"There is danger from all men. The only maxim of a free government ought to be to trust no man living with
power to endanger the public liberty." - - - - John Adams

Saturday, November 7, 2015

GOP candidates call for war in Middle East and Africa

War, War and More War
  • The corpses of the Russian children from the plane crash were still twitching (and there has been no investigation) when GOP candidates for President started beating the drum for more war. Never let a crisis go to waste you might say.
  • Special Note  -  These GOP Chickenhawks never bother to mention that for years ISIS and the other Islamist rebel groups have been fully armed and funded by Saudi Arabia, Turkey and the CIA. The truth gets in the way of an election campaign.

(CNN)  -  Several Republican presidential candidates are calling for a more aggressive U.S. and international effort to crush ISIS after news broke that suggested the radical Islamist group or an affiliated group downed the Russian airliner that crashed in Egypt with a bomb.
Reacting Wednesday to the news, Florida Sen. Marco Rubio, former Florida Gov. Jeb Bush and Ohio Gov. John Kasich said the likely attack should jerk the U.S. into more aggressive military action against the terrorist group, which the U.S. has been fighting as part of an international bombing campaign over the skies of Iraq and Syria.
Rubio, a member of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee, called on the U.S. to expand its military footprint in combating ISIS beyond the Middle East and into North Africa, where ISIS cells are operating with relative impunity in Libya, which is Egypt's neighbor to the west.
The only two sane candidates
Donald Trump has spoken out against U.S. adventurism in the Middle East.
Now Senator Ted Cruz says the U.S. should neither partner with Russia
against ISIS nor work to overthrow the government of Syria.  (CNN)

Rubio called ISIS's "safe haven" in Libya a "growing threat" that the U.S. needs to "begin to take seriously" in an interview Wednesday with CNN's Dana Bash.
"I would be targeting their safe havens everywhere including in Libya," Rubio said. "If we don't wipe out that operational status that they now have in Libya they're going to use it to ramp up more operations in Sinai, more in Egypt and eventually it will cross over the Mediterranean into Europe itself."
Rubio suggested that the apparent attack against the Russian airliner "potentially" emanated from ISIS's cell in Libya.
(TRANSLATION - There has been no investigation at all.  So no one knows jack shit right now, but the elections are coming fast and Rubio needs votes.)
"And I would just say that irrespective of that, their threat in Libya has now grown to an almost crisis level that's almost on par with what we see in Iraq," Rubio added.
Bush said Wednesday during an event in New Hampshire that "we need a strategy to take them (ISIS) out," because without U.S. intervention, "they'll continue to gain power." He did not appear to call directly for intervention against ISIS in Libya as well.

"Every day that they exist in the form of a caliphate is another day they gain energy, so I think the President needs to acknowledge this is a threat to our national security interests, he needs to create a strategy, he needs to explain to the American people what that strategy, what that objective is," Bush said. "And I believe we need to take out ISIS and create a more stable Iraq and a more stable Syria. American leadership is required for that to happen."
Kasich said . . . that he would be willing to put U.S. boots on the ground to defeat ISIS if necessary and said that it's time the U.S. spurs the international community -- in particular western allies -- into action against ISIS, apparently beyond the U.S.-led international bombing campaign against the group in Iraq and Syria.
Rick Santorum has called for the U.S. to deploy 10,000 troops to Iraq to fight ISIS, but said Thursday that the U.S. should stay out of Syria, which he called "an absolute mess."
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Political Asshole Alert
"Simply stated, there is no doubt that Saddam Hussein
now has weapons of mass destruction." 

Dick Cheney 
August 26, 2002
When Cheney became eligible for the draft, during the Vietnam War, he applied for and received five draft deferments. In 1989, The Washington Post writer George C. Wilson interviewed Cheney as the next Secretary of Defense; when asked about his deferments, Cheney reportedly said, "I had other priorities in the '60s than military service".

The true cost of the Iraq War while the
politicians stayed safely at home.

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