Friday, August 29, 2014

Stupidity Bomb


Stupidity Bomb or, ..."W's" Iraq incursion, better known as Shock & Awe, has come full circle in both BRT's Lurching toward catastrophe as well as in an ironic piece posted by Vox, an awesome news site admired by yours truly.

WE'RE BOMBING THE GUNS THAT WE DIDN'T MEAN TO GIVE ISIS BECAUSE WE DIDN'T GIVE GUNS TO THEIR ENEMIES BECAUSE THEN ISIS MIGHT GET GUNS

It gets better

The absurdity runs deep: America is using American military equipment to bomb other pieces of American military equipment halfway around the world. The reason the American military equipment got there in the first place was because, in 2003, the US had to use its military to rebuild the Iraqi army, which it just finished destroying with the American military. The American weapons the US gave the Iraqi army totally failed at making Iraq secure and have become tools of terror used by an offshoot of al-Qaeda to terrorize the Iraqis that the US supposedly liberated a decade ago. And so now the US has to use American weaponry to destroy the American weaponry it gave Iraqis to make Iraqis safer, in order to make Iraqis safer.

It keeps going: the US is intervening on behalf of Iraqi Kurds, our ally, because their military has old Russian-made weapons, whereas ISIS, which is America's enemy, has higher-quality American weapons. "[Kurdish forces] are literally outgunned by an ISIS that is fighting with hundreds of millions of dollars of U.S. military equipment seized from the Iraqi Army who abandoned it," Ali Khedery, a former American official in Iraq, told the New York Times.

When looking at this, one sees the utter failure of US foreign policy on all fronts from the Ukraine fubar to Afghanistan, Libya and Iraq, along with abject obedience to Israel, an initiative that has not only killed at least a million people and forced evacuation of millions more but also has cost trillions of dollars to implement while supporting a mission that has been an absolute disaster to the long term well being of America. The question to ask now is, how do we take back America from corrupt and inept politicians who kowtow to monied interests in order to remain in office to the detriment of a once great nation that actually stood for something of value back in the day.

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