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Watching the Republicans Rape America

The Republicans were in a feeding frenzy last night. All of a sudden they found themselves at an all night buffet where they could gorge themselves on all the goodies they ever wanted. I am talking about the Senate passage of the Tax Bill last night. I watched it on CSPAN and I am still sick this morning. Even if you did not know what was in it, and most Republicans or anybody else does not because they were writing it on the fly, it was a scene of pure chaos and bad government. One could not even read the hand written mark ups. And Republicans were adding their favorite pet project to a bill that will change everyone’s lives and not one hearing, not one real examination of the results. And make no mistake. It was a mass transfer of wealth to wealthy while gutting government.

But a feeding frenzy it was. I watch as Ted Cruz entered an amendment to expand tax free savings plans for college to a tax free savings plan for private schools. How is that paid for? By cutting money for public schools. Who benefits? Rich kids who go to private schools. Who suffers? Kids who can’t afford those schools. It took Mike Pence to come in and break a tie vote on the amendment (50-50) (even some Republicans could not stomach this one) to pass it. I watched as Democrats entered amendments to try to bring some sanity to the process by trying to take out the free pass to drill in the arctic wildlife refuge, reduce the reduction in corporate tax cuts to make it not cost $1.5 trillion, make the tax cuts for the middle class permanent, all to fail at the hands of the Republicans.

And now what they have nobody knows except it is dreadful. It rapes America. Republicans have been dying for years to cut Medicare and Medicaid and in this bill they got the tools to do just that, “Pay as you go” which when all the magic asterisks do not add up (and they won’t), they can gut the programs that help the old and poor to pay for their massive tax cuts. It was a brutal rape of everything America stands for and there is so much in this bill that has nothing to do with tax reform/cuts that nobody even knows is there yet. Now you can bet they will be in a rush for a reconciliation bill with the House Republicans so people don’t find out how bad it is until it is signed by the Moron in Chief. Gotta hurry because his days are numbered.

It was a sad, sad day for America. Republicans, except Bob Corker, showed they are nothing but bought fools. Don’t give me John McCain and his regular order. If he stood for anything, last night was a time for a no vote. Don’t give me Lindsey Graham, he is a kook to he is normal (comments about the President right after the election and now) or Susan Collins, who “cares about the sick” and then let them gut Obamacare (Yep that is in it too). They all voted to rape America and steal from the poor to pay off the wealthy. The party has no morals and what we saw was the very worst of America bought by capitalism. Government does not control capitalism, capitalism controls America. That is what Republican government now represent.

Democrats fought a noble battle, offering amendment after amendment to show the hypocrisy and depravity of the Republicans and those Republicans rose to the bait voting each one down. They now have the sledge hammer they need to bring down the Republicans. They need to wield it. I am sure I am one of the few who watched the debacle last night. People in America have forgotten that freedom, liberty, and the pursuit of happiness is hard work. But I can guarantee you one thing. This one will hurt and hurt badly. There is no flow down, and as the fools that voted this Republican nightmare into office start to suffer (it will be a slow burn), maybe for once, they will see the problem. Voting third party when they don’t have a chance, has consequences.

Last night I watched the verification of what I have been saying for years. The Republican Party of “old” does not exist and the one we have left is evil. I watched the failure of democracy as the majority of Americans are against this bill. I watch the greed of capitalism at its very worst where government became its tool. And now there is no doubt in my mind any more, Republicans and those who vote for them are evil. We must root this evil out of our country if we have any hope for the future.

The Republicans Craven Rock and a Hard Place

Andrea Mitchell today noted John McCain’s rejection of the Donald’s stand on Muslims and his attack on the Khan family.  But he did not repudiate him as our President.  See a disconnect here?  McCain also repudiates his attack on Mexicans but supports him for President.  What is going on here.  It’s fairly simple.  

In many House and Senate contests this fall, they are closely contested.  Without the White Mob that supports the Donald, they are dead meat. So the political calculation is to try to take away the bat from Democrats that they are beating Republicans over the head with by separating themselves from these statements, but not alienating Trump’s supporters by repudiating him for President.  It is craven.

