“Our combat mission is ending, but our commitment to Iraq’s future is not.” –Barack Hussein Obama
“What difference does it make to the dead, the orphans and the homeless, whether the mad destruction is wrought under the name of totalitarianism or the holy name of liberty or democracy?” –Mohandas Karamchand Gandhi
semantics (sɪˈmæntɪks) — n 1. the branch of linguistics that deals with the study of meaning, changes in meaning, and the principles that govern the relationship between sentences or words and their meanings 2. the study of the relationships between signs and symbols and what they represent 3. logic a. the study of interpretations of a formal theory b. the study of the relationship between the structure of a theory and its subject matter c. (of a formal theory) the principles that determine the truth or falsehood of sentences within the theory, and the references of its terms. Operation Iraqi Freedom has been declared finished. Operation New Dawn will send most of the troops withdrawn from Iraq into Afghanistan, where there are currently 130,000 troops already deployed. It seems that the new administration is holding true to its promise to bring the boys back home. They just didn’t specify that they’d be coming home in body bags.
It seems that whether or not we’ve bought any war bonds, we’ve been sold a new war. The argument that we can’t let the middle east fall into the the hands of [insert nebulous threat here] is dangerous misleading fear mongering that has been marketed to us for decades. We already have the technology to deplete our reliance on gasoline, and the amount of oil in Texas and Alaska is ample to fulfill our needs for petroleum requirements in the manufacture of plastics and other industrial products –at least until we develop a suitable replacement for that as well.
Our coal and iron resources are greater than anywhere else on earth (or at least it’s easily and inexpensively accessible here), and a valuable trade asset.
So there is really no need to do another death waltz in Dumbfuckistan.
Technology will provide more jobs than we could possibly lose in a deepened economic slump, which prolonged war will guarantee. We need to shift all spending from war-waging to technology. We could liquidate old US military hardware, which is always a valuable commodity and we can continue to sell to both sides of the conflict as we’ve done since time immemorial. Clinton kept the economy strong by selling useless military hardware to Saudi Arabia, while our allies sold munitions and hardware to their enemies. Things were a bit more stable back when we assuring the mutual destruction of other civilizations and not our own. Supplying war is where the money is, people, not fighting war!
Our space program grew by quantum leaps while The former Soviet Union fought their own Iraq War. What do you think the current Russia and China are doing while we’re wrapped up in this Levantine fiasco? China bought our debt. Russia is quietly taking over the ground it lost during the collapse of communism. And us? We’ve got our eyes glued to the Jersey Shore, while virtually all manufacturing has gone overseas and south of the border. We’re fighting over gay marriage instead of worrying about the economy.
But lets all give ourselves a big pat on the back for “ending the war,” first. Right.
Smarten up, America! Don’t let this administration run as wild as the last one did. Just because this guy is smarter doesn’t mean he’s less dangerous. Hey, I’m glad he won the election, but the honeymoon is over and it’s time he got back to work. When we elected Obama it wasn’t just to end the war in Iraq, it was to pull out of the middle east. Why is the U.S. military fighting Unocal’s battles? We should be saddling U.S. Oil producers with pricing limits on fuel, and forcing the automotive industry to go completely electric. We should embargo foreign oil, and freeze certain Arab assets in American financial institutions. We should pass laws making it illegal for former politicians to be employed by or consult to foreign interests. We should strip all religious institutions of their tax free status. The idea that religion doesn’t influence politics is a bigger myth than that at the heart of those same institutions. Religion is business, and it needs to be taxed like every other business.
Just think what focusing on ourselves could do for us. Prison reform. Education reform. Those two alone would drop the crime rate by 90%. Then we can tackle health, employment and the rest.
We need a new deal, not a new dawn.