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Thoughts on Events the Week of December 30

Posted in Uncategorized by EloiSVM42 on January 8, 2020

Madness: Since George W. Bush, our worst president since the Civil War, invaded Iraq, our worst blunder since the Civil War, our foreign policy regarding the Middle East has been mismanaged. We are treating Islam today just like Europe did during the Crusades, which began in 1095, and which didn’t go all that well then either. In other words, we haven’t learned a damn thing in 925 years.

This current lot is the worst, which is really saying something considering the bozos of the Bush administration. Think Paul Wolfowitz and Donald Rumsfeld. I doubt this lot knows the difference between a Shia and a Sunni Muslim, an important distinction to understand as it informs the region, and specifically the relationship between Iran and Iraq (hint: both are Shiite majority countries, you nit wits).

This indictment doesn’t include President Trump. The rest are ignorant, vicious ideologues. Trump doesn’t rise even to that level. He is a round orange ball of ignorance, stupidity and various neuroses, though I don’t want to dwell on his finer points too much. This unhinged fool is wading into another “Big Muddy,” as Pete Seager sang of Lyndon Johnson and Vietnam, and he’s dragging us all with him.

President Obama did the only intelligent thing we have done in the Middle East in this century when he gathered allies and other major players together and secured the Iran nuclear agreement. So of course Trump walked away from the agreement as soon as he took office, and it has been downhill from there. (To be fair, Obama and his people didn’t understand the situation fully either, or he would have gotten us out of there.)

Here are some basic thoughts that guide me when I think about the Middle East: The situation is more complicated and nuanced, but these ideas get me through.

First, the conflict in the Middle East is between Sunni and Shiite Muslims. It is fundamentally a religious/civil war, and we have no role in it, nor should we try to. You can’t step between two fighting dogs to stop them; you will only get bitten. The players in the region must work it out themselves.

Second, the reason we are under attack there, and in other parts of the world, is because we are poking Islam with a pointed stick. Remember the Crusades? If we weren’t there, they would have no reason to attack us.

Third, with the changing role of oil in our world, the Middle East is no longer as strategically important to us as once it was. We needn’t be spending so many resources there.

Finally, we are pissing away blood, treasure, reputation and influence, all of which we need to deal with more important international and domestic issues. One of the reasons so many people voted for Trump (though still a minority) is because we failed them while stumbling around in the Middle East.  

Worst state: Kansas gets the cup this week because Secretary of State Mike Pompous lied to us through his teeth all week. On the bright side, Pompous will not run for Senate in Kanas in 2020, so the seat could go to a Democrat, and if Trump is thrown out of office, Pompous will be out of politics, which will be a good thing for all of us.

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