Russia “Created Conditions” (!?) Leading To MH-17 Tragedy

In the world of politics you often see that even when it is clear that they cannot completely burn their political opponents for an incident that they will seek to otherwise accuse them. On some level this is a human phenomena — we all seek to get to the bottom of it, and sometimes that means making a lot of sober and rational judgments and sometimes that just means pointing fingers out of frustration.

Senior intelligence officials said Tuesday Russia created the “conditions” that led to the downing  of a Malaysia Airlines passenger jet over eastern Ukraine but stopped short of directly linking Moscow to the fatal missile strike.

The officials said-that anti Ukraine government forces, which are backed by Russia, likely fired the missile that took down Flight MH-17 last Thursday, killing all 298 aboard.

However, they made no direct link to Russia.

The assessment follows a series of State Department comments and releases over the weekend that made a strong connection among the strike, Russia and the pro-Russian separatists, who are believed to have fired a SA-11 surface-to-air missile.

The officials said the plane was likely shot down by the separatists who are in eastern Ukraine, based on intercepted communications, satellite photos and social media postings, some of which have been authenticated by U.S. experts.

But the officials said they did not know who fired the missile or whether any Russian operatives were present at the launch.

A senior intelligence official confirmed Tuesday that the separatists are being training in air defense systems at a Russian training facility in Rostov, near the Ukraine border.

In terms of who fired the missile, “we don’t know a name, we don’t know a rank and we’re not even 100 percent sure of a nationality,” one official said, adding at another point, “There is not going to be a Perry Mason moment here.”

The officials also said Russia has continued to help the rebels after the downing, providing additional tanks and rocket launchers.

The officials said the most plausible explanation for why the plane was shot down is that the rebels made a mistake. Separatists previously had shot down 12 Ukrainian military airplanes, the officials said.

Fox News

It seems pretty obvious that the Ukrainian separatists who shot down the aircraft were on some level educated and trained fighters, whether from Rostov or from previous military experience. Separatists had successfully shot down 12 other aircraft — they merely made an unfortunate mistake here.

The problem with the US officials saying that they created the conditions which lead to the downing of the US aircraft is that it could imply that, at other times, the United States has created similar conditions that led to the deaths of civilians as well. It creates a basis for argumentation that can bring us towards conclusions that are rather unflattering to the United States government.

… Of course, the government expects the people to be so generally blind in their fanaticism that they would have little regard to being objective and trying to understand the deeper ramifications of such an accusation.

But John Kerry & Barrack Obama haven’t stilled themselves and remained calm, and instead have pursued this in a predictably backwards & hypocritical fashion. I am not sure if we can necessarily blame Kerry & Obama, though, as this is the modus operandi of American politics: boldfaced stupidity & hypocrisy.

After all, it is what we tolerate as American people in our politics.

Hobby Lobby: Their Rights… & What About Universal Health Care?

The Hobby Lobby debate is a great illustration of a distracting issue that quickly devolves into a meme contest of mud slinging & false comparisons. The basic facts of the case are often ignored, and there is little to no discussion on what people actually believe government or business should do, or what obligations they actually have towards people. It seems to be more about what team you signed up for years ago, and what shirt you are wearing, than about the actual discussion of it.

That is why being ‘conservative’ or ‘liberal’ isn’t helpful in this debate. The only thing that is actually helpful is having a clear view of the role of government, the role of business, and the role of individuals within society. And when you even take a moment to understand all of these perspectives that you might have, and come to conclusions on them, you are then suddenly overwhelmed by the absurdity of the Hobby Lobby debate as it stands….

Let us be clear for a minute: Hobby Lobby is only fighting to not pay for 4 of 20 different contraceptive devices that they believe specifically to be involved in the process of abortion.

They even released a statement saying that the 4 items they do not provide through their health care plan are generally quite cheap and readily available, and any of their employees can certainly purchase these on their own dime if they do not intend to use any of the other 16 methods that range from the classic Jimmy Hat to vasectomies & female sterilization surgeries (The Blaze).

