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The Permanent Bipartisan Fusion Party Prepares for War

August 26th, 2013 - 3:48 pm

I spent a good deal of the period 1985-1991 behind the Iron Curtain, in East Germany, the East Bloc and in the Soviet Union itself. Nostalgic as I am for the good old days — when, unlike the Islamists, we had a worthy and interesting opponent in the Soviets and their client states, with the added bonus that the Communists were not a death cult, reveling in the joys of “martyrdom” — it seems utterly pointless for us to go to war with Syria over what is, in fact, an internal matter and none of our “humanitarian” business. Whether the Assad regime is killing its own people (and keep in mind that modern”Syria,” like the other “nations’ of the Middle East, is an imaginary state, dating from 1963, 1966, or 1970, depending on how you count, but a fully paid-up member of the ummah) with chemical weapons should not matter in the slightest to the West, strategically speaking, and one¬†would think those on the Left who screamed about Chimpy McHitler would agree. Or even some on the Right. Alas, no.

But that was so then and this is so now. What’s completely clear — as it was to some of us from the beginning — is that the high “moral” dudgeon of the leftist protests against Bush were simply the means to the electoral end of installing their man in the White House. Obama never had the slightest intention of rolling back Bush’s mistakes; for him, they were not a bug of the presidency, but a compelling feature. Not for any foreign-policy reasons — with apparatchiks like Kerry at State, Samantha Power at the U.N. (when she deigns to show up) and the enlisted man, Chuck Hagel, at the Pentagon, this is the most incompetent administration since Jimmy Carter’s — but because the war-machine apparatus could just as easily be employed against the domestic population as well.

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Bush was indeed a bitter disappointment. He blew several opportunities to bag Bin Laden and other top leaders of Al Qaeda for fear of political fallout if Americans died. Then he made things worse by invading Iraq, with insufficient troops and without the ruthlessness necessary to hold the region together by all powers since the Babylonians.

Not content to waste trillions playing army, Bush pushed through a number of social programs (like the prescription drug program that was a disaster) but grew government across the board not counting the DHS and TSA. Meanwhile, he did nothing but talk about real issues like the mortgage crisis, something that might have been avoidable had he used the bullypulpit of his office to ran through reform as he rammed through the DHS.

If we had put the money wasted on Iraq into rush programs for domestic oil production and new generation nuclear power plants and lean burning car engines we could have written off the Middle East and left Europe or China to deal with them.
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I have read nearly every column on nearly every news website in this country regarding the subject of our involvment in Syria and you sir are the only writer who gets it. Be prepared for the ridicule that is sure to come your way for having the courage to speak the truth about what our nation has descended into.
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For the very first time in my life I agree with the Russkies. The US has been wasting time, lives, and treasure ever since we had the bad idea of electing yet another Bush, the anti-Reagan Republicans that govern like Democrats. Except for that brief period when Gingrich was the Speaker, we have been under Demokratik rule since 1993 and perhaps since Ronald Reagan left the White House. I don't know about you but I have enough of this. I am eagerly looking for a miracle: a group of brave men like our Founding Fathers that I support with a clean conscience. I am tired of this fog and I am tired of being used. I love America and I want her back on track. The present POTUS may prefer not to waste this crisis. Nothing would please him more than American arms helping Al Qaeda in Syria and even in Egypt. I've got the feeling that his downfall is near. If those nuts plan to dominate the world--as shown in the photo above--be aware that my neck of the woods is going to be quite expensive to dominate.
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The nations of the West have been sleepwalking for a long time now. They pretend that Islam is the same as other belief systems. They pretend that Iran can be negotiated out of making good on its promise to nuke Israel. They even pretend, in private, that the destruction of Israel would remove the major roadblock between them and the Moslems; just give them the Jews and everything will be ok.

Meanwhile, nothing of substance is being done. The free world's policeman, the United States, even tried to civilize Iraq and Afghanistan, hopeless projects from the start and both now both sinking into failure.

So let's sleepwalk some more. We've done this before, with all the reality denial about Hitler and the Nazis, and the other fascist countries. Will Israel be the modern Sudetenland, a sacrificial lamb that doesn't sate their appetite?

