Truly A War Without End

All presidential candidates will have an opinion about ISIS and the war…..the problem is that there is only about 2 candidates that will be telling the truth…..all the chest thumping about defeating the extremists is just that……NOTHING but chest thumping.

If we are to continue this fight against ISIS, as most Repub candidates will espouse, then let us take a realistic look at the chances of success……..

Under the War Powers Act of 1973, a president has to obtain permission from Congress to continue any military actions longer than 30 days. The ISIS war has lasted nearly a year at this point, but there has yet to be a vote on the war in Congress.

Last week, the House rejected the Schiff Amendment, which would’ve forced a vote by March 31 of next year. Today, in a 139-288 vote, the House rejected another resolution, this time from Rep. Jim McGovern (D – MA) which, failing a vote approving the war would’ve required the Obama Administration to follow US law and end the war by the end of this year

With both rules votes failing by fairly wide margins, it seems increasingly probable that the ISIS war will never get even a token vote in the US Congress, but that the president will continue to be allowed to illegally continue it without any objections from the legislative branch.

That decision was NOT voted on for the good or the safety of the country…..it is a purely political decision…..NO one wants to explain him/her self back at home at election time…….the safety of our troops matters not…….it is all about conning the voter…..

The future of this fight, the one against ISIS, looks bleak…..because Congress is too cowardly to take a stance we are looking at more intervention and more escalation…..with little chance of success……

The top military and civilian leaders of the Pentagon, Secretary of Defense Ash Carter and Joint Chiefs of Staff chairman Gen. Martin Dempsey, are both sounding extremely pessimistic on the ISIS war today, warning in testimony to the House Armed Services Committee that the training schemes in Iraq aren’t doing particularly well.

While Carter has previously lashed the Iraqi military as incompetent for losing repeatedly to ISIS, today he revealed that another major problem is common across both Iraq and Syria, that the Pentagon’s training scheme simply isn’t finding nearly enough recruits to meet their goals.

All Americans need to prepare for the lengthy wars that the admin and the Congress has given them……..more dark days ahead…….you remember those days…..don’t you?

AND NO ONE CARES!

Institutionalization Of Conflict–Page 2

An alternate title could be…..”Time To Re-Think Dictators?”

A few years ago I wrote a piece on the conflict between the Palestinians and Israelis entitled “Institutionalization Of Conflict”……now that the battle for the hearts and minds in the Middle East by ISIS I feel I need to expand on my assumptions…….

The US has a long history of siding with dictators until it is inconvenient to do so……think Iran, Guatemala, Grenada, Panama, Iraq, Syria and others that have escaped my memory……once we turn our backs on them then the whole region comes tumbling down…..kinda like the walls of Jericho, well actually there is NO historical evidence that ever happened.  Once we withdraw our support then violence and destruction is the rewards for our inaction…….civilians always pay the price for our geopolitical maneuvering….

Our constant interventions have cost the country dearly……and that interventionism has cost the people of the countries we deal with even more in deaths and destruction.

Our ‘war’ on dictators has accomplished little over the years…..Saddam was our friend, Mubarak was our friend and threw them under the bus at the first signs of conflict……then there is Qaddafi never was a friend but at the first signs of conflict the CIA trots out their agent in Gen. Haftar to take over the control of rebel factions in the early days of the Libyan revolt…..now there is Syria and Assad, a scenario still in motion.

My point is that the dictators that were our friends and then they weren’t……… the countries are in constant turmoil…..the loss of life and property is enormous.

Staring in 2001 with the attacks on the Twin Towers…..the US made it official….they were going to institutionalize conflict.  There is a case to be made that the attacks in Afghanistan were legit and warranted….but in 2003 the US decided that Saddam had to go and every possible angle was used to justify the invasion….chem weapons, AQM, on and on……there has never been any proof of any of the allegations to justify the attack.

Of course some could use the Cold War as the beginning of the institutionalization of conflict…..the US had proxies back in those days that would glad do the fighting for the US……those days are gone.  The Military-Industrial Complex (M-IC) had to find away to keep their fingers in foreign policy and the rise of AQ was such an opportunity.

Under the guise of democracy these influential companies made more war possible and to the point that it will be continuous.  The best problem with fighting terrorism is that the planners look to the past for answers in the future…..the same can be said about the Israel-Palestine conflict……there will never be a solution as long as the past is used as a model.  And so it is with the fight against terror.  The reason there a few good answers in this fight is that the people making the plans have NO idea what the enemy is like or capable of doing.