But some people are still not satisfied because of the four things they cannot buy — most notably, the morning after pill, for this is where they have decided to draw their line in the sand, believing that abortion is an immoral action, and they do not want to spend any of their money on it.

There is a really simple line of argument for the right of Hobby Lobby to not do this:

(1) People should be able to negotiate their terms of business. 

I simply believe that private enterprise has the right to come up with their own contracts.

If person A agrees to work for person B for 40/hours week for X-amount of money, and they put in the contract that person A also gets one bottle of Jack Daniels every Friday night, that is their business; if person A agrees only to work for person B if he is paid in Swedish Krona because he plans on returning to Sweden at the end of the summer and he wants his money in that, so be it; if person A wants to be paid exclusively in foodstuffs, that is also their business.

it seems remarkably silly that a person wouldn’t be able to negotiate the terms of a health care plan.

(2) People Should Be Able To Express Religion / Ideology, Even In Business.

Is it the best idea for a major chain store to advocate a religious or ideological standpoint? Probably not. But if the local Hallal butcher wants to talk about how great of a Muslim he is, or a Hallal grocer wants to insure the Hallal-ity of his groceries, why not?

Let’s say we even have a private Buddhist school, and it only has about 100 students… They only need about 10 teachers and a few other staff, and they want every employee to be a devout Buddhist because of the environment that they try to foster, and they give special priority to Buddhist monks or nuns to be teachers…
Can we be upset with them if they hire only Buddhists? Can we be upset with them if they hire only monks & nuns, and for these people they have zero plans for birth control?

Follow this logic t its natural conclusion.

(3) Personal Responsibility & Strength

I am responsible for everything that I do. if I were to ride my bicycle without a helmet consistently, who could I blame if I suffered a head injury? My employer who didn’t buy me a helmet even though he knew I was a cyclist?

If my employer doesn’t buy me a helmet… I guess if I want to cycle, I just have to use a portion of my own income to buy my own helmet. If my employer doesn’t want to give me abortion pills but still offers to buy me condoms, should I really complain if they do not buy me my abortion pill?

(4) If You Want Universal Health Care So Bad, How About You Universalize Health Care?

I want universal health care in the sense that I think everyone who doesn’t make a certain amount of money should have affordable and essentially free health care provided by the state.

I have no idea why we would just fight for businesses to provide some sort of… vast health care plan. Then we are denying health care to loads of unemployed people. Then we are denying health care to people who will just go to jobs that will cut their hours below X-amount so they do not qualify for certain health care costs…

I thought there was some goal for this generation of young Americans to universalize the health care system…

… Instead, they are taking the fight to make hobby lobby buy them abortion pills, as if this is the new frontier of a meaningful healthcare plan. 

Whatever happened to the campaign for universal health care? How did the Left suddenly see this Red Herring, and then go barking up this tree?

They are just being duped by super-liberal organizations capitalizing off of anti-religious  & anti-conservative sentiment.

This really should all be addressed in calm, quiet terms and be an issue about private enterprise and its rights to negotiate their own terms of service…

If this was really about health care, why would we focus on getting private businesses to buy abortion pills for people while the far greater injustice is the fact that many people are without viable health care plans?

I think the whole thing is a distraction from real issues & being discussed in entirely the wrong way.

Perhaps we should all go sit on some ice for a minute and re-think our priorities.

The Islamic State Offers Up A Map

Of course, the idea that Spain & the Balkans are going to become dominated portions of the Islamic state is incredibly silly, but there are a few things that we can see from the article below & the map that they offered up:

ISIS has formally declared the establishment of a caliphate, or Islamic state, in the vast stretches of the Middle East that have fallen under its control, and has outlined a vision to expand into Europe.

The announcement was described as the ‘most significant development in international jihadism since 9/11′.

