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Forum: General Discussion 16-09-2014, 23:10
Replies: 103
Views: 3,123
Posted By phylo_roadking
That's not certain - the SDLP/labour merger. Yes...

That's not certain - the SDLP/labour merger. Yes the SDLP picked up votes when the old NILP became moribund...but not many, and that's nearly 25 years gone by. NI politics has become too polarized...
Forum: General Discussion 16-09-2014, 22:56
Replies: 103
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Posted By phylo_roadking
And there's an additional problem... All those...

And there's an additional problem...

All those northern SF votes would go to SF as a whole...

But there's no Fianna Fail or Fine Gael or Irish Labour Party votes to be gained north of the border!...
Forum: General Discussion 16-09-2014, 20:42
Replies: 159
Views: 4,623
Posted By phylo_roadking
Right now, I don't think State is looking much...

Right now, I don't think State is looking much beyond getting the right name behind the aid request...
Forum: General Discussion 16-09-2014, 20:31
Replies: 159
Views: 4,623
Posted By phylo_roadking
1/ to not be Nouri al Maliki's government; 2/ to...

1/ to not be Nouri al Maliki's government;

2/ to satisfy the description of a "new government" that the Americans demanded; and

3/ BE there for at least the five minutes needed to phone the State...
Forum: General Discussion 16-09-2014, 20:26
Replies: 159
Views: 4,623
Posted By phylo_roadking
Except - courtesy of ISIS - they've trickled back...

Except - courtesy of ISIS - they've trickled back ;-)

c.800 U.S. troops were put in in July to secure the U.S. Embasy and the consulate in Irbi and to protect Baghdad airport;

An unknown number of...
Forum: General Discussion 16-09-2014, 18:48
Replies: 103
Views: 3,123
Posted By phylo_roadking
By no means - look back at those poll percentages...

By no means - look back at those poll percentages and think what adding in the SF voters in Northern Ireland would do to them...;-)
Forum: General Discussion 16-09-2014, 18:36
Replies: 103
Views: 3,123
Posted By phylo_roadking
...by playing on the politics of economic fear,...

...by playing on the politics of economic fear, and priomising to spend,spend,spend their way out of economic collapse if they formed or were part of the government...

At the time of the last...
Forum: General Discussion 16-09-2014, 18:29
Replies: 159
Views: 4,623
Posted By phylo_roadking
That's strange - we must have been reading...

That's strange - we must have been reading different newspapers and periodicals to you then; I've been reading/hearing about the Islamic State of Iraq and Syria for over a year now, particularly its...
Forum: General Discussion 16-09-2014, 18:10
Replies: 103
Views: 3,123
Posted By phylo_roadking
Not the only reason. I had it many years ago on...

Not the only reason. I had it many years ago on the best of authority - Bertie Aherne - that ROI mainstream political parties do NOT want a United Ireland now...or any time in the future...even...
Forum: General Discussion 15-09-2014, 22:55
Replies: 159
Views: 4,623
Posted By phylo_roadking
I'd err on the smaller of those estimates. Given...

I'd err on the smaller of those estimates. Given the issues with Turkey, it was always in the kurds' interest to exaggerate their numbers ;-)

The problem is however...that Kurdish force is as split...
Forum: General Discussion 15-09-2014, 22:41
Replies: 159
Views: 4,623
Posted By phylo_roadking
No - because the Iraqi army can't . Even if...

No - because the Iraqi army can't . Even if re-equiped and retrained....which will take FAR too long to do - there'll be far too many Sunnis in it to be trusted.




The Kurds read good...but are...
Forum: TV Shows: US 15-09-2014, 22:31
Replies: 48
Views: 3,284
Posted By phylo_roadking
You're not supposed to like him! That was the...

You're not supposed to like him!

That was the whole point of S1, just setting up the characters for the main plot to kick off.
Forum: TV Shows: US 15-09-2014, 22:30
Replies: 48
Views: 3,284
Posted By phylo_roadking
Let's face it - it was better than MOST Hollywood...

