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Down where my folks live in Athens County, Ohio, they have a saying which means an idea or action makes no sense and is doomed to failure…“That dog won’t hunt.”

Mr. President, as to sending arms to people in Syria in hopes that they use them only on their repressive, homicidal, secular government…”That dog won’t hunt.”

That is one really stupid idea. Only a complete idiot would try something like that just because the Republicans are calling him a pussy. All you have to do is resist what appears to be an insane impulse to George W. Bushify your presidency.

Only a man with straw between his ears could look into the future of giving bad guys guns to shoot badder guys and see flowers and accolades. Crap, next you’ll be in a codpiece-enhanced flight suit and giving a “Mission Accomplished” speech on the deck of the U.S.S. Ronald Reagan.

Rob Rogers, the editorial cartoonist for the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette, has drawn a cartoon in which a man dressed like Uncle Sam stands before a mirror holding a piece of paper with Vietnam, Iraq, and Afghanistan written on it. The “Uncle Sam” in the mirror is holding a piece of paper that says, “93,000 dead in Syria.”

The Uncle Sam looking into the mirror is saying, “I’ve got three reasons why we shouldn’t get involved in Syria.”

The reflection Uncle Sam is saying, “I’ve got more than three reasons why we should!”

Mr. President, that first list should include the Korean War. The Korean War came so closely on the heels of World War II that we tend not to immediately lump it in with the other “police action” cluster fucks we’ve been involved in. Make no mistake Korea was a cluster fuck.

If you add together the American dead from the Korean War, the Vietnam War, and the Wars in Iraq and Afghanistan you see what comes from trying to police the world…dead Americans.

Now, Mr. President, add together all the benefits accrued to the United States of America from our involvement in those wars, and all you get are dead Americans.

Korea is still a mess, and the leader of North Korea is a dangerous douche bag. During the Vietnam War, Senator John McCain was held in an infamous North Vietnamese prison nicknamed the Hanoi Hilton, and now there is an actual Hilton Hotel in Hanoi.

Iraq was and is a disaster that earned us a reputation as torturers and created more dead Americans. In Afghanistan the President we prop up with our military and economic aid, Hamid Karzai, makes Anti-American statements on a regular basis…AND…in return we get dead Americans.

Every time we blunder into a shooting match for “humanitarian” reasons, we create more widows and orphans and get nothing in return except the enmity of the humans we intended to save…oh, and dead Americans.

If we are to be the world’s police department, we must accept the price…no love from the people we protect and dead Americans. There has never been any other outcome.

My father was in both the Korean and Vietnam Wars twice each. He is proud of his service, and we are proud of Dad’s service. I thank God Dad made it home safe all four times, but I’ve got to weigh the benefit of those wars against the dead Americans that came out of those wars…I find the equation lacking.

Mr. President, if you do this thing so the guys don’t call you a pussy, every widow, widower, and orphan you produce will do nothing to make you look manlier. You’ll be another idiot that had to show how big his swinging dick was by seeing how many flag-draped coffins he can ship home to grieving families.

Here is a song from back in the day that says it much better than I:

    War, it ain’t nothing but a heartbreaker
    War, it’s got one friend
    That’s the undertaker
    Ooooh, war, has shattered
    Many a young man’s dreams
    Made him disabled, bitter and mean
    Life is much too short and precious
    To spend fighting wars these days
    War can’t give life
    It can only take it away

    (War by Edwin Starr)

So, Mr. President, what is it going to be…you turning into George W. Bush or you showing you still have some sense of decency? You do realize that if you do this thing, the Republicans will NEVER love or respect you…that dog won’t hunt.

Plus, history shows us how this goes…first its guns and bullets, and then it’s advisors, and then some advisors get dead, and then we send troops and they start to come home in body bags…the circle of life or, more accurately, death.

Tick-Tock, Mr. President…should we order more body bags, or what?

