Interview on US pullout of Syria

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Brad Johnson it’s hitting headlines that

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Brad Johnson it’s hitting headlines that

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Brad Johnson it’s hitting headlines that
president front has decided to withdraw

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president front has decided to withdraw

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president front has decided to withdraw
all US military presence in the Syrian

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all US military presence in the Syrian

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all US military presence in the Syrian
theater of operations which i think is

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theater of operations which i think is

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theater of operations which i think is
probably coming as it was very abrupt

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probably coming as it was very abrupt

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probably coming as it was very abrupt
and coming as a shock to a lot of people

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and coming as a shock to a lot of people

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and coming as a shock to a lot of people
and a lot of people that call themselves

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and a lot of people that call themselves

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and a lot of people that call themselves
Republicans are very upset about it

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Republicans are very upset about it

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Republicans are very upset about it
but at the same time I think Trump’s

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but at the same time I think Trump’s

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but at the same time I think Trump’s
base a lot of whom voted for him because

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base a lot of whom voted for him because

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base a lot of whom voted for him because
of his libertarian stance on non foreign

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of his libertarian stance on non foreign

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of his libertarian stance on non foreign
adventures our praat are thrilled

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adventures our praat are thrilled

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adventures our praat are thrilled
what what’s actually going on here III

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what what’s actually going on here III

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what what’s actually going on here III
don’t think there’s anything

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don’t think there’s anything

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don’t think there’s anything
particularly tricky in this case Trump

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particularly tricky in this case Trump

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particularly tricky in this case Trump
has often talked about things like this

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has often talked about things like this

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has often talked about things like this
the internet you know International

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the internet you know International

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the internet you know International
Adventures as you say these these sort

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Adventures as you say these these sort

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Adventures as you say these these sort
of forays military for race I Trump does

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of forays military for race I Trump does

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of forays military for race I Trump does
not like them and he’s been very clear

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not like them and he’s been very clear

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not like them and he’s been very clear
on that from the very beginning he was

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on that from the very beginning he was

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on that from the very beginning he was
steadfastly against the second Iraq war

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steadfastly against the second Iraq war

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steadfastly against the second Iraq war
things like that he just doesn’t like

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things like that he just doesn’t like

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things like that he just doesn’t like
that sort of thing I I he’s very he’s

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that sort of thing I I he’s very he’s

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that sort of thing I I he’s very he’s
the type of person which you can

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the type of person which you can

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the type of person which you can
understand coming out of private

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understand coming out of private

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understand coming out of private
industry he’s very action related to

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industry he’s very action related to

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industry he’s very action related to
results-oriented so if he does something

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results-oriented so if he does something

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results-oriented so if he does something
there’s it’s for a specific goal and he

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there’s it’s for a specific goal and he

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there’s it’s for a specific goal and he
wants that goal to then come to pass

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wants that goal to then come to pass

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wants that goal to then come to pass
where this is very nebulous having sent

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where this is very nebulous having sent

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where this is very nebulous having sent
those the US troops in there and all of

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those the US troops in there and all of

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those the US troops in there and all of
that is much more nebulous and we were

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that is much more nebulous and we were

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that is much more nebulous and we were
supposed to go in and train me Syrian

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supposed to go in and train me Syrian

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supposed to go in and train me Syrian
troops they were gonna stand up against

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troops they were gonna stand up against

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troops they were gonna stand up against
you know terrorism and all this sort of

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you know terrorism and all this sort of

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you know terrorism and all this sort of
stuff and what did you know III don’t

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stuff and what did you know III don’t

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stuff and what did you know III don’t
think ultimately after putting millions

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think ultimately after putting millions

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think ultimately after putting millions
of dollars into it I think the last

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of dollars into it I think the last

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of dollars into it I think the last
report I saw they had maybe a platoon

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report I saw they had maybe a platoon

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report I saw they had maybe a platoon
trained or something you know a a

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trained or something you know a a

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trained or something you know a a
handful of guys that were actually

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handful of guys that were actually

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handful of guys that were actually
combat ready and ready to roll which is

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combat ready and ready to roll which is

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combat ready and ready to roll which is
just you know insignificant you’d have

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just you know insignificant you’d have

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just you know insignificant you’d have
to put together a couple thousand before

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to put together a couple thousand before

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to put together a couple thousand before
you even you know can get us the table

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you even you know can get us the table

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you even you know can get us the table
and then it was just never gonna happen