Upon declaring a caliphate, the Sunni militants – whose brutality in attempting to establish control in Iraq and Syria has been branded too extreme even by Al Qaeda – demanded allegiance from Muslims around the world.

With brutal efficiency, ISIS has carved out a large chunk of territory that has effectively erased the border between Iraq and Syria and laid the foundations of its proto-state.

Daily Mail

And here is the map:

Notice how they do not apparently seek to take any lands beyond what was once theoretically held within Europe.

Notice, as well, that Kordistan would take up a massive swathe of land — a good chunk of Turkey and a large chunk of Iran.

I imagine that ‘Qoqzaz’ is theoretically existent there as a ruling area for the Azeri / Turkic peoples that are otherwise not in Anatolia.

Khorasan is intimidatingly large, taking up much of central Asia, parts of Iran, Pakistan, India, and… The Uighur lands. We can conclude from that that they are consciously in opposition to the Chinese government who has taken away domestic control from the Uighur people. I imagine that indicates that even if the Islamic State fails, there could be money, support and increased interest in the Uighur struggle which may be a new frontier of jihad.

Notice the entire lack of Iran — not surprising that they would abolish an entire Shi’ite theocracy, after all. :)

The map is significant as far as it gives us an interesting worldview of the Jihadis — one in which it seems to respect the traditional territories held by these various peoples to some extent, and appears to care about correcting theoretical past wrongs.

Perhaps you can see that while the goal is most assuredly not something that can be achieved, the dream is certainly there, and they have shown some interesting sympathies and inclinations that will be indicators of their future behavior.

The IS just has to buckle down and resist whatever onslaughts are coming towards them and hope that Obama & NATO foreign policy stays impotent, and this is going to be a wild summer for us all.

ISIS/ISIL/The Islamic State & “Caliph” Abu-Bakr al-Baghdadi

By now many are talking about this transition from being “ISIS/ISIL” and becoming simply the Islamic State. I certainly found the whole thing rather interesting.

The ISIS/ISIL enclave had become incredibly rich through their exploits and captured loads of great military supplies of US origin — including helicopters. They even joked that they expect the USA to service them and honor the warranty. They also seized an esitmated $400 million in currency (source: NY TImes). Certainly, these are very serious characters.

That does not mean that I think this is the erection of a permanent and recognizable state. This honestly depends on the will of the Iranians & the Syrians at this point, and the diplomatic skill of the new IS rulers. I also wonder if the Turkish will involve themselves, and in what capacity the Israelis & the US will act. Obama the cowardly lion brings little to the table though I wouldnt’ be surprised if he takes some sort of misguided, probably illogical action.

What is most interesting about this series of developments is the identity of this new “Caliph” which can shed some light on the issue.

His new, official name and identity, is as follows (and is as released by IS itself) and likewise explains their motive in dropping the geographic specifications of their title:

a khalīfah for the Muslims, and the pledge of allegiance to the shaykh (sheikh), the mujāhid, the scholar who practices what he preaches, the worshipper, the leader, the warrior, the reviver, descendent from the family of the Prophet, the slave of Allah, Ibrāhīm Ibn ‘Awwād Ibn Ibrāhīm Ibn ‘Alī Ibn Muhammad al-Badrī al-Hāshimī al-Husaynī al-Qurashī by lineage, as-Sāmurrā’ī by birth and upbringing, al-Baghdādī by residence and scholarship. And he has accepted the bay’ah (pledge of allegiance). Thus, he is the imam and khalīfah for the Muslims everywhere. Accordingly, the “Iraq and Shām” in the name of the Islamic State is henceforth removed from all official deliberations and communications, and the official name is the Islamic State from the date of this declaration.

Longwar

He is being identified in popular media and elsewhere simply as Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi, which wikipedia notes as his nom de guerre.

