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The Goths are Coming

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The amorphous international community seems to be drawing together in agreement that the ISIS/ISIL/Caliphate crowd has to go. The jihadist murderers are overrunning country after country and can my beloved Amsterdam be far behind? They’re headed for us and ours, too, and you can put money on it. From within we will be beset, even as we waste our precious resources trying to settle family quarrels around the world and confine the fire to other people’s countries. All our interventions have done is serve as a recruiting tool among the far too numerous offspring of the Moslem world. I’m all for hitting these loathsome creatures wherever we can, but I don’t think we’re going to defeat them overseas.

It’s pretty certain that the US will get another chance to try out the latest military tech by hitting the jihadists in Syria. Maybe we’ll hit a leader or two or three, and you can be sure we will kill a lot of civilians, too. But it all depends on how the US approaches this impending military action that will determine if it will have any success as we now define it. I hope that building this “coalition” means getting people together to fight a common threat within another country with the permission of the government and that it doesn’t mean “coalition against Assad, too.” If we ignore regional realities and rivalries and try to regime change again, this fire is going to have jumped the break. In the meantime, nobody in charge seems too concerned about the deliberately-provoked deluge of the US southern border, which mass migration was sprinkled with a sufficient number of abandoned children to make this into a sob story about poor orphans. Nobody is writing much about all the flotsam and jetsam that washed over the border along with the abused children whose parents got them off their hands. That’s because nobody knows who they are, just ask Immigration or Homeland Security. We won’t know who they are until heads are being cut off in tolerant places like Minneapolis or tunnels are collapsing leading into major cities. Things like that.

So what’s the point of a bombing campaign in which, quite possibly the NATO crowd aka the US will ignore the government of Syria and bomb at will? What if NATO decides not only to bomb away inside Syria, as if the Assad government had already been deposed, but to put “boots on the ground”? What’s a border to NATO, unless it belongs to a NATO member or maybe a non-NATO member seen as cooperative? If NATO does act against ISIS without Assad backing them up, NATO will fail in its ultimate goal, the decimation of ISIS and the mad jihadists. This is a case of shared interests. Are we too blinded by our sense of moral superiority that we can’t see that? If the US does try to use one pretext to take care of other business, it will have blown a great opportunity to get past the pout stage of US foreign policy and onto realpolitik. In the latter world, Assad could be a sort of ally, or as much of one as we have anymore, whom we are not trying to oust or have murdered and with whom we work together to corral those varmints and kill them. It’s easy to be friends. And morally you can justify this course by adding up the numbers of civilians killed by the US and by Syria to point out that the US has a far more grievous record on that score than Syria could even aspire to.

As for Ukraine, wow, that went so fast it took me by surprise. We began with a junta-led military offensive against a civilian population and a separatist faction in eastern Ukraine, under direction of a right-wing defense minister and assisted by neo-Nazi volunteers. Then there was an “election” and Poroshenko was in power, and he wanted to show he was as strong as he looks. He really unleashed the military against civilians, even going so far as to lob short-range ballistic missiles into populated areas with never a peep from NATO or the EU about human rights. Kiev bombed schools and apartment blocks and churches and WWII monuments. Old ladies sleep on cots in damp dark basements that will soon be frigidly cold. Nobody gives a damn. It’s all balance of power and world hegemony.

Kiev was winning the fight, surrounding the terrorists, and NATO membership was just at Kiev’s fingertips. When wham. A sudden turn-around. More soldiers, more and better arms. Russia, without ever putting demonstrable “boots on the ground” in Ukraine, turned back Kiev’s forces. The rout, which was apparently a small demonstration of what could be deployed against Kiev, seems to have convinced everybody that a settlement was a sensible course to pursue.

Russia’s first victory was the inclusion of the separatist leaders in the negotiations in Minsk, for the first time and against Kiev’s protests I am sure. The second victory was tentative agreement, supported by the OSCE, on substantial autonomy in eastern Ukraine. I’d guess the West, particularly Germany and the US, played a role in convincing Poroshenko to give it up. The only end result of heightened military confrontation would be more civilian deaths, more and destabilizing sanctions, and greater likelihood of Russia simply seizing eastern Ukraine. This is the face-saving solution. The Americans and Europeans will say, we brought peace and prevented further Russian penetration. Russia doesn’t need to say anything.

I never did play chess and while the Cold War was rife with intrigue, it was never so open as now. Putin may be the bogey-man for the West, but hopefully they are coming to realize that this isn’t a good case for regime change. Putin is a strong leader, but he’s strong because he capsulizes the sentiments of a nation in its vast majority. It is Russia that is ready to rock, not just Putin. The West went too far in Ukraine, and threatens to do as well in Moldova and Georgia. They should reconsider. It would be very easy to dismember Moldova, with the eastern region ready to go with Russia. In Georgia, Russia might lose its once and no doubt always-beloved neighbor to an enemy alliance, but Georgia will forever cede two sizable territories to Russia.

I’ve said it before, I’ll say it again. What are these national leaders thinking? Is there nobody out there to counsel them the virtues of neutrality, internationally guaranteed with ratified treaties? One in which they trade where they want, but don’t threaten anybody. A status that allows them to eschew military blocs and avoid wasting money on unnecessary military activities. Ask Finland how good neutrality was. They got fat and rich on it. I bet Finland wishes they hadn’t cozied up quite so close to the EU and NATO in these days of sanctions and counter-sanctions.

Neutrality: it’s an unpopular view today, but things change.

 

 

 


An Outstanding Essay

I offer below a moving look back at the life of an alcoholic — very insightful and sad. I’ve lifted it from a fellow blogger who publishes Asylum Watch. Having close family members struggling with addiction problems, including alcoholism, I’ve seen and experienced the alienation it produces. And I’ve seen every kind of drunk, some gentle and hopeless and some angry and mean, all around the world. A toast to all those who struggle anywhere, every day to overcome the disability.

 

“Liquor Store Loses One More Customer” an essay by Brian

Posted on September 6, 2014

 No politics today. Instead, this essay by Brian of the Frankenstein Government blog is of a more personal nature. Alcoholism has touched the lives of many of us, I’m sure. This essay was originally published on August 30, 2014.

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Liquor Store Loses One More Customer

I’ve never really cared for funerals. Especially Catholic funerals. I can’t imagine my friend Al liking Catholic funerals either, but unfortunately as life and luck would have it, this funeral was his.