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and then it was just never gonna happen

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and then it was just never gonna happen
you and you have the actual regime and

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you and you have the actual regime and

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you and you have the actual regime and
power they’re you know not interested in

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power they’re you know not interested in

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power they’re you know not interested in
against you trying to destroy you’ve got

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against you trying to destroy you’ve got

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against you trying to destroy you’ve got
the Russians in there helping them and

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the Russians in there helping them and

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the Russians in there helping them and
so you just there was never a chance

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so you just there was never a chance

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so you just there was never a chance
this was going to take off so it didn’t

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this was going to take off so it didn’t

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this was going to take off so it didn’t
do some damage to Isis in the area they

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do some damage to Isis in the area they

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do some damage to Isis in the area they
they were a small part of helping to

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they were a small part of helping to

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they were a small part of helping to
wipe all of that out

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wipe all of that out

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wipe all of that out
certainly the Russian

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certainly the Russian

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certainly the Russian
and the Syrian government itself did

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and the Syrian government itself did

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and the Syrian government itself did
worse and similar activities and at the

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worse and similar activities and at the

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worse and similar activities and at the
same time of course they were trying to

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same time of course they were trying to

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same time of course they were trying to
make sure that these units that the US

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make sure that these units that the US

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make sure that these units that the US
was trying to stand up never came to

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was trying to stand up never came to

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was trying to stand up never came to
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pass

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pass
so you had a pretty much all the cards

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so you had a pretty much all the cards

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so you had a pretty much all the cards
stacked against you and very little

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stacked against you and very little

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stacked against you and very little
chance of becoming a you know a power

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chance of becoming a you know a power

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chance of becoming a you know a power
within that situation within that

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within that situation within that

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within that situation within that
scenario so I think Trump looked at it

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scenario so I think Trump looked at it

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scenario so I think Trump looked at it
and said okay you know this just isn’t

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and said okay you know this just isn’t

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and said okay you know this just isn’t
working you know let’s pull out I never

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working you know let’s pull out I never

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working you know let’s pull out I never
liked the fact that we were in there

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liked the fact that we were in there

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liked the fact that we were in there
doing this to begin with and you know

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doing this to begin with and you know

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doing this to begin with and you know
you show me the happy ending to the

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you show me the happy ending to the

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you show me the happy ending to the
story with having our people there where

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story with having our people there where

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story with having our people there where
where’s the happy ending and I don’t

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where’s the happy ending and I don’t

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where’s the happy ending and I don’t
think anybody could look at it and say

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think anybody could look at it and say

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think anybody could look at it and say
yeah all we have to do is this you know

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yeah all we have to do is this you know

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yeah all we have to do is this you know
then we’re all winners so I think Trump

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then we’re all winners so I think Trump

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then we’re all winners so I think Trump
looked at it and just said oh yeah this

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looked at it and just said oh yeah this

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looked at it and just said oh yeah this
is just diminishing returns let’s let’s

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is just diminishing returns let’s let’s

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is just diminishing returns let’s let’s
cut our losses pull out now there are

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cut our losses pull out now there are

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cut our losses pull out now there are
negative results out of this probably

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negative results out of this probably

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negative results out of this probably
when when we pull out you know you’re

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when when we pull out you know you’re

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when when we pull out you know you’re
going to have any vacuum left behind

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going to have any vacuum left behind

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going to have any vacuum left behind
which I don’t think it’s going to be all

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which I don’t think it’s going to be all

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which I don’t think it’s going to be all
that large but any vacuum left behind is

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that large but any vacuum left behind is

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that large but any vacuum left behind is
going to be filled and and who’s there

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going to be filled and and who’s there

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going to be filled and and who’s there
to fill it well certainly the Syrian

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to fill it well certainly the Syrian

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to fill it well certainly the Syrian
regime and the Russians so in some ways

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regime and the Russians so in some ways

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regime and the Russians so in some ways
we’re already admitting what’s the fact

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we’re already admitting what’s the fact

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we’re already admitting what’s the fact
of the case and that’s all but you know

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of the case and that’s all but you know

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of the case and that’s all but you know
it is a negative I understand the

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it is a negative I understand the

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it is a negative I understand the
criticism of that and certainly I want

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criticism of that and certainly I want

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criticism of that and certainly I want
the United States to be strong and not

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the United States to be strong and not

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the United States to be strong and not
walk away from things you don’t have to

