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The Better Angels of Our Nature

Thank goodness we have our betters to explain our lesser selves to ourselves. Mummy and daddy know best.


“I do think [Obama brayed] that when you combine that demographic change with all the economic stresses that people have been going through — because of the financial crisis, because of technology, because of globalization, the fact that wages and incomes have been flat-lining for some time, and that particularly blue-collar men have had a lot of trouble in this new economy, where they are no longer getting the same bargain that they got when they were going to a factory and able to support their families on a single paycheck — you combine those things, and it means that there is going to be potential anger, frustration, fear.

“Some of it justified, but just misdirected. I think somebody like Mr. Trump is taking advantage of that. That’s what he’s exploiting during the course of his campaign.”

My first impression is that the economy sure sucks! Flat wages and incomes, economic stresses, financial crises—trouble—does he hold anyone responsible after his nearly seven years in office? (And what is the “bargain” of toiling in a factory all day?)

But let’s look at his claim that Donald Trump’s support comes from “blue-collar men”. He’s not wrong.

But he sure isn’t right, either:

His support remains strongest among those who earn less than $50,000 a year, those who identified themselves as conservatives, and white non-evangelicals.

And male. But as the accompanying chart at the WaPo shows, his support is remarkably broad. Strongest among “blue-collar men” to be sure, but significant among women, college-educated, and self-identified liberal. Indeed, Trump leads all other Republicans in all categories, and it’s not even close. An intellectually honest Obama (two things he could never be) would have acknowledged the whole truth.

Now Daddy:

Scientists have been studying reactions to terrorist events, and how those reactions shape public policy. They found emotional response to terror attacks is often out of proportion to actual risk.

The full story (as heard on NPR) is embargoed until later this morning, but here’s the gist: we all respond emotionally to perceived threats, men with anger, women with fear. And our responses are irrational, out of proportion to the actual risk.

To which we say no sh*t, Sherlock. We don’t need no pointy-headed Harvard intellectuals to tell us that our fight-or-flight instinct is separate from our rational brain. Watching people hurl themselves from the windows of the World Trade Center did not make me fear for myself, but it made me resolve to support efforts to bring to justice the people responsible.

Pardon me for being human, but so are you. I don’t know what species the apologists, the why-do-they-hate-us crowd, is. I have acknowledged from the beginning of this blog that I underwent a psychological, physiological change while watching TV on 9/11. I had voted for Al Gore ten months earlier, but that morning I heard myself thanking God that George Bush was president. And I was not alone.

The apologists are at it again. San Bernardino? So what? Paris? [Gallic shrug.] It could never happen here (wherever here happens to be).

We get it, experts. We are more likely to die of lightning or ebola than we are to die of terrorism. But that doesn’t mean we accept with actuarial resignation the slaughter of others, no matter how distant. When we see James Foley’s head hacked off in the Arabian desert, our response is empathic, not impulsive. Which means we believe he is we and we are he. When Arabs stone a little Israeli girl, leading to brain damage and her eventual death, Adelle Biton is not my daughter, but she might as well be. Our anger or fear is not irrational, it is our most human self. You might as well ask us not to identify with a homeless person freezing to death on the corner.

War is not the answer, the bumper stickers preach (along with eating more kale), but that is manifestly not true. It may not always be the right answer, but war is very often the answer to a garnly question, from Afghanistan to Yemen. War is also hell, which, by contrast, is true. Our experieces over the past dozen or so years have reminded us if we’d forgotten. I would say therein lies a healthy balance (even if the word “healthy” seems out of place).

What Obama and the NPR story have in common—along with knee-jerk reactions fearing anti-Muslim backlash after every act of Islamic terrorism, along with knee-jerk calls for univesal disarmament after every gun massacre (many of them Islamic-inspired)—is fear of the common man and woman. Our instincts are base; they must be managed, defused, legislated. To some extent they must. But they are also the most honest things about us—infinitely more so than the lies and nonsense disgorged by our self-appointed betters.


Eurasfrica…? Afeurasia…? Asfrope…?

Since China is so good at building islands in the middle of the ocean (see below), maybe they can build one the size of, oh say, Australia, for the 60 million displaced persons—almost all of whom ain’t ever goin’ back.