I listened attentively at the funeral, all 90 minutes of it. I was in awe that a Catholic Priest, Father if you will, could pretend to know someone and speak so glowingly about him. It wasn’t a very personal pitch and it felt a little too generic and thus appropriately, albeit late in the service, this Father finally came clean and admitted that he had only been with this church a year and didn’t know Al at all. I think the part that bothered me the most was how this Father kept saying Al led a “full” life.

I suppose you have to say things like that. Funerals they say, are for the living.

I’m not sure I could have rendered a service like that. And as I sat there and listened I couldn’t help but think that Al would have agreed with me. I don’t think Al would have liked it either. Al never stood tall with the bullshitters. That I think, would even include those wearing black robes.

The Al that I knew was about 6’2″ tall and 375 pounds. I met him in 2001. He was kind of an inquisitive, cautious guy. He didn’t really like new people but maybe that was just me. It took him a few months to warm up to folks. He was intelligent, loyal to a fault, and when he laughed- it was a belly laugh. A sort of gruff, nasal, chuckle. I can hear it as I write this. Al was a pretty fair pool player and so was I. We often played to a draw- and we played a lot of pool.

One night, Al got us tickets to the “fights” at a downtown bar. These were fights where two local yayhoos who didn’t like each other- jumped into the ring together and literally tried to beat the shit out of each other. The referee was half drunk, so were the combatants. On this particular night, I bought one of the fighters 6 shots of Jagermeister while he waited for his fight to take place. He was drinking a fair amount of beer also. When he jumped into the ring against a much smaller opponent- I told Al I would bet him 50 bucks that the small guy would kick the big guy’s ass. Al didn’t even hesitate to take the bet- it looked like such a mismatch. The big guy didn’t even last halfway through the first round. When the small guy won, Al wheeled around and said that our bet was “bullshit” and “how the fuck did you know that?” When I told Al about all the drinks I had bought the guy at the front of the bar, Al let out that chuckle first and then roared with laughter. He knew I wouldn’t make him pay.

If Al was great at anything, it was drinking. We drank every night. Al loved “Firewater” back then, 100 proof cinnamon schnapps. He drank it like water. I spent a few years and God only knows how many nights and camping trips- drinking with Al. As much as Al loved his wife and kids, I could tell they were feeling estranged. I knew we both had a problem.

Both of us were becoming alcoholics if we weren’t already. In 2004, I talked Al into trying a rehab and I very nearly drove him there. He did it on his own. I think he managed to stay sober for 15 months. A little over a year.

I continued to drink. In early 2006, I wasn’t seeing Al as much as I used to. One night in a Nevada border town/casino, I saw that Al had started drinking again. A year later in October of 2007, it would be my turn for rehab.

I packed my Jeep up and called Al. I said I had one seat available in my Jeep and I was headed for New Orleans to get sober. I invited Al. Al told me couldn’t afford to go. I told him he couldn’t afford not to. He said that his income was the only income that his family had and that he just couldn’t leave. I think now that I should have struck a deal with his boss to bring back a sober employee. That is the guilt that flows within me. It is bullshit of course. I’ve never saved anyone that wasn’t intent on saving themselves first.

I only saw Al a few times after I got sober. He of course, was drinking heavier than ever. They tell us sober folks that we have to change playmates if we want to live. And so we do.

Alcoholism is a disease that tricks the alcoholic into thinking that there is no other way to live our lives. Alcohol lies to us. Alcohol for an alcoholic becomes our chief coping mechanism until one day when we reach that point when alcohol no longer works and our lives just begin to implode around us. We reach the “jumping off point” when we can no longer envision our lives with or without alcohol. Some call that our bottom. We either get sober and change our entire lives or we descend into madness, getting locked up in institutions like jails, prisons, and hospitals- or we eventually die. Many alcoholics are clinically depressed and struggle with other forms of mental illness as well. I can’t help but wonder how many millions of people have suffered from depression, people who never really get properly diagnosed or treated, and then die alcoholic deaths.

You see, there is no doubt in my mind that Al loved his wife and kids. The problem with alcohol is that it fights it’s way to the top of an alcoholic’s priority list. Alcohol takes control. In the end, alcohol shoves family and friends out of the way. It isolates us from our families. We no longer participate in relationships. We don’t help raise our kids, our relationships crumble, and all we care about is ourselves. Pretty soon, the people who would love us, get exhausted, fatigued, and they marginalize us in order to emotionally survive. Our family members are forced to retreat. They cannot participate in our lives and they cannot break the stranglehold that alcohol has on us. This can go on for years and decades. That is the nature of the disease. Only the survivors feel guilty. The survivors wish they could have stopped us or intervened. If only we would have tried this or tried that- they think. They feel cheated because we kicked them to the curb in favor of booze. We didn’t have time after school to help you with homework, to go to the park, or to spend a little time with you. All we care about in the end is drinking. That is the nature of our disease.

You cannot stop an alcoholic from drinking. You do not have that power. You must get ok with that because we will leave you no alternative. Some of us go down with the ship.

I know all that.

Al lived for nearly 7 more years before a series of medical events claimed him early. Alcoholics die so many ways. Traffic accidents, shootings, falls, suicides, medical complications like diabetes, heart disease, burst blood vessels and intestinal bleeds, strokes, cancers of the throat, pancreas, liver. There are a multitude of medical problems that are aggravated and made worse by alcohol.

But we don’t talk about that. Obituaries don’t tell those nasty truths. As a culture, we agree to lie about all of that because the drinkers don’t want to stop drinking. When diagnosing the potential alcoholics in ourselves, most everyone thinks they are immune.

I’ve been missing Al since 2004. I miss all the fun we used to have. I’ve missed teasing his wife and messing with his kids. But alcohol changed all of our relationships. Al’s wife grew older, his kids grew up, and his alcoholism grew worse. So did mine. We all have choices to make and after I got sober – I had a few choices of my own to make. Unfortunately, hanging with my old friend Al wasn’t going to be possible. I had to accept that and the possibility that Al would never stop drinking.

I will never understand how some of us find our way out and some of us do not.

I thought about all of that as I sat there in that pew. I thought about how much my life has changed. I got healthy. I run and lift weights, ride my scooter, play golf when I want to, go to the track when I want to and I never get sick like I did in my drinking days. I haven’t had 10 shitty days in 7 years. Who can say that? I have everything I want. I covet no one. I still live with the guilt of a self centered life- which I can’t go back and change. But I know where it went wrong. I don’t have to repeat history. I have the best relationships that I’ve ever had and every once in awhile, I think about the people in my life before I think about myself. That’s a fucking miracle. Drinking stole a big chunk of my life and sometimes I think- when something is stolen from you- you have to steal it back.

