Wednesday, June 25, 2014

Cartoon: Unending Cycle Sending Arms To The Middle East

Ann Telnaes/The Washington Post

Alan: Give cartoon a moment to load.


"To The Spoils Belongs The Victor"
Marshall McLuhan


Alan: If George Bush and Dick Cheney had not waged their Whimsy War on Iraq, thus undermining a stable country that was a staunch ally of Ronald Reagan -- a country with no WMD and no involvement in 9/11 -- the current ISIS crisis would not exist. 

ISIS' seizure of Mosul and Tikrit (Saddam Hussein's hometown) would have been inconceivable --- like The Tea Party winning the Oval Office, both houses of Congress and packing the Supreme Court with nine judges all named Antonin Scalia.  
The prospect of a 9/11-type terror strike launched on the United States from Iraq or Syrian soil would have been unthinkable except in the delusional minds of paranoid xenophobes whose constituency (spearheaded by Wolfowitz, Cheney, Rumsfeld and Bolton) was solely responsible for kicking every hornet's nest in the Islamic world, then wondering why blowback was biting them in the ass.
If tables were turned, Americans would have already launched terror attacks across the Middle East. For that matter, the entire Iraq War -- from inception onward -- has been an unrelenting exercise in state-sponsored terrorism perpetrated by Uncle Sam.
During the run-up to The Iraq War, everyone with an internet connection and a folded cortex was aware that the invasion was monstrously stupid -- and grotesquely unjust.  (Pope Benedict XVI declared the war unjust.
Remember "Shock and Awe?" Remember "The Power of Pride?" 
Who's shocked now? 
And what about the pride - which, predictably, came before the fall - and wasted all those lives? 
The dead, the maimed.
The Americans, the Iraqis?
 Since the Vietnam War, two lessons scream at us. 
"You don't get involved in somebody else's Civil War." 
"And you don't start them." 
When we forget either lesson, American soldiers come home in caskets having accomplished nothing. 
We owe our troops trustworthy guidance, not swashbuckle, bluster and simian chest-thumping.

Fear-driven Christians,  cheerleading the Apocaplypse,  are the most reprehensible actors in this whole sordid scenario.

"Pope Benedict Questions Whether War Will Ever Again Be Just"

Alan: Three star Air Force general friend, AWC, age 95, recently confided: "It seems we haven't fought a "good war" since World War II."

"Terrorism And The Other Religions"


An armed man waves his rifle as buildings and cars are engulfed in flames after being set on fire inside the US consulate compound in Benghazi late on Sept. 11, 2012. The alleged ringleader in the attack has been captured by involving Special Operations forces. (AFP/Getty Images)
 Whichever "pistol" this young buck is shooting, it's all about: "Bang!" There is no better categorization of the hormonally-driven, cultural illiterates who fight wars than "young, dumb fucks." I know. I was a young, dumb fuck. (And smarter than most...)
American conservatives 
- particularly Christian conservatives - 
are determined to stay stupid.

Jindal video: 


Until his death in 1940, Major General, Commandant Smedley Butler, 
was the most highly decorated Marine in history.


"War Is A Racket," By Self-Professed "Gangster For Capitalism," Maj. Gen Smedley Butler

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