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Monday, May 09, 2011

We Seem To Have a Pattern Developing

If you ask me, Barack Obama made a huge tactical mistake when he, early on, decided he didn't want to offend the sensibilities of the world's Muslims by calling our war on terror a War on Terror.  (See post below.  See "Obama Scraps 'Global War on Terror' for 'Overseas Contingency Operation'".) For the obvious reason - if we're not hunting down terrorists, why are we sending our brave men and women in uniform to their deaths in faraway lands?

What's the mission? How do we know when we've succeeded? Are we even able to achieve success, whatever that may mean anymore? If winning isn't the goal (in a war, for God's sake), do we even have an "exit strategy"?

It's come to this: Nobody on the planet can explain our intentions in Afghanistan these days. Other than to suggest that we're there to track down and kill bad guys who cross over from Pakistan with the intent to do the locals harm. With an ever increasing number of bad guys showing up as we do their brothers ever more harm.

Where does that end?

At least George W. Bush had a plan. To kill them all. To protect us here at home.

But not Obama. "Surgical" is the tactical order of the day.

So why is he diddling with Afghanistan?

And, for that matter, Iraq?

And for that matter ...
No exit
An inconclusive slog in Libya.
Chicago Tribune

The successful raid to take out Osama bin Laden was enough to eclipse another Western military operation that didn't go quite so well.

Last Saturday night, NATO bombed a compound in Tripoli that was said to contain a military center. Moammar Gadhafi was not killed, but his youngest son and three of his grandchildren reportedly were. His forces responded by shelling the rebel-held city of Misrata, where more than 1,000 people have died already.

That's emblematic of the NATO campaign in Libya, which was launched more than six weeks ago in the hope of stopping Gadhafi's war against the rebels who control much of the country. This effort has served to keep the rebels from being smashed, but it hasn't forced the dictator to give up the fight or flee the country.

Saturday's attack was hard to square with the UN resolution authorizing the outside intervention, which focused on protecting civilians from attack by establishing a no-fly zone. NATO and the United States have decided to interpret that mandate liberally, allowing them to hit "military" targets that may house Gadhafi — even as they insist they "do not target individuals."

Maybe killing him would be the domino that would cause his regime to come crashing down. But no one really knows. Failing that, the war has settled into an inconclusive slog that could go on a long time. [link]
So now we find ourselves mired in an internal struggle in Libya.  To go along with our "war" in Afghanistan and Pakistan.  And our ongoing ... mission? ... in Iraq.

America applauds Obama's decision to kill Osama bin Laden.  Though more than a few of us wonder, given today's circumstances, why he bothered.

Energy of the Future?

The word tritium comes into the discussion again.


The Epitome of a good blog

Adjective: snarky ˈsnärkē
1. (informal) irritable, sarcastic, irreverent, impertinent


A good line:

"But think about this. It’s a little complex so turn off the TV. A business that moves out of state pays NO TAXES TO CALIFORNIA."

Not so irritable, I suppose. But sarcastic, irreverent and impertinent to be sure.

I love it.

Bin Laden Is Dead

But his dream lives on.

Mark Steyn on the ongoing effort to make us all bow to Allah:
A decade on, our troops are running around Afghanistan “winning hearts and minds” and getting gunned down by the very policemen and soldiers they’ve spent years training. Back on the home front, every small-town airport has at least a dozen crack TSA operatives sniffing round the panties of grade-schoolers. Meanwhile, at the U.N., the EU, the Organization of the Islamic Conference, and in the “Facebook revolutions” of “the Arab spring,” the Islamization of the world proceeds: Millions of Muslims support bin Laden’s goal — the submission of the Western world to Islam — but, unlike him, understand that flying planes into buildings is entirely unnecessary to achieving it.

They think they’ve got the superpower all figured out — that America is happy to spend bazillions of dollars on technologically advanced systems that can reach across the planet, but it doesn’t really have the stomach for changing the facts of the ground. That means that once in a while your big-time jihadist will be having a quiet night in watching Dancing With The Stars when all of a sudden Robocop descends from the heavens, kicks the door open, and it’s time to get ready for your virgins. But other than that, in the bigger picture, day by day, all but unnoticed, things will go their way.
Unfortunately, those who think Islam will win out in the end may be right. One of the worst murderers of the 20th century is put to death and we fall all over ourselves seeing to it that he gets a proper funeral so that Muslims aren't offended by the way we handled his carcass.

A question never to be asked: Why did the Western world not expect Muslims to be offended by those murders?

Stupid question, I know. But one that reveals so much about ... us.

Will I eventually have to go down to the local Kmart and buy me a prayer rug?

I'm pricing them as we speak.