My life back in those drinking days was pretty empty. Doing nothing, getting drunk and passing out every evening. That was my life. That was Al’s life also. Had Al been sober and attending my funeral, I wonder what he might have thought when some unknown Father proclaimed that Brian had lived a “full life”- cut short at age 52.

I know Al. I think he would have said, “bullshit.” Goodbye my friend, I shall see you in a better place.

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War Anyone?

russia usIt looks possible that Russia could invade eastern Ukraine in the near future. I’ve thought this before, and was always wrong. But I’ve never been this convinced. The rapid build-up of Russian forces at the border and the escalating violence of Kiev’s attack on the separatists, as well as the massive outflow of refugees into Russia, are combining to create an irresistible force. All the usual suspects in the West are having fainting fits over Obama’s passive approach and aversion to anything more than sanctions. He could approve the shipment of heavy weapons to Ukraine during a civil war in which many of the victims are civilians, but beyond that what? Will NATO bomb for Kiev? If so, are we all prepared for war? NATO intervention would be seen as a direct attack on Russia and would not go unanswered. So far, the average talking head seems to buy the line that the US has a right to go to war for pretty much anybody or anything we want, since if we want it, it’s good and right. And besides, we promised Ukraine we’d take care of them. That was after we promised Russia we wouldn’t expand NATO.

Bah humbug. This entire disaster has gone from bad to worse and at every step the US had its hand in the pot. Prior to the civil war, Ukraine had an unpopular but legitimate president of Ukraine, corrupt as is every other politician in the country. There was tension between the pro-Russian faction and the westerners of Kiev (a perennial occurrence between the two tribes of Russia) and there were elections coming up soon. Then the EU offered the Ukrainian president a deal he could not accept, as it essentially required Ukraine to choose between the EU and Russia as a trade partner. When the Ukrainian president balked, there was an armed and very violent putsch in Kiev, forcing Yanukovych and other government officials to flee the country. The US and EU intervened immediately in support of the resulting junta and began (or the US did) selecting the junta officials. And putting together the next government after finding the right man for the presidency. The junta began hostilities against the separatists in the east, who refused to recognize the junta or the overthrow of Yanukovych, and the violence escalated. Poroshenko, with US encouragement, upped the level of violence and ruthlessness, bombing civilian areas and even launching short-range ballistic missiles into eastern Ukraine. Donetsk is a husk, its population fled, largely to Russia. The number of refugees now must be well beyond the level of “minor annoyance.” What started as a power game has now become a genuine civil war with all the resulting casualties. And Russia may well step in to take control of the situation. Russia has more security at stake in what is happening than all the rest of Europe outside Ukraine combined. Still, I see we’ve sent a missile cruiser into the Black Sea. What? We’re going to shell Donetsk for Kiev?

All of the East Europeans who once marched for the Warsaw Pact (but were never trusted by Russia nor Russia by them) are now marching on behalf of Washington and looking for a dust-up with their old boss. If I were heading up the USG, I would look at these new allies with the same jaundiced eye the Russians used. Just as Americans have no friends, only interests, the little countries can’t afford friends — their chief interest is not being absorbed or partitioned and so they choose everything themselves with a jaundiced eye. They are demanding US troops, and US weapons, and US missiles. We are the canary in the coalmine, the tripwire. If somebody kills us as we sit on Russia’s borders, our European allies get another fifteen minutes to prepare for extermination. It doesn’t matter that Russia, I would bet, has no interest other than as mere fantasy in invading and dismembering the frequently dismembered Poland.  And I doubt they want the Baltic states back because the two sides so dislike one another and Russia doesn’t need more problems. But those with an interest in war choose to exaggerate the threat and thus provoke conflict. They will succeed in setting on fire the people on the other side of the pendulum. You watch: the sound of millions of weapons loading and locking is going to wake up that latent European pacifist tendency and you will be seeing protests for peace. Count on it.

When the first expansion of NATO took place, I argued that it was a long-term negative for global security. Instead of seeking a new security system that included Russia, NATO always kept Russia on the enemies list. NATO’s sweet words were condescending and sticky with good will, but the US at a minimum never had any intention of inviting Russia to join — no competition welcome! And now every member admitted since the collapse of the USSR has bolstered western Russophobia and aggravated simmering Cold War-itis. Russia was an enemy in the eyes of the West long before Russia caught on. It had an idea it could be one of the decision makers in the Eurasian sphere, but NATO was never going to agree without a fight. Only now is it clear to ordinary Russians that they are surrounded by a powerful  military bloc that is controlled by old foe USA, that they are under threat, and that NATO never did mean them well.

A much bigger war than Ukraine hovers in the wings. Add to Ukraine/Russia the Middle Eastern debacle and a newly aggressive US military role there that includes the impending unauthorized violation of Syrian territory in defiance of the government we are trying to overthrow by, inter alia, arming the opposition to Assad, even though Assad would agree — you can see the possibilities. The US in reality can hardly support the weight of two major war fronts in which nuclear weapons are a possibility. Because if you think Russia is going to play  a ground war on its home turf or cede an inch to NATO, I’d take a second look. Any US-Russian military confrontation could go nuclear very quickly. In the Middle East the worst atrocities are yet to come and they are waiting for the Infidel, the US, to come to them.

Are there any somber and level-headed US officials these days? Everywhere I look it is swagger and braggadocio. Meanwhile our soldiers are dying in brutal countries where we aren’t wanted for people who aren’t fighting for themselves. I would say the same of Europe, where the only two countries who have shared in any significant way in the fighting burden are the US and the UK — our guys are keeping the world safe for everybody else. I for one am fed up with it. Go Rand Paul. Let’s really transform something when we have the White House, going for a foreign policy based on actual proven US vital national interests.  Wouldn’t it be nice not to be plotting another regime change?


Dismal outlook

bad-2dweather-2d19-resizeI usually get a spark for writing something when I’m browsing the news. This morning’s spark was provided by a news bit that Ukrainian President Poroshenko has now called the legislative opposition in Kiev “fifth columnists” for refusing to back his effort to have the Donetsk and Lugansk Peoples Republics declared terrorist organizations. He wants “snap” elections to get rid of the pests, which sounds like he has these elections all sewn up in advance.

