FADED CELEBRITY IN CHIEF BARRY O THIS AFTERNOON WAS ALL SET FOR A CRAWLER BUT AS HE MOSIED OVER TO THE FOOD TABLE, ATTORNEY GENERAL ERIC HOLDER HAD ALREADY GRABBED IT AND WAS CHEWING AWAY.
"DARN IT!" BARRY O EXCLAIMED. "DARN IT ALL TO HECK! I AM SO TIRED OF BEING DISRESPECTED! I AM SO SICK OF IT! YOU ARE FIRED!"
"ME?" ASKED HOLDER.
"YOU! GET OUT!"
I don't understand how we can be so stupid to think these 'precision' bombings are accomplishing thing. They're not.
I don't favor US boots on the ground. But if Barack was announcing that the boots on the ground -- which already there and, yes, already engaged in combat -- if he were announcing/admitting that and coming up with someway to use them, it wouldn't be a plan I'd back but I wouldn't dispute that it was a plan.
What Barack's doing is nonsense on every level.
If you want the US to 'defeat' the Islamic State militarily (I don't think that's possible), then you're going to have to do something more than selective bombing.
Let's stop being stupid about that at least.
I don't believe there is a military answer. I believe that bombing is just going to breed more terrorism. I believe a number of Islamic State men who have been killed (some of who were Islamic State and some of whom were not) have loved ones they've left behind and I don't believe that the loved ones are saying, "Thank goodness he got killed!" I think resentments and anger are being bred by Barack's actions.
I also think civilians are being put at risk. Some are being killed and there's no point in kidding around about that. There's never been a series of ongoing strikes anywhere that didn't result in the death of at least a few civilians -- which is why terms like "collateral damage" were invented in the first place.
So what's the solution.
For years now, with the prison breaks in Iraq and the prisoners who don't get recaptured -- and most don't -- we've repeatedly pointed out here that the escapees are able to blend and elude capture because the communities are sympathetic.
It's not, "Oh, you're a Sunni? I'm a Sunni too! I won't rat you out to the police for that reason!"
The sympathy comes from the fact that, under thug and prime minister Nouri al-Maliki, the Sunni community was targeted. Sunnis were taken away, many times without arrest warrants only to vanish into the jails and prisons of Iraq -- jails and prisons infamous -- even post-Saddam Hussein -- for torture and abuse.
Add in that not only were Sunni suspects arrested but so were relatives of suspects.
The Iraqi forces show up at a home looking for 28-year-old Ali Hammadi. Ali's not home. But his wife is. Or his dad. Or his mom. Or his grandparents or maybe even a child. There was a protest this week in Iraq calling for the Sunni children to be released from Iraq's prisons and jails.
That may shock you. It shouldn't.
The US government instituted this practice in the early years of the Iraq War -- showing far less ethics than even the mob. And Nouri carried it over. If he couldn't get you, he'd arrest one of your relatives. No arrest warrant for them, maybe no hearing for them, and they disappear into Iraq's overpopulated jails and prisons.
And that's why many Sunnis don't give a damn when there's a prison escape. That's why their attitude is, "Good." Too many of them have family members or friends who have been wrongly imprisoned.
This and other mistreatment is why some Sunnis join the Islamic State, join with the Islamic State in actions (worded that way because they assist in actions but do not join the Islamic State) and/or look the other way when they might otherwise alert authorities to suspicious persons.
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