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Saturday, October 24, 2015

Bigger than Benghazi



Does anybody think that the errors of Benghazi are all Hillary's fault? Oh I'm sure she's responsible for a good part of it. After all, it was her job. Maybe we have to ask ourselves what our diplomats were doing in Benghazi in the first place? Maybe we were pretending that Libya was a functioning country instead of a war zone between competing factions? Right now the country is pretty much split between two major groups, but that gets little press.

The US and other Western nations are responsible for that mess. We are very good at destabilizing countries but pretty terrible at putting them back together. In fact, we are so bad at it that I suspect that's never been our intent in the first place.

Just about every country that had an “Arab Spring” is in disarray. Egypt is mostly stable again, but at the cost of a government no more democratic than the one overthrown. By the way, the underlying problems that got people out in the street in the first place have yet to be addressed.

Look at our “success” in Afghanistan and Iraq. Don't worry, we are in Syria now and this time we are going to get it right.

Don't expect any hearings about how our foreign policy is making the world worse instead of better. Both Democrats and Republicans are responsible. It's fine to do a little finger pointing concerning Benghazi -as long as no one digs down to first causes. Don't expect much more than political theater from that sort of hearing . . . ever.

Yes, the world is run by a lot of psychopaths. The strong men in all these countries were definitely bad people. Unfortunately, the ones who replaced them weren't much better. Of course, the whole point isn't to eliminate psychopaths. The idea is to replace independent psychopaths with our own psychopaths.

-Sixbears


14 comments:

  1. Hell is empty Sixbears, all the devils are up here. And they don't have much work to do because humans are far more inventive when it comes to nastiness and evil deeds.

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  2. Wouldn't if be wonderful if every country minded it's own business and didn't go to war to covet what others' had? I think they used to call it fair trade.

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    1. There's not a lot of "fair" going on in the world right now.

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  3. I remember going to Iraq after reading up on it and thinking: Ok, this could work, but most likely it won't. A lot of that has to do with how badly the countries were divided up after the Ottoman Empire in WW1. As is, it's naive to think we can just go in somewhere and impose our own form of a democratic republic to places that with a populace that are used to be ruled with an iron fist. Craziness...

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    1. Craziness indeed . . . unless it was never about democracy.

      Glad you made it back Adam.

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    2. You hit the nail on the head. It's not about democracy but how much money can be made and damn the loss of life and limb to get it.

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    3. Humans are "fodder units" in the quest for control and money.

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  4. The same NeoCons who brought us that mess over in the Sandbox are still influencing our foreign policy.
    That and the Industrial Military Complex's insatiable need to be bombing the hell out of everything around the world to stay in business tells me that we are in for more of the same ad nauseum.

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    1. Those people should not be running around loose. That's what jails are for -in a more perfect world.

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  5. Bring all our troops home from everywhere and let the various deities sort it out.

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    1. It's a huge waste of human potential to have our young people die or be wounded in foreign entanglements.

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  6. read somewhere that the percentage of sociopathy among ceo's is much higher than in the general populace.
    this would also apply to pols, army officers, and others of that ilk.
    i think this stat explains a lot of what is done in the face of reason and puzzles the average man.

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    1. We can't understand how big business can be the way it is, but that's because we are normal human beings.

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