Thursday, September 11, 2014

Have We Not ISIS, Can We Not See? Or, Here We Go Again

Once more, off to war... this time against the Islamic State of Iraq and Syria (ISIS, also ISIL). Why? Ask the President. Ask the goddam Republicans in Congress.

What kind of war? An air war, of course! no American troops on the ground! Read the disclaimer carefully; they all start off with no American ground troops but they never end up that way. Sooner or later, depending on your age, you or your sons and daughters will die in this conflict.

Who ordered a war? Did you order a war? I didn't order a war! Why does the kitchen keep serving up wars for decades on end when none of us ordered a war? Could it be Daddy Warbucks who really ordered a war, to shovel more profits to the "defense" industry?

When I was a child, I was taught in school that America had won every war it ever engaged in. Unless we're willing to redefine "win" according to some very loose criteria, it's getting harder and harder to make that argument.

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