I would have to wonder if they wouldn’t be better off going the Kasich way and not endorse him?  Of course Kasich is not up for election this fall. Then they have a chance (sadly) with independents even though they have alienated the White Mob.  But instead they repudiate his racist statements, his attack on a gold star family, and his clear ignorance of foreign affairs and his dangerous ideas, but not his run for President.  It is intellectual dishonesty.  

You want your Party to stay in power more than putting a dangerous and obviously derange man at the helm?  And by repudiating his statements, but not his candidacy you show how dangerous your quest for office has become.  And the funny thing is, they are destroying their Party, not saving it.  The Donald will continue to unravel as he can not control his narcissism, and anyone supporting him will also take the fall.  Maybe at this point they recognize that the Republican Party that now exists isn’t their Party anymore.  Sometimes you have to find yourself face down in the gutter before you finally face your problems.  

And never forget, they helped create the Donald.  They did it by code word politics, and racism to stay in power and win the South.  They did it by creating a Noise Machine that generating propaganda and disinformation.  They won elections that way and it reinforced their behavior.  Now they have the Donald and they still can’t figure out what happened.  That in itself should tell all you need to know to not vote for them this Fall.

Monday Morning Thoughts -Khizr Khan, Ukraine, and Donald Trump

The interchange between the father and mother of a young Muslim-American who died for his country and Donald Trump should tell you all you need to know about ignorance, small mindedness, and lack of empathy.  Donald Trump is the poster child for all of those.  Let’s just say for argument’s sake that you think the majority of Muslims are undermining the United States.  If you find one who does not typify  that construct would you not want to encourage that?  But of course that construct is wrong and so is the Donald in an almost psychotic way.

When the Khans came before the Democratic Convention and raised up our and their Constitution, the argument was unassailable.  But again for argument’s sake, let’s say you don’t agree.  It was a blip in the night if you let it go and ignore it.  Not Donald Trump, he can’t be wrong.  As he foolishly stated, he had been “viciously attacked” by Mr. Khan and he deserves (he thinks he is entitled to a lot of things) a rebuttal.  When Mr. Khan said that he son has lost his life defending this country, and what had the Donald sacrifice, there simply is no answer, unless you are Donald Trump.  He showed absolutely no empathy for parents who have lost a child.  This is the guy who is going to “Make America Great Again”?

So what we have on display so far is small mindedness in the form of narcissism, lack of self-control to let the moment pass,  and a total lack of empathy for anyone but himself.  It is kind of like up there on the big screen for all to see if you are awake.  But that brings up the ignorance thing.  The man is ignorant and his low emotional intelligence won’t allow him to inform his ignorance.  Which is about where we are with the whole Republican White Mob.  But first the ignorance thing aside from the fact that as Mr. Khan implies, he never has read or understands our Constitution:

NYT:  In an interview with George Stephanopoulos on the ABC News program “This Week,” Mr. Trump said that if he were president, President Vladimir V. Putin of Russia would not send his forces into Ukraine. He then back pedaled when Mr. Stephanopoulos pointed out that Russian troops had been there for nearly two years.

“He’s not going into Ukraine, O.K., just so you understand,” Mr. Trump, the Republican nominee, said when the issue came up. “He’s not going to go into Ukraine, all right? You can mark it down. You can put it down. You can take it anywhere you want.”

“Well, he’s already there, isn’t he?” Mr. Stephanopoulos interrupted.

“O.K., well, he’s there in a certain way,” Mr. Trump replied. “But I’m not there. You have Obama there. And frankly, that whole part of the world is a mess under Obama with all the strength that you’re talking about and all of the power of NATO and all of this. In the meantime, he’s going away. He take — takes Crimea.”

It was the mental gymnastics of a 12-year old caught not knowing something he should and not making sense.  So what we have is an ignorant narcissist with the emotional maturity of a small child and you want him for President because he says he will “make America great again”?  How?  And now we come to the root problem, not Mr. Trump who should never have risen above narcissistic boy millionaire businessman.  We have plenty of those on Wall Street who have done enough damage.  How did a portion of our population get so dumbed down that they actually think the Donald would be anything but a disaster.