Let's face it - it was better than MOST Hollywood recreations of Belfast....




No, I did too.

I should do....

You know the two bouncers dressed in black suits standing outside Pat's American bar...
Forum: General Discussion 15-09-2014, 22:21
Replies: 159
Views: 4,623
Posted By phylo_roadking
Ditto for Obama...only the Americans would be in...

Ditto for Obama...only the Americans would be in a position to provide ten times the boots on the ground that we could possibly.

Let's face it - Obama campaigned twice on basically a "bring the boys...
Forum: General Discussion 15-09-2014, 22:15
Replies: 159
Views: 4,623
Posted By phylo_roadking
I'm not so sure; If the Kurds get their own...

I'm not so sure; If the Kurds get their own homeland and self-rule around Irbil, then the pressure on the Turks on the other side of the border to grant the same should lessen ;-) And it's not as if...
Forum: General Discussion 15-09-2014, 22:14
Replies: 159
Views: 4,623
Posted By phylo_roadking
Well, that particular policy didn't work so well...

Well, that particular policy didn't work so well for Saddam Hussein when a stack of Middle East muslim states joined the coalition forces in the two Gulf Wars...
Forum: General Discussion 15-09-2014, 22:06
Replies: 159
Views: 4,623
Posted By phylo_roadking
I don't think they did; mostly they/we were...

I don't think they did; mostly they/we were supplying the FSA and for a while the Al Nusra Front before its links with Al Qaeda became too blatant for domestic consumption. Isis/Isil used to be the...
Forum: General Discussion 15-09-2014, 22:02
Replies: 159
Views: 4,623
Posted By phylo_roadking
Nor did the Taliban; we'd drive them out of...

Nor did the Taliban; we'd drive them out of village after village in the campaigning season, bomb and rocket them from the air by various platforms, drive them over the border into Pakistan...where...
Forum: General Discussion 15-09-2014, 21:59
Replies: 159
Views: 4,623
Posted By phylo_roadking
Not if we don't DO something with it. I'm afraid...

Not if we don't DO something with it. I'm afraid the Americans (and the British) have the wrong attitude, it's going to NEED boots on the ground. If you're going to be a global policeman, you have to...
Forum: General Discussion 15-09-2014, 21:55
Replies: 159
Views: 4,623
Posted By phylo_roadking
He doesn't need to be THAT old - isn't that...

He doesn't need to be THAT old - isn't that what's busy happening in Afghanistan? Apathy at home won, not U.S. force of arms - all they're doing is taking their ball and going home....with the...
Forum: General Discussion 15-09-2014, 19:58
Replies: 65
Views: 1,826
Posted By phylo_roadking
He might have wanted you to fondle his lunchbox...

He might have wanted you to fondle his lunchbox...
Forum: General Discussion 15-09-2014, 19:57
Replies: 30
Views: 2,065
Posted By phylo_roadking
You can't beat a fat tatoo'd woman... Heat in...

You can't beat a fat tatoo'd woman...

Heat in winter, shade in summer, and moving pictures all year round.
Forum: General Discussion 15-09-2014, 19:53
Replies: 65
Views: 1,826
Posted By phylo_roadking
...and meet Gordon Brown coming the other way...

...and meet Gordon Brown coming the other way with all the gold...
Forum: General Discussion 15-09-2014, 19:15
Replies: 40
Views: 1,528
Posted By phylo_roadking
Just as an aside... Twenty years ago, when the...

Just as an aside...

Twenty years ago, when the BBC took Rab C. Nesbit to the Montreux Television Festival - they had to put English subtitles on it! :D
Forum: General Discussion 15-09-2014, 19:13
Replies: 65
Views: 1,826
Posted By phylo_roadking
God that's boring. I was expecting to read...

God that's boring.



I was expecting to read about him trying to give you one up the alley.
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