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Why did the lame duck cross the road?

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Submitted by Michael S. (United States), Oct 29, 2014 at 14:43

"Well, I'm not sure how they're defined at this particular moment."


I hope you are treating this whole semantic/ political/ diplomatic fiasco with a sense of humor, and not actually trying to make sense of it. The US will have an election, less than a week from today, in which a President already accustomed to ruling by fiat will become even more divorced from his government and from reality. In the run-up to this election, when he and his party should be doing clever things to reverse their dismal slide in the polls, (1) God has smitten them with a plague, (2) we have gone back into a war that Big O and the Dems were supposed to get us out of, (3) a confused Middle East situation has gotten, thanks to our fearless leader, more confused than ever, and (4) the Administration has responded to it all by calling the Jewish leader in Israel "chickensh_t".

I remember the Watergate tapes, which amazed most Americans because they got to hear President Nixon using foul language and saying that so-and-so "didn't have his head screwed on right". What we are seeing today is not just a President without his head screwed on right, it's like a kid spinning around on an office chair and causing it to screw right out. Obama is flat-out becoming unhinged; and the more he tries to blame Israel for his problems, the more unhinged he is getting!

Election week is clearly not a good time to find rational comment on the news, much less on American or anyone's foreign policy; but the fundamental situation on the ground keeps moving inexorably onward, in spite of Presidential lunacy and media spin.

Terrorism? Are we concerned about terrorism? Should I be amazed, that a State Department spokesman has to check his Presidential ticker-tape, to see if our leader is bullish or bearish on the Taliban being terrorist today? The Taliban are a secretive lot, after all, living in caves in the mountains. Who's to know, whether they are plotting terror today, or having a knitting circle?

Instead of trying to figure out the plans and motives of the murky Taliban, why don't we just try to make sense of something that's happening in plain sight? By this, I mean the battle for Kobane, at the Syria-Turkish border. Over there, we have a shooting battle. On the one side is ISIS, whom Obama calls terrorists; but our Turkish allies aren't so sure. They definitely say they want to destroy terrorism; but when it's right in front of them, they tell their tank commanders to hold their fire.

Then there's the YPD, the brave Kurdish men and women fighting for their lives and honor against overwhelming odds against ISIS. The Turks say they are terrorists; but our State department says they are not -- despite the fact that they are essentially the Syrian wing of the PKK, which both our State Department and the Turks call terrorists; but notwithstanding this the PKK are our main fighters against our "terrorist" enemies ISIS in Iraq.

We have other allies in Iraq as well, but we dare not call them allies. They are the Shi'ite militias that are plainly trained, equipped, officered, etc. by the Iranians. That's because our State Department and President are putting on a show of opposing the Iranians because they are developing nuclear weapons with which to blow Israel off the map. In fact, not only are we fighting alongside the Iranians in Iraq; we are also bombing ISIS alongside Bashar al-Assad's Russian-built MIG fighters in Syria; and in Yemen, we are conducting drone strikes against Al Qaeda forces in support of the Iranian-backed Sunni Houthi rebels.

After having destroyed Saddam Hussein and the Ba'athists in Iraq, who were Iran's greatest enemies to its west; and after having driven the Taliban out of Afghanistan, who were Iran's biggest problem to their east, it really takes some mental gymnastics to see how we are anything but Iran's biggest friend in the region. President Obama, in fact, would love more than ice cream, more than chocolate, more than sex, to put away all this "nuclear weapons" stuff and go give the Ayatollah a great big hug -- but, ugh! Those d*@#! Israelis keep getting in the way, concerned about -- hello? what's that? "existence"? "survival"?

The only thing that has kept Obama AND his predecessor from disrobing and jumping into bed with the Iranian mullah-king, has been fear that if they did, they would be disturbed in the middle of their fun by Israeli F-16s dropping bombs on them. That thought creates a lot of tension; and it seems our leader has had enough of it. He has decided that the Israelis are, after all, to use the US Administration's very own words, "chickensih_t"; so they don't have to worry about them.

That's unwise thinking, on Obama's part; but during election week, it's raving madness.

Yes, "terrorists" indeed. It's hard to call the Taliban "terrorists", when we have a fatal attraction for the equally terrorist Iranians. The Taliban, after all, are just IED and Kalashnikov terrorists/ militants/ really macho guys; but the Iranians are getting nukes and playing with the big boys! Compared with the Taliban, they're far more dangerous and, well, "terrifying", if you think about it for a moment. But Obama's got the hots for them, so what's the poor State Department to do?

Why did the lame duck cross the road? To get run over? Who knows?