Now putting aside the irrational hate Hillary vibe that has been so nurtured by the Republicans for 40 years, what happened to critical thinking? In an interesting op-ed in the NYT (How the Stupid Party Created Donald Trump), interesting because it both clearly sees the problem, is still blind to Republicanism in general, Republican Max Boot takes on a journey of how Republicans, first in name only eschewed intellectualism, but as the years past, actually became anti-intellectual:

In recent years, however, the Republicans’ relationship to the realm of ideas has become more and more attenuated as talk-radio hosts and television personalities have taken over the role of defining the conservative movement that once belonged to thinkers like Irving Kristol, Norman Podhoretz and George F. Will. The Tea Party represented a populist revolt against what its activists saw as out-of-touch Republican elites in Washington.

There are still some thoughtful Republican leaders exemplified by House Speaker Paul D. Ryan, who devised an impressive new budget plan for his party. But the primary vibe from the G.O.P. has become one of indiscriminate, unthinking, all-consuming anger.

The trend has now culminated in the nomination of Donald J. Trump, a presidential candidate who truly is the know-nothing his Republican predecessors only pretended to be.

Mr. Trump doesn’t know the difference between the Quds Force and the Kurds. He can’t identify the nuclear triad, the American strategic nuclear arsenal’s delivery system. He had never heard of Brexit until a few weeks before the vote. He thinks the Constitution has 12 Articles rather than seven. He uses the vocabulary of a fifth grader. Most damning of all, he traffics in off-the-wall conspiracy theories by insinuating that President Obama was born in Kenya and that Ted Cruz’s father was involved in the Kennedy assassination. It is hardly surprising to read Tony Schwartz, the ghostwriter for Mr. Trump’s best seller “The Art of the Deal,” say, “I seriously doubt that Trump has ever read a book straight through in his adult life.”

Now he nails the Donald, but is still blinded by faith in conservative principles evidenced by his praise of Paul Ryan’s budget proposal that a high school kid with some knowledge of economics could poke a hole through.  While he sees the problem with the Donald and his party’s responsibility in creating him, he is still blinded by his faith in conservative principles that have demonstrably failed.  So blindness in the Republican party is still ubiquitous, they just get that the Donald could hurt them in the future.

I have to say that the final nail in the coffin of anyone wanting to vote Republican is the fact that John McCain came out today with a lengthy criticism of the Donald for his treatment of the Khans.  You remember, John McCain who the Donald told us was no hero because he got caught?  But in McCain’s criticism does he finally repudiate the Donald for president?  Of course not.  That is the disconnect that the voters ought to be tuning into. Not only is Trump psychologically unfit to govern or wield any power whatsoever, Republican’s craven need for power allows them to sell their morals.  They stand behind a party that has become a mob, over their country. And in doing so delegitimizes the whole Republican Party.

So there you have it.  There will be lots of smoke and mirrors in the coming 100 days.  Emails, Benghazi, crooked Hillary, just to name a few.  But it boils down to this:  Donald Trump is psychologically unfit to govern, and would be very dangerous in a dangerous world.  Republicans themselves are unfit to govern because they will tolerate a Donald Trump in that position, not to mention they have no new ideas and their old ones have failed.  In a 5-day span, you got the whole picture.  What is so amazing is how many Americans can’t see the picture.

Oh, and love or hate Hillary, she is smart, dedicated, and believes in the Constitution.  She also can learn and grow.  So the choice is clear and it just amazes me that so many are totally blind to it.  You may not like Hillary, but she won’t destroy the country and the Donald most assuredly would.

The Decline of Senator McCain

Senator McCain, it has been noted, is thrashing in Arizona where he could be in trouble in his re-election so he threw this one out there to try to grab his own White Mob:

“Barack Obama is directly responsible for it because when he pulled everybody out of Iraq, al Qaeda went to Syria and became ISIS and ISIS is what it is today thanks to Barack Obama’s failures, utter failures by pulling everybody out of Iraq thinking that conflicts end just because we leave. So the responsibility for it lies with President Barack Obama and his failed policies.”

