Mr. Obama, is now requesting $500 million to train “moderate” rebels in Syria, in an attempt to offset the ISIS army marching across a piece of land the west designated as Iraq, following the First World War.
Give it up. We continue to try and impose our will based upon our 21st Century opinions of how Middle Easterners and North Africans will act and react and all we do is fail. Please be invited to examine the record.
There is no way to speed up the thinking process of a people who are stuck in a Medieval mindset. They have been behind a cultural and philosophical wall for centuries while the west, with the exception of some in Alabama, Mississippi and a few other parts of the deep South and Texas, has moved forward. It will take time for their thinking to evolve. All we can do is get out of the way. Otherwise, like a police officer arriving at the scene of a domestic dispute, both parties will deflect their wrath away from one another, and focus on us. The harder we try, they angrier they will become. It’s been happening for years, and still our politicians soldier on, with one failed attempt after another. The United States can neither fight nor buy what it wants in the Middle East, which requires a political and cultural shift rather than a non-existent military solution. Again, examine the record.
Are we fighting and investing in the well being of the people of the United States, or the financial health of big oil and the various other components of the Military Industrial Complex President Eisenhower warned us about?
How many jobs might have been created here in the U.S. through programs to rebuild our infrastructure and improve public education and healthcare with the trillions of taxpayer dollars our political leaders have thrown away on death and destruction in Southeast Asia, the Middle East and North Africa? How much of our unemployment and homelessness might have been eradicated? In Detroit, people have lost their jobs, had their pensions cut and now their water is being turned off by the city. This is madness. Give the $500 million to the poverty-stricken people of Detroit and let the Syrian rebels and the Iraquis take care of themselves.
At the very least Americans who spent a lifetime earning a pension only to have it snatched away in their retirement should be entitled to clean running water.