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Title Commenter Date Thread
An Agreed Definition [72 words]
w/response from Daniel Pipes
Freddy TerraneanApr 4, 2016 17:27228712
2Definitions of Terrorism in the U.S. Code [413 words]LudvikusJan 17, 2015 00:51220437
Define [19 words]AlbertEDec 15, 2014 19:35219789
the abstract or the actual islamist terrorist [16 words]mythNov 17, 2014 05:39219336
The name of the "game" is Zionism [823 words]Richard MartensNov 14, 2014 14:37219307
The wellfare state result: mass terrorism [60 words]PermReaderNov 12, 2014 10:54219285
3Terrorism is not an ideology [176 words]saraNov 3, 2014 21:09219150
You are correct: Terrorism is not an ideology; and we're not convincingly at war with it. [373 words]Michael S.Nov 9, 2014 09:22219150
1Terrorism is in the eye of the beholder [158 words]saraNov 16, 2014 18:39219150
War on Flying [408 words]Michael S.Nov 17, 2014 15:07219150
Muslim Brotherhood threat [153 words]saraNov 20, 2014 21:29219150
1It takes all kinds [295 words]Michael S.Nov 21, 2014 15:18219150
Muslim divisions [571 words]Michael S.Nov 26, 2014 05:09219150
Terrorism [133 words]donevanNov 2, 2014 14:42219127
1It's Personal [546 words]Michael S.Nov 25, 2014 11:23219127
1I agree...it's not a religion [181 words]donevanNov 27, 2014 14:40219127
It's all "religious", by someone's definition [573 words]Michael S.Nov 29, 2014 18:51219127
Not a 'Religion" [184 words]donevanDec 1, 2014 22:10219127
Defining "Religion" [209 words]Michael SDec 4, 2014 12:28219127
Terror May Have Religious Connection; But Never a Righteous One [388 words]M. ToveyDec 4, 2014 17:20219127
I Agree......I think I do [119 words]DONEVANDec 8, 2014 10:02219127
Religion and Terrorism...... [117 words]donevanDec 8, 2014 10:21219127
How to become a heretic [1033 words]Michael S.Dec 9, 2014 12:21219127
Hereticism Can Be Avoided By Holdng to the Spirit of Scripture [538 words]M. ToveyDec 11, 2014 14:10219127
Murder From Supremacist Motives [65 words]DaveOct 31, 2014 19:14219088
1Still puzzled after 13 years. [120 words]JD WillOct 31, 2014 09:58219068
An endless war.... [151 words]donevanNov 3, 2014 22:17219068
Why did the lame duck cross the road? [919 words]Michael S.Oct 29, 2014 14:43219039
Someone Tell the Duck to Duck - It's Dark Out On That Roadmap to Peace. [324 words]M. ToveyOct 31, 2014 18:22219039
Be afraid! Be very afraid! [875 words]Michael S.Nov 3, 2014 10:01219039
Terrorism is in the Eye of the Beholder [26 words]Barry BlackOct 28, 2014 09:36219010
Koran sponsored crimes [64 words]PermReaderOct 27, 2014 12:19218990
what about "a state actor attacking civilian targets to spread fear for some putative political goal" ? [25 words]servet cevikOct 27, 2014 08:04218987
4What can we learn from the terrorist attack in Ottawa [219 words]dhimmi no moreOct 27, 2014 07:18218985
terrorism is a Monster with many face [26 words]myselfOct 27, 2014 06:47218984
1"TERRORISM" IS THE CRIME OF "EXTORTION" [41 words]Uncle VladdiOct 26, 2014 20:55218980
Let's Define Terrorism Better [379 words]Richard H. ShulmanOct 26, 2014 20:31218979
Définitions Of TERROR, TERRORISM and TERRORIST [161 words]JACQUES HADIDAOct 26, 2014 18:02218977
Its the purpose...not the degree of violence [167 words]gerNov 3, 2014 11:12218977
Don't Forget the Media's Role [156 words]
w/response from Daniel Pipes
AlexOct 26, 2014 16:50218973
1common sense [49 words]Charles MartelOct 26, 2014 16:02218972
Freud summed it up. [80 words]Andrew HOct 26, 2014 13:32218967
That Explains It [50 words]Barry BlackOct 26, 2014 10:19218964
1The Winslow Plan [367 words]TL WinslowOct 26, 2014 10:13218963
1terrorism [25 words]Jan LapterOct 26, 2014 09:37218960
Yes, "Terrorism" is already known as the crime of "Extortion." [13 words]Uncle VladdiOct 27, 2014 21:36218960
terrorism [11 words]Jan LapterOct 28, 2014 04:37218960
"Terrorist inmates" are subject to many extra restrictions - I would add: many extra benefits if members of ROP [16 words]MarkOct 26, 2014 09:28218958
Terrorism is a tactic in the War [90 words]Ralph C Whaley MDOct 26, 2014 09:27218957
Maybe there is a reason terrorism defies definition [179 words]
w/response from Daniel Pipes
S. KleinOct 26, 2014 09:01218956
What's wrong with the definition provided? [36 words]
w/response from Daniel Pipes
Eric GoodmanOct 26, 2014 06:59218950
Pst! "Terrorism" isn't limited to "non-state actors." [27 words]Uncle VladdiOct 27, 2014 21:33218950
What's wrong with the definition provided? (Defining vs. criteria of application) [133 words]Daniel D. NovotnyOct 29, 2014 09:26218950

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