First, one might ask after a careful examination of this attack whether ISIS was anything more than a cover for an American citizen acting out his homophobia and most probably self hatred?  So whose fault was 9/11?  Better yet, one might ask Senator McCain who created al Qaeda in Iraq with their invasion that destablized the region and told us it would be very easily?  Um, that would be you Senator McCain. Oh, and who keeps up the narative the gays should not have equal rights in this country?  That would be your Party Senator McCain.  You have tried to continue an atmosphere where gays are targets of discrimination.  So if the real cause of this slaughter is easy access to assault weapons and homophobia who has aided and abetted both?

But I find this logic actually quite consistent with McCain from his days after Vietnam. He has always said we could have won that war if we had fought it the right way.  Now I am not trying to criticize his moral leadership while a prisioner of war and he certainly learned that torture was morally wrong.  But he did not learn the big lesson of the war, you can’t win somebody else’s war.  As Slate (link above) tells us:

Very few military historians agree with McCain’s bitter analysis, which suggests that a ground invasion and an even more destructive bombing campaign, with an unimaginable cost in human life, would have achieved an American victory. But perhaps because he is obsessed by the humiliation of defeat — which fell directly on his father, Adm. John S. McCain Jr., who served as the commander in chief of Pacific forces during the Vietnam conflict — the former prisoner of war seemingly can formulate neither a rational assessment of that war’s enormous costs nor of its flawed premises and purposes.

But he seems to be oblivious to what most of us knew about the war as we were on the ground there:

But the politics of Vietnam and the geopolitics of the war were at once more complicated and simpler. Complicated because South Vietnam was a corrupt dictatorship that had forfeited the loyalty of most of its citizens, who regarded the United States not as a liberator but as the latest invader in a long procession that dated back centuries and included the French and the Chinese as well.

The Vietnam War was premised on strategic misconceptions and cultural stupidity (sound familiar for the Middle East?), it was also based on plain old lies, as the true history of the Tonkin Gulf incident has long since revealed.  And the most important thing, where was the domino effect, and where is the monolithic communist state in Southeast Asia today?  We lost it, and it had no impact on our national or economic security.  Millions were killed for nothing (including Americans and Vietnamese).  But he thinks we should have stayed there and won it at a horrendous cost for what?

Now we have him telling us we should have stayed in Iraq even though it was Bush who saw the light and negotiated our withdrawal.  But as Slate again said it best back when he ran against Barrack Obama in 2008:

But it is easy to understand why a man who thinks that we should have escalated the Vietnam War after 10 futile years would talk about occupying Iraq for a century. And it is hard to imagine why voters would elect a president who still believes that 60,000 American dead and more than 300,000 wounded in Vietnam were not quite enough.

So the man no longer makes sense and is casting wild dispersions to save his job.  As Thomas Friedman put it the other day: 

“Et tu, John McCain? You didn’t break under torture from the North Vietnamese, but your hunger for re-election is so great that you don’t dare raise your voice against Trump? I hope you lose. You deserve to. Marco Rubio? You called Trump ‘a con man,’ he insults your very being and you still endorse him? Good riddance.”

Now he doesn’t just endorse Trump, he has become him.  May you rest in peace John McCain.  Apparently the Sarah Palin choice was just the beginning.

Is John McCain a Hero

Well for his country he suffered horrendously.  Is that a hero? Or is a hero a relection of the choices you make when the choices are hard?  He made tough choices which caused him great bodily harm during the Vietnam War, so yes he is.  He served admirably when it was very hard.  But being a hero describes a particular moment in time, not a permanent status which should be judged by your actions today, not yesterday.  

So did the Donald raise an interesting point?  Well not about John McCain.  But if you think about it, he may, intentionally or not, raised the issue of how we label almost anything heroic (and there is a burden with that) including puting on a uniform.  I have argued before that there are true heroes who choices to risk life and limb for others so qualify them.  Is being captured by the enemy being a hero? No.  But how you act when you are captured can make you a hero, and I believe John McCain met that challenge.