(If you’ve got a better name for the new continent, I’d like to hear it.)

The number of people forcibly displaced worldwide is likely to have “far surpassed” a record 60 million this year, mainly driven by the Syrian war and other protracted conflicts, the United Nations said on Friday.

The estimated figure includes 20.2 million refugees fleeing wars and persecution, the most since 1992, the U.N. High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR) said in a report.

“Never has there been a greater need for tolerance, compassion and solidarity with people who have lost everything,” Antonio Guterres, U.N. High Commissioner for Refugees, said in a statement.

There’s a lot to quarrel with in that last sentence alone. I have compassion, but what’s to tolerate? He’s not asking for those 60 million-plus to come here, is he? I don’t have enough linen. And how do I have solidarity with Syrian terrorists and other militants? You were either with Assad or you were against him; neither side comes highly recommended (the lovely Asma very much excepted).

Sixty million people (and counting) in this year alone is a lot of people—and I’m sure they’ll have more company next year.

We need to think outside the (very big) box:

Even though Darwin’s voyages to these unique islands have been followed by countless travelers, the Galapagos Islands are still a pristine place. The archipelago is home to giant tortoises, iguanas, sea lions, penguins, whales and fish and has been a biological marine preserve for 50 years. It is home to a human population of only 23,000 and has hundreds of endemic species of plants and animals.

The refugees will have to eat something, and I’m told iguana tastes like caiman. But while the equatorial climate is perfect, it’s a little too cozy for a population the size of Italy’s.

Papua New Guinea is one of the most rural and least explored places in the world. Scientists believe that many of the world’s undiscovered species of plants and animals exist in the jungle interior of the country. Exploitation of the country’s vast natural resources has been hampered by rugged terrain, as well as the difficulties with the legal system and the high cost of developing infrastructure. Because of all these human problems, the landscape remains largely tough and untouched.


Namibia is one of the most sparsely populated countries in the world. The southern African country gets its name comes from the Namib Desert, and it’s home to the largest number of cheetahs — about 2,500 animals, or a quarter of the world’s total cheetah population. With giant dunes, ancient petroglyphs, craters and waterfalls, Namibia is one of the most untouched landscapes in Africa. It’s also one of the only countries to preserve the health of its ecosystem in its constitution.

The cheetahs will pick off the weak and the sick, but that constitution issue may be tough to overcome.

While Russia may not rank high in most people’s minds for pristine environments, the Kamchatka Peninsula in Russia’s Far East is a wild and empty place, with the Pacific Ocean to the east and the Sea of Okhotsk to the west. Volcanoes and glaciers dot the peninsula, and mega-earthquakes of up to magnitude 9.0 have shaken up the area within the past five decades.

After carpet bombing and poison gas, volcanoes and earthquakes will feel like a sea cruise! I’m sold.


It’s not a country, but it is a continent — and Antarctica is a truly untouched place. The only continent never to be settled by humans, 96 percent of the island is covered with ice, which averages more than a mile thick. The number of people conducting and supporting scientific research and other work on the continent and its nearby islands varies from about 1,000 in winter to about 5,000 in the summer. Penguins, whales, seals and seabirds all use the waters around Antarctica as feeding grounds — though the coldest place on Earth makes a rugged home for humans, it is still an important place for the rest of Earth’s inhabitants.

Who needs to name a continent when we have one waiting! Syrians, Yemenis, Afghanis, Somali, South Sudanese, Burundi, Central African Republicans, the Democratic Republic of Congolese, and Iraqi—you will now be known as Antarcticans! You’ll love the summers.

PS: Hey, I’m just suggesting a solution to a problem I didn’t create. Other than outlawing Islam (the dominant faith, culture, law of most of these failed states), let’s see you come up with a better idea.

PPS: I know taking back Obama’s Nobel Prize won’t fix anything, but shouldn’t they do it anyway? So as not to cheapen Arafat’s?


How Many Folks Have Died In The Obama Wars?