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walk away from things you don’t have to

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walk away from things you don’t have to
on some of the you know collateral

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on some of the you know collateral

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on some of the you know collateral
damage if you will that really bothers

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damage if you will that really bothers

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damage if you will that really bothers
me is this this abandons some Kurdish

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me is this this abandons some Kurdish

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me is this this abandons some Kurdish
units that have been a very helpful in

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units that have been a very helpful in

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units that have been a very helpful in
world to the United States and I would

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world to the United States and I would

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world to the United States and I would
say that that whole situation in general

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say that that whole situation in general

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say that that whole situation in general
what’s been done to the Kurds is really

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what’s been done to the Kurds is really

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what’s been done to the Kurds is really
kind of a travesty they’ve been kind of

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kind of a travesty they’ve been kind of

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kind of a travesty they’ve been kind of
screwed over again and again by the u.s.

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screwed over again and again by the u.s.

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screwed over again and again by the u.s.
after they were very strong valuable

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after they were very strong valuable

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after they were very strong valuable
allies to us so one thing I would love

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allies to us so one thing I would love

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allies to us so one thing I would love
to see is if there was a way for us to

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to see is if there was a way for us to

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to see is if there was a way for us to
work out something where we were able to

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work out something where we were able to

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work out something where we were able to
provide more consistent support to the

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provide more consistent support to the

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provide more consistent support to the
Kurds who like I said have been very

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Kurds who like I said have been very

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Kurds who like I said have been very
very well asked assets or allies rather

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very well asked assets or allies rather

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very well asked assets or allies rather
to us in the region and I just don’t

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to us in the region and I just don’t

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to us in the region and I just don’t
think they’ve been treated fairly in the

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think they’ve been treated fairly in the

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think they’ve been treated fairly in the
scheme of things plus the curves so

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scheme of things plus the curves so

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scheme of things plus the curves so
there are really one of the very few

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there are really one of the very few

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there are really one of the very few
they’re kind of doing it they’re

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they’re kind of doing it they’re

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they’re kind of doing it they’re
supposed to do and you know they

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supposed to do and you know they

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supposed to do and you know they
protected a lot of the Christians and

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protected a lot of the Christians and

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protected a lot of the Christians and
you know Hezekiah’s and other people

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you know Hezekiah’s and other people

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you know Hezekiah’s and other people
that have just been

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that have just been

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that have just been
wiped out you know just murdered down to

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wiped out you know just murdered down to

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wiped out you know just murdered down to
the last man woman and child and in some

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the last man woman and child and in some

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the last man woman and child and in some
of these Christian villages especially

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of these Christian villages especially

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of these Christian villages especially
and they’ve been the ones that are

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and they’ve been the ones that are

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and they’ve been the ones that are
fighting to try and help these people

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fighting to try and help these people

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fighting to try and help these people
and help protect them and then now

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and help protect them and then now

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and help protect them and then now
they’re being sort of abandoned where

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they’re being sort of abandoned where

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they’re being sort of abandoned where
they have to defend themselves against

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they have to defend themselves against

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they have to defend themselves against
mainly the Turks who have clearly

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mainly the Turks who have clearly

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mainly the Turks who have clearly
targeted them and and and believe them

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targeted them and and and believe them

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targeted them and and and believe them
to be terrorists and all of them and so

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to be terrorists and all of them and so

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to be terrorists and all of them and so
on a lie would be very happy to wipe out

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on a lie would be very happy to wipe out

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on a lie would be very happy to wipe out
the Kurds so they didn’t have to pull

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the Kurds so they didn’t have to pull

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the Kurds so they didn’t have to pull
back in a bit and get within defensive

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back in a bit and get within defensive

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back in a bit and get within defensive
lines against this type of onslaught

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lines against this type of onslaught

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lines against this type of onslaught
that’s one of the collateral issues out

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that’s one of the collateral issues out

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that’s one of the collateral issues out
of that now there’s no discussion so I

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of that now there’s no discussion so I

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of that now there’s no discussion so I
don’t know if there’s any plans by the

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don’t know if there’s any plans by the

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don’t know if there’s any plans by the
White House or the administration in any

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White House or the administration in any

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White House or the administration in any
fashion to try and do something to kind

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fashion to try and do something to kind

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fashion to try and do something to kind
of bring back support and just the way

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of bring back support and just the way

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of bring back support and just the way
some of it’s handled because of the you

