If Only In America!

By now everybody with a half brain knows that our Congress is about as worthless as tits on a boar.  Their approval rating is damn near zero and in some circles it is zero……and with that bad news for them….they change nothing….they keep playing the same game they have been playing for over 5 years….my opinion and yours means NOTHING to them.

The only way we can change this is by voting them out of office and guess what….we are not capable of doing that!  We have had numerous elections for the voter to change things and we just cannot bring ourselves to do that one simple task….replace the spineless Congress and try to start over…..it is beyond SAD!

The news of the day is that France president Hollande has basically thrown the present government out of office……..ahhhhh now there is a choice we could use….

France’s Prime Minister Manuel Valls presented the resignation of his government to the president on Monday, Francois Hollande’s office said in a statement.

The statement said a new government would be formed on Tuesday in line with the “direction he (the president) has defined for our country.”

Valls’ resignation gives him Hollande,  the power to set up a new cabinet.

Now there is an idea whose time has come in America.  There is something to be said for the parliamentary style of governance.

Since the voter cannot work up enough courage to do the right thing….then take it out of their hands….dissolve Congress and tell the voter to try again……I know it sounds a bit harsh but something has got to give for this country to move forward….if not we will be stuck in this cycle of stupid.

America can NO longer wait for the perfect statesman….we need action and we need it NOW!

Peace Has Come Today?

The big news on the wires is that there is a long-term ceasefire agreement between Hamas, Islamic Jihad and Israel……so has peace finally come to Gaza?

(Newser) – Officials from Hamas and Islamic Jihad, the main groups fighting in Gaza, said today they have reached a deal with Israel to end a seven-week war that has killed more than 2,000 Palestinians. There was no immediate Israeli comment. Ziad Nakhala, a senior official in Islamic Jihad, said the deal calls for an “open-ended” ceasefire and an Israeli agreement to ease its blockade of Gaza to allow relief supplies and construction materials into the war-battered territory. Talks on more complex issues, such as Hamas’ demand to build an airport and a seaport for Gaza, would begin in a month, he said.

Egypt planned an announcement later today. If the terms of the ceasefire are confirmed, it would effectively mean Hamas in the end settled for terms that are similar to those that ended more than a week of fighting with Israel in 2012. Under those terms, Israel promised to ease restrictions gradually, while Hamas promised to halt rocket fire from Gaza at Israel. The truce held, but Gaza’s border blockade remained largely intact.

This is good news for the people of Gaza……..but I warn the people to be vigilant…Israel will find a way to continue their path of death and destruction…..

Like I said good news for the suffering civilians of Gaza…….but I would not hold my breath that Israel will keep its word……they have destroyed all the infrastructure of a possible free and independent Palestine….they will do what they can to make sure that the two state solution is dead and buried…….and sadly the rest of the world will let it do what it will do to keep the Palestinians down and out…..

Palestinians rescue settlers after West Bank attack – Israel News, Ynetnews

The media after years of trying have successfully made the world think of terrorists when they hear the word Palestinian….that alone is pathetic…..but what is more pathetic and yes even disgusting is that the MSM seldom reports on incidents like this one…..it does not fit the narrative that they have set up about Palestinians.

This is the type of stories that need to be widely reported….I try but it is lonely out there trying to put a human face on the word Palestinian……help if you can.

 

Palestinians rescue settlers after West Bank attack – Israel News, Ynetnews.

Is ISIS Unbeatable?

Inkwell Institute

Middle East Desk

 

That one question is on many people’s tongues.  Since their whirlwind movement took vast swathes of Syria and Iraq….they are looking unbeatable.  But are they?

I will give my readers my take on the situation and try to answer the nagging question of the month.

 

 

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One point I would like to make is that the “grunts”, that is the average member of ISIS are not necessarily hard core combatants but rather thrill seekers and the disenfranchised……….

(Newser) – Before two young men left Britain last year to wage jihad in Syria, they bought two books that speak volumes about the modern jihadist movement, writes Mehdi Hasan at the New Statesman. Yusuf Sarwar and Mohammed Ahmed, who recently pleaded guilty to terror charges, ordered Islam for Dummies and Koran for Dummies from Amazon. No joke. It is yet more proof that Islam isn’t to blame for what’s happening in Syria, Iraq, and elsewhere. These men claim to be defending their faith, but “religious fervor isn’t what motivates most of them,” writes Hasan.

Instead, they’re “berks”—think pathetic, bored, unemployed young men looking for thrills and glory, and jihad fills the void. Martyrs they are not. In fact, Britain’s spy service found a few years back that many involved in terrorism aren’t religious in the least, their sloganeering to the contrary. “If we want to tackle jihadism, we need to stop exaggerating the threat these young men pose and giving them the oxygen of publicity they crave, and start highlighting how so many of them lead decidedly un-Islamic lives,” writes Hasan. Click for his full column.

The next that will be asked is….if they are not all that knowledgeable how did they make such fantastic progress?  And there is a two part answer to that question.

First, IS is a loose band of thugs.  But they do have some expert leadership.  I am not talking about their new Caliph…..I am speaking of their officers.  When the US invaded then occupied Iraq it decided to de-Baathify the army….that is to get rid of the officers that had served Saddam so well…..these were officers that had become battle hardened in the war with Iran and now they were cut loose and where would one think they would end up?   In the service of those fighting the occupation and in the end hooking up with ISIS.  These guys have the tactics down pat and now have a wealth of fodder in which to inflict damage on the present Iraqi government.

Second…..take a look at the map.  (Pause here for reflection)……the territory that IS controls are along existing roadways….that makes them vulnerable……how?  Their resupply routes and rearming routes are easily exposed and attacked…….. and eventually demoralization will set in…..

So to answer the question….NO they are NOT unbeatable!  A plan is needed that zeroes in on the ultimate defeat of IS…..any pussy footing around will doom the final deed necessary for a final victory over IS.  Command and control must be eliminated for them to be defeated.

IS can be beat but not by the US alone……we will need all the Arab states to combine and get along long enough to end the horror that is the Islamic State, after all they are more threatened than the US at this time.

I will be watching the scenario play out and it should be obvious if the final defeat of IS is truly the desired outcome of the US return to Iraq.  I want to see just who has the nuts to do what is necessary to defeat ISIS…….