I might not have a bunch of counter-terrorism credentials, but where I live… if you boast you “scored a major victory in the war-on-yellowjackets” every time you hit one or two with a can of Raid AFTER they sting you, and you STILL haven’t burned the nest to the ground… I don’t care how old you are, come Thanksgiving they’re gonna have you sitting at the kids table.
Yesterday in the wake of the Brussels bombing attack, President Obama strongly denounced Islamic terrorism.
“Islam is a flawed and violent cult wherein deluded people follow an example set by a murderous psychotic pedophile” said a visibly angry President Obama. He then vowed to “destroy Isis, burn their tents, and kill their $#&!!! camels.”
Just kidding. He was doing The Wave at a baseball game with the dictator of Cuba.
This series following contributions of famous community organizers today celebrates the work of a president often likened to President Obama… by President Obama.
In 1865 following the historic surrender of Lee to Grant at Appomattox Courthouse… President Lincoln fulfilled his campaign commitment to withdraw all US troops from the states with whom we were at war. Though General Grant and his entire staff cautioned against the move, claiming it would leave a power vacuum… Lincoln boldly refused to be deterred.
“I said I’d end the war in the south, & I ended the war in the south. Stonewall Jackson’s dead, the Confederates are on the run.
Let me be clear. We will not be an occupying force. That’s just not what we’re about.”
~ Abraham Lincoln 1865
Initially sensing a trap, southerners held off acting on the unexpected turn, but shortly thereafter they rebuilt their own army and set up a new government led by a man freed from US custody.
Today a statue of Lincoln stands in the public square of Richmond, capitol of the Confederate States of America. The inscription reads “To our great emancipator”.
The statue was built using the labor of over 200 slaves.
Right now as our southern border is under siege and the news is filled with solemn discussions of a total fantasy excuse about hard drive crashes magically making email vanish. The House and the Senate can’t agree on where to eat lunch and the oval office is still trying to legislate with a pen. And of course there’s an big kickball game everyone pretends to care about.
In this environment the LAST thing anyone in the US gives a rip about is Iraq or Syria. “They’re on the other side of the globe for heavens sake.” “Not my circus, not my monkey.” “Didn’t we just get OUT of that mess?”
Read the article linked below. Basic premise is what exists in that quarter is reminiscent of the conditions that turned the assassination of an archduke in 1914 into a conflict that drew all major players of the world into a protracted bloodbath (the resolution of which pulled us into yet another).
I won’t go into detail (read the article), but failing to participate in SOME productive and effective form may be the catalyst for ensuring that in the future we are fully engaged whether we want to or not.
The tangle of friends, enemies and alliances is a mess even if our own foreign policy didn’t seemingly have us on opposite sides depending on which sides of a now non-existent border between Syria and Iraq one stands on. Malaki is in tacit alliance with Syria’s Assad, and visibly aligned with Russia and Iran against ISIS. Whose “side” would that put us on? And if ISIS invades Jordan, it gets messy.
The last paragraph of the article is especially troubling. Our administration hasn’t the personnel equal to the the task. We have exactly the wrong people for the task. Contrary to reports, this isn’t Al Qaida’s JV. The only JV on the circuit right now is our administration.
God help the world… this problem has to be dealt with and we have an amateur golfer and pro fund-raiser in the White House, and an idiot at Sec State. I don’t see it ending well.
Let’s see… the Barbarians at the gate of our billion dollar embassy, bought with not only treasure but the blood of our military… are “freedom fighters” from Syria, which as memory serves were armed by our CIA in violation of law at the president’s direction.
They are led by a guy that was in US custody until Obama took office.
Our embassy hasn’t been evacuated, because “it is too politically sensitive” (ie – it’d make Obama look bad). Besides, despite the fact this is Iraq, and this takeover has been in progress all year, we apparently didn’t have any contingency plans for such an eventuality.
We have no military force in the country to defend them except the embassy guard, because Obama was in a hurry to exit. He sent Biden, a semi-competent on his best day, to secure a status of forces agreement allowing a residual force, and he failed. Obama exited anyway.
But we can’t put fresh boots on the ground to protect them because that too would make Obama look bad, since someone claimed we won already the war on terror (ie – bin laden is dead and al qaida is on the run”).
So now we are largely left trusting the locals to protect our diplomats for us, because that strategy worked so well in Benghazi.
Our choices if Malaki loses will either look like the fall of Saigon at best… or Benghazi mixed with the Iran Hostage crisis at worst… except this foe is known for sharing vivid execution videos on the net. Did I miss anything?
Meanwhile… the US southern border is under siege and overwhelmed, the IRS is defying subpoenas with excuses that sound like “the dog ate my emails”, nobody has been fired despite the VA fraud that has cost lives…
… and the Commander in Chief spent the weekend golfing and fundraising.