Last night on Real Time, Bill Maher again cleared away much of the obfuscation and bluster, and hit on the realities of today, in the USA. He told the world, at least that portion of it that listens to the voices of the progressive left, that all this crap about ISIS or ISIL or Daʿesh or whatever it’s called this week, is just that, crap, that neither endangers us nor requires actions on our part.
Contrary to the rhetoric of right wing ideologues and blue-dog Democrats catering to the lowest common denominator for votes, middle east militants are not gathering at the US-Mexico border, about to invade us in order to commit vicious, inhumane atrocities on every US citizen in their path. Neither does this country have a God given duty to protect the Syrian regime of Bashar al-Assad, who a few short weeks ago had himself been the focus of our anger and impending military might, nor to further risk American lives to defend the indefensible puppets masquerading as a government in what is left of Iraq.
|There were for months calls for US forces to attack Assad and to protect the Syrian rebels, who are now the backbone of Da'esh. Changing sides in the middle of an actual battle would have been even more embarrassing as changing sides has now been. Were "we" right then, or are "we" right now? This question, painfully, takes us back to the Lying, Cheating, Stealing dick cheney. The architect of||
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Silly me, at one time I thought we had actually learned a lesson from Vietnam, another war that was advertised as good against evil, keeping the democratic world safe from the dominoes of creeping communism, while it was actually driven by the far more powerful forces of greed and corruption by business and corporate interests seeking only riches. But, then there was Iraq, and surely we learned a lesson this time, didn’t we? Apparently not.
|If the middle east was sand on top of sand instead of sand on top of oil, dick cheney, Lindsay Graham, Gen. Jack Keane, and the rest would not give a rats ass about us beginning a new war there (Of course, John McSenie wants any war, any time, any where, so the oil doesn't matter so much to him). But the oil is there, and the stability of various governments is potentially at stake, not the least of which is that of Saudi Arabia, home to the co-owner of Fox, Rupert Murdoch's mostly silent partner in crime, Prince Alwaleed bin Talal. Ever wonder why fox fixed news noise keeps broadcasting|
The President has said no US ground troops, but what does that mean? One guess, Blackwater fans. As Eli Lake wrote for the dailybeast.com earlier this week, government contractors are foaming at the mouth, just waiting for their next opportunity to get out there are start killing for profit:
“At the height of the Iraq war, these firms hired hundreds of thousands of people: guns-for-hire, IT geeks, logistics specialists, interrogators, and short order cooks to ladle out the slop at the military cafeteria. Over time, some of those contractors became the symbol for everything that was wrong with the Iraq war: hugely expensive, ineffective, and indifferent to Iraqi life. Contractors were at the middle of the war’s biggest scandals, from Abu Ghraib to Nissour Square. And it was the abductions and murder of Blackwater contractors that sparked one of Iraq’s biggest battles.
“None of the five current and former contractors who spoke with The Daily Beast expected a replay of last decade’s Iraq war. But they all said a major opportunity was coming—both for them, and for Obama, who could use the private armies as a way to conceal just how many people will be fighting in this new conflict.”
Now, back to the real theme of this article: Where does the threat of Daʿesh really stack up in importance to the country? It DOESN’T! It does not make the list of important issues this county is facing, a list the is for all intents and purposes, BEING IGNORED. What dangers do we face, what are the REAL threats to our way of life, that can and will cause pain, destruction, and death in the USA? At the real top of the list, they include Climate Change, Fracking, 1,000 mile pipelines carrying bituminous tar sands, and nuclear reactors, among a few more.
The greatest crisis facing the world is climate change, but, hey, that’s based on something called “Science” so to the political right, it doesn’t exist. Fracking is poisoning our water and poisoning our air, and causing a thousand-fold increase in earthquakes, but it’s getting us more oil and more natural gas! The environmental damage that will result from further construction of pipelines carrying tar sands bitumen across our lands, and over our aquifers, cannot be estimated, but will be monumental. Have we leaned any lessons from the Fukushima Daiichi nuclear disaster? No. Period. In Japan, they are about to approve construction of new reactors not too far from the site of the Fukushima reactors, as radioactive waste continues to wash up on North American shores and as more and more effects of the last disaster on sea life continue to be found. And, then there is our decaying infrastructure, roads and bridges rotting out from underneath our motor vehicles speeding along at 80 mph, oblivious to the coming day when they collapse beneath our wheels.
Learning lessons and arranging priorities, shouldn’t this be instinctive for politicians charged with protecting the people they are elected to represent? What ever happened to that “More Perfect Union?”