I woke up with dark thoughts. How many people have lost their lives due to the policies of the Obama administration? We assume that around 350,000 Syrians have died. But how many died in Libya when we cavalierly decided to take out Moammar Khadafi? Just to remind you of the depth of thought that went into that decision:

And she will be the next President of the United States. So how many people died because of that decision, not just those who died in Benghazi, but normal Libyan civilians?

Turning to Egypt, remember the Arab Spring? The removal of Mubarak, the Muslim Brotherhood rule, and then the military takeover? Egypt is lucky; they have a military capable of restoring order.

How many people have died so far in Iraq as a result of the decision to pull troops out, against the advise of the generals? Where are the grim milestone watches when we speak of civilians?

How many know that just under 75% of US casualties in Afghanistan happened under Obama’s watch?

Fifty-five U.S. servicemen were killed in Afghanistan in 2014, bringing the total number of American fatalities in the 13-year war to 2,232, according to a database.

Of those 2,232 deaths, 1,663 – 74.5 percent – occurred since President Obama took office on Jan. 20, 2009. The deadliest years for U.S. personnel were 2010, when 495 were killed; 2011, when there were 404 casualties; and 2009 when the death toll was 306.

You didn’t know because NPR, the NY Times, et. al. chose not to mention it. But just looking at total human lives, how many civilians have died in Afghanistan in the Obama years?

So far 130 people have died from the recent terror attacks in France, and at least one of the perpetrators was a refugee. The number is small, compared to the carnage in the Middle East. How many people have died there? If the refugees pouring into Europe are any indication, if we assume that people fleeing Syria and Libya and Iraq and other war zones are running for their lives, the answer is several hundred thousand, perhaps a million. We will never know for sure, but the base number is 300,000 in Syria, and that is an old estimate. What happens as ISIS – let’s just call it The Caliphate – expands?

Obama finally owned up to the terror attacks in the US under his watch. Fort Hood is now officially a terror attack, as is last summer’s Chattanooga attack. I am not sure how many innocents on US soil have died under his watch, maybe around 30-40. Certainly a small number compared to 9/11. But a very strong argument can be made that this administration learned nothing from the 9/11 attacks. Instead of maintaining the fledgling stability that the Bush administration left behind, we have created chaos. And ISIS was born. We could end up going through a period similar to what the Israelis endured in the first few years of this century, terror attacks in grocery stores, cafes, restaurants, busses, school cafeterias, etc.

Nobody wants war. It is infuriating that the US begins wars and refuses to finish them. It is entirely possible that we will end up back in the Middle East, that a whole new generation of young Americans will lose lives and limbs, because we couldn’t finish what we started. Perhaps we should never engage outside of our own borders, period?

Will Hillary be up to the task? Who thinks that she can do a better job than “Her Predecessor”?

– Aggie

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It’s 11:59:59 DST*

* Doomsday Standard Time

A Turkish government official has confirmed that the SU-24 was show down by Turk F-16s after being repeatedly warned about entering Turkish airspace. But in a statement he said the military action was not against any specific country but an act of self defence.

“In line with the military rules of engagement [MRoE], the Turkish authorities repeatedly warned an unidentified aircraft that they were 15km or less away from the border. The aircraft didn’t heed the warnings and proceeded to fly over Turkey. The Turkish Air Forces responded by downing the aircraft.

“In the past, we have made public our military rules of engagement and reminded our counterparts that any violation of Turkish airspace would trigger the actions prescribed by the MRoE. This isn’t an action against any specific country: Our F-16s took necessary steps to defend Turkey’s sovereign territory.”

Among the updates:

Nato has confirmed it will hold an extraordinary council meeting on Turkey’s request. Here’s its statement:

At the request of Turkey, the North Atlantic Council will hold an extraordinary meeting at 17.00 (Brussels time). The aim of this extraordinary NAC meeting is for Turkey to inform allies about the downing of a Russian airplane. Nato is monitoring the situation closely. We are in close contact with Turkish authorities.

It pointed out that the meeting would not fall under the article 4 of the Washington treaty under which Nato member discuss a threat to territorial integrity, political indendence or security. A spokesaman said: “The fact that this is not an Article 4 meeting but purely one for information, suggests that Turkey and Nato want to make sure this does not escalate out of control.”

