Thursday, June 11, 2015


A soldier driven insane in the trenches of World War I.
Insanity: doing the same thing over and over again and expecting different results. ~ Albert Einstein
America is sending troops back into Iraq to train a new generation of Iraqi soldiers. Of course, a decade spent training Iraq soldiers failed miserably, but, who knows, this time it may be different. I understand the madness. They don't know what to do so they try again what has always failed (see Vietnamization).
Insanity is knowing that what you're doing is completely idiotic, but still, somehow, you just can't stop it. ~ Elizabeth Wurtzel
ISIS is supported by American allies in the region. Turkey wants ISIS to kill Kurds and weaken Syria's Assad. Saudi Arabia wants ISIS to kill Shi'ites. Even Israel is, for the moment, backing ISIS as a counterbalance to Iran-backed Hezbollah. All the while American war profiteers are making a bloody fortune selling arms to everyone in the region. This means that alternatives that might be effective (blockades) are off the table.
Never think that war, no matter how necessary, nor how justified, is not a crime. ~ Ernest Hemingway
So, go ahead. Train Iraqis to uses the new weapons we'll send to replace the old weapons captured by ISIS knowing all the while that corrupt Iraqi generals will again sell the bullets for those weapons to ISIS. For all the good it will do.
For 40 years we have known the ISIS is invincible.

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