In 2002 we ran away from Illinois where we were born and raised, and started a new life in SW Florida. This blog is about me (an eccentric old artist), ROM (my Real Old Man), Isabella (our neurotic Standard Poodle) and Emmy (our crazy snake killing Jack Russell Terrier). Oh- and the neighborhood old people. Life is good in Florida!

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Wednesday, September 4, 2013

America's God Complex, Syrian Rebels Aren't Nice Guys and Twerking for Conan

Warning... No humorous stories or pretty pictures today. I have a political rant I need to get out of my system, so you might want to skip this blog entry and come back another day.

This Syria mess has my panties in a big ol' wad.  Let me start off by saying I voted for President Obama twice, and that gives me the right to critique his performance as Commander In Chief. And that also means I share some of the blame if he insists on this military attack on Syria. You would have thought we'd learned our lesson and now know better than to attack countries that aren't a threat to us. Have we already forgotten Iraq? Hello??? Yeah, yeah, yeah... I know Obama said there would be no boots on the ground but I no longer believe and trust our leaders. Why is it once we elect a president they get a God complex and believe we are responsible for righting all the wrongs in the entire freaking world?

I don't think many doubt that Assad forces used chemical weapons on it's own people. And no one with any morality would condone such a horrible act. War is ugly, horrible gruesome things are always part of any war. The pictures of the dead children from the chemical attack are heartbreaking, but I find the pictures of all dead children killed during any war horrifying, especially those children killed by our actions in Iraq and Afghanistan. Does it matter if a child is killed by bombs instead of chemical weapons? And isn't it strange that the use of some chemical weapons is a serious war crime but the use of other chemicals isn't? Do some research on how the U.S. of A. and Israel have used white phosphorus. Google it.

As monstrous as Assad is, there is no good side in the Syrian civil war. The rebels aren't a united and noble group of freedom fighters.  The rebel forces consist of many factions, and some are connected to and supported by Al Qaeda.  When Assad is eventually defeated, these rebel factions will then turn on each other to fight for control of a new Syria. Obama doesn't mention the rebels or that by hitting Assad we will assist the rebels, just that Assad needs to be punished for using chemical weapons. Obama doesn't want to talk about the rebels because they are not nice people- surely by now we've all seen the video or read articles about the rebel fighter Abu Sakkar who was video taped cutting out the heart of a killed Assad soldier and eating it. He put the video on You Tube!

Let's not forget how our meddling and assistance helped create, train and arm the Taliban. When the Soviets invaded Afghanistan in 1979 the U.S. provided training, weapons and financial aid to a resistance movement. One of the factions that formed during this time was the Taliban. How ironic that the people we trained, armed and supported turned out to be the same people who gave safe haven and support to Bin Laden and Al Qaeda.

There is no good outcome for Syria, at least in the near future. When Assad is defeated, there will be years of war as the rebel factions fight each other for power. Who will we back then? Will we continue to choose the lesser of two evils as we continue to involve ourselves in Mid Eastern messes?

If the political ramifications of involving ourselves in the Syrian civil war doesn't concern us, let's talk about the cost. An article in the New York Times said: "The Pentagon has provided Congress with its first detailed list of military options to stem the bloody civil war in Syria, suggesting that a campaign to tilt the balance from President Bashar al-Assad to the opposition would be a vast undertaking, costing billions of dollars, and could backfire on the United States."

Billions of dollars! We all know our country is broke after waging wars in Iraq and Afghanistan, will we borrow more money from China to pay for yet another Middle East fiasco?  We are a country in crisis and the crisis is within our own borders. Our school system is failing, our poverty rate continues to climb, our mental health system is broken, senseless violence on our streets has become the norm,  five children a day die from abuse and neglect and we continue to slash funding for domestic social programs. It's time we step down from our self imposed role as The Avenger for all the world's transgressions and take care of our own. I'm not advocating Isolationism, just some damn common sense. I hope America always provides humanitarian aid to people in need around the world. But let's not insert ourselves into foreign civil conflicts and spend billions of dollars that inadvertently benefits known terrorist organizations.  

Whew... okay, rant over. Now I need to make a twerking video to send to Conan O'Brian.


15 comments:

  1. I don't even recognize the Obama who is now calling for attacks on Syria. I fear the senate will go along with him. What a can of worms he's opening.

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    1. Our arrogance seems to make us unable to learn from our mistakes. We've continued to make the wrong decisions as far back as Vietnam. We yearn for wiser leaders but sadly never find them on the ballet when we go to cast our votes. They always fail to be the people they said they were during their campaigns begging for our votes. Once they are in office they stop listening to our voices. I really thought Obama would be different.

