Thursday, August 8, 2013
"An excess of caution"
Needless to say, Obama didn't want another Benghazi, but how do you get another Benghazi if you're forewarned? Wouldn't it make more sense to wait for the attack and crush it? Some extra security, especially in Sana, should have done the trick.
On the other hand, some idiots might get the idea that the NSA "security" offensive against the American public (and the rest of the world) made "saving" our embassies and consulates possible. It's bullshit, of course. Nobody found out about upcoming events in Yemen by logging American phone data.
Crap. Pure crap.
We're out of there, thankfully. What we left behind is a civil war. The real shame is that most of the dead people are just poor suckers, including a lot of children, who never did a bit of harm to anybody. I don't suppose taking out Maliki would help, but it would help me feel happier.
Fannie and Freddie
Let's not forget that Fannie and Freddie weren't privatized until Lyndon Johnson needed some extra cash to blow in Vietnam. Now that they're nationalized again, and starting to turn a profit, why not just keep them nationalized and use the money they're bringing in for, say, infrastructure or education?
I never understood why our government only is allowed to own losers. Hell, let's nationalize the oil and gas companies!
Corruption is endemic, worldwide, and the United States certainly is no exception. I think it was Mark Twain who said we have "the best Congress money can buy," and he hadn't even seen the Congress we have now.
Is there a way to get the money out of politics? If there is, I wouldn't even have a clue where to start.