A spokesman for the Syrian rebel group which claimed to have captured a Russian pilot whose plane was shot down over northwestern Syria says he was dead upon landing, AP reports.

Jahed Ahmad of the 10th Brigade in the Coast said that the two Russian crew members tried to land in their parachutes in government-held areas after they ejected, but came under fire from members of his group.

He adds that rebels shot one of the pilots, who landed dead on the ground on Tuesday.

The fate of the second pilot was not immediately known.

The group released a video showing gunmen standing around a blond pilot whose face was bruised and appeared dead.

Strange that the Guardian neglects one detail:

The video, posted on Twitter by a man believed to be a Syrian-Turkmen rebel soldier, shows at least a dozen men surrounding the corpse of the pilot, dressed in Russian military fatigues, and some are heard shouting ‘Allahu Akbar’ – ‘God is great’.

Some have counseled Russia not to overreact, but I think this is most likely:

Nihat Ali Özcan, security expert at the Ankara-based Economic Policy Research Foundation of Turkey, fears a harsh response from Russia.

“It is very bad news for Turkey that a Russian jet was shot down. Putin will not leave this unanswered, he might retaliate in different ways, for example by cutting off Turkey’s natural gas supply from Russia over the winter. He might also choose to reply in kind, in a similarly aggressive manner in Syria. But one thing is certain: Putin will not stand for this, we have difficult days ahead of us.”

Aggie and I will keep posting, but we have chores ahead of us. Hope you all have a great Thanksgiving—if we make it that far!


11th Hour, 11th Day, 11th Month


He’s Not Dead, Just Stunned

As Brutal Afghan Winter™ XV comes over horizon, I am reminded to ask: where are my Grim Milestones™? I miss my Grim Milestones™:

The Pentagon says Master Sgt. Joshua Wheeler, the Delta Force soldier who died last week in a hostage rescue mission in Iraq, was the first U.S. service member killed in action in the ISIS war. But Wheeler was not the first combat casualty.

Five other service members have been “wounded in action” since the U.S. first sent troops back into Iraq last year, according to statistics from the Pentagon and interviews with officials in Iraq. But how and when they were injured, the Pentagon refuses to say.

As the Obama administration holds to the increasingly dubious claim that U.S. troops are not engaged in combat against the self-proclaimed Islamic State, the Pentagon is withholding details about its wounded that would give key insights into the kind of fight American troops are facing in Iraq. Were any of the five shot by the Iraqi forces they are training? Did a mortar round shot at their base injure a soldier? Has ISIS wounded a U.S. service member?

Shut up, they explained.

[T]he administration has said that while forces could, at times, face combat, they are not in a constant state of combat. The U.S. may be at war with ISIS in Iraq, but the troops fighting them are not “in an active combat mission in Iraq,” according to Pentagon spokesman Peter Cook.

I’m sure the late Sgt. Wheeler is consoled.

In the good old Grim Milestone™ days, the networks livestreamed flag-draped caskets returning home from combat. In the good old days, we even called it combat. “Time limited scope limited military action” is what these boobs call it. And the pussycat media roll on their backs to get a tummy rub.

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Save the Garbanzo!

Arab Spring, Nuclear Winter—what’s the difference?

Humanity has had to cash in on its insurance policy earlier than expected.

Deep in the side of a mountain in the Arctic archipelago is the Svalbard Global Seed Vault. Coined the “Doomsday Vault,” this bank operated by the Norwegian government is meant to be humanity’s back-up in the event of a devastating catastrophe that decimates crops.

But that was not what caused scientists to have to dip in and make a withdrawal. Rather, it was because of the most preventable of manmade disasters — war.

Death, devastation and unimaginable brutality has become the hallmark of the bitter civil war ravaging Syria. In the midst of one of the most contested areas in Aleppo sits a treasure trove of food crop genetic material made inaccessible by war.

ICARDA’s gene bank in Aleppo, one of the most important in the world, includes more than 135,000 varieties of wheat, fava bean, lentil and chickpea crops, as well as the world’s most valuable barley collection.

