I haven’t been ‘tubin much lately, so I did my tour and boy is it ugly out there.
There is one funny part, we have Obama, Biden, Chuck, Please Take My Calls, Hagel and J. Effin Kerry on the the job.
Not so much just funny, but funny and endy. Which is better than just endy.
First, some Unexpected Coincidences.
Obama declares war on ISIS. Isis captures a regiment of Iraqi tanks (Abrams?) on their way to Baghdad.
presence in Abu Ghraib would put Baghdad International Airport within artillery range of the militants.
“We know they have captured substantial numbers of 155 mm howitzers,” …“These have a range of about (20 miles) and if they are able to hold territory in Abu Ghraib then the concern they can shell (the airport)…
You realize what that means? We will get to see Josh Earnest say that ISIS is not at the Baghdad Airport as we’re watching ISIS tanks roll through the airport on split-screen. We need the Koch brothers to offer him a few $million to wear a beret when he does that.
The Lebanese give Obama his grades on Syria. Unlike Americans, they do not grade Obama on a curve.
By bombing the Al-Nusra Front in addition to ISIS, the US may have driven two terrorist organizations that have been at war with each other for almost a year closer together. According to the Guardian’s Martin Chulov, “[m]any al-Nusra units in northern Syria appeared to have reconciled” with ISIS and leaders from both were now holding war-planning meetings to discuss a rapprochement or strategic merger. Whether one formally takes places, with Ayman al-Zawahiri presiding over the marriage or not, seems more an academic question than an operational concern: already 73 Nusra militants have “defected” to ISIS as a result of the air strikes, proving yet again that nothing nullifies jihadi hermeneutics and the narcissism of their tiny differences faster than Tomahawk missiles.
I generally don’t trust the Gruaniad, but since they probably have members of various jihadi groups in their newsrooms, I’ll accept their judgement on stuff like that.
Poor bastards, they picked the wrong POTUS to go for freedom.
So what does this say?
Police officers deny claims that they have colluded with those who used violence against the (Pro-Democracy V) demonstrators.
When murderous commie thugs deny something, they’re doing it.
I love the headline on this one.
Insight – Chinese troops play symbolic role in Hong Kong drama over democracy
That’s from roto-reuters, who seem to think the threat of actions by the army of murderous commie dictators is symbolic. They blather on about how China won’t risk the furious frowning of frumious philosopers in EUnuchstan and then note this.
The Chinese military is housed in 19 urban and rural sites inherited after the British folded up the Union Jack on what had been a major military staging post of the British empire and a vital Cold War-era listening post.The bases, dotted strategically across Hong Kong island, Kowloon and the New Territories, include the old British Tamar headquarters building in Admiralty, now next door to the government’s new offices – and the epicentre of the current demonstrations.
The building was recently refurbished, along with other sites, and is now topped with a red neon star. Most of its offices are thought to be occupied, some for the first time.
A large domed surveillance camera sits perched above a corner over one of the main thoroughfares leading to Hong Kong’s glittering Central financial district.
Related, as per FrnakJ once said, blood is symbolic of blood. I’m sure the pro-democracy protesters are fully aware of that fact.
I have to wonder if the next two stories are related.
Obama offers help to Philippines.
Filipino troops position themselves near a marine amphibious assault vehicle manned by their US counterparts during a mechanized assault exercise as part of the 2014 Amphibious Landing Exercise (PHIBLEX) at the Naval Education and Training Command (NETC) in Zambales on Sunday. Around 1,000 Filipino and 3,000 US marines and sailors will join the annual joint military exercise that will last for 12 days.
Philippines don’t want to act ‘provocative’ toward the expansionist, murderous, commie dictators.
The Philippines has put infrastructure projects on hold in territories in the disputed South China Sea in a bid to ease tensions in the region
With Obama on your side you know you’re on your own.
Hell, he declared war on ebola and it ended up in America. At least the Filipinos are paying attention.
This guy shot down a drone and now they’re wondering if they can charge him with something.
Don’t forget, you were skeet-shooting. You skeet-shoot all the time.
So as I end up I’m left with this lesson:
Just stop paying attention and hope that when it all blows up, my part of the world won’t blow up as much.