When work drama takes you away for a couple days.
1. A Dictator Dies
Wow. I didn’t think it would happen this fast. Dude’s dead. After 42 years of tyranny, Qathafi was killed. I’m glad that’s over so we can get the hell out of Libya now. I wish them well with their new government. Maybe tribes can appoint one person to represent them in Tripoli, and they can work it out that way. Whatever happens, transition is hard. And despite what some say, the Arab Spring is a good thing. The regular people will have more input into the government they create.
2. A War will Come to an End
Double wow and a “SHUT UP!” The pull out of the 40K troops from Iraq by the end of this year was nearly unbelievable. It’s finally ending after 9 years. We have enough problems here. I think I’ll be extra excited on January 1, 2012, and they’re all home. Part of me is holding back from true elation until it actually happens. I’ll believe it when I see it.
3. A Little Earthquake has Strange Timing
Here in the Bay Area, there was a small earthquake 3.9/4.0 last night around 8:00 PM. It was a jolt and then a little swaying. The epicenter was in Berkeley. The Great California ShakeOut earthquake drill was held at 10:20 AM yesterday morning! A lot of companies and schools participated, and people learned what to do when an earthquake hits. Looks like some of them got to test those new skills last night.
I’m so happy it’s Friday. Time to rest up and read up on your guys’ takes on what happened in these past couple days. Have a great weekend, everyone!
McCain Rips Republican Candidates for “Isolationism”
McCain is not cool with the growing “isolationist” vein running through the GOP. I can understand that, considering he is a POW who went through things most of us could never imagine. He invoked Reagan, the Republican demigod, saying that he would be disappointed with the debate and the candidates’ not willing to “stand up for freedom for people for all over the world.”
Yikes. Honestly, it’s not about that. The candidates are picking up on Americans’ feelings. A lot of us, including Republicans, are tired of war.
Saddam and sons are dead. We helped them set up a government. What are we still doing there? Sure, we’ve “drawn down,” but at this point, shouldn’t we be able to leave? No contingent troops. Everyone home.
It’s going on 10 years. Ten. It was the forgotten war when Bush decided to go after Saddam and his make believe WMDs. Obama made good on his promise to concentrate on the war that should have been center stage. I understand that thinking, but I believe any shot we had we blew a long time ago. That said, it was a pleasant surprise that we got Osama bin Laden. Awesome! This could be the turning point – our signal to leave. al Qaeda has long since moved their headquarters, and Osama bin Laden is dead. If we stay, what are we doing? Fighting the Taliban? That is not what we signed up for. We got the guy who masterminded the attack. And we can continue keeping our eye on al Qaeda through intelligence. Time to wrap it up, and go home.
War? Not a war? The sooner Qathafi dies, the faster we can stop the air strkes. Here’s hoping.
Since we have a lot of domestic problems to deal with, maybe an isolationist mindset is needed right now. How about we spend what we’re spending on the wars to pay down our debt? How about trying to win the hearts and minds of cynical Americans instead of people a half a world away?
Americans are growing weary of war. The GOP candidates know this, and they’re using it to their advantage. It can increase pressure on Obama to start packing it up in a huge way. At this point, I really don’t care who gets us out of the wars. Just get us out.
First Wave of Allied Assault: 112 Cruise Missiles
I wonder who makes up these names. This one is particularly pretty.
I’ve been thinking about our newest war. I was listening to my local talk radio show while I was in line at the drive-thru. Saturday night burger ritual. The host mentioned that Libya was no threat to our national security and that listening to Obama was like listening to Bush before he invaded Iraq. It’s sad, but true. They are no threat to us.
Why did Obama have to step up our involvement from enabling to tomahawking? The French and British could handle this. If they needed our expertise or back up, we would be there. What happened in that 24 hours that caused us to start firing cruise missles? Are we just not used to taking the backseat in war?
This is like Iraq the sequel, minus the invisible weapons. We’re not being humanitarian here. If we were, why are we not helping our allies, Yemen and Bahrain, too? Their governments are attacking their own people. Why aren’t cruise missles flying overhead? Libya has the one thing in large supply that Yemen and Bahrain don’t. O-I-L.
That’s what it all comes down to – the black gold. It’s not about the poor citizens and their revolution. It never was. Even though everyone knows this is not humanitarian, you could make it look like it is by helping out Yemen and Bahrain. They could really use our help.
Well, unless, it’s a “democracy” we help set up.
11 Killed as Iraqis Protest in ‘Day of Rage’
One of the protesters said, “We want a good life like human beings, not like animals.” You mean the life they have there is not even suitable for an animal? That is just so reassuring.
I’m so tired of these absolutely useless wars. Yeah, yeah. We’ve drawn down the troops. And the ones still there? The contingent forces? How long will they stay?
I shouldn’t have read this story because it reminds me again of our colossal mistake in invading Iraq. For WMDs that were never there in the first place. The gas we and other coutries gave them to kill the Kurds doesn’t count. And neither does the yellow cake. I have a box of Betty Crocker Butter cake mix at home. Since I haven’t mixed it, poured it into a Bundt pan and baked it, it’s not a cake. And it’s been there forever, who knows if it’s still good?
So here we are, years later, because we decided to chase after WMDs that didn’t exist. Sure Saddam and his sons, all evil incarnate, are dead. But at what cost? So many American soldiers and Iraqi citizens dead. Trillions of dollars flushed. And the lack of clean water and unreliable electricity? They do have blue ink-stained fingers and a corrupt government, though.