10 million reward for Al Qaeda leader in Iraq

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    With the new bombing spree in Iraq, news channels report that US is offering 10 million dollar reward for Al Qaeda leader in Iraq - dead or alive.

    Question: Why are we offering the reward ?
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    Great question.
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    DK, but maybe we fear his influence not only in Iraq - an official ally in which we have invested hundreds of billions - but elsewhere. May be cheaper than combating that result.
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    because we have such a large budget surplus unlike Iraq.....oh wait, they are the ones with the surplus
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    My guess: a reward doesn't create the PR challenges that would arise if we started spraying drones around Iraq. Probably cheaper too.
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    I'm still wondering why folks oppose drones in the first place (in other countries at least). Although given that we are not at war in Iraq, I agree, it would pose a big pr...and legal challenge.
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    I think the drone strikes are more helpful to Al Queda than they are to combatting terrorism. While we have killed many alleged terrorists, we have also done some collateral damage too. Easy to use against us for recruiting new jihadists. Seems they replace what we take out fairly easily.

    Who is really on the run in the middle east?

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    Perhaps...though compared to carpet bombing entire villages as we have done in the past, drone strikes seem to be a pretty effective tool in limiting collateral damage.

    AQ can use all sorts of reasons--legit or not--for recruiting the disaffected, I just don't know if drone strikes make that much difference on their efforts.
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    This. Our government is now strewn with politicians who spend taxpayer money like drunken sailors.
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    Good point, jdr. I think if the U.S. pulled out of the Middle East altogether, there would still be plenty of recruits (some born and raised here) who would be willing to go kill the infidels.
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    Maybe this answers the question.
    Fox News
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    I don't think you will find a country out there that looks favorably at another that they are not at war with, using military strikes, no matter how accurate on their people. look how pissed off we get when they attack us. While the drone strikes may be effective, there are unintended consequences, as with any action of this nature.

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    That raises the question: what would the average Bedouin do with $10 million?
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    Why did we invade Iraq?:no:
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    We had smart bombs before we installed them on drones.
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    Oh, so we tan this guy's hide and nail it to the shed, and it's all over, dust off our hands.

    Seems like we don't like what's happening to what we "did" over there, but there is no policy solution, nor the political will to come to grips with who is doing this, i.e., Iran, as a policy of war from a sovereign nation against ours, much less, to hammer Iran who is conducting a scantily-clad, Jihadist proxy war against us . . . right in our face.
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    I thought the situation was stable enough for us to pull "all" our troops out. Apparently our goober POTUS thought "mission really was accomplished" and those Islamic terrorists would not dare mess with us with him, the great orator as president. Me thinks the Terrorists are like most of us in this country not drawing a federal check. His words are like camel patties. Cheap and abundant.
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    Pathological.
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    Do we have legitimate national interests in the middle east that require us to either invade some of those countries, or prop them up with treasure and blood ?

    In short, whatever interests we have, have they been first, articulated, and then second, ratified by the citizens as worthy of dying for ?

    I realize those are questions. I have never heard the answer to them, so I thought I would ask.
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    If we were energy independent (hint- our cars will not run on wind, solar, tidal, nuclear) we could tell them to kiss our ass (as long as they don't screw with Israel). However our current president won't even approve a pipeline much less approve drilling leases that could help our situation.

    Now, if our cars could run on "hot air" or "bull $hit" there is abundance of both in DC.

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