What this set me to thinking was, all these two-bit “democracies” we’re creating use the same kinds of schemes, always. Doesn’t Poroshenko’s “we can’t wait,” and the very Leninist attitude that “he who is not with us is against us” remind you of somebody we all know or don’t know to be more precise? Poroshenko is waging exactly the same kind of disproportional warfare that many claim Israel is, and the USG is giving Israel a verbal whuppin’ for daring to defend itself, but Poroshenko hears no such censure from the lips of a US official. The different approaches just underscore how varied US standards are, so much so that the government looks increasingly hypocritical, both at home and abroad.

In the old days we had far less engagement in the world than today. We didn’t consider it the fate of our nation to be a policeman and air force around the globe. When we got involved, we were able to do so in ways compatible with our national character. The bottom line was stopping the advance of communism. We believed in that goal. The Vietnam War was a sobering experience. It was so brutal that ordinary people couldn’t escape images that did not comport with our national identity. There was dissonance and dissidence.

But today? Today is unlike anything I would ever have imagined. The US government is putting US sovereignty at risk to defend an incredible range of countries, from the democratic to the autocratic, through an endless network of agreements. Our weapons are being used to carry out atrocities because we just had to give them to our “friends.” Now we are arming and training Ukrainian national guard troops even as Ukraine lobs short-range ballistic missiles into populated areas. We are doing it as he tries to silence dissent in the Parliament. Where are the standards for democracy? They don’t exist outside our minds.

Poroshenko would not be quite so desperate about killing off his own opposition if he didn’t have pressure from those in the West to “get it done.” As long as Ukraine is immersed in civil war, it cannot join NATO. EU’s interests are affected, too, with this new Associate Member. It’s always about interests.

Meanwhile to our south the pot is on full boil. The peasantry of Latin America sniffs a chance at some unbelievably good luck if only they violate US sovereignty, openly and in full view of the press. (Well, not actually. It’s a war zone down there and the US isn’t providing cover.) This is happening because the US president and the Ruling Party don’t like borders and want lots of indentured slaves to vote on the Democrat Plantation, while our President has certainly encouraged the violation of our borders through his words and policies. This inundation is igniting ordinary Americans, and while most feel compassion they almost all want them gone back home, wherever home is.

And of course, it is now being reported that some very suspicious characters are slipping into the US posing as Guatemalans, and their dark skin and inability to speak English are a good disguise. But that doesn’t surprise any of us, does it? We will be surprised, of course, when the first bridge blows up at rush-hour or the first poisoning of a water system takes place. And what is being done about all this or to round up these suspicious characters? Well, the President is going to issue a decree that will encourage many many thousands more of these aliens to violate our border. And our Congress had a hard time deciding whether to pass a bill to give the President more money so he can provide for these illegal aliens and violators of our sovereignty.

All of this — the multiple standards of behavior, the insouciance with which we resort to violence in other people’s countries, and the destruction of our Constitutional liberties — combine to make me despair. We’re on some path toward cataclysm at home and abroad. We can’t seem to veer one iota from it. We’re involved in so many countries that every separatist group on earth (except the East Ukrainians) want the US to fight their wars for them. The latest petitioners are the Iranians. It is as though we who oppose this interventionism are being silenced by the very separatists that our policies have encouraged. Who can stop this? More importantly, who will?

 


When War and Tragedy Become Theater

Members of the Ukrainian Emergency Ministry carry a body at the crash site of Malaysia Airlines Flight MH17, near the settlement of GrabovoI was playing cards with my husbands a few days ago and reading the internet at the same time when I saw the news of the Malaysian Airlines disaster in Ukraine. “Uh-oh,” I said. “A passenger jet down over Ukraine.” “Who did it?” he asked. “We don’t know, do we?” I replied.

Oops, I spoke too fast. It appears the US knows who did it, they’re dead certain who did it — although lacking any evidence other than an unsourced tape provided through a Ukrainian newspaper and jumped on by Russia’s foes as evidence of criminal behavior. It was Russia, America screams. And it was Russia even if Russia did not operate the battery that launched the deadly missile. That is because Russia apparently isn’t allowed to back its allies militarily in a civil war in some other country, unlike the US and France and the UK and NATO all on its own. Russia shouldn’t send military advisors or provide logistics. The mere fact of defying the US and EU on this is a criminal offense, it would seem. I have to confess that the US logic makes me worried that the we have lost our  national senses. If we are to take countries to the International Court (which the US, by the way, doesn’t even recognize) because they deliberately provide weapons to insurgents fighting legal governments,and those weapons kill people, then the US is in very deep kimshee. We are many, many thousands ahead of Russia in the collateral damage division.

The number of rumors running around about Russian chicanery and the hysteria that hovers over the war-mongers like a miasma tell me we are under a major propaganda barrage. The US and EU would like Russia to go away, or at least change its national character, and cede its historic territory in Ukraine to NATO. The downing of this airliner gives them a lot of grist for the rumor mill. I can almost see Vladimir Putin stirring a pot of evil potion, he is drawn in such exaggerated colors by the west’s champions of liberty. The mob of Russophobes will get a lot of points in yet another campaign to depict another national leader as an enemy of the world. It’s one of those things where you make the accusations and by the time they are proven false you’ve moved on to something else. That’s how it was in Kosovo, where the NATO bombers justified their actions by claiming president of the former Yugoslavia Milosevic was preparing to murder every Albanian in the province, and that many, many had already been murdered. All lies. But who cared ten years later when that information was finally provided to the public, very quietly?

Needless to say, all the usual suspects are clamoring for an investigation, but not hesitating to point the finger of blame in advance. Even a mass murderer gets more consideration and any official speaking out of school would be disciplined. Some are apparently clamoring for war, as they propose the US become the official armorers of the Ukrainian Army and their Air Force, too. But the same indignant crowd are not nearly as  keen in following up information damaging to NATO. When the Estonian Prime Minister told the EU Foreign Minister that it was widely accepted that the Poles and Lithuanians trained the Maidan snipers, one assumed there would be an investigation of that damning allegation. But no. It was totally buried and not a word further was heard on the subject. Instead it was swept under the wave of “Yanukovych did it” screams from the EU and US. It was buried because it was the wrong information from NATO’s perspective. Now however they are thirsting for an investigation, and of course there will be. There was a large loss of life. It’s just the duplicitous way the West operates that gets under the skin.