What I am getting at is that we use the label, hero, way to easily to describe military action, maybe to glorify military service, and forget or miss the truly heroic actions of some of our citizens either in their private lives, or in case of our public servants, when they make the hard decisions, fireman rushing into a burning building, a policeman entering an apartment where a domestic dispute is in progress.  These are dangerous situations and they do their job anyway.  It is their job.

So Donald said getting captured does not make you a hero.  He is right there.  How about the young man who deserted and got caught by the Taliban?  Does wearing a uniform make you a hero?  No it does not.  But it does put in possible situations where the choices you make could qualify.  It is the choices one makes we should focus on.  As for John McCain, he did some heroic things he felt were his duty.  He won’t see it as heroic.  But those of us who faced the same possible incarcination know they were, and he set an example for all of us.  On the other hand his choice of Sarah Pallin as a VP was an act of political cowardice to bend to the “nuts”.

So celebrate the action if it so qualifies, as heroic, but loose the label because there is no telling what your next choice will be.

Pre-State of the Union

It is State of the Union day on cable media, so I would offer my two bits:

  • Michelle Malkin, Fox News nitwit, tweeted this about the State of the Union: Tax, Spend, Repeal. Okay so if your party gets it way it would be, Don’t Tax, Spend as in tax cuts to corporations and the wealthy, Run up the Deficit, Repeat. I challenge anyone to disprove this is exactly what the Republican Party has done in the past
  • Apparently the top three things the people are worried about are the Economy by almost 70%, and the rest split between National Security and Immigration (in that order). I get the Economy as a near term threat, but where is the environment? The one thing that is going to wreck the economy, impact National Security, and increase mass immigration is the collapse of our biosphere
  • John McCain is furious about the tax increase on capital gains. Why, he asks, won’t President Obama sit down with Republicans and do a whole tax code reform package instead of this single proposal. I guess after six years of sitting down with Republicans President Obama maybe understands where that proposal is going
  • When you hear his proposals and hear the Republican wailing, he went small.  The things we need to do are big and this is just scratching the surface.  That should tell you how wrong we have got it over the last 40 years moving right and transferring wealth to the wealthy

I hope President Obama has fun and pokes fun at the Republicans claim they saved the economy, because that will be the talking points afterward. That along with a broader call for sitting down with Republicans to discuss all their unknown plans. They have the Congress, propose something and see if it passes the smell test. I can’t wait to hear their version of how they saved the economy with all their obstructionism.

The one thing I would be very careful of is taking too much credit for a growing economy with pointing out that it is not growing for the middle class. But I think that is what this speech is all about and for once putting the Republicans on the defensive instead of trying to play catchup. I hope so.

Torture Part V – Some Personal Thoughts

I know the subject better than most.  I flew combat missions in Vietnam back in the 70’s and was faced with the very real possibility that I would be a prisoner of war if I got shot down.  I was trained in resisting torture (later reverse engineered for the torture program).  I met with ex-POWs who were released early who were tortured.  I debriefed a POW who spent five years in captivity and was tortured relentlessly.  The ropes were the torture of choice.  Tie your hands behind your back and then tie a rope to your hands through a pulley in the ceiling and lift you off the ground until your shoulders dislocated.  So I know a little more about torture than most.

I was terrified that I could not hold up to the standards of my fellow airmen when faced with torture.  One thing we learned was that they did not really want “military intelligence”.  They want us for propaganda purposes.  To turn us.  After the first 36 hours or so, your military intelligence is no longer valuable.  The other thing we learned is that everyone broke eventually.  The new code of conduct among POWs back then was to recognize that so you weren’t totally destroyed when it happened to you, and then to give just the minimum of what they wanted to make them stop. That was the new success instead of name, rank and serial number.  That was the reality.  What you finally gave them was a total lie, and that is what they wanted.  See today.

What allowed me and many others to overcome our fear and to face this possible reality was to know that we Americans were different.  That we had values and we did not do this kind of thing. It made the fight noble.  It allowed me to face my fears and maybe be a little better that I really was.  It is what John McCain so eloquently expressed in his comments on the Senate floor*.  When we the people in the United States began torturing in 2001, we threw all that away and I am ashamed of America.  It put us all at risk and belied our basic principles.