“These are land races that were inherited from our grand-grand-parents, most of them are unfortunately extinct now,” ICARDA Director General Mahmoud El-Solh said. “And this is where the cradle of agriculture [was] 10,000 years ago. In this part of the world, many of the important crops were domesticated from the wild to cultivation.”

ICARDA needs to reconstruct its collection of genetic material stocks since it can no longer access its own vault in Aleppo and plant the lands around it.

Is there much competition for “the world’s most valuable barley collection”?

Let us consider: the “cradle of agriculture” is now on the brink of starvation, sterility, extinction. Less than five years removed from the dawn of the Arab Spring we are now at the daybreak of Doomsday. Aramgeddon has come to Aleppo.

Okay, I’m enjoying this too much. But can you blame me? As newly installed president, Obama scuttled over to Cairo to declare America’s submission to Islam. Six years later, the Muslim world is aflame (again, still); young, fighting-age men from war-ravaged countries comprise a human tsunami across Europe; we have betrayed (again, still) our sole ally, steadfast to the last, blessed Israel. And the fava bean is under siege.

But congratulations on Tunisia, everybody! They’ve earned their Nobel more than Obama did. But then, so did Yasser Arafat.


You Cannot Be Syria’s! [UPDATED]

I’m not sure even an amoral sicko like your humble correspondent can find a ray of sunshine in this story…but I’ll try:

The Kremlin insists it’s hitting militants from the so-called Islamic State. But the locations of the aerial strikes imply otherwise—that Russia’s bombing civilians and U.S.-backed rebels instead. Chillingly, video and photographs from Russia’s new air war seem to indicate that the attacks are inaccurate and indiscriminate.

Instead of dropping precision-guided munitions like the U.S.-led coalition does, the Russians are joining the Syrian air force in deploying unguided “dumb” bombs, apparently including deadly cluster munitions, which are much more likely to kill bystanders.

[T]he Kremlin’s methods in Syria are worryingly similar to those of Assad’s own regime, which has relentlessly and indiscriminately bombed cities and towns under rebel control, killing thousands of civilians. The regime’s warplanes lack sensors for accurate targeting and the kind of guided munitions that the U.S. military famously sent streaking through buildings’ air vents during the 1991 Gulf War.

Don’t forget Israel! Some of our own military brass were in awe of the efforts Israel put into protecting Arab civilians while at war. (passing up legitimate targets in the process). Even as the enemy took even greater efforts to put civilians in harm’s way.

But grow up. What part of Russia do you not understand? When did Russia or the Soviet Union ever display finesse in warfare? Not under the czars, not under the commies, not under KGB thugs. And Putin bears a resemblance to all three.

War is awful. It is brutal, cruel, and bloody, as well as “dumb” and “inaccurate and indiscriminate”. And this is guerre a la russe.

The Center for Analysis of Strategies and Tactics, a Moscow think tank, has criticized the Russian government for its “strange” and “unacceptable” failure to develop satellite-guided bombs and new long-range precision air-to-ground missiles, plus the targeting systems to direct them. “Russian air force bombers and tactical fighters rely on air-to-surface targeting technologies that are 30 years old,” Alexander Mladenov, a Russian aviation expert, pointed out in Combat Aircraft magazine.

In borrowing methods—and targets—from the Syrian regime’s own bloody air war, Russia is likely to kill more civilians, create more refugees, and make an already terrible conflict even worse. “The result of this kind of action will inevitably, simply be to inflame the civil war in Syria,” Carter said.

Pity there was nothing we could have done to prevent this “inflammation”. No red line, say, that, had it been crossed, would have led to our decisive action. We would have carpet-bombed the bad guys with our laser-satellite-precision-guided-smart-bombs that only occasionally take out entire wedding parties.

PS: I’m serious about Israel. They would have dropped leaflets and set up loudspeakers annoncing exactly when and where they would bomb the terrorist scum. Ugly as war is, a few of Assad’s barrel bombs would probably end hostilities in Gaza.

Oy. As I was jsut saying:

Airstrikes killed nine staff workers of medical aid group Doctors Without Borders in the Afghan city of Kunduz, the charity said. U.S. forces said they conducted airstrikes in the area.

Sometimes, there is no joy in being right.