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  2. I hadn't heard that Al Qaeda was involved with the rebels. If that's true, why are we even considering helping them in any ways. I hope you share your twerking video for Conan with all of us- hee hee

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    1. There is lots of information out there. When you have moment, sit down with a cup of coffee and start Googling. So much information that isn't talked about in the main stream news.

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  3. I took your advice and googled white phosphorus. Holy Christ, I had no idea. I don't know what we should do about Syria. I hope our president knows what he's doing. Maybe he knows something that he can't tell us because it is classified.

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    1. We can no longer sit back and blindly trust our leaders. If there is classified information justifying our involvement in Syria's civil war, they need to declassify it and share it with us- the taxpayers that get saddled with these debts. People trusted our leaders when they waged wars in Vietnam and Iraq, and look how those wars turned out.

      I'm glad you looked up info on white phosphorus. Now keep digging, demand answers and get involved. We can no longer sit back and let our leaders do whatever they want. This is our America and we pay the bills!

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  4. So we do nothing? How can we not help people fighting for freedom! The world will be a safer place if we help countries become democracies.
    Richard

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    1. Richard, what makes you think the Syrian rebels are fighting for democracy? There is not one united group of rebels. The rebels consist of 100s of different factions, some who are affiliated with and supported by Al Qaeda.

      Please read this article about who the rebels are. You'll have to copy & paste the link into your browser.
      http://www.alternet.org/world/kerry-distorts-syrian-rebels?utm_medium=twitter&utm_source=twitterfeed

      As for what we should do- give humanitarian aid and nothing more.

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  5. You nailed it, ROH. I'm so disgusted with our politicians I can't even....

    My personal opinion is that our politicians work for the rich, the U.S. of Corporate America. Among the most influential are the international defense contractors. What are they going to do if the U.S. and other countries aren't buying weapons to wage war? Chemical bombs, drones, fighter jets, and massive production of military equipment and supplies aren't made by fairies in the night.

    Military contracts paid for by tax dollars = money you and I can't even imagine. What the major media outlets report comes down to what those power mongers allow them to say. They own our media now through one shell corp., network association, stocks, bonds, board membership or another. Media no longer does investigative reporting, no more independent news org's. in the field to reveal what's really going on. I don't even believe what I see on TV anymore: it could be as real as the Real Housewives, for all I know.

    And you're spot on about not taking care of our own here in America. No jobs or hope for the lower classes anymore, no pretense that they're not hated for every breath they take: no room left for open eyes here, just keep your head down and support wiping out the "weaker" among us. Education? Health care? Children? Pfft! Screw them all, cry the righteous taxpayers. But notice in all the cutbacks Congress implemented, lots of money left for our war machine.

    One of the most horrific movies I've seen, which is basically an honest depiction of how the War industries work, is "Lord of War," with Nicolas Cage. It received endorsement by Amnesty International because it lets the cat out of the bag: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Lord_of_War

    The upshot: there's no fighting global power, and global power is without conscience, soul, or even common sense.

    So twerk away, ROH; in the nude, if you feel like it. Because clearly the power mongers are going to run us all into the dust.

    Sorry, got off on a rant of my own here. I, too, am astonished that our own president is endorsing a war we haven't even seen the evidence to support. It's just Wubya and Darth Cheney all over again.

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    1. Rant on, Dottie! I've never heard of this movie "Lord of War" but I'm going to check it out. And you're right- defense is a huge industry. Corporate America and lobbyists have taken over our country. But now that the middle class (the very people that pay the country's bills) has almost been wiped out, who is going to pay the bills? The rich? Hell no!

      Maybe it's too late for us, the American people, to take back our own country.

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  6. Great blog, ROH. I personally no longer trust any politician. Well said sister, well said. Feeling1979

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    1. I hear you, Ms.Beverhausen! In time they all prove to be untrustworthy. A lot like Bravos Real Housewives-LOL

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  7. Rant away, ROH. I've written two posts about Syria on my blog and I'm heartsick over what our leaders are forcing on us. After seeing the video posted by the New York Times today, it's impossible to separate the "good" rebels from the "bad" rebels. I, like you, have been around long enough to know that what we're being told is evidence of atrocities can't be trusted. We're spread too thin, our resources are dwindling by the second and we need to rethink our priorities - at home. Thank you, thank you, thank you for writing this.
    BTW - I'd be happy to join you in that baby boomer twerking video. Conan, you ain't see nothin' yet! :D

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    1. Yes, Empress! Home priorities! We need to find a producer for our twerking video ;)

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  8. I will say this:
    I agree w/ I don't recognize the Obama that ROH and I were so happy about winning this past election..however, I can see where he is upset abt Syria; however again, we have our own issues and too many of our troops have died and ARE NOT taken care of by the govm't as promised. We armed the Rebels, but the stories coming out about the "Rebels" have me concerned.
    That Assad is a liar and I think if something is to be done; not U.S.
    Amia

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