What were the surnames of all the Wall Street executives responsible for the world financial collapse? Must have been Clinton cause they're not in jail. What are the surnames of all the cabinet members in the administration just prior to Obama? Must have been Clinton cause... after starting two illegal wars, torturing prisoners and needlessly killing hundreds of thousand of innocent Iraqi and Afghani civilians... they're not in jail either. Of course I'm being facetious to make a point. The USA has had and continues to have a two tiered system of justice. One for the rich and powerful, one for the rest of us. That is why traders on Wall Street can get coked up in a NY City nightclub with impunity, meanwhile minorities on the sidewalks are getting jacked up by the NYPD for a few ounces of concealed weed.
I for one, will not idly stand by, and watch the TB besmirch the good character of honorable Sen Lindsey Graham! Lindsey has never changed his position on federal disaster aid. He has always been for a smaller more efficient federal government. One that provides disaster aid only when it is absolutely essential. Sen Graham just didn't view aiding those damn Yankees in their time of need as essential.
Yeah it is a problem. It should be sufficient for candidates to address school issues that are important to their local communities during board elections and then let the voters decide. Instead of free elections, this is an attempt by the GOP to capture the votes of their low information electorate. Ignorant of the facts, but loyal to the party. A perfect setup for the highly motivated, but sadly misguided evangelical crowd that brought us NC amendment 1. This is just one more step towards packing school boards across the state with people in favor of siphoning off public tax dollars for evangelical and for-profit schools. Schools that teach children things like dinosaurs and humans lived together on Noah's Ark, evolution is a lie and climate change is a hoax concocted by scientists to make money off hard working god fearin' Americans like you and me. By the time the GOP legislature and their cronies are through school children across the state will believe The Flintstones is an historical documentary and that their grandparents rode dinosaurs on the road to Galilee.
Wrong... again. Iraq has been in constant chaos ever since 2003. What left a power vacuum was the deposing of Saddam Hussein and his Sunni led government during our illegal invasion under the leadership of GWB. Without a doubt, Saddam Hussein was a ruthless leader, but terrorist opposition never thrived under Saddam's regime like it does in his absence. Spoiler Alert: That ^^^ my friend, is the very definition of a power vacuum. ISIS now depends greatly on the military expertise of disenfranchised Sunni officers. Officers formerly of Saddam Hussein's regime. Their success is due in large part to the incompetence of the US trained, Shiite led, Iraqi military creating a power vacuum. Here I'll use the term one more time for your benefit: The country of Iraq, w/arguably the strongest military force in the region prior to the US invasion, served as a natural counterbalance to Iran. That Iraqi military force no longer exists creating a power vacuum that Iran is now attempting to exploit.
Just when I thought you couldn't possibly say anything less informed... The severely weakened and financially drained empires of the British, French and Dutch were left with little choice but to give up their colonies after WWII. Japan's former colonies were also left without a master. This resulted in the largest power vacuum of modern times. The resulting turmoil set off a race between the two Cold War powers to win favor with dozens of newly independent nations in both Asia and Africa. And by the way there was certainly not a power vacuum in "Soviet held territories". The USSR possessed the most powerful land based military on the planet after WWII.
The Bush administration was in full CYA mode after discounting the threat OBL presented during their first few months in office. Instead they focused all their attention on the primary objective... creating an excuse for the USA to invade Iraq again. Cheney and his minions even went so far as to try and initially link Iraq to the WTC attack. That feeble attempt further undermined the administration's credibility. Providing evidence to support claims of wrongdoing prior to extradition of a suspect is not unreasonable. American courts do that all the time. Why wouldn't Afghanistan or any other nation be entitled to review evidence for our claims prior to handing over a suspect? Let us not pretend dismissing the possibility of diplomatic negotiations ten days after 9/11 should in any way be considered a serious attempt at diplomacy. The Bush administration made a list of unconditional demands knowing they were unlikely to be met. I can't think of a better way to create conditions for war than to refuse diplomatic discussions with the Taliban. We've ultimately entered into negotiations with the Taliban as they are the major power in Afghanistan. Maybe we should have saved thousands of lives and billions in treasure and simply tried diplomatic negotiations to begin with? You can always opt for war later. Afghanistan and the Taliban have never presented a serious threat to United States security. The attack on the WTC was committed mostly by Saudi Arabians funded by Saudi Arabians, and many came from a terrorist cell in GE, you know, our allies. The pilots resided in the USA for months flight training in preparation for the attack. The attack succeeded not because of some cave dwelling terrorist as much as the failure of communication between federal agencies tasked with overseeing our nation's security. Bottom Line: Attacking Afghanistan was a huge waste of life and US national resources. This outcome was not difficult to predict. History has shown no invader has ever been successful long term in Afghanistan. We invaded to capture terrorists, but within months mission creep had morphed the objective into turning a society barely out out the stone age into a functioning democracy. Good luck with that. 14 years and counting... what do we have to show for our efforts? A drained US treasury, countless crippled and dead, a weak/corrupt Afghanistan government, and more people than ever that hate America for killing their relatives.
It is pretty clear what our choices are. Preserving our liberty as god fearing Americans by courageously accepting weekly mass shooting deaths as a part of the price of freedom or... looking to the rest of the civilized world to determine what they are doing differently than the USA that results in dramatically lower murder rates/firearm deaths. As a nation we know what we need to do, we simply are not ready to do it. Bottom Line: Protecting the innocent lives of our fellow Americans is apparently less important than protecting a system that has our nation awash in easily accessible firearms.
9/11 caught the Bush administration with its pants down. It was the worst attack on American soil in sixty years. The priority for the Bush administration wasn't to gather evidence or negotiate to secure those responsible for attack. The priority was to quickly refocus the American public's attention away from a story line of presidential incompetence towards one of bold decisive action. Like countless incompetent governments throughout history, the Bush administration resorted to a foreign war to preserve their power at home. Bush and his cronies had no interest in determining the truth or avoiding conflict, they had a crisis of public confidence and they had to act quickly to counter it. Looks like Suhail Shaheen, the Taliban's deputy ambassador in Pakistan pretty much nailed it when making his prediction about the eventual need for talks doesn't it? So what do we have 14 years later? Eight years of failed efforts by the Bush administration to bring Bin Laden to justice, trillions in treasury wasted, hundreds of thousands of dead and injured Afghani civilians, a country in chaos and no end in sight for the involvement of an over tasked American military. It is sad to realize with so little to show after 14 years of death and destruction many still prefer to default to military action rather than attempt to negotiate with other nations that pose no direct threat to our nation's security. What a senseless waste, especially in a nation that could better use its limited resources here at home.