I know it doesn’t work.  I know there are much better ways to get actionable intelligence because I have followed this thing for years.  Remember the key intelligence we got that allowed us to go to war with Iraq was from a tortured prisoner and the information was false.  Under torture, you will simply tell them what they want.  John McCain also made that point.  Real professional interrogators were getting good intell before the CIA stepped in and destroyed that work (See Jane Mayer’s book, The Dark Side and her interviews with the FBI interrogators or the Torture Report).  And it cost us our soul.

One other observation:  I watched a Republican strategist (Nicholle Wallace), one who I think is fairly intelligent, say she didn’t care, it kept us safe.  It kind of makes my case about Republicans as fearful people.  First politicos have no clue and I resent their even weighing in on this topic.  Second this is a fairly intelligent woman considered a moderate Republican, who has not looked at the data of whether this actually works.  She doesn’t care, she is afraid and it overcomes her rational side.  The issue is sadly becoming partisan, but I guess that is no surprise.  Once again our President is missing in action as he fails to weigh in on its efficacy.  I keep wondering what the spooks have on him.  Well, what the heck, bring on the drone program, another moral atrocity.

*See Whining About the Report

Whining About the Report

Senator Feinstein is making her remarks before the Senate as I write this. But before we actually look at the report, let me say something about those who say we should not release this because of the threats from abroad. No wait! John McCain came forward after Diane Feinstein’s damning summary of her report (and its considerable documentation). Then he stood before the Senate and said everything I would have said and more. For those of use who have faced tortured, been trained in its resistance, worked with those who have been tortured, he stood tall as one who knows torture as no one else does. And he laughed at those who would hide the reports finding:

Will the report’s release cause outage that leads to violence in some part of the Muslim world. Yes, I suppose that’s possible, perhaps likely. Sadly violence needs little incentive in some quarters of the world today. That does mean we will be telling the world something they will be shocked to learn … Terrorist will probably use the report as an excuse to attack Americans. But they hardly need an excuse to attack Americans. That has been their life’s calling for a while now.

He laughed and ridiculed those who would try to dispute its findings. He stood tall for all of us today. If you do nothing else as an American, watch both of these presentations. It felt good to be an American today. That doesn’t happen much anymore.

Findings:

  • The CIA’s use of its enhanced interrogation techniques was not an effective means of acquiring intelligence or gaining cooperation from detainees
  • The CIA’s justification for the use of its enhanced interrogation techniques rested on inaccurate claims of their effectiveness
  • The interrogations of CIA detainees were brutal and far worse than the CIA represented to policymakers and others
  • The conditions of confinement for CIA detainees were harsher than the CIA had represented to policymakers and others

But the most important thing was said by John McCain:

… But I dispute whole heartedly that it was right for them to use these methods which this report makes clear were neither in the best interests of justice or our security nor the ideals that we have made so much blood and treasure to defend … Torture produces more misleading information than actionable intelligence …

But in the end torture’s failure to serve its intended purpose isn’t the main reason to oppose its use. I have often said, and I have always maintained that this question is not about our enemies, it’s about who we were, who we are, and who we aspire to be. It is about how we represent ourselves to the world.

We have made our way in this often dangerous and cruel world not just by pursuing our geopolitical interests, but by exemplifying our political values, and influencing other nations to embrace them. When we fight to defend our security, we fight also for an idea, not for a tribe or a twisted idea of an ancient religion, or for a king, but for an idea that all men endowed by their creator with inalienable rights. How much safer the world would be if all nations believed the same. How much more dangerous it can become when we forget it ourselves, even momentarily.

Our enemies act without conscience, we must not. This executive summary of the committees report makes clear that acting with out conscience isn’t necessary. It isn’t even helpful in winning this strange and long war we are fighting, We should be grateful to have that truth affirmed.

