A friend sent this along:

We support the Iraqi government in the fight against ISIS.

We don’t like ISIS, but ISIS is supported by Saudi Arabia who we do like.

We don’t like Assad in Syria. We support the fight against him, but ISIS is also fighting against him.

We don’t like Iran, but Iran supports the Iraqi government in its fight against ISIS.

So some of our friends support our enemies, some enemies are now our friends, and some of our enemies are fighting against our other enemies, who we want to lose, but we don’t want our enemies who are fighting our enemies to win.

If the people we want to defeat are defeated, they could be replaced by people we like even less.

And all this was started by us invading a country to drive out terrorists who were not actually there until we went in to drive them out.

I might add:

We’re also carrying out airstrikes for the Mahdi Army, who fought us when we were in Iraq, and has vowed to fight us again if we put more boots on the ground. In that case, we would be fighting both for and against them at the same time.


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  1. Does anyone see a pattern
    Does anyone see a pattern here? Does anyone else looking back along the path of our foreign policies see the trail of dark seeds that we have left in our wake, not always out of malice or greed, sometimes out of sheer ignorance and lack of foresight? We’re like Johnny Appleseed, except that the seeds we leave behind burst into ever bigger disasters. Surely we knew we’d reap a very evil wind somewhere down the line. I hope, with all my heart, that this is not it. And if ISIS is stopped, which is doubtful for when the eagle soars, the rabbits hide in their burrows, we’d better be ready to do some serious rethinking of our approach to the Middle East, terrorism, and foreign policy as a whole. Forgive my negativity, but I want humanity to be around long enough to finally evolve.

  2. Un Clear. Objective. Control.
    Un Clear. Objective. Control.

  3. Oh Whitley! What will it take
    Oh Whitley! What will it take the people of our Republic to remember that the U.S. constitution foresaw no standing army or other permanent military establishment? When will the new Jeanette Rankins rise up and say no to war, so that people like myself can vote Republican now and then? If we abolish our military-industrial complex, we would have so much wealth that we could feed the world for free and transmit energy and information everywhere from our Tesla towers, and still make a modest profit. No one would ever invade or bomb us, just as no one ever invades the Missionaries of Charity or bombs the soup kitchens. In other words, we’ll be safe as long as we make no war. I just read that they are going to build a monument to Eisenhower in D.C. If they inscribe on it his Farewell Address (in which he warned us about the military-industrial complex), a lot of people may be surprised, and many will be delighted. And by the way, the closing of our military establishment would automatically open the UFO files and such like. I wonder who will be running on the American Utopia party ticket in 2016.

  4. Dear Thomas, what you’re
    Dear Thomas, what you’re describing is very close to US policy Circa 1913, and 1935. It didn’t work. If you think groups like Daesh (IS) are going to let anyone who disagrees with them to live in peace you’re naiveté is palpable. I do agree the Military Industrial Complex is a serious mistake but make sure the blame is spread to all who deserve it… Congress has repeatedly blocked the DOD attempts to lop off some tentacles because of politics. As a vet I can assure you no one is more angry with the money DOD wastes while other segments (social programs including the VA) are starved. Your statement would also ring truer if you included the fact that the tax system established under the Republican God Reagan has been raped by the Oligarchs of this country. PS: don’t forget the other vast multi tentacle leach on society… the VAST wealth of Petroleum Industry which constantly suffocates our attempts to move to Hydrogen based WORLD.

  5. …as mud, as Mom used to
    …as mud, as Mom used to say. (??)

  6. Very well said. I guess that
    Very well said. I guess that means that the enemy of my friend is my enemy, and the friend of my friend is my friend – until my friend becomes my enemy, and my enemy becomes my friend.

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