Fool Me Twice

Once again, if you believe what the Establishment is selling, the Assad regime in Syria has “gassed its own people”. In my opinion this is probably total hogwash. Assad is many things…..but suicidal? Again? This has happened before, and guess what? It always seems to happen right when the Western World is tired of being involved in Syria’s civil war. It also seems to happen after U.S. neocon politicians make a visit there, or make threats about what will happen if we leave. Something doesn’t smell right.  Are we to trust and believe the evil creatures that populate America’s “intelligence agencies”? You know, the people who tried to overthrow an American election, and when that didn’t work, an elected president? Are we to believe the heinous Assad regime? The Russians? The Israelis? None of the above, thank you.

I don’t care what you think about Syria, or how awful Assad is. Before this “war”, Islam and its Sharia barbarism was not the law in Syria, a rarity in the Middle East.   In fact, since America’s intelligence agencies can’t be trusted….and guys like John McCain – the leading proponent of military involvement – definitely can’t be trusted……it is folly to make any determination about Syria. In five years of discussing this topic, I have yet to find anyone – hawk or dove – that can explain to me how its any of the United States’ business. Besides, in case you missed it, the U.S. loses it’s proxy wars with Russia, which is what we’re discussing. Vietnam, Korea…..how’d they work out? Are the Vietnamese free? Are the North Koreans? I guess you could make the case that South Korea is doing awesome….but why? Could it be the safety, security, and billions of dollars that the South Koreans enjoy at America’s expense? Call me cruel, but I get tired of seeing glittering cities bought with American lives and tax dollars while the cities of the United States turn into fetid wastelands.

It would be laughable from a disinterested distance. The U.S. sends billions in aid and arms to assist invaders in Syria and foment a civil war…….while it enjoys open borders and a foreign invasion numbering in the tens of millions to its own shores. Under that logic, maybe Syria should be arming and supplying South and Central American illegals as they occupy and alter the landscape of the United States. Maybe Syria should fund the caravan of future California voters headed to the States. Who knows, maybe they are.  And why not? Are we not involved in the same thing around the world? If you don’t think so, then I have some bridges for sale.

Syria sucks. It’s sad, really, when you look at the role it has played historically throughout the millennia. Truthfully, the same could be said about Lebanon…….a place, like Syria, that was ruled by a moron and murderer……but a comparably reasonable one compared to the Caliphate. Did we learn nothing from Iraq?  When one ponders these things, they are left with the question: Why are we involved? Whose side are we on? Are the machinations of people with whom you have no involvement with, in their own nation, our concerns? Would we find it acceptable for another nation to play a role – much less a direct military one – in our affairs? If California seceded from the United States…….would you accept their reinforcement from a hostile and nuclear China?

The sad truth is that tragedies happen the world over. We cannot expect to be the policemen of the world. The United States is overrun with its own invasion…..and in it’s own sort of civil war……divided between those that cry for restricting Speech and Inalienable Rights, and those that stubbornly cling to them. Between those that want truth, transparency, and representation….and those who lie, cheat, and steal in pursuit of their ends. We have plenty of problems to deal with, and plenty of unrest here at home. I have looked for a reason to go “fix” Syria instead of ourselves……and I can’t find it.  unnecessary and unproductive foreign wars undertaken by Empires on the brink of collapse are the disastrous stuff of history and legend. Anyone who tells you otherwise is selling a war in Syria.

“It is easier to fool people than to convince them that they have been fooled….” – Mark Twain

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Ivanka Cries, Trump’s Agenda Dies?

Will the real Donald Trump please stand up? If pictures of suffering children is all it takes to launch America into – at best another Iraq-style debacle, and at worst – World War 3…… then our military is about to be very, very busy.  According to Eric Trump, Ivanka Kushner was “heartbroken and outraged” over images of children in Syria, and that “she has influence” over her father’s decisions, and that in turn the President was “deeply affected” by the pictures he was shown. Let me be clear, I still support the agenda laid out by Trump in the year leading up to the election. My concern is that since being sworn in the President has surrounded himself with some bad actors, and I didn’t vote for them and their status-quo agenda.

When idiots like Fareed Zakaria, John McCain, Hillary Clinton, Bill Kristol, and Lindsey “I haven’t found the right woman yet” Graham suddenly decide to sing the praises of striking Syria and Russia, and in turn President Trump, you know that the wrong decisions are being made. Also, why are we now adding the picturesque little hellhole known as Montenegro to NATO? Do people realize that any attack on a NATO country requires a military response by the United States? Or that the United States carries the largest financial burden for NATO, even though it is a treaty for the defense of Europe – not the United States? Donald Trump repeatedly promised during the campaign to withdraw from, or defund, NATO……..and to not get involved in the Syrian civil war, so what has changed?

