Saturday, January 30, 2016

Blind-Siding the War Party — Both Wings

I've made it clear here that I consider our little mass immigration problem paramount this election year. We have at least 20 million illegals now, with more wanting in, and that's on top of the several million who are here legally who never should have been let in. All of the candidates, including Cruz, have shown themselves either to be wishy-washy on the subject or downright traitorous about it.

But the next issue is war. Bush gets all the ink, and, indeed, he started up one of our most unnecessary wars, in Iraq, but if you check, Clinton did plenty of that before him, and Obama likewise afterwards. Of all the candidates, the only ones who are clearly at least reluctant to start up some more new wars are Sanders and Trump.

And I'm not anti war. I'm anti stupid war. And most of our wars have been stupid, and wars in or against Syria or Iran — anywhere in the Middle East for that matter — are very, very, stupid ideas. God alone knows what Bernie would do, but at least he says he doesn't want a bunch of wars. Better in my opinion is Trump's plan, which is to have a military so strong we'll never need to use it. Also, I'm inclined to think that Trump would use military power if necessary for our interests. All the others, again except for Bernie, seem to want to invade the Middle East on general principles.  Justin Raimondo has been anti war for quite some time now. At the site of that name [link], he writes:

Anti-anti-Trump, Anti-anti-Sanders
Extremism in defense of peace is no vice

I haven’t had this much fun in years – of course I’m talking about the US presidential election season, with The Donald taking on all comers, and winning (at least so far), and Berne Sanders burning up the self-satisfied mandarins of the Democratic party Establishment.
What’s great about this spectacle – and one must view it as a spectacle in order to gain maximum enjoyment from it – is that, as none other than Rush Limbaugh points out:
“Trump is so far outside the formula that has been established for American politics that people who are inside the formula can’t comprehend it. They don’t understand why somebody would want to venture so far outside it, because it is what it is, and there’s a ladder of success that you have to climb. And somebody challenging it like this in more ways than one, as Trump is doing, has just got everybody experiencing every kind of emotion you can: They’re angry, they are flabbergasted, they’re shocked, they’re stunned – and all of it because he’s leading.”
As I explained here, and here, one of the ways Trump is upending the rules is that he’s broken with the GOP mandarins on foreign policy. Yes, yes, I know he bloviates about how he’s “the most militaristic person” on God’s green earth, but the fact is there’s plenty of others out there who out-do him in that category. I’ve heard him say he wants to “bomb the s**t out of ISIS,” but aren’t we doing that already – to little effect? When Bill O’Reilly asked him why he didn’t support putting ground troops in Syria, he answered “Do you want to run Syria?” O’Reilly demurred. Trump puffs up his chest and announces he wants us to have “the strongest biggest baddest military on earth” – but you’ll note he invariably adds: “So we’ll never have to use it.”
Most significantly, he doesn’t want to start World War III with Vladimir Putin’s Russia: he’s actually defied the anti-Russian propaganda blitz and said he’d like to be able to get along with Putin. This alone would’ve been enough for the neocons to start a holy war against him, but he’s even gone further than that and said the Iraq war – the neocons’ handiwork – was “one of the dumbest things ever,” and Limbaugh describes their response to a tee (of course without naming them).
Oh yes, it’s great fun watching the waterboarding of the neocons, because they count among their enemies the top two contenders for the Republican nomination, not only Trump but also Ted Cruz. The greasy-haired Canadian earned their ire when he attacked them by name, but as Rosie Gray reports in Buzzfeed they may be reconciling themselves to Cruz because he’s the only viable Not-Trump:
“Some of the hawkish figures who Ted Cruz recently dismissed as ‘crazy neo-con invade-every-country-on-earth and send our kids to die in the Middle East’ … say they’d consider supporting Cruz anyway if he’s the last man between Donald Trump and the Republican presidential nomination.-------------
Read the rest here:
Quibcag: Found the illustration on the net.

1 comment:

  1. The template for Trump was Ross Perot. I'm sure you remember that whole thing. As I stated elsewhere, I think he would have likely made a terrible President, I think the job would have literally driven him mad - yes, as in genuine insanity.
    If Trump does nothing more than portrays a President (not unlike the obnoxious boss stereotype he did on TV) for 4-8 years but otherwise does nothing of any note he would be better than what we've been through for the past 8 years - or Hillary/GOP seven dwarfs.
    Though I did not vote for him (either time), nor do I like him (not one bit), to put it bluntly I am glad 0bama became President than McCain - because I truly believe he would have been even worse in every way.
    In the '08 Russo-Georgian War, McCain wanted to bring NATO/US troops into that action on the Georgian side - which would have obviously been a total disaster.
    Even Bush ignored it, which frankly was the right thing to do. Just like Clinton ignored Rwanda - which was also the correct action.
    How odious is McCain? That's easy, see for yourself.
    Yes, that really was his official 2010 Senate re-election TV ad. His campaign posted that to YouTube.