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post #2551 of 2692
Well theyre supposed to be bite sized, dont tell me you picked the meat out. You just eat it whole with the bones and stuff.

That said i sometimes order just one. (As a side)

We have the letter in our words but its too similar to s to warrant its own chat letter. We just use s for it.
post #2552 of 2692
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Ha, no ate it whole but we split it in half. It was pretty good but I don't know if I'd ever feel the need to order it again. 

post #2553 of 2692
Its some places' specialty. You havent had 3assfour until youve gone to Halim in Bhamdoun.

In other places its plain or they put too much sauce with it. Pisses me off.
post #2554 of 2692
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We got it at some cafe near the Beirut Souks. The sauce was on the side.

post #2555 of 2692
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Also, Julian Assange is a rapist.

 

Uh, no.

 

Julian Assange in the Honey Trap

 

http://original.antiwar.com/justin/2010/12/07/julian-assange-in-the-honey-trap/

post #2556 of 2692
Lol i had never read the rape stories but thats even more ridiculous than the trump stuff if true.
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This August 2014 email is by no means the first time Saudi Arabia and Qatar, close U.S. allies, have been accused of supporting ISIS and other extremist groups.

 

In fact, in October 2014, just a few weeks after Clinton sent the intelligence notes to Podesta, Vice President Joe Biden harshly criticized Saudi Arabia and Turkey in a talk at Harvard University’s Kennedy School of Government. He noted, “They were so determined to take down” Assad that they “poured hundreds of millions of dollars and tens of tons of weapons into anyone who would fight against Assad – except that the people who were being supplied were al-Nusra, and al-Qaida, and the extremist elements of jihadis who were coming from other parts of the world.” He added, “We could not convince our colleagues to stop supplying them.”

 

Biden later apologized to Turkey, but what he said was absolutely true. Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan, a right-wing Islamist, gave many thousands of Salafi (hard-line Sunni Islamist) militants free rein to cross his border. Experts and former ISIS militants say Turkey at least indirectly supported ISIS for years, in order to weaken both Kurdish rebels and the Syrian government.

 

U.S. officials and many analysts and news reports have long denied that the Saudi and Qatari monarchies have supported ISIS, instead claiming the support was coming from rich donors in those countries. U.S. officials told CBS in September 2014 that wealthy “angel investors” in Qatar and other Gulf states were sending money to ISIS.

 

The leaked August 2014 email, however, shows that Western intelligence sources knew the regimes themselves were providing support to the Islamic State.

http://www.salon.com/2016/10/11/leaked-hillary-clinton-emails-show-u-s-allies-saudi-arabia-and-qatar-supported-isis/

post #2558 of 2692
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Alan, you know you sound like a crazy person, right?

Bullshit. He sounds sane as can be, and the well documented facts are on his side as well.
post #2559 of 2692
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Invading Iraq to eventually destabilize the region and thus weaken Iran is quite the long con.

Do you people even fucking read?
post #2560 of 2692
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Who is us? Are you Saudi? 

Are you stupid? Seriously, the deep US involvement in Yemen is on the front page of the fucking NY Times, its not a "conspiracy theory."
post #2561 of 2692
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The US "involvement" in Yemen is exactly as follows: the USG will allow the Saudis to do what they will, the US will sell them weapons, the USG will continue to target AQAP, and the USG will target Houthi weapons and facilities if they attempt to disrupt its freedom of movement. Allowing the Saudis to run amok is a consolation for the Iran Nuclear Deal.  

 

Think of direct US action against the Houthis as Israeli bombing of Hizbollah missiles in Syria. It's not going to lead to further involvement, it's simply protecting assets. 

 

Now, you can argue about opening the door for mission creep etc but the fact is Yemen doesn't really matter to the US and they pose no real threat Saudi. This administration, for all its faults, has been very resistant to mission creep. 

 

What Hillary might do is another matter. 

post #2562 of 2692
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Also, I am not stupid and you are out of your depth. 

post #2563 of 2692
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Also, I am not stupid and you are out of your depth. 

Bitch please. Enjoy the Kool Aid while we continue to bomb the shit out of the ME. At least I'll rest easy knowing there's no mission creep in play.
post #2564 of 2692
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The US "involvement" in Yemen is exactly as follows: the USG will allow the Saudis to do what they will, the US will sell them weapons, the USG will continue to target AQAP, and the USG will target Houthi weapons and facilities if they attempt to disrupt its freedom of movement. Allowing the Saudis to run amok is a consolation for the Iran Nuclear Deal.  

 

Think of direct US action against the Houthis as Israeli bombing of Hizbollah missiles in Syria. It's not going to lead to further involvement, it's simply protecting assets. 

 

Now, you can argue about opening the door for mission creep etc but the fact is Yemen doesn't really matter to the US and they pose no real threat Saudi. This administration, for all its faults, has been very resistant to mission creep. 

 

What Hillary might do is another matter. 

 

At least your stupidity is well-timed.  Literally 'ripped from today's headlines':

 

 

How the U.S. Became More
Involved in the War in Yemen

 

http://www.nytimes.com/interactive/2016/10/14/world/middleeast/yemen-saudi-arabia-us-airstrikes.html?hp&action=click&pgtype=Homepage&clickSource=story-heading&module=photo-spot-region&region=top-news&WT.nav=top-news&_r=0

post #2565 of 2692
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Also, I am not stupid and you are out of your depth. 

 

See above, Bibi.

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