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Switzerland “Regrets”

“tasteless” cartoon

Let’s begin with Switzerland itself, before revealing the subject of “regret.” I’ve been there – have you? Switzerland is all about $$$$. And has always been. Switzerland was neutral during WWII and hid Nazi loot, stolen from Jews and other victims. They still hide it. Families are still trying to figure out what is in those secret Swiss accounts. They do the same thing for the Mob, for terrorists like Yasser Arafat, and for countless criminals. When one looks into the eyes of a Swiss diplomat or politician, one sees greed.

So, the good “Volk” of Switzerland decided to host a summit of high-level Iranian and Swiss business Volk(en)?. (Spell check wants me to write folk/folks, but Volk is European for the noun.)

Hilarity ensued:

The Swiss Ambassador drew an image of Benjamin Netanyahu being crapped on by US and Iranian peace doves.

And, amusingly, he was correct. Europe, Iran, and the US are crapping on Israel while blathering about peace. Here is the “apology”:

Switzerland expressed regret on Friday after its ambassador to Iran displayed a cartoon depicting two doves defecating on Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu’s head, at an event promoting Iranian business opportunities.

Ambassador Giulio Haas showed the image during a speech to hundreds of Swiss and Iranian business people at a Zurich hotel on Thursday.

The Swiss Federal Department of Foreign Affairs (FDFA) said the “questionable cartoon” was used without its knowledge. “The FDFA regrets the use of this cartoon and considers it tasteless,” it said in a statement.

Haas’ address came as Europeans race back to Iran, whose markets and major reserves of oil and gas will be much easier to tap once sanctions are lifted under a global deal struck last month.

In his speech, Haas called Iran the “pole of stability in a very, very unsafe region.” He urged Swiss businesses not to delay their endeavors in Iran, a potentially lucrative market with a population of 80 million.

“Ambassador Haas did not intend to insult anybody with the cartoon,” the FDFA said. “If that is the case, however, he regrets it and seeks the pardon of everyone who could have felt insulted.”

The cartoon, a commentary on responses to the deal Tehran struck on July 14 with world powers to limit its nuclear work in return for sanctions relief, shows a pair of doves with U.S. and Iranian flags on their chests atop Netanyahu’s head.

Netanyahu opposes the pact, saying it will be ineffective and allow Israel’s enemy to expand its regional influence.

At Thursday’s event, Haas displayed the image of the cartoon on an enormous screen, under the title “Iran: now or never.”

Switzerland, along with the US and the rest of Europe, will own the upcoming war and the possible destruction of Israel. It is not possible to assume that adults in Europe or the US do not understand the meaning of Never Again. So while Israel may be destroyed, you can bet your bottom Swiss franc that business will not be so terrific after the war.

– Aggie


Hiroshima Mon Armor

Today marks the 70th anniversary:

Japan commemorated the 70th anniversary of the U.S. atomic bombing of Hiroshima on Thursday with renewed determination to abolish nuclear weapons and pursue world peace, although many people said Prime Minister Shinzo Abe’s drive to expand the country’s military role weakened such pledges.

Japan is our friend now, and has been almost since the ash settled. But as we mark this day with sundry peace ceremonies, let us also remember a few other relevant dates.

December 7, 1941 (Pearl Harbor Day)
December 16, 18, 21, 1941 (Japanese invade Borneo, Hong Kong, Philippines)
Various dates in January and February, 1942 (Japanese invade Burma, Sumatra, Singapore, Bali—bomb Darwin, Australia)
April 10, 1942 (Bataan Death March begins)
June 4,5, 1942 (Battle of Midway)
August, 1942-February, 1943 (Repeated battles over Guadalcanal)
November, 1943 (US invades Tarawa)
July 27, 1944 (US liberates Guam)
February 19, 1945 (US invades Iwo Jima)
August 15, 1945 (VJ Day)

I skipped over a few, but I trust you get the point. The war in the Pacific comprised a series of horrific, bloody losses followed by a series of no less horrific, bloody victories. By all means, let us remember what happened 70 years ago in Hiroshima and 70 years ago Sunday in Nagasaki.

Just show up on the 15th for the big party.

And do some reading on the carnage wrought in those four long years.