Remember that the Holy Prophet Mohammed is 1,400 years old with a sustained track record of success. Hitler was a johnny come lately with an isolated industrial base and a handful of big plans. This time even if were to awake from the sleepwalk, solving the problem will be a hundred times tougher.
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I'm beginning to run on empty. Some of us have been screaming about this for over 40 years. Some of us are even trying to DO SOMETHING about this bovine waste.

The only advance we have made is creating our own echo chamber here on the internet.

What are WE going to do? I have an idea...how about running for office, every office at every level. Live in a super-lib area? Can't win, jousting at windmills? Not a problem. Have you ever seen a nature film of Octopi? When poked they pull their arms in and roll up into a ball (Perfect for catching and making calamari). Attack, attack; make them spend their time, energy and MONEY in defense. Run against them. Even if you don't win, you get the message out.

Another idea. Some of us could band together, form a "Not for Profit" or even straight up corporation and buy some local media. Hell, as badly as the alphabet networks are doing, buy one or two of them, then challenge the narrative. (Note, Not for Profit is different than Non-Profit). No guts no glory.

Tea Party. Guns. Bibles. Constitution. Limited government. (all that is to help NSA find me.)
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Yes sir. These are the times that try men's souls. Our forefathers fought the superpower of their times without sufficient weapons, without a navy, with scarce powder and ordnance. RESIST!
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John Kerry is going to negotiate a peaceful settlement between Israel and the Palestinians and the Middle East will finally be at peace and all of our problems will be solved.

Or something.
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Great thoughts! I too agree. However ahem a slight eeensy weeensy teeensy improvement to your label "Permanent Bipartisan Fusion Government" needs to be made. We should substitute the word "Tripartisan" for the word "Bipartisan". The third leg of the Fusion Government being the frozen American electorate. The simple brute fact Americans cannot avoid is that the Federal political landscape is overwhelmingly endorsed by the electorate, year after year after year. Yeah great thoughts Michael but so long as you ignore the fact that next year or the year after the same old same old geriatric hogs will be elected back into office, your analysis is a waste of time. While even people like Sarah Palin campaign for people like John McCain, there is no point whining about the system you've got! Just get used to rolling around in the manure as your moral pronouncements and clever analyses become more and more vacuous.
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Obama has more "red lines" than a Christmas candy cane.
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The stated goal of the Muslim Brotherhood is to "destroy America from within", via their political jihad warfare. How does its evil twin physical/terror jihad, fit into that goal?
Islam has been telling us repeatedly that we have an existential threat; the same exact threat that it uses against Israel. While Israel has Islam bordering it on every side; this latest little dry run to test international response to chemical weapons use could also serve a double purpose as a distraction technique. We are not bordered by enemies like Israel; so how would an attack on our shores be accomplished? Where would our enemy Islam be concealed enough to get close enough to us? They've already done at least 2 dry runs to test our responses:
1. Coastguard off the West coast found small unmanned "submarines" being navigated close to shore; possibly for use in smuggling drugs from south America.
2. It was a surprise to us when Russia managed to get subs close to our shores without being detected.

Something about the Syrian use of chemical weapons smells like a distraction ... and Russia weighs in with its warning that the U.S.A. would be acting illegally if it bypasses the U.N. security council and attacks Syria.
Russia is also vested in the destruction of Israel; especially now that Russia's natural gas sales to Europe are threatened by massive natural gas discoveries in Israel waters and their possible sale of that gas to Western Europe.
When engaging the ME ... we better not forget that our own shores are vulnerable to attack from a very powerful and capable enemy.

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There are no good guys in Syria, just bad guys on both sides and victims in the middle.
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This is the first time that I've agreed with every word the author has shared.

Well said, Mr. Walsh. You nailed it.
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Who cares if Assad used chemical weapons against Al Queda affiliates ?

Some people just need killing, and leave it to our "Community Organizer in Chief" to side with the people that need killing.
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The FRIENDS of AQ affiliates care about them. You do the math.
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Great article. I love his writing, always to the point and no gray areas.

I am also a Michael James Walsh, though not "the" Michael Walsh.
Combat wounded RVN vet, Recon Plt, 2/34th Armor, 25th ID
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