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The Great and Grand Alternative History Discussion Thread.:

 126 Nohbody, Sat, 8th Sep '12 12:09:53 PM from Somewhere in Dixie Relationship Status: Mu
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Not in the 80s. He was working with us at the time in Afghanistan. Yeah, that's right, at one time Osama and the Taliban were our allies.

Osama was a minor player (at best) during the campaign against the Soviet occupation of Afghanistan, and was operating with his own resources, not US support (delivered to the Mujaheddin via Pakistan's ISI). As for the Taliban, some of their people may have been involved, but the group itself only formed after the Soviet puppet government collapsed in 1992.

In short, the quoted claim isn't supported by facts.

(Edit: Quote for page-topper context.)

edited 8th Sep '12 12:11:45 PM by Nohbody

 127 CPF Mfan, Sat, 8th Sep '12 2:04:28 PM from A Whale's Vagina
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 128 entropy 13, Sat, 8th Sep '12 9:28:16 PM from Somewhere only we know. Relationship Status: Drift compatible
わからない
Why the flying f**k should Iraq always be connected to Afghanistan even in the alternative? They're completely independent.

The Iraq War has nothing to do with Afghanistan but has everything to do with Israel, Iran, and Saudi Arabia.
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 129 Deviant Braeburn, Sat, 8th Sep '12 9:31:23 PM from Dysfunctional California
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Is that really new news to anyone at this point?

Also as mentioned above its inaccurate.

edited 8th Sep '12 9:32:56 PM by DeviantBraeburn

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Because Bush tied Iraq to Afghanistan in the minds of the public, giving himself the support he needed to invade Iraq.

No 9/11 bombings, no support for random wars out in the desert.
Except for 4/1/2011. That day lingers in my memory like...metaphor here...I should go.
 131 CPF Mfan, Sun, 9th Sep '12 11:58:53 AM from A Whale's Vagina
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More like the 9/11 attacks made Americans paranoid as a nation. When the US government previously suspected Iraq of developing weapons of mass destruction, they just dropped a lot of bombs.

edited 9th Sep '12 11:59:01 AM by CPFMfan

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I thought the Afghanistan then Iraq thing was mostly a Bush thing.

Is there wide acceptance that Afghanistan and Iraq were heavily linked or was it just Bush's excuse for dragging America into another war in Iraq when Afghanistan looked reasonably doable?

Nothing like a protracted war effort abroad to distract from domestic issues.
 
 133 Joesolo, Sun, 9th Sep '12 12:59:24 PM Relationship Status: watch?v=dQw4w9WgXcQ
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[up] For the longest time most people thought they were.
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Odd.

Perhaps I had an outsider's perspective. (Am not from the USA.)

It seemed painfully obvious that after 911, America was going to war and the later inclusion of Iraq in the war plan was either part of Bush's delusion or some secret strategy.
 
 135 Deviant Braeburn, Sun, 9th Sep '12 1:28:28 PM from Dysfunctional California
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In 2003, I think about 60-70% of America believed that Iraq was linked to 9/11.

As of 2011 only 15% percent believe Iraq was linked to 911, however 31% believe that although Iraq was not involved in 911 it did give support to Al Qaeda. So all together, 46% believe that Iraq had some form of involvement with Al Qaeda.

It should be noted that not all of the people who believe that Iraq was somehow tied to Al Qaeda supported the Iraq War. And even some of those that supported the Iraq War disliked how it was handled.

These days most people blame George W. Bush, Cheney, and Rumsfield.

On a side note, there were actually "Weapons Of Mass Destruction" in Iraq. However when most people heard "Weapons Of Mass Destruction" they incorrectly translated that as "Nuclear Weapons."

edited 9th Sep '12 1:38:23 PM by DeviantBraeburn

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[up] I figured Iraq WMD meant some gas and old Soviet era tanks or something like that.

If the USA wanted to find top of the line WMD like nukes, they'd have better luck just looking in their own armory.

Still, any real change if there were some nukes in Iraq? Maybe some that "fell off a truck from Russia"?

Or China. Those guys would sell almost anything for enough money.

Or for more hilarity, USA via CIA. tongue
 
 137 Deviant Braeburn, Sun, 9th Sep '12 8:33:39 PM from Dysfunctional California
Wandering Jew
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"Still, any real change if there were some nukes in Iraq?"

Israel, Iran, and Kuwait would promptly freak the fuck out.

edited 9th Sep '12 8:34:53 PM by DeviantBraeburn

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Some of the posts on the 2012 American Elections thread inspired me to bring this thread back from the dead with this:

"What would happen to world events if a time traveler managed to kidnap Teddy immediately after leaving the office of the POTUS?"

[down] Just humor me on this. I know it would be next to, if nearly impossible for someone to kidnap him.

edited 14th Oct '12 5:11:34 PM by tclittle

Added something to my sig. Sad, I know...

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 139 lord Gacek, Sun, 14th Oct '12 4:19:53 PM from Kansas of Europe
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Faulty premise. Nobody could "manage to kidnap" Teddy.
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 140 Tam H 70, Sun, 14th Oct '12 4:27:11 PM from 合計虐殺 Relationship Status: [TOP SECRET]
War ALWAYS changes. Man does not.
wild mass guessWhereas if you gave him footage of 9/11 to watch and told him that the only way to stop the whole fuck up that came then and after is for him to falcon punch Bill Clinton and George W Bush and take the Presidency back he would probably come along.wild mass guess
 141 Game Chainsaw, Mon, 15th Oct '12 2:48:20 AM from sunshine and rainbows!
The Shadows Devour You.
Nah, he'd just warn them. In suitably awesome style.

