This will be the last post on Benghazi…..I have a feeling that the luster is gone off this lily….
All the slow witted Righties are still on the Benghazi kick, granted it is not as important now as it once was…..you see they now have new more current talking points to latch onto….those would be the IRS attacks on Tea Party non profits and their newest scandal to bite into…the AP having their phones checked by the FBI…..
Most Righties remind me of a lecture I gave on Afghanistan and everyone had an opinion on how to win the conflict……so as an experiment I handed out a blank world map and ask them to locate Iran, Afghanistan, Iraq and Israel……..just I had thought they could not find most of the countries on a map……one person out of 22 got them all……and 13 of 22 got them all wrong……why would I bring this up?
Newser) – Republicans remain pretty stinkin’ mad over Benghazi, with 41% of GOP voters telling Public Policy Polling that they think it is the biggest political scandal in our country’s history. Just 10% of Democrats feel similarly. But here’s the most interesting nugget: Among those voters who ranked it as the worst scandal ever, 39% don’t know where Benghazi is: Some 10% picked Egypt, while 6% thought Cuba, for instance. Our geography skills aren’t that great overall: Only 58% of all voters polled knew that it’s in Libya.
The point is that the Righties are so angry about the situation that occurred in Benghazi…but few know where it is……in other words they are angry because they are told that they should be angry….not from any knowledge of any type.
We can thank a dynamite educational system for this lack of knowledge….I do not mind if someone has a rabid opinion but I do detest people that have NO idea what they are talking about and depend on daily talking points to form their opinions…..show a serious lack of intelligence.
Addendum: We have heard all the talking points about the emails during and after the attack in Benghazi…..here is a novel concept….the emails have been released so go to link and read them for yourself…….
View the full set of emails:
All the warhawks have been screaming for the US to get more involved in Syria….they want us to become the mentor of the Syrian opposition………McCain especially has wanted us to dive into the fray and support the Assad opposition….this in my opinion is total BS! Why? Just check out this piece and it should answer any questions as to why we have not jumped in with both feet…..
I realize that we have not heard much in a week or so about Syria……all eyes are on Benghazi hearings or the IRS or the AP story…..but while the masses are amused by the shiny bits fed to them by the media there were things happening in Syria….yes that Syria…the one the McCain was blowing the blues about just a month ago….but right now all is quiet on the Syrian front….well at least the front that originates with the war hawks in Congress.
I know I post a lot about Syria in recent months but again I worked in the country years ago, Aleppo to be exact and still have friends there….well to be honest I have lost contact with them in the last year or so and unfortunately I fear the worse for them and their families….after college I went to work for a Spanish newspaper as researcher and that gave me a chance to work and live in many countries in the Middle East…..I gues we could say that I have a vested interests in the happenings…….so like it or not……I will be posting on the area as much as I can especially when there are stories that do not make it into the media for whatever lame reason…..
For over a year so on the Right have been pushing for the US to get more involved with the opposition in Syria……the problem is which opposition group? A tough question because there are many groups in opposition to Assad……
I have cautioned my readers about the haste to help could do more damage than good…..and stories like the one below is why. If the administration had caved to the calls by idiots for the US to get more involved we might have been in support of the group mentioned.
A Syrian rebel has been caught on video apparently cutting a dead soldier’s heart from his body then taking a bite from it. “I swear to God we will eat your hearts and your livers, you soldiers of Bashar the dog,” says the rebel, identified by Human Rights Watch as noted rebel figure Abu Sakkar of Homs. HRW calls the act a war crime, and Syria’s leading opposition coalition has promised a trial, the BBC reports. “The mutilation of the bodies of enemies is a war crime. But the even more serious issue is the very rapid descent into sectarian rhetoric and violence,” an HRW rep tells Reuters. Sakkar is seen telling his followers to “slaughter the Alawites”—Assad’s sect—”and take their hearts out to eat them” in an unedited clip, the HRW spokesman says. The video hasn’t been independently authenticated, reports note. Sakkar has appeared in other videos from the Syrian crisis, including one in which he poses with the corpse of a fighter with Hezbollah, which is supporting Syria’s government, HRW notes. RT News has blurry, though graphic, images from the video.
This is just one of many stories coming out of the region….and the US is wise to mark time until a more definitive opposition can be formed…….human rights should not be abandoned in the desire to oust a leader that we basically created.
McCain and his bunch are nothing but cheerleaders for war and the military-industrial complex…..and we know they almost always get there way….WMDs…..Iraq……any of those ring a bell?
P.S. Check out the links to other stories in days batch of posts…they will help my reader understand better. Check them out if you want to be better informed or ignore them so you can bitch about them latter….your choice!
An interesting opinion piece on Syria…..