One interesting aspect of his origin is that he was a Ph.D. student of Islamic studies at the University of Baghdad and that he apparently can claim lineage from the Prophet. I am guessing that both of these are correct — we may disagree with the IS and their cruel actions, but we can certainly consider that somewhere among that massive organization there may surely be a descendent of the Prophet. They even say that Prince George is a descendant of the Prophet (the Local, France). There is no shortage of people with this distinction.

I found another interesting tidbit that shows the inaccuracy and lameness of popular media coverage of the whole background of events concerning how ISI (Islamic State in Iraq) essentially took power over Jabhat al-Nusra:

When the formation of ISIS was announced in April 2013, al-Baghdadi stated that the Syrian Civil War jihadist faction,Jabhat al-Nusra, had been an extension of the ISI in Syria, and was now to be merged with ISIS.[8][20] The leader of Jabhat al-Nusra, Abu Mohammad al-Jawlani, disputed this merging of the two groups and appealed to al-Qaeda emirAyman al-Zawahiri, who issued a statement that ISIS should be abolished and that al-Baghdadi should confine his group’s activities to Iraq.[21] Al-Baghdadi, however, dismissed al-Zawahiri’s ruling and took control of a reported 80% of Jabhat al-Nusra’s foreign fighters.[22] In January 2014, ISIS expelled Jabhat al-Nusra from the Syrian city of Raqqa, and in the same month clashes between the two in Syria’s Deir ez-Zor Governorate killed hundreds of fighters and displaced tens of thousands of civilians.[23] In February 2014, al-Qaeda disavowed any relations with ISIS.[4]

Wikipedia

Those dumb asses everywhere from NPR to the Guardian touted this title of them being “Too extreme for al-Qaeda!”  (look at all these articles via google search) but there is little to really verify such a fact (hell, the Guardian article points out that they were told to not raise any hands against religious / tribal / clan groups that did not want to fight on their behalf).

Really, we are just dealing with a scenario where there was in-fighting within al-Qaeda and clearly they wanted to have their own, centralized body that was independent of the al-Qaeda network. It was a powerplay by ISI & al-Baghdadi, and it appears that it has truly paid off over there.

I am very fascinated to see how things are going to unfold and to see what this new “Caliph” is going to declare and do. This is a very fascinating point for Middle East history, and I am excited to say that I can write about a portion of it.

Now let’s just see where this is all heading and how the rest of the world reacts.

Keep your eyes peeled and dig for the truth — this is a complex scenario, so do not depend on mainstream media alone concocting some strange story. There is a lot of moving pieces here that have large political ramifications for the Middle East, and if you do not find a good thread to follow you will run the risk of getting duped or being ill informed.

I also recommend following some famous twitter handles that the Islamic State is using; many of them appear and disappear but a few of them for you are:

@troublejee

@islam4allXs

@AbuBakrAl_Janab

@abuomarassayf

@MuawiyaIASufian

These are changing all the time and I am unsure which are directly linked, but it appears @Islam4allXs is perhaps the best one for English source on it that I have seen so far, and they are incredibly active.

Enjoy.

USA n00b Foreign Policy: How Idealism Interfered W/ Practicality

In games, timing is everything… Of course, in many games I want to do something earlier in the game than is reasonable. Some people bring their Queen out early in chess & encounter game ending disasters due to their overeagerness. Of course, developing your Queen and putting her into a position where she can wreak the most havoc is a necessary part of chess, but to do so prematurely invites loss.

Likewise you have people in all manner of game that are just silly n00bs. They want to gank with Faceless Void before he has Chronosphere at Level 6; they want to just get in the tank & rush anenemy strongpoint in the first 5 minutes of the Battlefield match even though everyone knows the first thing they do is mine the gate… The number of newbish moves that people make in games because they act prematurely is infinite.

Perhaps it is a part of human psychology to desire early, quick victory, and to believe that we can just sort of throw it out there and something great happens.

Hell, sometimes just because our enemy is also a newb the tactic works — so we try it again, with hopes that it will be applicable in every match.

