We’re Screwed: Colin Powell’s Chief Of Staff On The Failings Of US Foreign Policy

I have been bitching about the state of our foreign policy for years……it seems that we4 are stuck in Cold War mindset…….trying to apply 20th century thinking to 21st century problems is getting us nowhere.

This is an article that I have saved to use in some of my research…..it was written back in March of this year.

An excellent summation of the state of our foreign policy……read this and it will help explain why we are not doing so well across the planet……

 

We’re Screwed: Colin Powell’s Chief Of Staff On The Failings Of US Foreign Policy.

Iran Hawks and the Nuclear Deal | The American Conservative

24 hours since the beginning of Operation Jade Helm began……..and I have yet to hear of any moves by the military to take over any cities…..it has been pretty quiet…….nothing to see here…..move on………

From the moment the Iranian deal was announced the Right hs been doing everything they can to crap on……..late into the first day of the announcement there are some saying that they have not reviewed the document so they will hold their condemnation until they have……it is 159 pages and NO one had the time to read it?  I realize that most of them have the reading skills of a 9 year old…..but surely they have someone on staff that has an IQ above their shoe size………

Their condemnation is nothing short of pathetic…..lots of misinformation (read as LIES)………this is why we have a terrible foreign policy…….mouths fly open before the situation is known……..

This is a pretty good piece in the American Conservative……check it out……then please let me know your thoughts……

 

Iran Hawks and the Nuclear Deal | The American Conservative.

Here’s the full text of the Iran nuclear deal – Vox

The full court press is so……..the war hawks will be dealing out all sorts of lies and misinformation about the deal signed between Iran and the P5+1…

You may listen to the naysayers or take a lying lump of crap like Netanyahu’s word for what is in the deal…..but do something most pundits that are crapping on the deal have not done…..READ THE AGREEMENT!

Hopefully my readers will want to know the whole story before they make up their minds………so if they do then let this press lead you through the maze of the agreement…..once you have a handle on the deal then please voice your opinion…….

 

Here’s the full text of the Iran nuclear deal – Vox.

Middle East: The Road Home

There has been a war raging for years in the Middle East……..the last 2 have been disastrous…….conflict raging in Iraq, Syria with spill over waiting to go into Libya, Jordan, Lebanon and possibly Turkey…..with all this violence can the Middle East ever return to its former self?

And that my friends is the real $64,000 question.

I have been saying and writing that the US needs a new approach to foreign policy……the playbook it is working from today is just not producing any wins………for one, the US needs to come to grips with the fact that the Middle East of 20 years ago is gone forever and will never come back.  Once that realize that simple fact then the foreign policy can move forward into the 21st century.

Sadly, the US will continue down its failed path and because NO one in Washington wants to buck the lobbyists for the Military-Industrial Complex we are looking at decades of problems that we must confront…..because an used weapon is a useless weapon!

This road that the Western world is traveling will bring about a few things for certain….Iraq as a nation is gone……Syria as a nation is gone…….the problems will move head long into Lebanon, which already has it warring factions and then there is the desert of North Africa called Libya…….This country is quickly becoming another Iraq/Syria…….and then neighboring countries will have to deal with the rise, more so than now, of the extremists and their tactics.

As events are playing out in the Islamic world…….there is NO road home!  The region created by the insensitivity of the Britain and France in 1919 with the land grab of the Arab lands liberated from the Ottoman Empire is GONE………and soon forgotten.

The Salafists are re-drawing the region’s map and the rest of the world will have to decide what is best for all parties…….but because of self-interests this will be a generational problem…….if not longer.

Waging Peace By Talking to ISIS « Antiwar.com Blog

This article ought to get the macho “John Wayne” types into a stroke……I mean the US had rather kill our enemies into submission than to waste time talking with them…….

I cannot wait for the mental midgets on the Right to see this…..though I am sure that there are those of the Left that are chest thumpers also…..and they should get their panties in a wad also……

If there is a way to end this thing without the loss of more lives then why not try it…..I mean we can go back to killing if it does not work out……..

Is the blood lust so deep that nothing will suffice short of death?  If so, then I seem to recall a time in the 1930’s that this was tried and failed…….

Just a thought.

 

Waging Peace By Talking to ISIS « Antiwar.com Blog.

Why Hate The United Nations (UN)?

Since I can remember conservs have hated the United Nations…….and they will go on and on about this failure or that……got me to thinking why do so many absolutely hate the UN?

I guess most of it is a monetary thing…….Best Answer:  Most Americans hate it, because we pay the majority of its bills, provide the bulk of its military power and yet are almost universally hated by the very people we try to help…….

That is a typical conserv response…….then there is another view………It’s because the UN is considered to be the epitome of idealistic ideology in that it wishes to create a world order by which nation states must be governed. Of course, since we live in a realistic or real politik world in which nations always strife to be stronger an more powerful than their neighbors, this is not possible.


In the current political order, there is no higher authority than the nation-state, making the UN obsolete.  The UN cannot impose its beliefs or statutes on its members – it can only put a certain degree of pressure on those countries it believes are in the wrong and even then those countries have the option of leaving the UN.  As long as the nation-state survives in its current form (and there is no reason which indicates it will be any different in the foreseeable future) the UN will always be met with a degree of disdain.
You should check up on political theories involving Nationalism, Realism, Mercantalism, Idealism and the Treaty of Westphalia if you want to get the big picture.

There are many opinions on the hate……..but the one that I like is those that say the the organization gets very little of consequence is accomplished………….and there is a good reason for that……the Security Council.

Most countries joined the UN for the same reason……..the hope that their region will somehow be a safe and secure place.  That has not worked out the way that most envisioned in the early days.  And with good reason.

The UN’s role in international collective security is defined by the UN Charter, which authorizes the Security Council to investigate any situation threatening international peace; recommend procedures for peaceful resolution of a dispute; call upon other member nations to completely or partially interrupt economic relations as well as sea, air, postal, and radio communications, or to sever diplomatic relations; and enforce its decisions militarily, or by any means necessary.

A great sounding role, right?  The problem is that the Security Council has 15 members……5 permanent and 10 non-permanent members…..the permanent members are US, Russia, China, UK and France, the world powers, if you will………and any action that the UN wants to do must go through the Security Council and if any ONE permanent member votes NO then the resolution is DEAD.  And there is your problem!

One nation can crap all over a worthwhile attempt to make the world a better place.  If you must hate the UN then hate the five nations that can with a single vote cause a world of problems for the planet.

All that could change and change for the better…….eliminate the power of a single nation on the Security Council.  It is that simple!

The New Containment: Undermining Democracy | World Affairs Journal

From the days of the Cold War…..Containment…..a program to try and stop the advancement of communism across the world…..all my old fart readers will know what I am talking about……

This is an interesting article about the tactic of containment……does it play in today’s world?  Can we contain the spread of radical Islam?

The halting of Communism was the battle against an ideology…….ISIS and others is not an ideology….it is a tactic for domination…..so I ask again…….can we use containment as we did 50 years ago?

 

The New Containment: Undermining Democracy | World Affairs Journal.