Back to the premise…….

The area known as The :Levant has been a hot bed of violence, rebellion and chaos for centuries…..from many peoples and various empires to the Abbasids to the Ottomans to Mandates of early 20th century to the US and its 2 invasions…….all that history that is too extensive to chronicle here ……… (suggestion…if intersected the Google machine will help)………

The point being that the only times of relative calm and quiet is when a strong man was in charge…..i e a dictator.

We have seen what happens when the US aides in the demise of a dictator in the Middle East and/or North Africa…….

As evidence that a dictatorship isn’t the worst scenario, Ken Roth cites the case of Syria, where autocracy’s ostensible calm has given way to mass slaughter. Yet Roth’s answer is for the west to get tough on Assad, perhaps with military action, which would only extend and deepen the war. I draw a different conclusion while applying the same there-are-things-worse-than-dictatorship lesson. The answer to the war in Syria is peace in Syria, a negotiated settlement under which Assad or a successor remains in power. This appears to be the approach favored by a strong majority of Syrians, who back Assad according to all available information. Data compiled last year by Western activists (and given to NATO) found that 70% of Syrians support Assad over foreign-backed rebels. That is, they’ve chosen dictatorship over war.

I’m not suggesting that dictatorships are acceptable. People need governments much better than corrupt, torturing (and great-power appeasing) autocracies. But they won’t get them through western imperialism masquerading as revolution, or through “solidarity” that comes in the form of hellfire missiles. “We” must help those under attack by the dictator, says the humanitarian hawk, but the “we” in question is the US government, and the US government — bent on division, destruction, and domination — is never the friend of democratic movements. In both Libya and Syria, we can see all too vividly what results when relatively weak uprisings get assistance from (are hijacked by) imperial forces, and, yes, it’s worse than what existed before. People living in repression need indigenous movements powerful enough both to dislodge regimes and to reject the insidious help of western countries. There are no shortcuts.  (thanx to Rogue Nation and David Mizner)……

We may not want to admit it…..because of our love for democracy and the belief it can cure all ills……but in a society that has NO experience in the functions of a democratic society a dictator may be the only thing that stands between violence and relative calm…..

The Confederacy Debate

Being a hard Leftist over the years I have had many debates with Southerners about the Civil War and its causes and results…..about 20 years ago I was arguing with a guy from Louisiana about what the war was all about……of course I brought up slavery and he brought up states rights, the traditional argument of racists, and finally he said the Civil War was an economic war….that it was all about economics nothing else…….

I had to agree with him and said it was that the South did NOT want to pay the help…….needless to say that lead to more heated debate intertwined with insults and insults…….

Now the debate is what does the “Stars and Bars” really stand for….heritage or racism…….and now that question has been answered….

 

This paragraph should leave no doubt that the Civil War was about slavery – Vox.

Millennials Chart a Different Foreign Policy Course | The Fiscal Times

I am an old fart and that makes me what the media likes to call a “Baby Boomer” born as an aftermath of WW2……..my granddaughter was born in 2002 and that makes her a “Millennial”……and she will be this country;s future and I am so glad.

The Millennials were born between the years early 1980’s and the early 2000’s…..and a recent study has shown that they are a group that could do great things…..that is as soon as we can eliminate the old farts that still think in Cold War thoughts…..

They seem to be grasping the ideals that I have preached for 50 years….well me and a wealth of others……..maybe there is some hope for this country after all……

 

Millennials Chart a Different Foreign Policy Course | The Fiscal Times.

Dear Democrats: Populism Will Not Save You. – NationalJournal.com

The media has been pushing the term “Populism” for almost a year……both the GOP and the Dems have their own brands of populism……and 2016 may be the populists movement election……or maybe not……..

I have watched the Dems go from the Clinton centric BS to one of class issues……but is it a winning strategy for 2016?

In my mind I think NOT!  Why?  When the campaigns gear up for the final push to the vote the propaganda boyz and girlz will go all out to make any topic like inequality as some sort of plot from days past….

Of course situations can change by election day and all bets will be off……but for now I do not think the Dems have a winning strategy as of yet……(Believe me I do hope I am wrong on this)…….

 

Dear Democrats: Populism Will Not Save You. – NationalJournal.com.