We suspect that we’d have some big time issues with Ms. Gabbard on a myriad of things, but on the issue of war (she is a former warrior herself) she is a breath of fresh air. Too bad Pelosi’s Democratic machine chased her out of leadership.
Tom Woods is a favorite here. Read his books. Buy his books. (After you read and buy ours of course.)
This is pretty compelling testimony from Congresswoman Gabbard.
Syria sits astride the crossroads of the Middle East. Though much of it is parched desert the land is very valuable as the country lies between the Arabian Peninsula and Europe and between Israel and the Shiites in the East.
We don’t need to be in Syria. We shouldn’t be in Syria.
Definitely check out the “related stories” below for more on the fiasco that is Syria.
Man, I was lucky if I got a $10 bill from Grandma on my birthday. And even those stopped coming when I was a teenager.
I have got to get some Qatari friends.
Click HERE for a highly detailed and interactive map of the Syrian conflict.
Russia is one of the world’s chief crony capitalist states. China’s probably number one but Russia is right on up there. Of course we live in a global crony system which we should keep in mind, but Putin’s cadre of oligarchs is a particularly nasty club. Or gang. Of course the world is filled with gangs. (It likely will always will be, though some “gangs”
Bret Stephens, the deputy editorial page editor of the Wall Street Journal thinks however that we should be “thankful” that the Saudis are fighting “our war” for us in Yemen.
That’s right, Mr. Stephens said Yemen is “our war.” The neocons will never ever learn. Never.
No, the war in Yemen is a fight the Saudis have engaged in because they fear the rise of Shiite forces that could eventually find their way into Saudi Arabia and topple the Saudi Wahhabi regime.
A recent map of the Syrian civil war.
This, I’d say is a problem.
When are we going to learn when it comes to the Middle East? Never it seems.
The American people need to pay close attention to what is happening in Syria. There is a lot more going on there than just terrorism, civil war, and ISIS. If we are going to put our people in harm’s way, yet again, we should know why we are really there. Is it to fight ISIS? Is it to depose Assad? Is it to support “moderate” rebels? Is it to put a check on Putin? Is it to protect Turkish revenue streams?
“Victorious warriors win first and then go to war, while defeated warriors go to war first and then seek to win”
― Sun Tzu,
Some of the folks in the Military Industrial Complex would be wise to revisit the lessons in this book. Of course much of the Art of War is about being frugal with resources. The contractors aren’t too keen on that.
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War is fundamentally crony. There is death and destruction and despair for most, but for some people, companies, and governments there is money to be made too. Sometimes very big money indeed. The conflict in Syria is an example. It’s not really about religion and terrorism. (Though these are hugely important factors.)
Peggy Noonan writes in the Wall Street Journal of a fundamental disconnect between what she refers to as “elites” (I despise this term, many, if not most people in power I have met are not what I would call “elite.”) and their indifference to the pressures which come from massive immigration. She makes an important point. A giant increase in immigration flows isn’t going to really impact the circle Angela Merkle runs in, except that perhaps the people in this circle will be able to pay their gardeners even less.