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Old 24.06.2015, 16:55
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Re: Battle of Waterloo, 18 June 1815

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So the away team were actually the home team

When was the last time the US entered into a conflict which ended with its defined goal being full achieved?
I'm no supporter of most US foreign stupidity policy, but they did better than the rest of the world in this conflict:

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Re: Battle of Waterloo, 18 June 1815

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Of which the best aren't even French.


You must have had such an awful French teacher at school (that's providing you actually studied the culture and the language) to have such a visceral hatred of this nation. Your facts are wrong, you make sweeping statements and the cycle of petty remarks continues.


I got mugged by a black person once...Despite the shocking experience, I got over it and certainly do not view afro-caribbeans as thieves. Like I don't view Germans today as Nazis or expats in CH as tax evaders (well, not all of them anyway!
Back to my previous comments: xenophobia and racism fall in the same ugly category.
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You must have had such an awful French teacher at school (that's providing you actually studied the culture and the language) to have such a visceral hatred of this nation. Your facts are wrong, you make sweeping statements and the cycle of petty remarks continues.


I got mugged by a black person once...Despite the shocking experience, I got over it and certainly do not view afro-caribbeans as thieves. Like I don't view Germans today as Nazis or expats in CH as tax evaders (well, not all of them anyway!
Back to my previous comments: xenophobia and racism fall in the same ugly category.
Boo fugging hoo.

Guess you've never heard of these guys?
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Old 24.06.2015, 18:41
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Re: Battle of Waterloo, 18 June 1815

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Boo fugging hoo.

Guess you've never heard of these guys?


Yes, as the name says: foreign legion. With a very special status, separate from the rest of the armed forces. I personally don't lose sleep as to the nationality of every serving member of any forces...I guess you can call it "armed globalisation" before the word "globalisation" even existed.
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Re: Battle of Waterloo, 18 June 1815

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In recent years
- the French armed Forces have become a fully professsional force
- a good part of all French soldiers are of Arab origin now
what this may mean in case of a potential combat is difficult to say
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No, it was compulsory military service since at least 1871. It was Jacques Chirac who turned it into a professional army
Recent years then......?
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Old 25.06.2015, 23:40
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Good call. Iraq 1 and Iraq 2 (the Return of the Bush) can't be considered clear cut successes - nor could Afghanistan.
I'd count Iraq 1 as full. From what I remember, the US wanted to go after Hussein but weren't allowed to (at least, that's what I remember being the official makebelieve story), so that Hussein wasn't overthrown can't be counted as failure.

Assuming, of course, that this is what has you count Iraq1 as only partial success.
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Old 26.06.2015, 09:02
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I'd count Iraq 1 as full. From what I remember, the US wanted to go after Hussein but weren't allowed to (at least, that's what I remember being the official makebelieve story), so that Hussein wasn't overthrown can't be counted as failure.

Assuming, of course, that this is what has you count Iraq1 as only partial success.
the USA ? Maybe, but Papa Bush did NOT want to get Mr al-Takriti toppled. But the campaign was NOT so much to topple al-Takriti but to liberate Kuwait
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