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some of it’s handled because of the you

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some of it’s handled because of the you
know the way the United States tries to

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know the way the United States tries to

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know the way the United States tries to
respect other countries laws one of the

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respect other countries laws one of the

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respect other countries laws one of the
problems in that area too is that what

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problems in that area too is that what

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problems in that area too is that what
all the support goes to them has to go

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all the support goes to them has to go

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all the support goes to them has to go
through the government of Iraq so

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through the government of Iraq so

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through the government of Iraq so
equipment you know we put a tag on it

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equipment you know we put a tag on it

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equipment you know we put a tag on it
says you know please provided the Kurds

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says you know please provided the Kurds

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says you know please provided the Kurds
we give it to the government in Iraq and

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we give it to the government in Iraq and

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we give it to the government in Iraq and
they don’t pass it to the Kurds so they

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they don’t pass it to the Kurds so they

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they don’t pass it to the Kurds so they
just don’t get a lot of equipment that’s

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just don’t get a lot of equipment that’s

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just don’t get a lot of equipment that’s
earmarked for them but you know I it’s

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earmarked for them but you know I it’s

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earmarked for them but you know I it’s
one of the things I dislike greatly

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one of the things I dislike greatly

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one of the things I dislike greatly
about how I would I would put much of

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about how I would I would put much of

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about how I would I would put much of
the blame on State Department in this

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the blame on State Department in this

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the blame on State Department in this
one because they’re the ones that sort

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one because they’re the ones that sort

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one because they’re the ones that sort
of honcho international aid i but also

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of honcho international aid i but also

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of honcho international aid i but also
it’s not being fought by anybody so

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it’s not being fought by anybody so

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it’s not being fought by anybody so
biting you sort of just de facto that’s

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biting you sort of just de facto that’s

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biting you sort of just de facto that’s
what we’ve always done before that’s

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what we’ve always done before that’s

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what we’ve always done before that’s
what they’re doing here and what it

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what they’re doing here and what it

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what they’re doing here and what it
means like I said is the Kurds once

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means like I said is the Kurds once

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means like I said is the Kurds once
again get screwed so I wish there was

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again get screwed so I wish there was

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again get screwed so I wish there was
something that we could do about that

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something that we could do about that

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something that we could do about that
that for me is what gives me the most

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that for me is what gives me the most

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that for me is what gives me the most
amount of heartburn about this at least

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amount of heartburn about this at least

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amount of heartburn about this at least
that that’s come to the forefront so far

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that that’s come to the forefront so far

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that that’s come to the forefront so far
the rest of it pulling out of Syria just

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the rest of it pulling out of Syria just

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the rest of it pulling out of Syria just
in general terms I think it’s fine I

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in general terms I think it’s fine I

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in general terms I think it’s fine I
don’t think there’s anything tricky

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don’t think there’s anything tricky

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don’t think there’s anything tricky
there I think Trump just looked at it

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there I think Trump just looked at it

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there I think Trump just looked at it
and said you know enough is enough we’re

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and said you know enough is enough we’re

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and said you know enough is enough we’re
not getting anywhere here anyway so what

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not getting anywhere here anyway so what

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not getting anywhere here anyway so what
little good we’re doing just isn’t worth

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little good we’re doing just isn’t worth

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little good we’re doing just isn’t worth
the cost

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the cost

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the cost
so that should really delight a lot of

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so that should really delight a lot of

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so that should really delight a lot of
this libertarian base I think I agree

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this libertarian base I think I agree

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this libertarian base I think I agree
yeah I agree

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yeah I agree

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yeah I agree
and there are like I said there are some

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and there are like I said there are some

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and there are like I said there are some
military critics nah I don’t disagree

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military critics nah I don’t disagree

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military critics nah I don’t disagree
with some of the aspects of it but you

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with some of the aspects of it but you

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with some of the aspects of it but you
know when you weigh the things the

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know when you weigh the things the

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know when you weigh the things the
relative weight of importance of this

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relative weight of importance of this

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relative weight of importance of this
versus that I think

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versus that I think

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versus that I think
the right decision so I’m not very

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the right decision so I’m not very

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the right decision so I’m not very
critical of it it’s not perfect but what

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critical of it it’s not perfect but what

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critical of it it’s not perfect but what
is it please

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is it please

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is it please
thank you very much Brad Johnson thank

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thank you very much Brad Johnson thank

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thank you very much Brad Johnson thank
you

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