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Obama Drains the Meaning Out of Even Memorial Day

President Obama made these remarks to day:

“For many of us, this Memorial Day is especially meaningful. It is the first since our war in Afghanistan came to an end,” Obama said. “Today is the first Memorial Day in 14 years that the United States is not engaged in a major ground war.”

Technically, this is so. While we still have nearly 10,000 troops in Afghanistan, they are not engaged in a major ground war. We have also abandoned Iraq to its doom. No ground war there. We are fighting ISIS from the air, to little effect—though we did launch a lightning raid by Delta Force troops to off Abu Sayyaf, swipe his hard drives, and kidnap his widow to be sold into sex slavery (just kidding Mrs. S.). But no major ground wars.

But exactly how boast-worthy is that? We’re all relieved that our soldiers are not fighting—none more than Obama’s moonbat base—but as I saw on a Memorial Day parade float today, “sometimes war IS the answer”. While we may have no interest in fighting ISIS, ISIS is very interested in fighting us. As was Al Qaeda, and avoiding their advances led directly to 9/11.

Did France congratulate itself for ending its ground wars after any of its myriad surrenders? Did the Japanese or German post-war leaders buck up their surviving citizens by saying at least the war was over? Did Frank Finkel, the only survivor of Custer’s Last Stand, boast as he lifted his head above the smoke that the 7th Cavalry was no longer involved in a major ground war?

Obama was merely stating the obvious. What really needs answering is if we’re any safer because of it. I think not.


He Was Against War Before He Was For It

John Kerry, reporting for dereliction of duty:

[Code Pink, I knew it; note Medea Benjamin mugging for the camera]

SECRETARY OF STATE JOHN KERRY: Provide the means for the President of the United States and his representatives to speak with a single powerful voice at this pivotal hour. When I came here last time, I–

PROTESTER: The people are speaking out, Secretary Kerry. We are tired of an endless war. We don’t want to live with a war when there is not end–

SEN. BOB CORKER: The committee will be in order. Look. We, appreciate–

PROTESTER: …the killing of innocent people…

BOB CORKER: Look. If this happens again, I would ask the police to escort immediately out of the room.

PROTESTER: More war creates more terrorism by killing innocent people.

JOHN KERRY: Killing more innocent people? I wonder how our journalists who were beheaded and the pilot who was fighting for freedom and was burned alive, what they would have to say to their efforts to protect innocent people.

ISIL’s momentum has been diminished, Mr. Chairman.

“Momentum has been diminished” is a far cry from “we shall fight them on the beaches”. It’s not even Mark Twain’s “God created war so that Americans would learn geography.”

“You go to war with the army you have,” Donald Rumsfeld said. And the Secretary of State, and the President, and the defeatist attitude that looks to surrender before hostilities have been declared. ISIS, Iran, and Putin seem pretty convinced.

PS: Yesterday’s display was just a preview of coming attractions:

On Saturday, March 21, there will be a noon rally in front of the White House not only to commemorate the 12th anniversary of the US invasion and occupation of Iraq, that some estimates find brought the deaths of more than a million Iraqis, but also to demand a halt to US bombing and drone attacks everywhere and total withdrawal of US forces, covert as well as overt, from the Middle East and Afghanistan.

The rally and march will be the culmination of “Spring Rising,” which starts on the afternoon of March 18, with a meet and greet and an evening of music, and includes on Thursday and Friday, March 19 and 20: lobbying on Capitol Hill organized by CODEPINK; a bus tour of work places in Washington of war planners and profiteers, organized by Cindy Sheehan; and at least six teach-ins that will include learning about the relationship of US military activity to climate change as well as to the militarization of US policy and the military’s lack of accountability.

If it will be a hardship to be in Washington, then please do your utmost to organize an event in your community.

March 21 is a critical moment in history when we must be in the street.

Yes, you must: 1600 Pennsylvania Avenue to be exact.

They’re getting the band back together: the Pussycat Dolls of Pacifism, the Ignorant Girls, Medea Benjamin and Cindy Sheehan. I bet Cindy will be signing her new book:


To BTL, who never forget me, and never let others forget me either.
xoxo Cindy


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