Ben Carson Running for President

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Without a doubt both Carson and Trump are benefiting from their hard line stance on that issue, but there is no subtlety to either of them. Their statements (Trump: "I'd just bomb the s*** out of them") play VERY well to their base but the concepts of Viet Nam, Iraq, Afganistan, etc, seemingly have no meaning for them.

I would LOVE to "just bomb the s*** out of them" if that really were the best solution but I'm very doubtful. I think it is going to take an international coalition, very much including the Arab countries, with lots of all our young men getting killed fighting the bastards on the ground there (and directing better-targeted air strikes) and even that doesn't solve the core problem of why the have been radicalized in the first place.
 
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ISIS wants to recruit alienated, disaffected youths. France is a very fertile ground for recruitment, having a large Muslim population that is ghettoized, marginalized and looked upon with increasing suspicion after each new incident of terrorism. And the Muslim community then will provide new legions of youth to ISIS. It's a perfect spiral path to Hell.

To break this spiral, a counterintuitive judo-like plan must be found.
 
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To break this spiral, a counterintuitive judo-like plan must be found.
You just might have something. Those who have not learned the lessons of history (Ben Carson does not seem to know his history) will repeat the mistakes that have been made as we are told.

I think it is going to take an international coalition, very much including the Arab countries, with lots of all our young men getting killed fighting the bastards on the ground there (and directing better-targeted air strikes) and even that doesn't solve the core problem of why the have been radicalized in the first place.
Even if the source of the radicalization (attempted liberalization of Islam?) were corrected instantaneously IS would still have momentum to continue to establish a caliphate. It has a mob mentality with the rank and file inspired by its founders and leaders. As long as they feel successful they will not be denied. And yes we will have to suck it up and send in ground troops, air power has been shown to have limited effectiveness since Vietnam when you are fighting a conflict in which the enemy can hide among noncombatants sympathetic or otherwise.
 
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Carson backs off claims of American Muslims cheering 9/11
http://news.yahoo.com/carson-wants-mosques-schools-supermarkets-watched-closely-204646323--election.html [Broken]

Backing away? Retracting a false statement? Faulty memory or vivid imagination?
 
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Carson backs off claims of American Muslims cheering 9/11
http://news.yahoo.com/carson-wants-mosques-schools-supermarkets-watched-closely-204646323--election.html [Broken]

Backing away? Retracting a false statement? Faulty memory or vivid imagination?
Carson has a habit in press conferences of letting reporters put words in his mouth and then acknowledging them.

Reporter: "Were American Muslims in NJ cheering on 911 when the towers fell. Did you here about that or see that?"
Carson: "Yes."
Reporter: "Yes, can you expand on that ..."

https://amp.twimg.com/v/388a0057-5c7b-4da9-9b56-665c5053aa63
 
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In his last few debate performances, Carson looked very sedated and tired. It looks like he wasn't able to handle pressures of running for president, and therefore, he wasn't able to handle the pressure of being president. I did see a 2013 speech on Youtube that was excellent. He was full of life, energy and inspiration and I can see why many conservatives wanted him to be president. I love how he emphasized education, worked hard, had positive moral values and escaped poverty.

Carson was scant of administrative experience and dense on policy, so I never took him seriously as a candidate. However, I do think he has some political career ahead of him. He has a lot of good things to offer whatever job he goes into. Just not president. I think our society today is short on role models. While I don't agree with him politically, I admire him as a person.
 
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In his last few debate performances, Carson looked very sedated and tired. It looks like he wasn't able to handle pressures of running for president, and therefore, he wasn't able to handle the pressure of being president. I did see a 2013 speech on Youtube that was excellent. He was full of life, energy and inspiration and I can see why many conservatives wanted him to be president. I love how he emphasized education, worked hard, had positive moral values and escaped poverty.

Carson was scant of administrative experience and dense on policy, so I never took him seriously as a candidate. However, I do think he has some political career ahead of him. He has a lot of good things to offer whatever job he goes into. Just not president. I think our society today is short on role models. While I don't agree with him politically, I admire him as a person.
You don't think that his (what many would consider insane) ideas and beliefs on the bible as truth, the pyramids as grain silos. I'm out of time so here http://www.salon.com/2015/11/08/you...uss_the_craziest_things_he_actually_believes/
 
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I think lots of great inspiring people turn into nutcases when it comes to politics. It doesn't mean that I respect Ben Carson's upbringing and work ethic any less.
 

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