This is basically USA foreign policy in Iraq & Afghanistan over the last decade.

… Everybody knows that there is a specific order that you have to do things or the overarching strategy doesn’t work. This principle is found in everything. I

USA foreign policy has sought to democratize entire societies as quickly as possible without developing their education, security & health care. It could also be said that we attempt to develop all of them at the same time. 

This is a lot like trying to bake the bread, cook the meat, dice up the vegetables and ready the spices while setting the table for dinner simultaneously. We have all tried to achieve maximum multitasking to thereby achieve high level of efficiency while cooking, but generally speaking, this always results in failure.

It’s almost as if because of the nature of the criticisms that the USA has faced over the last century in the support of dictatorial regimes, and it is almost because of the rationale we use to prop ourselves up as righteous in our interference with foreign states, that we forget that you can never jump from largely ignorant, unstable third world state into a first world democracy without decades of coordinated effort.

& it is as if we set these nations up for abject failure specifically when we give them weak, unhinged “democratic” governments. They are only “democratic” by virtue of it describing the process by which tribalists & sectarians manipulate the masses to gain control and perpetuate internal strife. They are “democratic” only in the sense that the Weimar Republic was a democratic state — it is an unsustainable flash in the pan that lends itself well to eventual total collapse & civil war.

If we actually did have interest in seeing these countries prosper we would have to get rid of this newbie mentality of front loading our ideology. We have to understand that the real process for building & achieving a sustainable state is far more subtle & involves the development of far more basic institutions before the subsequent achievement of others.

Perhaps the fact that we are stooped in over-the-top emotional rhetoric on liberty has also undone is… “He who would exchange liberty for security deserves neither,” (paraphrase). What a silly idea…

Would you rather live in a place where there is no civil war, growing education & health facilities, peace and a rapidly developing economy but, there is a lack of freedom…

… Or do you want to live in Iraq, where, over the last decade, you have endured intense warfare, have little to no new opportunities and are suffering…

… But you get to cast your vote along with the millions of other sectarian tribalists?

The answer is obvious.

Don’t be a n00b & bring your queen out to get caught right away and lose the game; don’t be a n00b and try to gank a stronger character while your ulti isnt even unlocked.

Don’t be a stupid n00b and make the Iraqis do democracy while they are steeped in civil warfare & economic meltdown….

Obama Admin Playing Stupid on Iraq In Spite of Evidence

First off, I find it hilarious that the Obama administration would even attempt to feign ignorance on this topic because of the fact that one would imagine that keeping track of intelligence and threats towards the nascent little republic we set up & were working with should be top priority… Much like it would have been getting Maliki to play nice with others, something that the administration continued to bemoan later as his shortcoming in spite of little to no news or actions from Obama previously concerned with fixing such a situation.

Evidence has come out that has shown that the Obama administration had known about the growing threat of ISIL months before they reared their ugly heads in Iraq:

The U.S. intelligence community warned about the “growing threat” from Sunni militants in Iraq since the beginning of the year, a senior intelligence official said Tuesday — a claim that challenges assertions by top administration officials that they were caught off guard by the capture of key Iraqi cities.

Earlier Tuesday, in an interview with Fox News, Secretary of State John Kerry said “nobody expected” Iraqi security forces to be decisively driven out by the Islamic State of Iraq and Syria, or ISIS, as they were earlier this month in Mosul.

And here comes another great kicker:

Offering a grave warning about the current strength of the group — which is a State Department-designated terror organization — the official also said that barring a major counteroffensive, the intelligence community assesses that ISIS is “well-positioned to keep the territory it has gained.”The official said the ISIS “strike force” now has between 3,000 and 5,000 members.

Fox News

So you are telling me that they were not aware that a group with a “strike force” of only 3,000-5,000 men could bring the Iraqi military down to its knees, begging their Iranian neighbors for help? You are telling me, we left the country essentially defenseless so that Obama could win the theoretical ‘early withdrawal’ points?

