Posts Tagged ‘Syria’

The Stupid Will Continue

Wednesday, September 11th, 2013

In Syria, where we’ll be waiting a little longer for Vlad and his guy to throw themselves out of power, and our President continues his march down the Exceptional Bullshit Trail.

But especially in Euroland, where a teensy bit of growth is translated into Bruxellese: “The beatings will continue!”

Gorilla says: “And the rich have got more of our national income than they’ve had since the 1920s, plus ca change…”


Yet Another Pointless War

Wednesday, September 4th, 2013

We can’t find any money to help the millions of Americans who are unemployed, but we sure as hell can when it comes to launching yet another stupid, pointless war!

There is no US national security interest at stake in Syria. There is no willingness to commit to overthrowing the regime. There is clearly no intelligence as to where Assad is or who exactly makes up the “opposition”.

So, we get Lebanon writ large, where we will again kill civilians in order to…???

Oh, and Secretary of State Kerry: you’ve just forfeited a lifetime’s worth of credibility in order to show just how worthless and amoral a human being you actually are!

Gorilla says: “Farewell, Barack, we hardly knew ye!”


The Get Out Of Jail Free Card

Saturday, August 31st, 2013

Our President, having backed himself into a corner with his ridiculous Syria policy, now gets a reprieve: this Congress won’t vote for it, so, reluctantly, he’ll decide to do nothing…

And this was the correct decision in the first place, but nobody will remember that!

And this Presidency, except for the Executive Branch regs, and assuming the Dems don’t get the House back next year, has been over for at least 6 months, and nobody will remember that!

Gorilla says: “Not forgetting bank error in your favor, which is back again, aka learning nothing from the past!”


A Moral Obscenity With No National Interest At Stake

Monday, August 26th, 2013

Remind you of anything other than Another Round Of Empty Posturing?

Of course the Syrian government is using chemical weapons on their own people.

Why this is morally more obscene than say using saturation bombing and mortar shells on your own people is a great mystery, or hacking to death a few million of your fellow citizens with machetes, or tossing aside an elected government in favor of a military dictatorship with full American support!

Of course we have zero national interest at stake in Syria.

Unless we know precisely where Assad is (nope, the intelligence community has no idea, clearly), then there’s no point in bombing Syria and killing yet more Syrians.

Syria is Lebanon on a larger scale, or it’s Yugoslavia, a land with plenty of bad guys and no peaceful resolution without a massive international force staying for decades.

Oh, and the Russians won’t ever agree to that, so all of the Administration’s outrage is at best pointless and at worst deeply cynical.

Gorilla says: “Oh well, empty posturing remains far better than yet another pointless war!”


Ten Issues Nobody Really Cares About

Wednesday, August 21st, 2013

1) Torture: Manning gets 35 years for leaking documents, while torture continues in Guantanamo and around the world.

2) Syria: Chemical weapons or not, nobody’s going to war for Syria.

3) Egypt: a failed state and a successful military dictatorship.

4) Middle East peace: a sham and a fraud, as it’s been most of the last 65 years.

5) The deficit and/or the debt: Both are falling, while those who claim to be worried are only worried about their taxes being raised.

6) Gun Control: puhleeze…

7) Immigration Reform: has never been a realistic possibility in this Congress.

8) Afghanistan and Pakistan: two failed states in a race to the Islamist bottom.

9) North Korea: Maybe the Chinese are slightly worried about massive refugee flows when the regime implodes, but otherwise there’s nothing there.

10) The “rebranding” of the Know Nothing Party: see Middle East peace.

Gorilla says: “All of these things distract us from the economy, which no one in DC cares about!”


No, We’re Not Going To War For Syria

Tuesday, July 23rd, 2013

Even the top idiot at the Pentagon recognizes that it’s just not on!

We have no clue about the Syrian opposition, no clue about taking out Assad, and absolutely no vital interests at stake.

So, let’s for once listen to the generals, who’ve been fighting pointless wars since 2001, and stop genuflecting before John McCain’s worthless asshole.

Gorilla says: “A mess is a mess, and we can’t clean this one up!”


Pointless Is As Pointless Doesn’t

Wednesday, June 19th, 2013

In Afghanistan, President Karzai isn’t happy about the US-Taliban talks announced in Qatar yesterday.

What he wants is a renunciation of violence, a recognition of the Afghan constitution, and direct talks with the Taliban.

What he doesn’t seem to understand is that without the US, his government and mostly likely he himself won’t last 6 months once US forces have departed.

Our President seems to be playing this one about right. We should have departed Afghanistan a decade ago. What we’ve created there is a corrupt government that is unable to control much of the country.

So we’re doing the best we can to get out. We’d like a peaceful solution, but there’s not a lot we can do to make that happen.

The same principle applies to Syria.

We’d rather not see a bloodbath, but we have no great national security interests there and there is not much we can do to change the situation on the ground.

Arming the rebels is not a solution, since the rebels are not a unified force and the Russians, knowing they’ll be the biggest loser is Assad goes, don’t want to play ball.

What this demonstrates is there are limits to American power.

Spending 10 times more than anybody else on the military has not bought us anything of lasting value in the past 25 years.

It’s time to recognize we can’t do it all by ourselves and we need to fix our own broken society as soon as possible.

Gorilla says: “Let’s put people back to work to build something more useful than endless, pointless wars!!!”


A Rough Week For Democracy And Failed States

Monday, June 17th, 2013

In the US, where our government has been spying on us for a decade and nobody in power wants to hear, much less do anything about it…

In Turkey, where a phony democracy now plans to use the army, which actually still runs the country, on its own people…

In Iran, a non-democracy where for the umpteenth time in the last 35 years, a moderate has been chosen to keep people in line…

In Syria, a dictatorship that received a strong endorsement from KGBeast Vlad, apparently because Assad slaughters his people more humanely…

In Burma, an emerging non-democracy where people are killed because of their religious beliefs…

In the Congo, a cesspool of misery for 50 years, where people are killed by the millions and no American or European leaders care to intervene…

In Pakistan, where religious belief kills and enslaves women in their millions…

Gorilla says: “We could do more, or we could do less, but we need to think more about what we’re doing!”


A Larger Scale

Thursday, May 30th, 2013

Two things to keep in mind as the international community starts up yet another proxy war in the Middle East:

1) Syria is Lebanon on a larger scale.

2) Iraq is Syria on a larger scale.

At least our President has learned from the failures that were Iraq and Afghanistan.

He’s pursuing absolutely the right policy in Syria, which is to try diplomacy, particularly with the Russians, who are making the conflict much worse by propping up a failing dictatorship; they know they’ll be the big loser is Assad falls.

We have zero national security interests in Syria other than to keep the Israelis out of the way and minimize the possibility of a regional war.

Gorilla says: “Doing nothing very much is often better than pretending to care!”


Shorter David Cameron On Syria

Friday, April 26th, 2013

“When I’m not destroying my own country with stupid, pointless austerity, I should carefully weigh the evidence about launching yet another stupid, pointless war in Syria. Or not, tally ho!”