Posted by Martin C. Fox on June 21, 2014
Figuring out our Middle East policy makes explaining how WW I started look simple.
The modern era of Middle East destabilization began with the CIA’s overthrow of the Iranian government. It has been downhill ever since.
Ten years of Iraqi nation building, unwanted democratizing and the sacrifice thousands of US lives and a million innocent Iraqi citizens is instantly down the drain. A total waste.
Now Obama, McCain, Graham, Hagel and their war party want to start all over. Just like all the other government spawned programs that make things worse their answer is throw more money at it, not to mention the lives. It is easy when war is just something on a capital office TV screen.
Remember when the government says “no boots on the ground” that does not include special ops nor CIA. There will be more than the promised 300 advisors. I recollect we started with just 50 advisors in Vietnam. A year from now remember “300”. Read the rest of this entry »
Posted in Uncategorized | Tagged: Al Qaida, Iraq, ISIS, Syria | 1 Comment »
Posted by Martin C. Fox on June 12, 2014
Prior to 2001 and sanctions Iraq may not have been the greatest place to live but there was relative peace and women were allowed to get an education and were treated fairly well (women are third class citizens in Saudi Arabia home to our “friends” that bankrolled 9/11). There was no Al Qaida like there were no WMDs. The US liberated and democratized Iraq by bombing it to splinters and killing a million innocent civilians. Not to mention the loss of thousands of US soldiers. Now hundreds of thousands flee in fear of being overrun by so-called Al Qaida faction ISIS.
The result: Total hate for the US.
Afghanistan had the Taliban but few Al Qaida. But we were entrenched fighting a Taliban that never attacked the US. Thanks to US, a regional “terror” group escalated in power. Al Qaida grew too, big enough that the world’s policeman had to bribe to them not attack its truck convoys. Like those before us, Afghanistan was our graveyard. Not mention is a sinkhole for hundreds of millions worth of shrink-wrapped pallets of US dollars. Read the rest of this entry »
Posted in Uncategorized | Tagged: Boko Haram, Eqypt, Iraq, ISIS, Libya, Ukraine | 1 Comment »
Posted by Martin C. Fox on February 23, 2013
We are very ready for war but not for peace.
The 22 Feb Erie Times guest voice, an ROTC company commander and Penn State history major, attempts to compare the use of militias in the war of 1812 to “lack of readiness” as the cause of our “problems” in Iraq and Afghanistan. Mr. Payne could write for the Weekly Standard.
There is much to compare that was not mentioned.
The US defense budget is more than most of the industrialized world combined. Who else has 7 or 8 carrier fleets, ICBMs, spy satellites, the most advanced aircraft, 700+ bases in 170 countries, cameras in soldiers helmets and innumerable varieties of special forces? No one. How on earth can the US not be ready to defeat countries barely out of the stone-age? Yet we continue to get our butts kicked.
Men, women and matériel are not the issue. The people running the show are the problem. Today’s political and military leaders are like 1812′s William Hull. The incompetent Hull lead us to disaster in Canada. Defeated by forces that were half militia. Read the rest of this entry »
Posted in Uncategorized | Tagged: Afghanistan, Erie Times, Iraq, ROTC, war party | 2 Comments »
Posted by Martin C. Fox on September 11, 2012
I have always been of the mind that the reason we are in Iraq is oil and oil pipelines. Initially we were told we had to capture the weapons of mass destruction. When the public discovered there were no WMDs the reason changed to freeing the people from their yoke. We are performing our divine duty bestowing the nation with democracy they don’t want. Read the rest of this entry »
Posted in Empire Building | Tagged: 9/11, Afghanistan, Al Qaeda, Fed, Gary Johnson, Iraq, Libertarian | 1 Comment »
Posted by Martin C. Fox on December 11, 2011
Once in a while the radio gets boring and I switch to Sean Hannity for some light-hearted comedy after a grueling day at work. Rick Santorum was being interviewed, this being long before the election campaigning started. Our troops had just “discovered” a cache of empty gas cylinders somewhere in Iraq. Read the rest of this entry »
Posted in Uncategorized, Warparty candidates | Tagged: gulf war, Iraq, poison gas, Rick Santorum, Ron Paul, Sean Hannity, war monger, war party | 2 Comments »
Posted by Martin C. Fox on August 20, 2011
if you had any doubts they should have been put to bed by Leon Panetta. He recently declared we are staying in Iraq through 2012. Maliki denied this. Whether the denial is for show or not I don’t know. But I know the War Department is going to continually tell Iraq they want us to stay until they agree. Read the rest of this entry »
Posted in Empire Building | Tagged: Afghanistan, AIPAC, Iran, Iraq, Obama, Panetta, Ron Paul | 1 Comment »