The entire security situation of Iraq was being ignored while it deteriorated — as was the threat from ISIl, who we were sticking out feelers months ago to see if we could get the support of people to help fight Assad… Assad being the thin guard against Islamic extremism, don’t you know.

I am beginning to be convinced that this administration totally failed in Iraq on all accounts, and so amazingly.

And we love how they actually go before the American people and say… sorry guys, we just missed it! In spite of evidence to the contrary, of course, but still… The idea that this wouldn’t, say, oh… Be a major priority to them!

Thousands of Americans died and thousands more lost limbs and lost all manner of things over in Iraq. And what did they get for that loss? Apparently, a government that is disinterested in even maintaining what little gains we made in that country, and an environment where they are willing to just throw it all away.

Shameful. Naive. Stupid.

Imagine if, at work, I just blew off one of my big assignments at work… I would be fired, and I could expect that people would laugh at me behind my back.

So what do these jokers & snakes in the Obama administration anticipate for themselves?

They just go and tell a boldfaced lie before the brainwashed public.

Schopenhauer Praises Prairies (& I think of North Dakota)

I couldn’t help but think of North Dakota specifically when I read this great passage found in the German philosopher Arthur Schopenhauer’s The World As Will & Idea:

Let us imagine ourselves transported to a very lonely place, with unbroken horizon, under a cloudless sky, trees and plants in the perfectly motionless air, no animals, no men, no running water, the deepest silence. Such surroundings are, as it were, a call to the seriousness and contemplation, apart from all will and its cravings; but this is just what imparts to such a scene of desolate stillness a touch of the sublime. For, because it affords no object, either favorable or unfavorable, for the will which is constantly in need of striving and attaining ,there only remains the state of pure contemplation, and whoever is incapable of this, is ignominiously abandoned to th vacancy of unoccupied will, and the misery of ennui. So far it is a test of our intellectual worth, of which, generally speaking, the degree of our power of enduring solitude, or our love of it, is a good criterion. The scene we have sketched affords us, then, an example of the sublime in a low degree, for in it, with the state of pure knowing in its peace and all-sufficiency, here is mingled, by way of contrast, the recollection of the dependence and poverty of the will which stands in need of constant action. This is the species of the sublime for which the sight of the boundless prairies of the interior of North America is celebrated.

Schopenhauer, Arthur, and DeWitt Henry Parker. Schopenhauer Selections. New York: Scribner, 1928. Print.

A very fantastic image of the stark landscape of a place like North Dakota. Boring on face value to the person chronically suffering from a lack of vivid imagination, from having no contemplative nature.

But, a perfect place for those who understand things like still life art, and who find great peace through introspection.

Feudal Communists Unwinding & Softening Image

It is as if North Korea has become aware under the new leadership of Kim Jong-eun that they are regarded for what they rightfully are: the creepy old Stalinist charisma dictatorship that also lends itself well to the stereotype of the average citizen being a soulless automaton.

In efforts to soften this image that we have of them, the North Koreans have made these events & videos that only serve to lend themselves further to the very stereotype that I assume they are trying to break.

These dances were held to mark the anniversary of the start of the career of the late Kim Jong-il. Because you aren’t living in an overbearing authoritarian state when the father of your current leader (and son of your nation’s founder) has a Holiday marking the day that he began his “career” (a career in continuing the destruction & enslavement of your country):

Now don’t have too much fun now, kids!

God, so much bliss — and check out those highly choreographed dance moves! I bet that they all came in early or stayed late at work to practice their organized dancing before the cameras. Just to illustrate what a free & light hearted nation we are, let’s all do matching dances to commemorate our leader’s career…

Not only this, but they have held a creepy Day for the Disabled event in what looks like a High School gym just to show us that the disabled also get their opportunity to participate in the Cult of Kim Jong-eun:

Events included the famous keep a balloon afloat while moving forward in a wheel chair, which was greeted with applause by the audience because everyone knows that seeing this sort of thing is just wildly entertaining. Something tells me stereotypes of the disabled in North Korea must be strong enough that they are surprised they can do anything at all.

