Thursday, August 28, 2014
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Wednesday, August 13, 2014
We finally got out of Iraq luckily through the bungling of Nouri al-Maliki
who has maintained a crazy hold on power.
We lucked out. Now, a weary nation (at least those who care), are faced with what to do again in Iraq? The president has taken a courageous stance in bombing. We can't turn our backs on defenseless people like the Yazidis. It is not in our nature. The bombing seems to be working. We have stopped the advance of fanatics who kill indiscriminately anybody who doesn't agree with them. I think I would take a little riskier tacict than just bombing. Forget those like John McCain. What the f..k is wrong with him. He was a POW for God's sake and ought to be bigger than all this criticism he constant levels. He is still a sore loser I think. And Hillary, politics. Give me a break. But, with what I've read, we are dealing with murderous fanatics. Vicious fanatics like ISSI must be confronted. And we should be prepared to facilitate their martyrdom. Air strikes alone will not do it. There is no winning this war on terrorism, they continue to multiply but we can win this battle. We should deploy the 82d Airborne. They are the premier large scale fighting force in the American military. The 82d Airborne trains and lives for this moment. Already, they have prepared a scenario exactly for this moment. They are trained. Their mission means ready to "rock and roll" in 72 hours. In this case, they are sitting on the runway, waiting on the green light. It is time to do it. And, once the mission is completed, "wheels up" on the way home, the Kurt's have the mission.
Friday, August 08, 2014
Ordinarily I would oppose a decision to even think of doing anything with Iraq but I think Ryan Crocker is right, “This is about America’s national security,” said Ryan Crocker, who was ambassador to Iraq under Mr. Bush and to Afghanistan under Mr. Obama. “We don’t understand real evil, organized evil, very well. This is evil incarnate." People like Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi,” the ISIS leader, “have been in a fight for a decade. They are messianic in their vision, and they are not going to stop.”