“They need a base of operations to train and recruit and plan. And there’s really only one reason they need such a thing. These are among the most dedicated people in the world to their cause, and what do you imagine is the cause they’re dedicated to? We, unfortunately, do not have the same dedication.” ~ Pops on Iraq
Hey howdy to all several of you. I’m taking a minute from spreadsheeting to check in because the Advil is starting to work and I can actually type for extended periods of time without wanting to throw up. Battling the never-ending migraine and it’s really starting to annoy me. I can get it to a place where I can function but with the humidity making me sweat out every bit of water in my system, the last several days of extreme pollen in the air, and the recent barometric fluctuations, I feel like I’m perpetually hung over. And there’s nothing more dissatisfying than feeling hung over without the joy of drinking. I’m hoping to make a book release thing later on the Hill but I’ll just have to see what my sinuses say. Anyway, Iraq…
I’m trying to decide if I want to write about this in a more “official” capacity. I’m not sure I do because, for the life of me, I don’t know what the answer is. I keep thinking of the guys that fought and died there trying to stabilize the region, and it makes me rather angry. Because even if you disagreed with W — and I’m no fan of being the world police — there is absolutely nothing beneficial about what’s happening right now. It certainly doesn’t benefit the US or its allies. And the greater concept of peace is absolutely threatened unless you believe these guys marching toward Baghdad have noble intentions. I think the evidence suggests that’s not the case. Understatement of the year, I know. And I think the larger lesson is, of course, that we can declare that the war is over, but that doesn’t mean the enemy agrees. Which is why I think my libertarian friends should be paying very close attention to what’s happening right now. No one likes war, and you can declare yourself a pacifist, but if someone shows up at your door with a bat, or tries to destroy your business, or threatens your family, you by God better know how to fight. A destabilized Middle East is actually very bad for us. It simply is. Perhaps there’s a way to facilitate its stabilization that doesn’t require war but so far we haven’t found it. And now, well, it just looks like a waiting game. We need to be looking to Afghanistan as well instead of just handing over the bad guys like the hostilities have ended and being like, “Y’all be good now, ya’hear?” per Hillary Clinton. Then, of course, there’s Syria, which puts me in the mind of the rat line conversation I had a while back about how we were arming AQ there and they are, without question, some of the people upsetting the apple cart in Iraq. But I still think O thought — because, ironically, we are now actually as arrogant as all the lefties thought we were under W — we were helping free Syrians. AQ was dead. Of course they were. We had decided it and said it aloud. And that’s all it takes, right? And I guess it’s just as easy to call a do-over when that’s the thrust of your muscle.
Anyway, I’m glad some of the new kids are starting to offer ideas. Because don’t think this isn’t potentially a part of that dedication to cause I mentioned earlier. This, too. That’s not paranoia. That’s the reality and I’m pretty sure people who have been existing under this idea that we’re safe within our borders may have their minds changed. Sorry to worry you. But let’s just not be stupid going forward, okay? Does this mean we get all crazy and start rounding people up Japanese internment style? Of course not. But this, from 2006, still goes on and acting like it doesn’t is foolish.
Okay, back to spreadsheeting. Here’s some other things.
Interesting. No one really talks about this marginalized group, do they?
Fascinating. I like the idea that the great masters were the tech geniuses of their time. Because of course they were.
I had a song written about me once when I was younger and a lot cuter. It wasn’t as awesome as this one but I’ll tell you about it sometime…