need to combine to create an insurgency; like oxygen and fire, they're very common and mix all too often. The recipe is, simply, a legitimate grievance against a state, a state that refuses to compromise, a quorum of angry people, and access to weapons. "
" Anyone who follows the Middle East and Islamic world in general can't deny it is often a very violent place, that a band of instability now stretches from Algeria to Pakistan. "
" Staying in a very public fight with the U.S. is exactly what Al Qaeda wants. "
" To be slapped with a shoe is a dirty insult in the Muslim world. "
" Based on the people l've spoken to, I think the impression is: Is America safer from Al Qaeda? Yes. Is America weaker as a nation because we have overspent and over-focused on Al Qaeda? Yes. I think that would be the conclusion that people seem to have come to and that I tend to agree with. "
" Every child is taught if you try to please everyone, you end up upsetting everyone. "
" The dangers of an Afghan collapse are many: Afghan deaths, a loss of American prestige, a loss of NATO prestige, a moral blow to U.S. troops and veterans, a Taliban resurgence, huge setbacks for women, and greater power for Pakistan and Pakistani extremists. "
" Fences and walls can be effective and even soothing, at least for those who build them. "
" I don't think I'm invincible. "
" For many foreign fighters, the jihad in Iraq and Syria is a commuter war. "
" Kidnapping is always a threat in this life of reporting on men hurting one another because of religion and politics. "
" 9/11 was a terrible, horrific, tragic day. "
" A lot of Iran's empowerment is a result of the war in Iraq. "
" The U.S. spent billions of dollars to build a secular, professional national Iraqi army but failed because, despite all the U.S.-supplied guns, tanks and planes, the Iraqi military fell apart when challenged by a band of terrorists. "