And that’s the way hard-ball international relations works. Tarring the other side before any facts are on the table is a very good way to steal a march on the whole process of smearing your opponent. I heard today that the separatists are spiriting away bodies to different locales, as if they were some sort of ghouls using the bodies for sport or stealing body parts, or merely hiding the bodies of persons unknown to them for absolutely no reason. I knew they were removing the bodies in their role as the only authorities in that area. And it turns out that they have done this to prevent any tampering with the evidence by the OSCE team that is having a look at the site or anybody from the Ukrainian government. The Russians will probably participate in the UN Civil Aviation investigation or at a minimum be informed of all the evidence. In this way they guarantee a fairer defense against the claims of “guilty” from the US and EU.

I am not going to say who shot that plane down. It probably was the separatists. On the other hand, as far as I can tell it could as easily have been rookie Ukrainian soldiers who shot down a plane bearing a red-white-and-blue logo much like the Russian flag. The Russian military said that on the day in question they recorded activity all day from a Ukrainian BUK emplacement and that it was believed to be relaying information to a missile battery. Remember that Kiev was accusing Russia of violating Ukrainian air space and actually bringing down Ukrainian aircraft. That is why they had moved the BUK missiles into the area of the disaster just before the Malaysian Airlines jet was shot down. It is possible that the soldiers overreacted when they saw the colors on the plane in Ukrainian air space and went for the proof by firing a missile at it. If so, you can be sure that the Americans will not reveal any information to suggest such a scenario. I am pretty sure neither side thought anybody would be stupid enough to take a passenger jet into an area where missiles were regularly flying. And I’m sure that missile was not intentionally aimed at a civilian airplane, whoever did it. Both sides are shooting to kill and aircraft are raining from the skies. The US wasn’t allowing its planes to fly there, but somehow nobody else got the word. If they knew the rebels had missiles, where was the aviation warning?

I don’t blame either side in Ukraine for defending their rights, but I’m kind of pissed with the UN civil aviation authorities who said the war zone was safe for civilian flights and the incompetent Ukrainian government, which only days earlier had lost a military aircraft shot down at 20000 ft by a BUK missile. Ukraine is still wavering on whether it was the rebels or Russsia that fired the rocket (they would have to admit the rebels actually have the system themselves). The US military, which isn’t on our southern border securing US sovereignty, but hanging out in Kiev directing their military operations against Russia, have gone one better. They are clinging to the “Russia’s guilty” rant, but now a US military officer claims they almost have proof that it was an actual Russian military person who commanded the take-down. That is such an egregious charge — and we are to believe it because US intel claims it has a (secret of course) “voice analysis” of the mysteriously convenient tape provided by a Kiev newspaper that proves the men gloating over bringing down the plane included one specific Russian military commander.

I don’t know about you, but I haven’t believed anything my government says for so long now, I can hardly remember the last time I fell for the party line like a sap. More to the point, I don’t care what our party line is anymore. We don’t belong in Ukraine. We shouldn’t be rattling our sabers under Russia’s nose, unless we want a saber up our own butt. We should be taking care of our own quarrels. Hah.

The US knows it cannot win against Russia in Ukraine militarily; long before the conflict ended the eastern half of the country would be under Russian control and the US wants all of Ukraine for NATO. It needs to tie Russia up in all that international one government red tape, fighting charges never proven and a massive character assassination campaign. Who would ever have thought that the US and those wimps in the EU would be as good at propaganda as the USSR?

This is the long game we are entering in Ukraine. If the West thinks it will succeed in browbeating Russia into retreat from its support for the eastern Ukrainians, it should think again. If it is confrontation that the West is seeking, I’m pretty sure we’ll get it. As in Syria, where many of our leaders would like to unleash Armageddon, the unknown risks in a face-off with Russia far outweigh the ones we can see, and the ones we can see are bad enough.

 

 

 


American Rollercoaster

I have not written on foreign policy for a while. Things are happening so fast that I hardly put pen to paper when some new development makes past judgements just slightly off. Iraq is now a patchwork quilt of alliances on both the jihadist (ISIS) side and the government’s. And our enemy next door in Iraq and the other one in Syria, the two forming a mini Axis of Evil, are our allies, of a sort, in fighting the same guys in Iraq that we are helping stupidly or otherwise in Syria. I know, it is too confusing to follow, and frankly this regime would rather nobody follow it.

In Ukraine things are equally interesting. I can’t tell if this is the Russian short game or long game. Russia is saying all the right things (unlike Nouri al Maliki) and seems to have all but abandoned its co-patriots in eastern Ukraine. On the other hand, the sneaky part of my brain whispers, the rebels seem to be drawing the Ukrainian troops ever closer to the Russian border. What’s that about? No sooner had the thought entered my brain than the news flashes began about shells landing on Russian territory inside a populated area and killing a woman and child. The rebel actions are becoming more violent and the Ukrainians are reacting in kind. Will this go any farther? Will Putin at the last moment, when his name is anathema to everybody in eastern Ukraine, swoop down and occupy an area to prevent any more bloodshed? Or will he allow the resistance to the Kievites to be crushed. And if he does, what does it mean? I suspect as I have for a while that Merkel and Putin have a deal, a secret one. The deal is, she will oppose any further expansion of NATO eastward, thus blocking such moves. Putin will let Poroshenko try to govern Ukraine. This would buy Putin time for further plotting and preparations for something still to come. It will give Merkel time to try to strengthen Ukraine vis a vis Russia through increased trade and aid. Whatever the case, despite daily calls for wider sanctions against Russia, the hawks have for the moment been stifled. Anders Fogh Rasmussen, NATO SecGen, and Philip Breedlove, US General seconded to NATO have not been heard from in months. Perhaps they, too, are as mystified as I am what is really going on between Russia and Germany. Let’s hope that Germany doesn’t get the best of the deal yet again as they did with Ribbentropp.

How about Israel and the Palestinians? What a kick in the pants. Three Israeli boys are kidnapped and brutally murdered and old Obama is Silent Cal. Only when the Israelis defend their country and population vigorously, having long ago realized whose side the US is taking in the Middle East,  do we hear from the Great Peacemaker (hah!) Barack Obama.

If there were ever a moment in time when everything that can go wrong is going wrong, this is it. This is a historical period of US decline domestically and internationally and everything and anything is possible. Hold on to your hats.

I hear more and more talk about the rise of the new Caliphate, where all us women get to wear veils and take care of the little man’s needs. These jihadists are very bizarre, if you ask me. I thought they were Moslems, but they’re destroying mosques and holy sites. Huh. Could it be that they are secretly jihadists trying to restore some ancient pagan religion such as that of Egypt’s pharaohs? Maybe that is why they are called ISIS? Bet you never thought of that one.