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  •  I'm honestly interested (4+ / 0-)

    in your assessment of the intervention in Libya and the aftermath of non intervention in Rwanda.

    I'm also honestly interested in your notes on your private meeting with the President and Joint Chiefs of Staff regarding how and with what materiel they plan to proceed.

    Thank you.

    " My faith in the Constitution is whole; it is complete; it is total." Barbara Jordan, 1974

    by gchaucer2 on Fri Jun 14, 2013 at 11:49:43 AM PDT

    •  But, but, but, (0+ / 0-)

      we should ignore the wholesale slaughter of peoples based on their ethnic profile.  That has worked out so well in the past.

      With the Decision Points Theater, the George W. Bush Presidential Library becomes the very first Presidential Library to feature a Fiction Section.

      by Its the Supreme Court Stupid on Fri Jun 14, 2013 at 12:26:50 PM PDT

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      •  Pretty good argument you got there (0+ / 0-)

        in favor of intervention . . . to support Assad.

        Dogs from the street can have all the desirable qualities that one could want from pet dogs. Most adopted stray dogs are usually humble and exceptionally faithful to their owners as if they are grateful for this kindness. -- H.M. Bhumibol Adulyadej

        by corvo on Fri Jun 14, 2013 at 12:33:30 PM PDT

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      •  Let Me Be Perfectly Clear (0+ / 0-)

        All of our nation's attempts at policing the world have come to sorrow. We choose where to intervene based not on humanitarian ideals but on how big the army is in the country into which we intervene and how much oil the country controls.

        The Chinese and the Russians were slaughtering their citizens, but we didn't get into a war with them. This Jekyll and Hyde foreign policy just gets Americans killed.

        Dear God, I wish I knew who would defeat Assad and then become the parents of a Syrian democracy, but I don't. If you agree with Senator McCain that it is easy to pick out the good guys, be my guest and arm them to the teeth.

        Every time we decide that we have to intervene, we create orphans and widows, and Gold Star mothers. Our armed forces aren't robots we can just toss into a fight. They are human beings with families. I say , "To Hell" with all the people that are willing to create widows, orphans, and Gold Star mothers out of other people's loved ones.

        War is dead people on both sides. Send troops, send planes, send bombs, send guns...send death. And, BTW, war is obscene; I can live with the word pussy.

  •  Please edit. (1+ / 0-)
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    That is one really stupid idea. Only a complete idiot would try something like that just because the Republicans are calling him a pu**y. All you have to do is resist what appears to be an insane impulse to George W. Bushify your presidency.
    Intervention in Syria is folly.
    •  Because we all know that (2+ / 0-)
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      Mannie, Kevskos

      the five-letter p-word, just like the five-letter i-word and the five-letter B name, are all HRworthy; whereas obscene and mendacious proposals, such as "chained CPI" and "humanitarian intervention in Syria/Libya/etc.", are sound Party policy.

      Dogs from the street can have all the desirable qualities that one could want from pet dogs. Most adopted stray dogs are usually humble and exceptionally faithful to their owners as if they are grateful for this kindness. -- H.M. Bhumibol Adulyadej

      by corvo on Fri Jun 14, 2013 at 01:06:02 PM PDT

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    •  I actually don't see what is wrong with this (1+ / 0-)
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      Kevskos

      1) It is well known that repugs use terms like pu**y in this way.  The author is not using this in a way to denigrate people, he is using it as an example of how repugs denigrate people.

      2) Bushify the presidency, while we all (or MOST all) of us here love President Obama, it doesn't mean we love everything he does.  And an intervention in Syria has all the makings of Bush idiocy.  As such, while I wholeheartedly support President Obama on many things, it doesn't mean I support ALL of them (chained CPI a perfect example of something I disagree with).

      Never underestimate stupid. Stupid is how reTHUGlicans win!

      by Mannie on Fri Jun 14, 2013 at 01:15:22 PM PDT

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