"At Waco, was there really an urgency to get those people out of the compound at that particular time? Was the press going to make it look heroic for the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, and Firearms? At Ruby Ridge, there was one guy in a cabin at the top of the mountain. Was it necessary for federal agents to go up there and shoot a 14-year-old in the back and shoot a woman with a child in her arms? What kind of mentality does that?"
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 -- Anonymous      
Bravo Clint. Unfortunately those on the front line that are meant to protect us don't need an MBA.
 -- Robert, Sarasota     
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    Very interesting. Not sure which side Clint is coming down on but if taken the way I think it's supposed to be taken I think it shows a side of Clint that I would never have expected.
     -- Steve, Ottawa, Ontario, Canada     
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    You can see the 'mentality' of our government in these actions. They have absolutely no tolerance for, and are willing to kill you to keep you from doing, what they don't approve of. All they had to do at Ruby Ridge or Waco was to wait. Instead they attacked people presumed innocent and killed them.
     -- Joe, Rochester, MI     
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    What kind of mentality? Hitler, Stalin, Pol Pot come to mind. I'm certainly no Bush apologist, but when you hear the left using the "H" word (Hitler) when talking about Bush, I just think ... I don't recall any Waco or Ruby Ridge or Elian Gonzales events during Bush's terms.
     -- Mike, Mount Holly, NC     
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    For Mike of NC, 911 comes to mind. Besides 'Torchem Reno', the rest of the murderous social engineers (inclusive of the Hillary and Bush buddies) in and out of office, have the kind of mentality to do that.
     -- Mike, Norwalk     
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    Clint would make a better president than Bill did.
     -- David L Rosenthal     
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     -- P.M., KS      
    Mike from Norwalk has been wearing his tin foil hat too long. The government is not competent enough to pull off a supposed conspiracy of that size. It may work in the movies, but it never does in real life.
     -- Anonymous     
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    Anonymous, I can't quit smiling, I'm going to have to use that; ONLY, I speak from personal experience, and I don't mean 911.
     -- Mike, Norwalk     
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     -- E Archer, NYC      
    Hmmm...maybe THAT is why they don't want us to have guns. I guess it would certainly make burning smoeone alive much easier wouldn't it... Oh wait a minute...these are LIBERALS that are OK with that...but they always sing peace songs after...that makes it all better doesn't it?
     -- Michael , Houston     
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    You know...I just had to come back to this one...because Clint Eastwood asks a profound question: What kind of mentality does that? That is the question...for me, the answer is found in something Bill Clinton said when he was involved in a money raising scandal...(which one?)-- to the effect that "Because our cause is so great....(it justified this crime)...." Or, maybe it was that other thing he said..."Because I could." Both are statements that either attempt to justify what they have done, or reveal a real sickness. (Psssst: Reston -- that is your guy. Do you have the same attitude? Many liberals do -- re ATF and ELF -- our cause is so great, we can burn down homes and labs and threaten people. Or even, lets lie about the facts of so-called global warming, because the "cause" is so great... Gracious!!!
     -- Michael, Houston, TX     
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    These were tests to see if the US Gov't, with approval of the public, could massacre people for damned little *real* reasons. The first test was to see if the public would sit back and accept or even approve of the massacre of a family of separatists. You just can't have people thinking for themselves and acting in what they believe to be their own life's best interest, in pursuit of their liberties and their own happiness without the government seal of approval. The second test was the same as the above, except this time it was to see if the public would sit back and accept the slaughter of religious separatists. Don't you see, the damed militant religious extremists, had to be excecuted... for just reasons of course. In both cases, the majority of people who know only what they are told bought the story as it was told. They refuse (or are they conditioned) not to assess the situation for themselves and come to their own conclusions. So the charges against both groups were blown out of proportion, and both groups met with disproportional force. In other words, excessive force. No well engineered, well executed conspiracy needed. All it takes is an agreeable or apathetic public.
     -- Randy, California     
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    Most of you probably have no idea what is really going on. It is far worse than you can imagine. Reject the left/right, conservative/liberal, democrat/republican paradigm and everything becomes crystal clear. The people bicker at each regarding every issue, which means the people (financiers) behind all these unAmerican issues remain invisible. The ol' divide and conquer, been around for a long time. It doesn't matter what party you're with, they're both controlled, they actually need each other to function and keep the financial rulers behind the curtain. You're either with us, or against us....only 2 ways of thinking. Pretty stupid huh....they don't want people who can produce solutions for complex problems. There is only black or white, no in between, no gray....and the black or white are both controlled anyway. We've been had people....big time!!!! If we could break through the blinders that have been put on us from the lobotomy we've received from the establishment over the last 100 years, you might be able to handle some of what has really has happened. But to be honest, I don't think most people would be able to handle it. Reality is too much for the average person, they're better off living in this false reality that is being shoved down our throats from the government/media/establishment. People would be flipping out, losing their minds, committing suicide if knew the real history of what has happened, is happening now, and what is to come. There are some true patriots that are going through hell...the ones who know the truth, but have to live day to day with the sheeple who are oblivious. I'll say it again...you have no idea!!!! God Bless the People, God Bless America, God Bless Planet Earth! Peace forever!!!!!
     -- Mac, Los Angeles     
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     -- Anonymous      
    All you need to remember is that a liberal was president. Then it all makes sense.
     -- Jim     
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    Once again, for you Jim.....Reject the left/right, conservative/liberal, democrat/republican paradigm and everything becomes crystal clear. Until then you are still a product of social/political engineering.
     -- Mac     
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