These terrorists are supposedly the top number one all-time worst ever threat to US national security, and we know how sneaky and devious they are. As their power builds throughout the Middle East and Africa, in the US our regime decides a border is irrelevant and pretty much offers open invitations to everybody to come on in. Our US enforcement is being turned not against this illegal wave that is a direct violation of US sovereignty, no indeed. The tough guys are gunning for the US citizen tired of being  ignored and used. The people out there blocking the arrival of uninvited and unwanted illegals are under threat of “counter-violence” from the USG.

At the same time that Mexico has dumped thousands of problems onto the US (and good riddance, I’m sure they said) our prez has nothing to say about a US Marine who is being held in some hell-hole of a jail in Mexico out of pure spite. On this fact alone I would impeach him. (And while I’m at it, I’m so sick of hearing Republican pols whining that impeachment is the wrong way to go. I mean, I’ll be glad if Obama is brought down through a Court ruling, but there’s nothing wrong with impeachment, either.)

And all the while the Commander-in-Chief (and boy, does he love giving commands) is golfing or giving high-fives to a homosexual and asking a personal question about the guy’s sexuality in front of little kids, or partying with the One Percent and the Hollywood trash set. The First Moochers are already getting ready for their next super-expensive vacation on the taxpayer’s dime or maybe mooching off friends for a swank place to stay. Obama ain’t gonna do a lick of work, Massah, and ain’t nuthin you can do ’bout it. I suspect from his recent performances that he is once again smoking his beloved choom and perhaps dabbling in other substances as well. It would be right in line with his open contempt for this country. He looks for every opportunity to play the arrogant buffoon who will be beloved around the world for bringing America to its knees.

 

 


Is Anybody Scared Yet?

chrysalisI feel as if we have all been sucked into some kind of time warp where events are occurring in triple time everywhere. We’re heading for some kind of big bang, again, I’m more and more convinced. I can feel it twanging in the air. If I were a cowgirl with my ear to the ground, I would say the Indians are coming, a lot of Indians. As I commented to a fellow blogger familiar with the ugly face of socialism at a personal level, what this feels like isn’t any old ordinary evil we know or knew, but something distilled and pure. Seriously, if Obama were to appear at his next faux  press conference with horns and cloven hoofs, I wouldn’t be at all surprised. He’s playing a massive role in what is coming in America and abroad. He’s definitely Satan’s little helper.

The latest insult to everybody still sane in America is the story being peddled about Benghazi. Now the prevaricators are getting far more sophisticated than they have been to date. They have morphed from it was the video, to it was terrorism, didn’t we say so? to it was the video, but it was also terrorism! Now we are told it was the SECOND attack, the one that ended up with a dead Ambassador, that was “professional” and “well-organized.” And guess what sent them to the annex to maraud and murder? It was that first spontaneous bunch of dunderheads who like, totally amateurs. They haven’t claimed as yet that the amateurs were provoked by the video, but I can see it coming. So we are back to lying to save the fat butts of people like Hillary and Barack.

I admit it. I didn’t think we would ever see the day when our military officers would sit and spin a load of crap to clear the good name of their political patrons. But a friend of mind predicted it when the “kingpin” (oops, low-level drudge) who was in on the marauding was nabbed by US agents. I say nabbed, but of course this guy all but came forward with wrists together. He was walking around giving tv interviews, but it was not until a huge stink was made about the fact of his non-arrest that he was amazingly found. But the guy and his handlers disappeared from view for a while before showing up on US shores. Of course he was in CIA hands. The CIA, last I looked, had become about as politicized as the FBI.  And now it is gradually emerging from the words of this low-level drudge that nobody in either the White House or the State Department lied about what was happening in Benghazi. Nobody made any mistakes. It was all set in  motion by something as unpredictable as a video snippet by a disturbed man.

monsterThis bit of theater in lieu of transparency is added of course to the VA scandal — talk about cold, indifferent and utterly worthless civil “servants” (and I’m pretty sure that the servant part will soon be a thing of the past as somehow demeaning to black USG employees). And then we have the Mother of All Scandals, the IRS conspiracy. What is happening is a very rapid push (don’t you sense the panic?) to make as many difficult to reverse gains in politicizing the USG before Obama is a thing of the past. This process  will continue if Hillary Clinton is elected. Our government has grown into a monster that has a life of its own. It can’t be killed.

Here’s another insight: the “army”  Obama has often spoken of creating to enforce his ideas is actually this army of South American Indians who think nothing of selling their vote — old hat for them — and are loyal for the millennia to whoever takes care of them. Being taken care of was once novel for these Latin Americans, but now that is old hat, too. I’d bet every one of the guys who mows my lawn has his hand in every open pot. But here’s a prediction and it isn’t original, but an echo of one made years ago by a Secretary of Labor (a Republican at the time): there will be racial warfare between the Hispanics and the Blacks over jobs and benefits. There most assuredly will be.

Because of course the US isn’t growing at a healthy pace, despite all the happy talk. We are morphing rapidly into a nation of consumers who don’t produce anything of value. Our economy can be controlled by guys like George Soros and Warren Buffett and Bill Gates. And these are guys who aren’t happy just being super rich — they want super power, too, and they want to remake the entire world in terms of their “visionary” philosophies that come with a heavy dose of “shut up and take it, it’s good for you.” The stock market boom is a fiction, as well. Wait until it crashes again, folks. The billionaires will earn more billions, all taken from y-o-u, the world’s drones.

And abroad, things are a real mess. On Syria, the US has turned a blind eye to Syrian bombing of Iraq, because the bombing aims to eradicate the rebels fighting both Assad and the Iraqi government. But we are also arming the guys trying to bring Assad down. And all of this has become urgent because Obama screwed up royally — or claimed a great victory for his personal vision — in Iraq. And we got rid of Assad’s chemical weapons, but it seems that we failed to claim the cw that is in the hands of the US-supported anti-Assad mob, or so it seems from the discovery of empty sarin containers left behind by the ISIS crowd in Syria or Iraq or some such hell-hole.

We also have the irony of the US telling Russia not to violate Ukraine’s border while refusing to enforce the US border in line with their secret “Open Borders” policy. And our border has indeed disappeared under the weight of a deliberate offensive against US sovereignty from our south. At last the US is experiencing both “waves of refugees” (fleeing their contemptibly corrupt and brutal governments, violence and no work or benefits) and “separatism.” (The separatists already march with Mexican flags in hand.) And the worst of it is that I am absolutely convinced that the orchestrated influx of kids and assorted others was connived in by the Democrat Party and the jerk in the White House. I think they know that just doing it and not worrying about the legality is the best way to force on America that “permanent majority” we should all dread.

