No Cure For That
by Dennis Trainor, Jr

No one will argue with the fact that Moammar Gadhafi is crazy. Not crazy like your eccentric college roommate who you like hanging out with from time to time but would never actually want to trade places with, but crazy in an evil villain, cartoonish Dr. Strangelove kind of way. However, let me ask you a question and ask you to hold off on answering for 180 seconds: is he any crazier than Barack Obama?

"Gadhafi has lost the legitimacy to govern, and it is time for him to go without further violence or delay,"  said U.S. Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton, and then added by way of direct threat: "No option is off the table."

British Prime Minister David Cameron, continuing the quaint tradition of Britain walking in lockstep with Washington told lawmakers: "We do not in any way rule out the use of military assets" to deal with Gadhafi's regime.

Gadhafi, the man behind the most brutal crackdown of any Arab during the current wave of popular uprisings going viral in the middle east, played the part of the batshit crazy Dr. Evil for the ABC News cameras in an interview with Christine Amanpour when he said, totally deadpan (no pun) that there are no protests in the streets & laughed off a question about whether he would acquiesce to Barack Obama’s demand that he step down:

"My people love me. They would die for me," he said.

"It sounds, just frankly, delusional," said U.S. Ambassador to the U.N. Susan Rice. She added that Gadhafi's behavior, including laughing on camera in TV interviews amid the chaos, "underscores how unfit he is to lead and how disconnected he is from reality."

It is hard to argue with that sentiment.

And yet, what do the following facts do to disprove my thesis that our current leaders, Obama included, are unfit to lead and disconnected from reality: We are a country that spends $100 billion a year waging war in Afghanistan that 2/3 of the U.S. population is against and even now more and more military hawks claim is a lost cause, while legislators wrangle over how to cut $100 billion from the budget without any meaningful mention or debate about cutting war spending.

Isn’t it time that a main-stream journalist, like Anderson Cooper, or Brian Williams, or Christian Amanpour- who apparently can get an interview with anyone she wants, has a sit down with President Obama, and underscores that in continuing the Bush doctrine of preventative war, in doing nothing to disprove Martin Luther King’s assessment that the United States Government is the greatest purveyor of violence in the world, funding the military at a rate exceeds the spending of the next 16 nations combined underscores how unfit Obama is to lead and how disconnected he is from reality?

By Dennis Trainor, Jr

First Tunisia, Egypt, and then every hour it seemed a new revolution was emerging Algeria, Iran, Libya, and Bahrain- I mean, Bahrain- come on- if you would have asked most Americans what Bahrain was two months ago, more people would have guessed it was a dip for Pita chips, not a country whose people were being gunned down while peacefully protesting.

Just two months into the last year before the final year of the Mayan calendar, the final year in the history of the world, according to 4 out of 5 nihilistic moon bat conspiracy theorists surveyed- the middle East, some real estate with a high level biblically apocalyptic significance, is about as stable as the trifecta of Charlie Sheen, Bolivian coke, and a harem of Heidi Fleiss employees.

So, are we witnessing the beginning of the end? Or is this, somehow, the end of the War on Terror?

Peter Beinart, writing in the Daily Beast, opines:
“the revolutions transforming the Middle East are also deeply sad because they underscore what a terrible waste the last decade of American foreign policy has been. Since September 11, the United States has spent more than $1 trillion in Afghanistan and Iraq. Those wars have cost thousands of young Americans their lives and maimed many more. … From Egypt to Libya to Bahrain to Iran, the lesson of the last month is that any regime that offers its people neither free speech nor a decent job is ideologically weak… Had America’s leaders understood that after 9/11, they might have realized that waiting on events, rather than trying to remake the Middle East at gunpoint wasn’t such a bad idea after all.”

The conclusion here, paraphrasing Beinart, is that as democratically elected regimes pop up in the middle east that are less do not have a history of acquiescing to a US foreign policy, Al Qaeda will find fewer pockets of disenchantment to recruit from.

While Beinart stops short of pointing out that the trillions of dollars spent killing and maiming innocent civilians in countries that posed no immediate threat to us is not only illegal and immoral, but almost certainly blowback inducing. The freedom dance that is going viral in the Middle East is encouraging, and deserving of our full support. However, the U.S. has played the part of Imperial Bull in a Religious, Cultural and Geopolitical China shop for so many decades that it takes a special brand of born in the USA Hubris to think that when all of the dust settles on the tectonic shifts now happening in the middle east, we will wake up to a world that looks at the United States like a benevolent patriarch.