In a surprise move, the The US & Russia have announced from Geneva that Syria will inventory it's chemical stockpile within one week and destroy them within the rough timeline of mid-2014. While the US has stopped posturing militarily, Obama has clearly stated that he reserves the right to unilaterally strike militarily if the Syrians deviate significantly or the Russians fail to live up to their commitments in pushing the Syrians.
If it works it is a significant diplomatic coup for the Obama team. If it turns into months of foot-dragging without a clear ending then nothing will have been accomplished and Putin gets to have a distribution center to sell conventional weapons all over the Middle East.
Last year and again this spring, it was ravaging forest fires consuming beetle-kill evergreens. Now it's raging floodwaters washing out the mountain canyons and inundating cities and towns from Colorado Springs to Fort Collins. Let's hope the rains let up and people get a chance to clean up.
Furthur arrives at Red Rocks next Thursday....
Because the Constitution protects property and contracts rather than people.
Most of us contribute to polluting the environment in some way and I won"t state the obvious. But what sickens me is the poor families living anywhere near a well that have to pick up and leave (if they can afford it) without any compensation for having too. It's just sort of a "tough luck, kiss my ass" approach that these companies are using simply because they know these people can't fight back. Not right Who has hundreds of thousands of dollars to fight for whats theirs? These companies aren't only destroying the land, they're also getting away with murder. Many people are dreadfully sick because of these bastards. I just don't get how they're allowed to destroy peoples lives. I guess there aren't enough Erin Brockovich's on the planet. Anyways...it's hard not to think that we are most definitely, doomed. Sooner rather than later.
I'm really not a pessimist, by nature. It's just hard to see a any of this changing.
Doesn't it seem like some sort of evolving picture of hell? Mad Max doesn't begin to describe it. We have earthquakes and waste water and benzene clouds and old mine cave-ins. It seems like 1/3 of our country is in the path of this demonic fuel repository.
I hate fracking. It's terrible. But I've been through some of those towns where people can't put a roof over their heads or provide for their kids because there is NOTHING for them. Are we supposed to condemn them? Tell them to move away from their families? Are we, who are more fortunate, supposed to say:
"Don't work there,
It's bad for the Earth!
I hate fracking and greedheads who make money off of it. But I can't bring myself to say to them: "Don't take the only work in town!"
I saw my first pro-fracking commercial this morning when my wife turned on "The Today Show," and it reminded me why I stopped watching television. Reminds me of the anti-corn syrup commercials that quickly turned into pro-corn syrup commercials, only the lasting health effects are much, much more devastating. And I'm sure, like the good little sheep they are, the American base will start supporting fracking as the answer to cheap energy. Flammable tap water has to be better than another oil spill in the ocean, right?
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.
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.
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.
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!"
~ Sometimes I feel like a motherless child
A long, long, long way from my home! ~