So this is the kind of nightmare world we became after leaving the blessed chrysalis of the US was up until the late 60s. Instead of going from ugly caterpillar to beautiful butterfly, we’re moving in reverse.

 

 

 

 


Stupider and More Arrogant: Danger Ahead

fingerYes, of course I am talking about the president of the United States. The border business for me is the last blow. The man is a criminal and should be grabbed by the collar, handcuffed, and led out by Federal agents to be interrogated on his hidden alliances and allegiances. And then deported to Kenya. Or Hawaii, I really don’t care.

It is absolutely clear that this mass border crossing was planned well in advance between some somebodies in the US and other somebodies in probably Mexico. Look at it from Mexico’s perspective: they just dumped on the US many many thousands of illegal aliens, many of them not even Mexican! So it took a load off and now there is more money to spend on government corruption, not that any government under which these illegal aliens lived spent money on their well-being except during elections.

This mass invasion by people who will now clearly be living off the US taxpayer (minors, right?) was prompted by the deliberate call to ignore our laws and our borders trumpeted by Barack Baby. Kids eat free! He doesn’t even care if you know what he is doing, going for the permanent political majority based on an ignorant, greedy and corrupt base. These new voters will have had zero experience with democracy, except false ones, and thus will be easy for the Democrats to handle.

Meanwhile, our utterly spineless opposition, the Republicans, are divided on this. I’m having a really hard time convincing myself to vote for a party in which many of its top leaders think the solution to dangerous levels of immigration by the poor and ignorant is to make all those felons who crossed into our country illegally, and worked illegally, and no doubt paid no taxes illegally, all legal. This will convince everybody everywhere that the US has no border, and the influx will begin anew, this time with people from far far away, some of whom are probably being deliberately infiltrated for sabotage in America. That gives the Republicans a breather so they can continue to fight with the Democrats about doing something to tighten border controls until the next election, when doing anything would be a risk. I saw a political cartoon that shows two hands shaking and the legend, “Democrats and Republicans, joining hands to screw America.” That about says it, and isn’t that too sad?

I think Mr. O has made a miscalculation this time. Now he has bared his contempt for all things American, beginning with the Constitution he no doubt hasn’t even read, and his intention to do us grave harm. After openly inviting in all these illegals, he has the nerve to demand 6 billion of our money (our taxpayer money) to take care of these illegals. He announces he’ll do everything he can within the law, but since he thinks he is the law, that is no comfort. He pisses on Congress. He pisses on the Supreme Court. This is what happens when you elect a Kenyan for president of the US.

Here is what I want to see: ranks and ranks of buses (no a/c) to take every single future illegal alien back across the border and dump them. If Mexico cares so much, let them have their own buses there to receive back their belongings. And here’s a  message to the business community pushing the same influx of illegals: we’ll make sure you have to pay each and every one of them the same wage you pay Americans. No more slave labor, you got it, you pay for it. If you want to do something the country can get behind, try a guest worker program on for size.

I don’t know if the GOP realizes that its base is not in Latin America or among the illegals in this country. They are already Democrats, bought and paid for. But I don’t think they realize a lot of things, such as not spitting in the faces of people you want to roll out of bed and vote for you.

Well, that’s the rant of the day. I’m waiting pretty impatiently to see the FBI swoop down on the White House to apprehend that man impersonating a president (and very poorly; emperor, yes).

 

 

 


Is the Empire Imploding or Exploding?

supernovaI think we can all agree that the empire that some once did  and some still would call the Good Empire is not what it once was. The United States, synonymous with the Good Empire, is having an increasingly tough time holding itself together internally because of growing governmental authoritarianism and rebellion; and abroad has entwined itself so deeply in a  mesh of security guarantees to a mind-boggling array of allies — and I use the term ally loosely — that one could say we are like the universe, always and ever more rapidly expanding, and at the same time we are like a supernova, collapsing in on itself. It’s hard to say if the falling apart of our mega-nation is being accelerated more from within than from without. Or whether the two feed on one another.

I’d like to start at home, since that is where I hang my hat. At home, that pesky IRS scandal grows larger every day. The ideological rabble who cooked up ways to abuse government power for ideological ends should be wetting their panties, if they wear them. I am very hopeful that we are on the way to prison sentences for more than one of those who conspired against the US Constitution. When left-wing blatherers start ridiculing the lameness of IRS excuses for its various and pervasive sins you know it’s serious. And guys like Bill Maher and Chris Matthews make big bucks. If the Republicans take back the major instruments of power with the Democrats’ fixes to the nation’s governance intact, things like the “nuclear option,”  it will be pay-back time. I say that because, left or right,  you can always count on the true-blues to take advantage of any loopholes for their ideological advantage. And what the Democrats are leaving behind aren’t loopholes, they are barn doors.

If you can’t silence a scandal, it will only grow. Like Dracula, it needs a stake through the heart as quickly as possible. And let’s give credit where credit is due: the IRS is trying with all its might to silence the scandal and kill the story, but it’s losing the battle. I think the longer this goes on the more it will seem obvious to the general public that the White House was (is) involved directly in the targeting of political opponents by agencies of the US government. Meanwhile, Homeland Security (I scoff) has given up on trying to keep anybody out of the US or to take back border territory now in the hands of foreign forces, temporarily the drug cartels but not far in the future no doubt Al Qaeda. We are being inundated in humiliating fashion by underage youths carrying Hello Kitty packs turning themselves in and getting Oreos and chocolate milk, a clean bed and a medical exam. Wow, right there their lives have improved about three hundred percent. But ours haven’t. The US government targets Red State governors for punishment when they don’t go along to get along. Just ask Jan Brewer of Arizona, who has been taught a real lesson by Barack Obama. He has a whole slew of federal agencies and regulators to choke her and her state with, and he doesn’t mind using them.The Tea Party is the part of the iceberg the autocrats and totalitarians can see, but below the surface is such a deep well of mistrust, anger and resentment that anything is possible. Americans don’t believe anything the government says anymore; they don’t think it is working for their best interests or America’s. Today we are totally dumbfounded by a president so grotesquely incompetent that the whole world titters behind its hands, when when it isn’t laughing outright.