It is concerning to me that without investigation or facts ( what kind of “gas”- no gloves or masks were present on aid workers – and ISIS in Syria has used gas attacks in an attempt to effect a response  before-*NYTimes 11/21/16 ) , we launched an attack on Syria, a westernized nation not beholden to Sharia law – in support of islamists who would enforce the most archaic theocracy imaginable. Why can we not extricate ourselves from this region? What is our interest, and why is there no effort to explain to the American public a rationale for this dangerous folly? All I can find is the same old garbage about “moral obligations” and “protecting the children”, and I’m sorry…….I care about the citizens of the United States and their children first and foremost – and I’m sick and tired of sacrificing America’s youth and our financial future for some Islamic Dump of a Country on the other side of the world.  Did Bosnia and Iraq prove nothing?

I still believe in the agenda that Trump put forth, and that we voted for……….but where is it? The course of events does not seem to be any different from that of a Jeb Bush or Hillary Clinton presidency so far, and I find that entirely unacceptable. I can only conclude that people like life-long Democrat and Globalist banker Jared Kushner need to go, because they are anathema to the stated goals of the newly elected President, and they are not representative of the people who brought Trump to the dance. Establishment “nevertrumpers” are still just that, and appeasing their desires for a third World War will not make them stop undermining and demonizing the President. Now that the islamists know what it takes to goad The West into fighting on their behalf, look for several more of these chemical attacks to occur in an attempt to mobilize our severely depleted military. Maybe someone should give some pictures of suffering American children dying in the inner cities to Ivanka, or pictures of third-term aborted babies…….perhaps then we would mobilize the Federal Government on our own behalf.

 

  “A good General not only sees the way to victory, he also knows when victory is impossible” – Polybius, 2nd Century B.C.

“These are beautiful pictures……..of our fearsome armaments……and missiles” – Brian Williams MSNBC

 

 

War Machine

Well, that didn’t take long. I awoke this morning to discover that a Bush/Clinton might have been elected president after all.  Overnight, Trump spent over 60 million dollars…oops, I meant launched 59 cruise missiles – at another sovereign nation. Don’t worry, though…..it was “for the children” that were victims of a supposed gas attack perpetrated by Bashir Assad…….because the “intelligence community” said so. You know, the same “intelligence community” that claims the president is a Russian agent that likes golden showers in ex-Obama hotel rooms, said Benghazi wasn’t a terror attack on the anniversary of 9/11, told us Iraq had Weapons of Mass Destruction yet couldn’t find them, assassinated Ghaddafi and replaced him with tools the Caliphate, and couldn’t find evidence of any Clinton criminality. Sounds totally kosher to me!

Okay…….Assad, Syria’s secularist dictator, is close to winning his country’s civil war against ISIS…oops, I mean “freedom fighters”…..(you know, like the Afghans in the 80’s and that turned out well)…..with the aid of their ally, Russia. Then, out of nowhere – and with suicidal vigor – Assad and Russia decide to “gas” some women and children…….virtually the only offense that could unite the lazy West to attack them. I don’t buy it.  Not only do I not buy it, I’m pretty angry about it. See, I voted for Trump because I wanted a secure border, illegals deported, taxes lowered, Obamacare done away with, and a pull back of U.S. military assets from the myriad of conflicts in which we have no interest.

Well here we are, a couple of months in, and lo and behold, the only thing we have successfully managed to do is lob cruise missiles at Syria. Where is the wall? Where are my lower taxes? Where are the deportations? The Republican party has had 8 years to get bills ready to go for a Republican president’s desk and yet………..their agenda has up and vanished like a fart in the wind. The party of Noble Losers has struck again, and is so busy losing, recusing itself, and stepping down, that it just can’t quite get the job done. What a surprise. I guess the only thing our two parties can agree upon is useless, never-ending, war. If you’re cheering this, ask yourself: If lobbing cruise missiles was wrong when Clinton or Obama did it……..it’s still wrong now, isn’t it?

Listen, I like to “rah-rah” for the United States. I like when our military wins and doesn’t take casualties. All I can say is thank God that during our own Civil War there was no United States on the other side of the Atlantic…….yes, thank God we fought out our conflict without a “world policeman” stepping in, choosing a side, and then using it’s military might to crush one side or the other in the name of it’s “morality”. Is there a mountain of gold in Syria that belongs to us? Is there an oil pipeline that belongs to us that needs defending? Are there American citizens being tortured and killed by Russia and Assad in Syria? As far as I can tell, the answer to all those questions is NO, so why are we involved? If it is on behalf of people whom are suffering, then I’ve got bad news for you……….there are women and children dying horrible, cruel deaths all over the world, right this second. Is it the job of The United States to intervene in every conflict on the face of the Earth in order to “save people”? Because that’s a job that is never finished………and a very convenient excuse to not take care of our own business.

“Evil minds that plot destruction
Sorcerers of death’s construction
In the fields the bodies burning
As the war machine keeps turning
Death and hatred to mankind
Poisoning their brainwashed minds”

– Black Sabbath