ISIS

President Obama is bombing ISIS targets in Syria, an act of war against that country, in a widening of Mid-East conflict stemming from the ill fated Iraq War begun by George W. Bush and Dick Cheney.  The destabilization of Iraq caused by our invasion and overthrow if its government (under false pretenses) has resulted in the creation of ISIS.  It is a direct result of horrible foreign policy decisions and until Iraq develops a fully inclusive, effective central government which isn’t a US puppet regime such destabilization will continue.

We can again invade Iraq and bomb ISIS and, perhaps, destroy the group’s capabilities only to watch another such organization form and threaten stability in the region.  These are the results of having an idiot in the Oval Office who started a war for regime change without even understanding the dynamics at work in that nation.  Bush wanted to avenge his father’s honor and in so doing opened a Pandora’s Box of trouble which will last for decades.

Many foreign policy experts predicted this sort of long lasting instability after Bush and Cheney’s bloodlust and thirst for defense industry profits (Cheney’s Halliburton made $39 billion in profits from the war) motivated them to lie to the country about Saddam’s non existent WMD’s.  These are the fruits of the biggest foreign policy blunder of the last century.

ISIS does not pose a threat to our strategic national security.  They beheaded two American journalists who chose to enter a war zone voluntarily to do their jobs.  While regrettable we cannot choose to go to war every time an American makes a foolish or dangerous decision.  At some point they must accept personal responsibility for their entering a dangerous region.  Israel murdered thousands of Palestinians and many Americans sat back and cheered the slaughter.  What this says about pr priorities is sickening.

ISIS simply doesn’t have the capability to strike definitively inside this country.  Their 20-30,000 untrained fighters have to hold and secure the areas already under their control plus battle opposition forces in Iraq, Syria and the Kurdish region of Iraq.  Their estimated $3 million/day in revenues sound impressive until one understands they actually have expenses.  Since they control a considerable area in both Syria and Iraq remember that now, as the governing body, they must administer governmental services in this region.  Schools, prisons, road construction and repair, security and all those other normal governmental services normal in today’s world are now their responsibility.  This costs money.  Those government workers expect to be paid as do their fighters.  Their army also needs training and weapons.  These things cost money.  Three million a day won’t go far especially now that Obama is targeting their sources of revenue.  Bombing of their refinery and a tightening of contributions from wealthy Arabs and closing the black market for their oil will reduce their revenues considerably.

Frankly I’m more concerned with the threat of ebola more than I am ISIS.  Senators John McCain and Lindsay Graham can inflame passions all they want in their bloodlust for war but remember these two, a year ago, were screaming that we should align ourselves with ISIS against the Assad regime in Syria.  They have no credibility when it comes to national security.  I’d rather see us concentrate on eradicating ebola in western Africa before it migrates to other areas of the world.  This is the more serious threat.

Fear Mongering Gets Crazy: Watch Out For Those Babies!

There’s an old saying that “you can’t make this up.”  It turns out you can.  Republicans are making up such strange stuff these days you have to wonder who’s ass they pull it from.  Maybe Michelle Malkin?  First it was the New York City “mosque.”  There are community centers all over the country including Jewish ones in most towns.  For some reason thought he ADL is opposing tolerance for Islamic centers.  My how religious tolerance conveniently disappears when its someone else’s ox being gored.

If we are to tolerate such religious intolerance perhaps we should examine the role of each religion in the use of wars and terror.  The Roman Catholics are responsible for the Crusades, the Inquisition and child rape.  Too bad, let’s refuse to allow any more Catholic buildings.  The Anglicans, of course, fought us in two wars (1776 and 1812) so there go the Episcopalians.  How much hate has been spread by the Mormons?  They funded the Prop H8 referendum so let’s get rid of them too.

Are you seeing how easy it becomes to start going after every religion?  If you want you can fear monger anything.  Now Republicans are even going after babies.  Explain to me how babies suddenly became such threats to our security?

Sen. Lindsay Graham is fear mongering something he calls “anchor babies.”  Rep. Louie Gohmert is railing about “terror babies.”  Suddenly the biggest threat to America are diaper clad crying little people.  This is shameless fear mongering of a proportion bordering on the insane.  There are no terror babies and so few anchor babies that creating mass hysteria over them defines these public servants as megalomaniacs.

Though hundreds of thousands of children are born to undocumented immigrants each year few are the result of “drop and leave.”  Does Sen. Graham really think most Mexicans have the financial wherewithal to come here eight or nine months pregnant and have a child and then return south of the border?  A few do but they are actually quite unusual.  Most of these babies are born alla cross America to the people already here working illegally.  Since most of them are in their child bearing years, yes, they do have families.  Creating mass hysteria to undermine or repeal the 14th Amendment is a smoke screen for their real agenda:  getting rid of that pesky clause which guarantees every American equal justice under law.  Open discrimination then can become the law of the land for all these Southern bigots.

The terror baby myth really came out of left field.  Rep. Gohmert took to the House floor to warn us that terrorists are using the right to citizenship by coming here to have babies that can return as citizens to create terror attacks.  The problem:  no one has any shred of evidence to support such ridiculous claims.

You are more likely to die from your pet dog than from a terrorist.  Twenty-five Americans died in terror attacks last year.  Compare that with the number killed by guns, drunk driving, domestic abuse, smoking and other preventable causes and one must wonder why all the hysteria is created about terrorism?  Because the GOP can’t run on its failed ideology so it uses fear mongering for votes.  It always has.  Whether race based, warnings about Communists, gays or, now terrorists, they create these mythical monsters and the gullible American people allow themselves to be brainwashed with fear.  It works every time which urges the question:  how foolish are Americans?  After all, fool me once its your fault, twice its mine.  Republican voters keep falling for this gambit year after year.