jihadIn foreign policy, I couldn’t possibly have put it better than Bret Stephens did in the WSJ today, counting all the disasters that have begun (and just begun) unfolding over the past year and all around the world where the US and its NATO lackeys (my description) have deigned to intervene on behalf of humanity, or in Stephens’ view, failed to intervene. He didn’t even go back farther to the earlier blunders under these Bozos. I would give Obama credit for not dragging us into another war without a plan in Syria, but more recently he has tried to recoup prestige lost in the morass of the Ukraine by promising to consider putting the US military in charge of the effort to unseat legally-elected Syrian president Bashar al-Assad, so that’s a no-go. I would give him credit for not trying to provoke a global war with Russia or China despite the challenges from these two aspiring rivals for global power, but I know in my heart it is only because even the most bone-headed know it would end up a nuclear war. It’s nice to see some evidence that MAD — mutually assured destruction — still has the power to persuade. (Another reason countries like Iran want the nuclear weapon, concretely and in a multiplicity.) Even as the US finds itself in the midst of crisis on every frontthe most recent Pew Research Center poll conducted for the Council on Foreign Relations shows that 52 percent of Americans — the highest percentage in the last 40 years — think the U.S. should mind its own business internationally and let other countries get along as best they can on their own. Evidently they don’t want to see America being, in the old phrase, the policeman of the world. Hear, hear.

The final insult for any thinking human being is that the woman most deeply involved in some of the worst foreign policy decisions, one Hillary Rodham Clinton, is running with some chance of victory for the US presidency. It galls me to think the Democrats are so contemptuous of US public opinion that they would put as their choice as US president a woman who is an interventionist, a bully, and totally devoid of common sense on the international stage. She thought the lives of US personnel in Libya were safe without security, and disappeared after Ambassador Stephens’ death for months to avoid all that ugly publicity.  She is a woman who takes the truth lightly, who hid subpoenaed evidence, and who communes with Eleanor Roosevelt. And because she represents not a swing to the center for the Democrats, but more of the same and worse, the Republicans are also pushing to the edges with their own choices, where the voices calling for resistance are loudest and most effective. Americans are nearly coming to blows.

dopeAnd of course — Americans love a winner. And if there is one thing Barack Obama is not, outside of presidential elections, it is a winner. He has dragged the US down in the eyes of the world even deeper than George Bush did.  Even if they don’t pay much attention to foreign affairs, Americans know when their country is on a winning streak and when it’s on a losing streak. Even as the US polarizes and pushes at its seams with repressed rage, the nation’s esteem abroad sinks, its obligations balloon, and its willingness to fight weakens. The challengers smell blood in the water. Don’t expect their audacity to diminish.

 


Trafficking in humans: Obama’s answer to immigration reform

Here’s my latest from Patriot Update:

 

I haven’t been writing much on my blog these days. It must be the humidity and high temperatures that make me too lazy to ponder big issues. Sometimes, you just have to take a moment to set your worries aside and smell the jasmine and listen to the sound of fish jumping in the canal. I’m determined to enjoy it while I still have all five senses.

I was doing that when suddenly I was snapped out of my serenity with the news that the US government, the Feds, at the urging and with the direct connivance of the US president, have abandoned America’s border controls flagrantly and sneeringly. The Feds have said, pretty much, “send us your under-aged children to feed, educate and medicate, and they’ll send for you later.” All-y all-y out come in free, as we used to say.

This is such an outrage, on top of such outrages as we have never seen, that I could no longer lie there with my feet propped up enjoying the hum of the air conditioners and the chattering parrots. I just have to scream in frustration.

What the heck happened to this country? I have reached the point where I don’t even like living here anymore, I feel alienated from those who rule this country and the way they rule it. I feel like a political prisoner. I feel at the mercy of foreign forces from beyond our country directing our fate. Forces like the Trilateral Commission, that Rich Man’s Summit; and Sharia Law; and the UN and the OSCE and the EU and NATO and any four nations the US can patch together as a coalition of the willing. I won’t even mention the insidious forces within this country, like the NEA and IRS and DOJ and NAMBLA and NOW and ACORN and La Raza. I won’t mention the corrupting and pervasive influence of Hollywood, or ask whether we shouldn’t demand an FBI review of the birth certificates of aspiring US presidents.

There are those who might think I’m nuts, and perhaps I am, but it won’t be because of the aforementioned views. Those are simple reactions to obvious facts, none of them good.

Here is one fact: Barack Hussein Obama directly encouraged the current flood of illegal immigrants to this country by pushing his dream act for those who came here as children “and through no will of their own.” He said “it’s okay if you came here without authorization, hey, it wasn’t your fault. (He didn’t add, “and by the way, once you’re legal you can make your parents legal too, even though they were at fault for breaking the law.”) Our president said, “let’s let bygones be bygones. Here are the keys to the house. Help yourself.” He made this country an irresistible target of opportunity by refusing to enforce immigration laws passed by Congress, and by refusing to deport even those recidivist criminals who are fouling up our prison systems or just being recycled into our society. The president’s policy whether stated or not is pretty clearly that of Open Borders and One World. And those around the world who want to live here get the message.

To add to the perfidy of our lords and masters in Washington, the USG is now dumping in states that Obama doesn’t like (Arizona) or that want the cheap labor (Maryland) thousands and thousands of unaccompanied minors. The kids were sent here by their parents in response to the dream act rhetoric; they came without food, water, or shelter and the parents were perfectly sure that the USG would take over their care and feeding. The kids came in response to the magnetic US president and his chief enforcer who want everybody in who is willing to vote for the Socialists

When I say “dumping” these kids, I mean just that. It’s off the bus and have a good day. Welcome to wherever you happen to be dropped off. If the states won’t pick up the tab for these new unwanted and uninvited residents, the USG will simply run a smear campaign against them for inhumanity. They might even haul them before the UN human rights committee. By forcing the states to pick up the tab for the illegal immigrants the federal government refuses to bar from entry, the USG thinks it can end the year without having to stress to the impotent but noisy American public its epic immigration failures (or successes, depending on whose side you’re on). There is no need to account for expenditures not incurred, but sloughed off onto the states. Now the fury over the cost of these illegals will be fragmented and divided by 50, although many states won’t even care as they don’t pay their bills anyway.

I have thought for a long time that there were serious grounds for impeaching Obama as a traitor to the US. But this latest business is so beyond the acceptable that I do not see how the US Congress can possibly avoid the obvious; the US president is acting blatantly in violation of US laws and the Constitution and should be removed from office. Any members of Congress or the Senate voting in favor of this assault on US sovereignty should also be impeached and removed from office.

Here would be a great response: load up the bus, drive over the Mexico border, and everybody off. Adios. Let’s hope your government cares about you as Obama does.