- See that red line? It means something now.: President Trump’s decision to bomb a Syrian airfield where chemical weapons were allegedly being manufactured with 59 Tomahawk missiles late Thursday sends a message to the Syrian government, the Iranians, the Russians and even the goofy little fat guy over in North Korea the days of bold talk and no action from the United States government ended on January 20. The ‘red line’ which Barack Obama fecklessly failed to enforce for half a decade was crossed yet again on Monday, and this President has now enforced it, the first time that has happened. That part is good.
- It’s what these fellows call ‘a good start.’: The Republican war hawks in the Senate – John McCain, Lindsey Graham and Marco Rubio – were gleeful over the President’s action, and all see it as just a first step towards a massive escalation of the U.S. presence in the Syrian civil war. In the past, all three of these guys have advocated placing hundreds of thousands of U.S. troops on the ground in that god-forsaken place half a world away, so that they can have their long-desired military confrontation with Vladimir Putin. This despite the unarguable reality that the United States of America has no discernible national security interest in the outcome of the Syrian civil war. There is no good reason why our military families should yet again begin experiencing the anguish of seeing their sons and daughters coming back from the Middle East en masse in body bags, or with missing limbs and other horrible injuries. It’s never a good thing when the warmongers are happy.
- Somebody please tell us, who are the “good guys” in Syria?: For five long years, Barack Obama was never able to clearly identify to the American people who exactly our country was seeking to put into power in Syria. Who exactly are the “good guys” over there? Does anyone know? Are John McCain, Marco Rubio and Little Lindsey ready to clearly and unambiguously identify exactly who it is among the warring factions in that country – all of whom have committed atrocities during this conflict – that the United States wants to take responsibility for placing into power at the cost of hundreds of billions of our national treasure and no telling how many American lives? Let’s all pray that President Trump is demanding all of his neo-con advisors to provide him with that information before he is willing to escalate the U.S. military presence in yet another Middle East civil war. It’s an ugly thing to get involved in another country’s war when we don’t even know who our preferred winner might be.
- Yet another Obama-era “Big Lie” is exposed.: Back in 2014, Barack Obama and his moron Secretary of State, John Kerry, went around the world bragging that their vaunted diplomatic efforts had brought an end to the Syrian government’s chemical weapons program, and that all such weapons had been eliminated. The fake news media praised the two most dishonest people ever to occupy high office in this country for weeks and months afterwards for their bold action. Yeah, that was just another Obama disinformation campaign. It’s always a good thing when the sad, ugly truth about the Obama years is exposed to the light of day.
- Oh, yeah, about that whole Supreme Court thing…: In other news, Mitch McConnell and the Senate Republican majority exercised the “nuclear option” and voted to eliminate the filibuster for Supreme Court nominees. Many are sad that the unprecedented Democrat partisan filibuster of a Supreme Court nominee made that necessary, but we shouldn’t be. The filibuster is only a useful tool of governance when the two parties are willing and able to work with one another to ultimately find common ground on issues. That all went away when Bill Clinton was elected to the presidency, and the Democrats as a party adopted their “ends justify the means” efforts to acquire and maintain power. It just took the Senate Republicans 25 years to figure out that had happened. When one major party no longer even recognizes any authority or institution that does not fit its political purposes, then the filibuster is worthless. Hopefully, the Republicans will also eliminate it for legislation sometime soon. Its time has passed.
Just another day in “red line” enforcing America.
That is all.