Ophiolite: That is ++ungood. Now, seriously: In what ways are Afghanistan and Iraq not insane victories? Afghanistan and Iraq both had major combat operations cease within two or three months, with an utter overthrowing of the regimes in power. Yes, both Afghanistan and Iraq have had some guerilla warfare persist, but our death tolls are low, and Afghanistan and Iraq are growing into their new governments as we speak. The Islamic world? Yes. You mean the powerless, impoverished, idiot masses of the Islamic world? By a European population that has forgotten war and who had ties with Iraq to warrant their non-participation? By "half my own population? Like the opinion of people counts when the facts are so plain? Yes. I am sorely "rebuffed" by these worthless considerations. hypewaders: Anti-war protests do nothing. "Resemble the Soviet Union"? Yes. I mean, we're really sending people off to gulags, slaughtering millions of our own, et cetera...I mean, this is -obvious-. Every two years the American people have supported the Republican party more and more resoundingly. There will be no "collapse" of this anytime soon. The entire Republican Party would have to be caught in bed with a dead girl or live boy before they were thrown out of power. spidergoat: Exactly, hence to fight guerillas, one simply has to use more and more heavy armour which they cannot assail. hypewaders: Yet what contempt is shown to America when you cannot say "republics, liberty, and justice are great"? And which follies are these? You do note, by the way, that the Empire is the strongest form of government that has ever existed, yes? Rome lasted 1,400 years (counting Byzantium) as an Empire. Japan was an Empire for 2,000 years. China was an Empire for 5,000 years. Let Puerto Rico go. They don't pay taxes, they offer nothing of worth...Either become a state or become a second-world country filled with corruption and poverty. Iraq is "spiralling out of control"? Not anything that cannot be stopped. Just our military is inept and don't know how to dela with insurgencies. Patriotism is necessary for any State to function. Darwin_76: True. Not that impressive to beat any Arabic country. Fighting and losing more troops? Yes. But you do realize that 2,000 troops are essentially throw-away casualities, yes? Onefinity: Nonsense. There is nothing sorrowful about crushing one's enemies and exerting superiority over them. It is a glorious day of primal triumph.