Are you weary if the news coming out of Syria? You might want to pay attention because if people ( I use the term loosely) like McCain has his way we will be in a shooting war that American soldiers will pay the price of his hubris……..and all this concern for the Syrian people is nothing…it is as disingenuous as they were with Iraq.
The news is not good. We have info that someone somewhere used chemical weapons (WMDs) in Syria…..of course the neocons are taking every opportunity to push for some sort of American intervention…….especially McCain, the one person that knows first hand what war can do to an individual…..but he and his wing man Graham just keep scratching at the scab……and now the neocon talking heads are making the rounds on the news talk shows spouting the pro-invention BS………and the MSM is abetting the neocons in their push for action by continuing to use the alleged use of chemical weapons in any report they do on Syria……..
Even the president in a recent speech admits that it is not common knowledge that these weapons were used…….his words were do not who, where or how these weapons were used only that there is evidence of varying degrees of confidence……so but to me that is Washington speak for…..we have no idea.
NO one has any idea if these weapons were actually used……regardless that there is no concrete evidence that it was the Assad regime…..The UN is NOT echoing the neocons accusations…….
(Newser) – Another game-changer? One of the United Nations’ chief investigators says evidence is building that sarin gas was used in the Syrian conflict—but by rebels, not Bashar al-Assad’s regime. “Our investigators have been in neighboring countries interviewing victims, doctors, and field hospitals” and “there are strong, concrete suspicions but not yet incontrovertible proof of the use of sarin gas,” said Carla Del Ponte, a member of a panel probing alleged Syrian war crimes, Reuters reports. “This was use on the part of the opposition, the rebels, not by the government authorities,” she adds.
The war crimes inquiry commission Del Ponte is involved with is separate from the main UN probe into chemical weapons use in Syria. Each side accused the other of using chemical weapons during fighting in Aleppo in March, while Britain and France say they have evidence that regime forces used nerve agents in attacks on rebels. In other developments:
- Israeli airstrikes on targets inside Syria in recent days have killed at least 42 government soldiers, the Syrian Observatory for Human Rights tells the AP. Israel today emphasized that the strikes were not meant to aid rebels, Reuters adds, but rather to block weapons from Hezbollah.
- The Israeli move renewed debate on whether the US should use airstrikes against the Assad regime, the New York Times reports. John McCain, who yesterday blasted President Obama’s “red line” as being “written in disappearing ink,” said the strikes show that Syria’s air defense system may not be much of an obstacle.
- Opposition activists say rebel forces shot down a military helicopter last night, killing eight government troops, the AP reports. The regime’s air power has long been a chief target of rebels and activists say rebels also attacked and occupied parts of an air base in the north of the country yesterday, killing the base’s commander and capturing a tank unit.
Israel is doing its part to draw the US into this conflict…….but beyond that….if you have been in the ME you would notice that everyone uses a cel phone and to think the chem weapons were used and no one put photos of the web is plain stupid……if the weapons had been used there would be evidence by now…….will this shut up people like McCain? Doubtful! He is Hell bent on involving the US in another war it cannot win.
To me this is just a PR job to get the American people to be on board with military intervention in Syria……it has been used successfully in the past and there is no indication that they will not use it in the future or even today.
In case by some miracle the Syrian conflict is settled….there is NO reason to be optimistic about the chance of a calmer Middle East….
We have all witnessed what has happened in Syria over the last year or so………and soon the Allies will start removing their troops from Afghanistan and as so many have reported…..they are not capable of protecting the fragile democracy that we have created for them…….and it has been hinted that after the withdrawal will coming a return of a Taleban led government……but how accurate is that prediction?
(Newser) – Afghanistan is in danger of descending into civil war after coalition forces end their frontline role next year, and the UK government’s strategy appears to be simply to withdraw and hope for the best, a group of British lawmakers warns. A report from a cross-party defense committee warns that coalition forces’ failure to reduce violence does not bode well for Afghanistan’s future, and the government has done little to counter the perception that the pullout is basically “withdrawal through fatigue,” the Guardian reports.
The committee said an Afghan-led peace deal with the Taliban is key to securing the country’s future, as are free elections and efforts to combat corruption and the drug trade, the BBC reports. The lawmakers expressed concern that not enough was being done to train and equip Afghan forces before the pullout. “We hope that Afghanistan can become a secure, prosperous, and flourishing country but we are concerned that Afghanistan could descend into civil war within a few years,” the report concludes.
A civil war…..much like what is happening in Syria and yet another breeding ground for AQ and its ilk…….there will be enough weapons lying around to fuel such a war……and there are enough corrupt government officials around to make the case for a regime change……….and then there will be the lack of America ‘enforcers’ on the ground….to me it sounds like a breeding ground….as always I ask my readers……what are your thoughts?