mr. boots on the ground

Mostly the Middle East

Today’s commentary will focus heavily on the middle east, with a brief detours in other hot spots.

Iraq:

There’s been a massacre in northern Iraq. Which Mr. “No Boots on the Ground” will do nothing about. There are people predicting the country will split, so we’ll end up with Sudan and Northern Sudan. It will likely disintegrate, influenced at least in part by Obama’s indifference. Many are worrying that ISIS or ISSA or ISIL or whatever acronym the terrorist groups are using today will use Iraq as a new launching pad for terrorism. John Kerry has urged the Kurds to stop it – which, uh, if the US can’t, I’m not sure what he thinks the Kurds will do. (And why would they listen to John Kerry?) He’s also insisting any decision will not happen “in a vacuum“. Pretty sure most USA allies pulled out of Iraq already. It is an unwinnable thing, an impossible mission.

Egypt:

They’re not going to do anything to help the journalists who were imprisoned. They won’t bestir themselves on behalf of people who deserve justice? Even with a large public outcry? Not a good sign.

Malaysia:

If you live here and are Christian, you cannot say the word Allah. No, I’m not kidding. What a wonderful step forward for civil liberties. Wait, no, I meant the opposite.

Nigeria:

91 more people were kidnapped. Do I really need to give commentary on that?

Sudan:

The Christian woman who was released from prison was detained trying to leave the country. The fight ain’t over yet. Pro-tip to the dictator states out there: If the people you really detest are actively attempting to leave, perhaps you should let them. Only a suggestion, however.

Turkey:

Seems to be at least partially responsible for the ISIS mess in Iraq. I don’t know much about why they let ISIS in, but there’s going to be serious consequences.

UK:

An editor was convicted of illegal phone hacking. Do I need to explain, in tiny words, why you should not be doing this? If it were to protect the people, that would be one thing – but this was pure celeb gossip. (I will never understand the Brit’s obsession with celebs. I don’t even understand the American obsession with celebs!)

Ukraine:

There’s been a deadly attack in the Ukraine, which may put the cease fire in jeopardy. Putin: stop it. Go home.

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Middle Eastern Nonsense

I think the last bit of this, where Obama takes credit for the capture he could have avoided in the first place, is the star of the piece. If only he had known about Benghazi! (He did). If only he could have done something! (He could have). If only he could do something that would amount to more than blame shifting!

If the ISIS hasn’t thought about terrorist attacks yet, I don’t think it will take them long to think of it. While I’m sure the ISIS doesn’t need any help, I sometimes wonder about the intelligence of publishing articles like this. No need to give ideas where there aren’t any yet, eh?

P.S.: Who else thinks Obama will roll over and do nothing while Argentina ignores its debt? Hey, Mr. “Boots on the Ground”, maybe this would be the place to send the soldiers.

P. P. S.: Whoopsie. This administration does not seem to understand how the IRS should work.

Links:

http://abcnews.go.com/US/benghazi-suspect-captured-us-special-forces/story?id=24174176

http://www.cbsnews.com/news/will-isis-plan-a-911-style-terror-plot-against-the-u-s/

http://www.foxnews.com/politics/2014/06/17/argentina-president-defies-us-court-orders-on-repayment-debts/

http://www.washingtontimes.com/news/2014/jun/17/lois-lerner-irs-hard-drive-crash-sometimes-stuff-j/

A Humble Beginning

Perhaps, when this story about Hillary Clinton – a woman who is supposed to be the Democratic party’s front runner in 2016, the party that stands for women’s rights (with Bill Clinton at the helm?) – perhaps when this is a story that does not make you want to lose your lunch, you have lost perspective on politics. And life in general.

Is anyone really surprised (really) that Mr. “I Will Not Send Boots on the Ground” is now sending boots on the ground? Aren’t we supposed to be supporting a democracy in Iraq? How is it a democracy if we can’t keep our soldiers out of there?

I’ve never understood the purpose of burning the American flag as a form of protest: While there’s certainly animonisty intended in the act, it shows a fundamental misunderstanding of how the flag is supposed to be treated. If you were looking to insult us, perhaps pick a method that is not the one recommended to show honor to the flag.

Links:

http://www.thedailybeast.com/articles/2014/06/16/why-was-hillary-clinton-laughing-about-helping-suspected-child-rapist.html

http://abcnews.go.com/Politics/wireStory/us-troops-iraq-special-forces-considered-24166554

http://soccerly.com/article/soccerly/protesters-burn-flag-near-natal-stadium-site-of-ghana-vs-usa-match

http://www.wikihow.com/Dispose-of-a-Damaged-American-Flag