You don't see a constant attempt to claim my entire argument was invented for the express purpose of arguing with him? That's not a civil argument.
You were, by your own admission, replying to someone else. You refused to explain your reasoning and simply poked holes.
You slung mud; a viable alternative theory in this context was not presented. Yes, I'm hostile to that; a statement is not an argument, arguments require supporting detail and evidence. I offered supporting evidence for my opinion (citing FS2 missions with supporting evidence i.e. the use of secure comms even outside the presence of witnesses and
the behavior of reality in both spy operations and flight/ship data records) and asked why you didn't offer any for yours.
You then threatened to monkey me.
If you want to actually discussion an issue, then discuss it
. Explain your reasoning and offer evidence to support it, do not simply deny that your opponent is competent.
On a personal note, if you dislike the feeling of being browbeaten, then I would remind you that you're not unfond of engaging in it yourself; you've claimed I've offered unsupported assertion throughout this discussion when I've consistently offered supporting detail and evidence when challenged. Heal thyself, administrator.
1 member does not get to dictate who posts simply by being a big enough dick that no one else wants to argue with him.
You've been allowing Trashman to do this for years. (Dear god, maybe a decade.) I'm pretty sure I'm an order of magnitude more reasonable and less offensive than Trash.
And you are essentially whipping out a big enough dick and claiming you're not dictating who posts.
If you want my honest opinion of what happened in a story context, Snipes guessed his original orders were still operative, and because you successfully defended the Iceni, it was fiat accompli
and there was nothing to be done about it either way. If Snipes and you had joined the attack on the Iceni and succeeded, I expect you would have been held blameless, and Admiral Ahmose might have come in for minor censure, but it would still be fiat accompli
and you and Snipes would have gone on to successful and highly-placed careers as the people who killed Aken Bosch and ended the NTF.
If you want to know what I think really happened, though, I think Snipes knew because The Plot Demanded It
did not stop to consider that he really should not have current and up-to-date information in the situation they'd set up. All they knew was that they wanted to throw out more about ETAK and that ETAK was supposed to play a big role in the story still to come (maybe up to FS3?), so was Bosch, so the player wasn't allowed to break all their storytelling work here. The situation does not completely make sense because the story is responding to overt manipulation by the writer.