Continuing my new thing I’m sure will be welcomed by few-to-none; dispersing my opinions.
This will be the last for the day as I have chores need attending. Here we go . . .
Current events: War
So tired of it. And tired of hearing ‘boots on the ground’.
Look, I get it . . . someone is a threat to us. Fine. Take all the money we are spending on the military, and apply it to screening every frigging thing that comes into this country.
While at it, fund a global police and intelligence network geared not on spying on our own citizens, but rather targeting drug cartels and terrorist organizations, and then doing what’s necessary to keep drug lords and terrorists in check and from doing as much harm. For instance, use that information to surgically take them out, starting with their leaders.
With our current approach we’ll likely have many casualties, both here and there. I’d like to see an approach geared to limit those casualties both here and there AND be effective.
To my simplified thinking, taking out terrorist leaders as they spring up has the double effect of disrupting their organization and to eventually lower, by attrition, the average IQ of said leaders, thus making it easier to fight them.
By the way, that should be the approach with our growing gangs problem. Not that anyone is actually willing to tackle that issue, either.
Here’s the thing; the people here in the US – mostly composed of cable pundits – asking for boots on the ground are not the people whose kids will be wearing those boots.
Let’s remember that we lost twice as many people in our 13 years (and going) military action in the Middle East than we did on the 9-11 attacks.
And that’s not counting the wounded, lives ruined, and tremendous expense. Read the depressing numbers HERE. Pay attention to the broader numbers as well, those in the countries we ‘liberated’.
And for what? Does anyone really think we will make a difference over there? That anyone has ever made a difference in the Middle East (discounting making things worse)? Nothing will change with our involvement . . .
. . . not unless we commit to slaughtering multiple generations and whole populations.
Yes, ISIS is a threat, but I’m tired of the world looking to us to do what they don’t want to do themselves, and then point, scold them ‘nasty Americans’, and blame us for doing it.
Where is it written we should act the part of World’s Policeman, and why are we so willing to take on that role?
OK, there is an argument to be made that some of our previous involvement in the Middle East sowed the seeds for many of the current ills in the region, but we were by no means the only ones, nor were we the first to mess with the various political, religious, and border issues in that area. Besides, unintended consequences is yet another argument and all the more reason to not add to the problems.
How about this; rather than repeating the same mistakes, rather than continually aggravating existing situations, how about we take a different tack, and tackle the issue with an eye to a longer term solutions? Solution that include the participation of every other nation on Earth?
“What are you suggesting,” you ask?
I don’t know. But that is not an excuse to rush in there bombs-a-dropping and guns-a-blazing. It seems to me the security of many, many other nations is just as impacted by ISIS as is our own (probably more).
And no, I’m not being naïve about the various interests – here and abroad – that benefit from the U.S. getting involved in yet another giant clusterfoxtrot.
Speaking of financial interests, we are in a globalized economy, with money flowing through electronic channels . . . how about we really come down on them who financially support these ISIS assh . . . er . . . jerks? Isn’t that what we are supposedly good at?
Follow the money, and make it untenable for anyone to support ISIS and for anyone to profit from their existence. That includes both individuals and countries.
But that goes back to the whole ‘holding politicians accountable’ thing I mentioned above, especially when they are obviously catering to special interests with deep pockets.
Until I see all western nations provide real and substantial support in any action against ISIS, I will be sad to see the administration cave to people demanding ‘we do something‘, and especially ‘getting boots on the ground‘.
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