Now let’s reassert the contrary proposition that it is essential to the success in this way that we ask those who fight it for us to remember at all times that they are defending a sacred ideal of how nations should be governed and conduct their relations with others, even our enemies. Those of us that give them this duty are obliged by history, our nation’s highest ideals, and the many terrible sacrifices made to protect them, by our respect for human dignity to make clear we need not risk our national honor to prevail in this or any war.

We need only to remember in the worst of times through the chaos and terror of war when facing cruelty and loss that we are always Americans and different, stronger, and better than those who would destroy us.

Beautifully said from someone who knows torture to the very fiber of his being. Thank you Senator McCain. You spoke for all of us that have had to go into harms way. We knew what we were fighting for, but apparently many in Washington did not.

We Have Lost Our Minds

We finally captured the Lybian alleged to be the leader of the attack on the embassy in Benghazi and FOX Noise, after demanding we do just that, claims it is a diversionary tactic so that Hillary could not be pummeled by their interviewers. “How convenient that they captured this guy, just when we were demanding action”. Or how dare them …

Meanwhile in John McMean Land, McCaine wants the alleged leader of the attack taken to Gitmo. This is the same John McCain who campaigned on closing Gitmo and that it was a travesty on our way of life and helped recruit terrorists.

But the best is from Lindsey Graham, who apparently has forgotten what alleged means. He was quoted as saying The last thing we want is for this terrorist suspect to hear the statement, ‘You have the right to remain silent.’” So our system of justice, the statement “all men”, just applies to those that Lindsey and his cohart John judge as worthy? King George of England would have loved these guys. They have forgotten what it is we stand for and what has made us great. They are throwing away our justice system in the name of “justice”.

One might want to ask yourself how many people at Gitmo have been convicted of anything as compared to terrorists prosecuted in our civilian court system*. But of course that would require rational thought, justice, and standing by the principles that make us great. It would appear that we have lost our minds, and lost our way, with the Right leading the chaos. Isn’t America a great place to live?

*Since the September 11, 2001 attacks, New York University’s Center on Law and Security reports that 578 terrorism-related cases, “inspired by jihadist ideas,” have been prosecuted in US federal courts. During that same period the military commissions in Guantanamo have completed only seven cases.

Why did We Invade Iraq Again?

While some are shocked at the collapse, this is what was predicted by many of us. And as some are pointing out, this is Vietnam all over again. We cannot win an internal civil war for someone and expect the results to stand. If they can’t win it for themselves, we have no business propping them up because the root issues are never resolved. Well now they are going to be.

It must be hard for those who fought there to watch this, as I remember watching the fall of Saigon those so many years ago. You can have the John McMean (McCain) reaction which is to get out bigger weapons and dig yourself a deeper hole, or you can do what I did, try to learn from our bluster and arrogance. In Vietnam, the people were not engaged and the armies were political arms of various warlords who spent more time fighting each other than the communists. In the end, they like the Iraqis, just fell apart.

The problem in Iraq as it has always been is religion and power sharing, and how we thought we had a play in this is beyond me. They have to sort it out themselves. Maybe a few years under Sharia law will help them pick a side and finally solve this. It is further complicated by the Iranians and the Syrians. So we would want to follow the advice of John McMean and the neocons and get right back in there because they did such a bang up job the first time and to what end? To kick the can down the road for a few more years. We are doing enough of that here at home. Oh, and who is it we would bomb exactly? It is a regional conflict of Sunnis and Shiites so whose side are we on?

I have blogged before about how the service men and women will react when they finally realize it was all for nothing. It was the lesson of Vietnam never learned. There are going to be some very angry veterans in the future. Afghanistan is no different and eventually the civil war between themselves and the Taliban will have to happen. The people of Afghanistan have to decide their own future and we have no play in it. That does not mean I do not grieve for all the women who will be subjugated, but again, we can’t win this for them.

It is interesting watching what is happening and listening to the blame game because it was all so predictable. In fact in did back in 2009 in a blog called No Good Choices, Iraq and Afghanistan. It is sad that we are listening to the morons who got us into this war in the first place, but the reality is Americans have no stomach for any more wars so hopefully we will stay out now. I wonder if we will learn anything this time. We never have before.