(One night, as George Bush sleeps soundly in the white house...)

CRASH!

(Teddy Roosevelt tumbles through one of the windows. George Bush wakes with a start)

Bush: "AH! Liberals!"

Teddy: "No, you fool! It is me! Your predecessor's ghost from the past come back to give you a teeeerrrible warning!"

Bush: "Umm, you don't look very much like a ghost to me. And is that one of our guard dogs attached to your leg?"

Teddy: (Get off fido!) "Look, it was a metaphor, alright? I'm perfectly corporeal... look, real glass cuts!"

Bush: "Do you need the hospital?"

Teddy: "...maybe later." (sits down) "Now look here sonny, shut up, and listen to my teeerrrrible warning!"

Bush: "Wh...what warning?"

Teddy: "No plane must fly on the 9th of September."

Bush: "But... that's tomorrow!"

Teddy: "Is it? My God!" (looks at calendar) "Oh wait, the mysterious time traveller said it was 2001. You're safe."

Bush: "But if I shut down all the planes and nothing happens, I'll look like an idiot! The economy will lose millions! I'll never be re-elected!"

(Teddy looks in very close and gives Bush a very intimidating glare).

Teddy: "Let me put it this way son, do you want to be remembered as the president who let Al Qaeda fly planes into the twin towers?"

(A few seconds pass. George sweats a little).

Bush: "Umm... probably not?"

Teddy: "Well then you'll clear up this mess good and proper then, won't you? Remember, no planes on 9/11/2001!"

(Teddy jumps out the window, leaving Bush jr looking rather pale).

Bush: "What an awesome guy! I just wish I could've discussed politics, and economics, and we could have discussed my new puppy, and our holiday photo's..."

Teddy: ("Man I dodged a bullet getting out when I did").

...

(A few seconds later...)

White House Guard: "Sir, I'm going to need to see some ID."

Teddy: (With a bird's nest in his hair from tumbling two stories through a tree) "Can no one recognise me from their history books?! I'm Teddy Roosevelt! I used to live here!"

Guard: "Yep, totally insane. Come with me sir."

Teddy: "Aww shucks."
 142 Tam H 70, Mon, 15th Oct '12 3:50:33 AM from 合計虐殺 Relationship Status: [TOP SECRET]
War ALWAYS changes. Man does not.
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 143 Deviant Braeburn, Mon, 26th Nov '12 3:40:05 AM from Dysfunctional California
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Robert F. Kennedy survives his assassination attempt on June 4th 1968 and continues campaigning in the primaries.

What happens next?

For reference:

edited 26th Nov '12 3:47:50 AM by DeviantBraeburn

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 144 Greenmantle, Mon, 26th Nov '12 3:56:20 AM from Britannia Relationship Status: [TOP SECRET]
"Per ardua ad astra"
@ On Iraqi Nuclear Weapons: Iran almost certainly knew of Israel's Operation Opera*. Destruction of the reactor was definitely in both Israel and Iran's interests*.
 145 tricksterson, Mon, 26th Nov '12 5:18:30 AM from Behind you with an icepick Relationship Status: I made a point to burn all of the photographs
Never Trust
Not sure if I posted this one already but: The South and North split at the Constitutional Convention over slavery.

edited 26th Nov '12 5:18:43 AM by tricksterson

If it's an authority figure and it's breathing it's guilty
 146 Deviant Braeburn, Mon, 26th Nov '12 5:37:11 AM from Dysfunctional California
Wandering Jew
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Define 'North' and 'South'
Everything is Possible.

But some things are more Probable than others.
JEBAGEDDON 2016

 147 tricksterson, Wed, 28th Nov '12 6:45:10 PM from Behind you with an icepick Relationship Status: I made a point to burn all of the photographs
Never Trust
What would eventually become the Confederacy and the Union in the Civil War. I know back then there were still Northern slaveholding states but it was on it's way out up here even then.
If it's an authority figure and it's breathing it's guilty
 148 Deviant Braeburn, Thu, 27th Dec '12 5:38:45 AM from Dysfunctional California
Wandering Jew
What if the USA (and all the other nations that joined after the USA) never got involved in WW1?

Lets say Germany choose not to send the Zimmermann Notes.

edited 27th Dec '12 5:49:20 AM by DeviantBraeburn

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 149 Totemic Hero, Thu, 27th Dec '12 8:54:09 PM from the next level Relationship Status: Abstaining
Mild panic
Let's see...

World War I would end in total stagnation, as many of the soldiers were basically giving up on fighting right before the U.S. entered the war. The Great Depression does not happen in full tilt, due to being originally caused by financial factors set in motion by the Treaty of Versailles. Probably a number of government would be overthrown.

In the U.S., no Great Depression means no World War II, which means a lot of rocketry technology would not exist. No space race, no invasion of Japan and turnaround of their culture/economy means economically we would see no major advances in computer tech, so the Internet would probably not exist (and neither would this website). Overall, technology levels would be about 20-30 years behind, possibly more.

No baby boom either would mean we would culturally be less dynamic. Think of the Fallout universe, where Fifties culture remained dominant, and you'd have a good idea of what might happen. Rock and roll would probably be a quaint fad that died with Elvis (no telling if the Beatles would emerge). Newspapers would remain a lot more influential.

...yeah, us being in World War I was ultimately for the best.

edited 28th Dec '12 9:21:17 PM by TotemicHero

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 150 Deviant Braeburn, Thu, 27th Dec '12 8:58:10 PM from Dysfunctional California
Wandering Jew
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Well remember, the USSR still exists.

So I'm not all that sure about WW2 not happening.
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