Now that the dust has settled from the Syria strike and the usual suspects have had their say—among them Rand Paul that Trump’s order was as unconstitutional as LBJ’s dragging us into Vietnam and war-monger John McCain just as pleased as punch—I have to say I was surprised and saddened.
First off I’ve never understood why chemical weapons are supposed to be more heinous than high explosive or automatic rifles and machine guns. But given that they are seen that way, Trump’s comment about children dying horribly from poisonous gas couldn’t have been more disingenuous.
Does he not know that there were families at that air base he bombed? Families of the techs who labored there and undoubtedly some with children? Why is blowing them up less horrible that what Assad allegedly did? And how does this further American First? As Paul said Syria didn’t attack us.
Regrettably, Trump seems to be headed down the path that Bush 2 and Obama took, in stirring up the hornets nest of the Middle East, and getting more American soldiers killed—for the sake of what? Realpolitik? What a shame.
UPDATE: The ZMan opines: “The United States has no interest in Syria. There are no good guys to back. There’s no ‘solution’ to what ails that part of the world, short of another flood. Syria is a mess because it is full of Syrians. The only sane policy is to make sure it remains full of Syrians. Let them kill each other there, not in Paris or Portland.” And hopes the Tumpet doesn’t get to like being President of the World. God help us.
“Manitoba’s Welcome Place refugee agency helped 91 claimants between Nov. 1 and Jan. 25 – more than the agency normally sees in a year. Most braved the freezing prairie winter to walk into Canada.
“‘We haven’t had something before like this,’ said Maggie Yeboah, president of the Ghanaian Union of Manitoba, which has helped refugees get medical attention and housing. ‘We don’t know what to do.'”
Neither did the small American towns Obama dumped these people on. Your turn!
Via Drudge Report
I liked this idea when Trump first raised it during his campaign. I still like it despite the turmoil his executive order closing the door to refugees apparently has created at some airports here and elsewhere. It was bound to cause problems. The only way to avoid them would be to continue the refugee influx.
Which I never quite understood to begin with. I recall the Vietnamese refugee situation in the 1970s and early 80s when National Guard bases in Arkansas and Pennsylvania were used to house them until sponsors could be found for each family and the guarantee of a job. But that was a different age it seems.
Barry Hussein seems to have been dumping them into small American towns, particularly in the midwest, without much if any planning. Of course he wouldn’t have sought to bother the coastal cities, where most of his party’s votes come from. He was by far the most partisan president in a generation.
Just why we are supposed to take these people, most of them Middle Eastern Muslims, has never been clear to me. Because of the fighting in Iraq and Syria? Barry’s policies created the refugee problems in both those places. Perhaps that’s why he felt the need to take them. But that’s his problem. It shouldn’t be ours.
Via Drudge Report
UPDATE: Dilbert creator and Trump supporter Scott Adams on Trump’s strategy. I just hope that in negotiating back to the middle we don’t wind up with more refugees. Send ’em to Europe. Let the Germs be overwhelmed. They haven’t atoned near enough for the Holocaust. Give it another thousand years.
MEMRI, an outfit which translates the Arab world to show us their true attitudes behind the platitudes our pols and the dictator’s club hand us, occasionally hits the jackpot. As they did here. Watch these talk show clowns throw coffee and punches. You’ll see why Israel has so little hope of ever making peace with them.
When the fit hits the shan as it inevitably will once President Trump is inaugurated and the feds begin vetting Islamic immigrants, we can hope to finally see in the public discourse this fundamental view of Mighty Mo’s construct:
“It would help to stop thinking of Islam as a religion. It is essentially a Imperialistic ideology that has more in common with revolutionary France or Marxist Russia than, say, Buddhism or Mormonism. I oppose any belief system that prescribes death to ex-members and forbids separation of church and state.”
Via Instapundit commenter Liberty or Death
We know the Hildabeast is bellicose. For a woman whose gender is supposed to be about cooperation, she is as competitive as any male. She engineered the death of Gaddafi who, for all his faults, was on our side at last. But now, incredibly, she’s talking about threatening the Russians, who have the nuclear arsenal Iran can only dream about.
Her major declared threat to them is to impose a no-fly zone over Syria, the same idea her husband Slick Willie championed and imposed on Iraq back in the 90s. But except for a few Turkish and other fighter-bombers over Syria, the majority of fliers and their aircraft are Russian.
Which explains why Putin’s government has been running civil defense exercises and talking about nuclear war. Even to the point of mentioning (at length) their new RS-28 Sarmat missile, dubbed the Satan 2, whose seventeen nuclear warheads they have pointedly claimed could wipe out a geographical area the size of Texas.
The Democrats are running new campaign ads claiming Trump would start a nuclear war, but other than a few naive remarks about nuclear weapons, he hasn’t threatened the only other nuclear power of any significance. Only the Democrat candidate has done that.
Not that the Russians likely would waste an RS 28 on us. Well, maybe on Houston with its oil terminals, which might takeout Louisiana, Arkansas and parts of Mississippi. More likely they would all go to the east and west coasts: DC, NYC, and LA. Maybe Felonia would figure that out in time and not let the confrontation get too hot.
She’s a notorious liar, after all, as well as a criminal. Maybe her no-fly zone is just more campaign bullshit, like her phony plan to tax the rich. We can only hope.
The A-10 Thunderbolt II’s retirement is being rethunk. Good news for the groundpounders, for whom air support from the fast movers always was problematic.
I once flagged a passing F-4 Phantom for air support and was shocked to watch it fling a 250-pounder (the smallest bomb it had at the time) farther than desired: right into the outskirts of a friendly village. The Thunderbolt II, whose pilots call it the Warthog, carries only 10-pounder rockets, in addition to its 30mm rotary nose cannon, and is slow enough to be a lot more accurate.
“Air Force maintainers are also preparing to replace the wings of the A-10 fleet, tapping a $2 billion contract originally awarded to Boeing in 2007, which was intended at the time to keep the fleet flying until 2028. Some corrosion of the planes has been seen at the depots, but Pawlikowski says this is to be expected, especially on an aircraft that has been in service since 1977.”
Their wings likely corrode faster because they fly low and (relatively) slow and stir up and collect a lot of dirt, dust and vegetative derbis. The Warthog could do a lot more damage to ISIS than any fast mover. Sure wish we’d had them in Vietnam.
Via Popular Mechanics