Friday, April 7, 2017
Yesterday marked the hundredth anniversary of the US entry into World War I, a transformative exercise to say the least.
So what does El Caudillo do? He authorizes a missile strike on a Syrian airbase while at dinner with China's Xi Jinping at the Winter Palace in Florida. Hm. Who'd a thunk?
This is supposed to be the Peace-Maker, Deal-Maker God-Emperor who will keep the US out of Syria, make nice with the Russians and preserve, protect and defend us from that horrid warmonger Hag who was just itching to engage in nuclear annihilation with Putin.
Clintons, Obamacrats, and all they represented delenda est!
Of course it was all fantasy and bullshit, but what the hell. We saw our politics fall through the looking glass a long time ago, and there seems to be no way back. Fantasy and bullshit rule for the duration. Make the most of it.
I pointed out a long time ago that there was never much difference in the policies of Clinton vs Trump on most matters. Their rhetoric tended to emphasize differences, but when you drilled down, their policies were close, in some cases identical. Where they differed was in implementation -- whether radical and harsh (as Trump wanted) or incremental and "softer" (as Hillary seemed to want -- it was never clear with her.)
So here we are now with Trump executing Hillary's Syria policies without a qualm, a near 180° turn around from statements out of the Regime just days ago.
Of course, things change. Assad (once again) "gassed his own people." The way he does. Ergo, something had to be done. After all, such monstrousness cannot be allowed to stand!
Never mind that Assad may not have intended any such thing, but in WAR!!! strange things happen.
Never mind the hundreds of civilians (including "beautiful babies") slaughtered in Mosul by an American air attack the other day. "Collateral damage, too bad, so sad."
Gotta root out them terrrisss.
It's all stupid -- much as WWI was -- and follows a course of events that cannot be controlled.
We should know that by now.
And even Caudillos and God-Emperors cannot make events conform to desires.
They say the cable news nets are wetting themselves with delight over WAR!!! frenzy. Not surprising. It is their stock in trade. They enjoy slaughter for its own sake, for the ratings boost, for the patriotism of it all.
This won't end well.
Any more than WWI did.
What a whirled.