Greetings and salutations from the sand, sun and surf of Cape Cod, Martha’s Vineyard and the delightfully cool, sunny and all around gorgeous island of Nantucket! On a day like today, September 12th, 2014 (Happy Birthday to both my parents, Jan and David!), you cannot help but smile. It is a perfect Fall like day at this nine a.m. hour in Hyannis/Hyannis Port, very comfortable temperatures out there, with crisp azure sky above… So, if you picked a weekend to be on that fabled isle of Nantucket, you’re a winner! You picked a good one…enjoy!
The mood in Washington D.C. this early hour however, is not so much sunshine and lollipops, no sir, this is a day that will live in infamy! Oh, wrong line? Sorry. But it does seem our great land is being put back on another war footing, fighting yet another group that vows to ‘destroy Israel’ and chants en masse, “death to America”… Yes, we have seen this all before. Not taking into account this ‘disagreement’ is centuries old, an eon and a half old for God’s sakes, President Obama is doing what he can to walk a very fine line between military genius and insanity, for how can we, the little old USA, 238 years old, make this age old whole rift between Sunni and Shiite better?
Besides the four steps laid out in the President’s speech Wednesday evening, there are a few other things we might want to consider. First, we must ask our Saudi friends to stop funding ISIL (and cutting their own people’s heads off), the vicious band of outlaws from mostly Syria and Iraq (now recruiting in slick social media avenues) who vow to kill and terrorize the West. These ‘men’ do not belong to any real religion based in kindness and Love, no, they are hell bent on evil and the carrying out of a maniacal plan that has no basis in reason or humanity, let alone civilization. It is a few wealthy individuals and countries who are keeping this whole thing going. Air strikes alone will not solve the problem. But boots on the ground is FOLLY beyond the meaning of the word.
We have been playing in this sand box for more than six plus decades now, going back to our ‘friend’ and puppet, the Shah and Iran, what was that 1951? The threat existed then as it exists now and to truly believe that destroying ISIL with military hardware is going to solve this cancer is obviously not the way to go. Our ‘allies’ in the region, allies BECAUSE they have oil (otherwise we would treat them like we treat South Sudan), MUST step up to the plate and offer the WILL to defeat that WILL of ISIL, one whose ‘goal’ must be offered up to the region for what it is–establishing 4th century religion (Sharia law) that demeans women, most men, children and God himself, a so called caliphate that has no place on this Earth. THAT is the only solution. To make ALL in the area know what is at stake–World Peace as opposed to World War! It seems the whole approach of bombing and occupying vast desert areas is a colossal waste of everyone’s time.
Blood and treasure–4400 plus U.S. troops dead plus a cool 4.1 TRILLION when it is all said and done (cost of the Iraq and Afghanistan wars of 2001& 2003). Is this new war, for that is what it IS, is it going to be worth it? If I were a young black man living in Ferguson, Missouri right now, in this year of ‘our Lord’ 2014, I would be a hell of a lot more scared of my own police department than I was of some random terrorist out there, one that is being tracked almost as good as you are I on this peaceable sunny morning here on lovely Cape Cod...isn’t that right my brothers’ listening in at the NSA? I’m just kidding, I’m sure you have better things to do than read this blog, am I right or am I right?
Have a great week end folks and steer clear of those wooden nickles thrown about by ‘ole Rupert, “arrghh matie!”, Murdoch’s FOX “NEWS”–side effects still include internal bleeding, dizziness, trouble urinating, irritable bowels, cramps, nausea, vomiting, projectile vomiting and the overwhelming feeling that you are becoming Donny Osmond, ’cause like Donny, you are just a little bit ‘Rock & Roll”, especially you Steve Ducey! Are you really my friend?
Instead of putting yourself through all of that, why not tune into “REAL TIME, with Bill Maher”, on HBO tonight at 9 p.m. sharp (as opposed to his normal ‘hours’ of Friday nights LIVE at ten p.m., eastern), as Bill is doing a LIVE show in Washington D.C.. He plans on doing an hour stand up after the regular show–both in front of LIVE audiences here on the east coast for a change. You might learn something Megan! Have a great show Bill, let ‘em know what you really think! PRESERVE THE WILDERNESS! Peace~M