… Of course, blind singers & deaf dancers also appear, and one of the dancers is there to insure us she only wishes she could do her routine in front of KJE.

What an unceasing freak show the North is.

US Politicians Calling for Maliki to Step Down (LOL!)

What is so utterly genius about this is that there could be no greater lack of self-awareness on the US Politician’s part — it is like they have no clue about the situation unfurling in Iraq, nor any clue about the historic divisions within the country.

I think it even reveals that these morons literally believed that Democracy would work out in some way for the Iraqis, as if these thing ever stood a chance. I used to be too crass to believe that these politicians cared at all about ideology, preferring to believe that these miscreants merely were intelligent people manipulating us — such a truth was a lot easier to swallow than the idea that the majority of these people in Washington were truly ignorant asses.

But this seals the deal:

(Reuters) – President Barack Obama came under pressure from U.S. lawmakers on Wednesday to persuade Iraqi Prime Minister Nuri al-Maliki to step down over what they see as failed leadership in the face of an insurgency threatening his country.

As Obama held an hour-long meeting with congressional leaders on U.S. options in Iraq, administration officials joined a chorus of criticism of Maliki, faulting him for failing to heal sectarian rifts that militants have exploited.

In Oval Office talks, Obama briefed the lawmakers on efforts to get Iraqi leaders to “set aside sectarian agendas,” reviewed options for “increased security assistance” and sought their views, the White House said.

Maliki has so far shown little willingness to create a more inclusive administration.

“The Maliki government, candidly, has got to go if you want any reconciliation,” said U.S. Senator Dianne Feinstein, Democratic chairwoman of the Senate Intelligence Committee.

Republican Senator John McCain, speaking in the Senate, called for the use of American air power, but also urged Obama to “make it make very clear to Maliki that his time is up.”

The Obama administration has not openly sought Maliki’s departure, but has shown signs of frustration with him.

“This current government in Iraq has never fulfilled the commitments it made to bring a unity government together with the Sunnis, the Kurds and the Shia,” Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel told the congressional hearing.

White House spokesman Jay Carney said Maliki had not done enough “to govern inclusively and that has contributed to the situation and the crisis that we have today in Iraq.”

Reuters

LOL!

Here’s what we do:

(1) Create a democracy in a country that suffers from massive sectarianism and whose borders were largely arbitrarily created. The country also suffers from massive issues with education, health, sanitation… Literacy… You know, everything we take for granted, basically.

(2) Leave that country while it is still a toddler and has no coherent direction let alone any consensus; pull out all the forces on the advise of both Conservative & Liberal people that felt this entire Iraq conflict was going to be a shortlived event.

(3) Fund militants in a neighboring, chaotic country even when they are losing their civil war because God knows that could never accidentally spill over… 

(4) Blame Maliki, the leader of this terrible place, for failing to heal the 1200 year Sunni – Shi’a riff and the equally old Kurdish – Arab divide! Accuse him of not doing enough!

… And that is, of course, assuming that Maliki ever had such an intention in the first place. Which might be the most naive article of them all.

(5) And, of course, we are going to call for him to step down in the middle of a crippling civil war. Because NOW IS THE TIME FOR ELECTIONS! NOW IS THE TIME FOR MASSIVE GOVERNMENT CHANGE! 

Perhaps this is all an effort of sending a message that we will negotiate with any jackasses that will come to the table and sack Maliki for any deal because, as the USA, we have to see that we somehow have a foot in the door and that the scenario’s outcome is not determined by the Iranians.

The whole scenario is hilarious with big names like Feinstein & McCain coming in and making their own ridiculous statements that are naive at best.

WTF are these people?

Unless this is all part of an Evil Genius plot to communicate that we are willing to do realpolitik negotiation with ISIL, I want out.