Friday, October 23, 2015
Russia in Syria
The main question: why? Is Putin acting for internal Russian consumption, continuing his "strong man" routine? Is he concerned about losing Russia's naval base? It's not because he likes Assad — nobody likes Assad. Maybe he's just decided that since Syria probably is the most fucked-up arena in the world, Russia, hoping to re-establish itself as a "world power," just has to be there.
Initially, it seemed inevitable that Russia only could make the megamess worse, but there is a possibility that Russia might make things better, by sharing some of the responsibility for pumping out the cesspool. After all, Syria can't get much worse.
Hillary and Benghazi
The United States has no valid excuse for admitting so few war refugees, leaving others to shoulder the load. The idea that we need two years per applicant to filter out potential "terrorists" is nothing but an excuse. The real motive for the unconscionable rigmarole is xenophobia and racism.
Of course. All the "I don't wanna" was bullshit from word one. He always had the essential quality: allegiance to the economic policy of soaking the poor to further enrich the rich and pretending it creates "growth." Despite it's other bizarre obsessions, the Freedom Caucus agrees.
I'm still giving Bernie money, even though it's dead certain now that Hillary will be the Democratic candidate, and that Bernie's pulled her about as far to the left as she's ready to go.
In the meanwhile, the Republican field continues to be a total freak show: Ben Carson!? He makes Trump seem reasonable (and intelligent) by comparison. Bush, despite all his money, appears to be dead in the water. Ted Cruz, who is straight-out evil, is moving up — but he's far too ugly to be elected president. Rubio, the quintessential opportunist but pretty as a picture, may end up the candidate — and, sadly, he might even win.