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The Larger Picture with Obama's Foreign Policy Mistakes

Most of us who voted and worked for Obama wanted a US President who would consult with allies and form coalitions and generally follow after alternative methods to war. We certainly got that with Barak Obama, the one who won the Nobel Peace Prize upon taking office.

What we got last night was as an uncertain commander-in-chief who seemed unsure as to what to do in that face of a difficult situation such as he now faces in Syria. Faced with the desertion of our British "Cousins" and the will of the people themselves in the form of their representatives in our Republican form of government, the President was faced with an historic choice and it sure felt to me like he picked the wrong way.

It seems unlikely that Syria will give up it's entire chemical weapons arsenal with the help of Putin and the Russians. Putin's interests lie in the continued sale of arms to the Middle East, including to the Syrians. It would seem Putin wants to push out every contract for arms he can before somebody in the US with some balls decided to strike boldly and force the issue.

This is one of those types of issues that pits left against right in a game where the scales weigh up the least amount of dead bodies in the end.

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No memorable speech by Obama

Rather, a cynicism that fairly leaked out the top of his head in asking for a postponement of the vote in the Senate on 9/11. Even the rich symbolism of what happened one year ago in Bhenghazi and what happened 12 years ago in NYC was mot enough to move the 20% gap in the Congress.

One should have listened very closely to the President. He is giving up none of his prerogatives as he realizes this will be one of the defining moments of his presidency in foreign policy.

The UN and Russians and have about two weeks to resolve the matter by destroying the collection of stockpiles of nerve agents and destroying the weapons delivery systems. Look for Obama not to utter another word before he gives the order to pull the trigger.

No president will allow the American people to tell him what to do. Not unless it is the richest directors of corporations in interlocking directorates. Those people pay for politicians to get elected.

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Operation "Shuck & Jive"

Obama does a 360 degree turn once again, this time using the Russians to cut a deal with El-Assad to count his stockpile of sarin-tipped missiles, which the Syrians inherited from Saddam Hussein.

If he snatches victory out of the jaws of defeat after this fiasco of bringing the vote to the Senate and House he has done the greatest rope-a-dope move since Muhammeded Ali floated out of a brain-dead fuzz to victory over Joe Fraizure.

In the future we need our president willing and able to charge up San Juan Hill as Teddy Roosevelt supposedly did in Cuba. That is, we need our president ready and able to bring the country to war when the stakes are a country with weapons of mass destruction and the leader of that country starting to use them on a regular basis.

It will be an interesting speech this evening by Obama. Lets hope it is a memorable one.

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Syrian Showdown This Week

Well, maybe it took "The Red Panda" Ed Snowden to wake up the American Left. But from the signs I'm seeing at demonstrations in Augusta, Montpelier, Concord and Albany it certainly looked like the citizens of this country were united in saying "NO!" to another millitary intervention somewhere in the world.

This isn't ideological. This is weariness. The American working class has figured it out. The don't want to see another house in a long row with a Gold Star on it, meaning there is another Gold Star Mom inside who's had a military van with two impeccably groomed non-coms. inside come knocking on their door with a perfectly folded American flag and some last effects from their deceased son or daughter, if they were lucky.

John Kerry and Obama and McCain look ridiculous spouting their platitudes about a red line that was drawn in the sand almost 100 years ago during WWI that hasn't been crossed since, except for the Japanese using them against US Marines and Koreans and the Chinese. Except for the US using napalm during the Vietnam War Except for Hussein using them against the Iranians and the Kurds....

So just what exactly the hell is the rationalization here? The rationalization is that we moved to a war economy since 1934 and the American people don't have any say in who fights and dies and who profits from that war economy and when Obama and Kerry or Hillary and Joe Biden or whatever Republicans become the flavor of the month next election year and win the presidency, we will say "How High?" When they command "Jump! Bitch!"

The thing is, you and I, we can't say no to them (insert label here), ever. Because we passed the Patriot Act, our representatives did, without reading it. The Patriot Act had nothing to do with 9/11 and everything to do with tightening corporate choke collars around our throats, We had a chance to sunset these laws, but our representatives did very little, almost nothing.

The same old military families now realize how little they are cared for by the VA or the rest of the American people. They do not want to fight anymore. These are the people who are holding the signs, urging the US against military intervention.

And how will our Congress vote? To spend more money on missiles and drop them on other people. We have to be scared. We have to pay more taxes. We have to drop more bombs and kill more people.

Unless you just say "NO!"

(Gasp!)

~ Sometimes I feel like a motherless child
A long, long, long way from my home! ~

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Jerry Brown's Tough-Love Miracle

Has anyone read the article on Jerry Brown in the latest issue of Rolling Stone? I skimmed it yesterday with plans on reading it for real, but it sounds like he's actually proving that green energy is sustainable as well as profitable. I mean, he's rescued California from the brink of bankruptcy, so he must be doing something right, right?

Y'know, more and more, I see the setting of "Mad Max" in our future....

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waterless fracking?

sounds rather acidic!

Now, about fracking -- you gotta drive off the interstate down the main road in some small agricultural hick town in Nebraska. All the good jobs are gone. All the family farms making to 100k profit a year and taking care of the whole extended family are gone.

You stop at a diner for breakfast after staying in a crummy $40 a night hotel and pick up the local paper and read how people don't want fracking but they damn well need the jobs that fracking is bringing, preserving the family name for future generations.

What is a green deadhead to do? Tell them, they really want to know!

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reality bites

They're doing it in China, too...I hear they're starting to research a new process called 'waterless fracking' as well. I guess it's supposed to be cheaper according to industry insiders. Wonder what kind of holy hell it'll raise.

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Gasland pt 2 by Josh Fox

I'm currently watching a sad documentary on hydraulic fracturing in the U.S and abroad. I can't believe this shit happens in so called civilized societies, such as our own. It's happening in Canada to folks. Australia also. it makes me want to cry and puke at the same time. So many factors in this industry equal our end. Maybe there is something better than concrete to use in these wells? I'm really at a loss for words right now. When the Mayor of Dish TX picks up and moves to another state, you gotta know, it's pretty fucking bad.

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They gave him

Enough rope to hang himself. I'll bet not one guard got reprimanded for that. Sociopaths don't last long in jail. Good riddance Castro and Jeff Dhamer.

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1 monster is gone

May you roast in hell (RIH) Ariel Castro.

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