Ah, Operation Iraqi Freedom. I believe that exactly 10 years will have passed since that initial venture into the Islamic Community by President George Walker Bush. I wanted to stay alert for any new threads that surfaced as a result of the war. I believed that the Kurds of Iraq would remain at their strongest within its governmental framework, and even today, I’m still uncertain about their prospects. Then again, they might not even have to hold an official vote to secede from Iraq to give their compatriots in Turkey, Syria, and Iran the idea to dismember those countries by building a Republic of Kurdistan. We could have intervened militarily to topple Saddam Hussein and Bashar Al-Assad and systematically encouraged modernization movements – including criticism of Muhammad – inside Iran and along the Arabian Peninsula, and the trends coursing throughout the Middle East and the rest of Islam would have been much farther along already by now. I’m certain that Senators Harry Reid and Chuck Hagel will need to keep those and other trends in mind as Inauguration Day 2013 approaches.:
Daily Caller: Mickey Kaus: Hagel’s Mideast blunder – not on Israel
National Journal: Michael Hirsh: What Obama’s Senate Mafia Means for America
It was Hagel who called now-former General David Petraeus’ surge America’s “most dangerous foreign policy blunder since Vietnam” at the Cable News Network, and he’s been one of the Obama administration’s main foreign policy experts. Hagel recommended Joe Biden as President Barack Obama’s running mate back in 2008, and together with Senator John Kerry, they’ve been acting as a trio of mentors for America’s 44th President, from realpolitik with China to new military and diplomatic arrangements with various emerging nations, such as India and Brazil. One amusing incident involved a dinner with Afghan President Hamid Karzai to discuss rampant corruption, ending with a walkout by Biden, so it looks like the United States and India will have more room on which to cooperate, as they should, especially if Afghanistan and Pakistan end up imploding in the next few years. For my part, everybody in the nation’s capital, from lawmakers to journalists, has been jumping on these nominations, leaving the Senate as a battleground. The President must have known about other groupings he’s been organizing, so to speak, so these nominations tell me that his main base has lost faith in any ability to govern this country, guard freedom, individuality, and modernization, and manage the global market. As a result, his associates are looking for and working with individuals and groups most likely to damage or slow down the agents of modernity, whether real or imaginary, and also fighting its other opponents as they pursue their own goals and agendas. Inside this country, ethnic collectivists, environmental radicals, and labor unions are antagonizing neoconservatives, Tea Partiers, evangelical Christians, and corporate executives… all without any other options, which could cue other Senate Republicans more sympathetic to the groups in that second category to find measures to contain the groups in that first one – and Senate Democrats to start pulling away as quickly, if also quietly, as they can.:
Fox News Channel: Sen. Sessions: Withhold Debt-Ceiling Increase Until Senate Passes Budget Plan
Alabama Senator Jeff Sessions wants a level debt ceiling until a budget plan is in effect from Congress, but only the House of Representatives has had a budget. At this point, I’m betting on concerns about backlash once the Democrats’ main factions conclude that this economic and technological transition will nullify their shared livelihood, their vision of a just American public. While Senator Sessions and his constituents could seek restrictions on funds for the debt ceiling, the likes of the International Longshoremen’s Association could mobilize against Senator Reid, Vice-President Biden, and so on, if to no avail, so that the Senate will invariably stay mired in its gridlock until the voters figure out how to transition to a societal, nay, socioeconomic model anchored on flows of information through the Internet and energy through new advancements all over the place. It may be all that Congress and certain rather large companies can do to secure their own investments and property as firmly as they can.:
US News and World Report: Lauren Fox: Fiscal Cliff Bill Loaded with Pork
Roll Call: Boehner Coup Attempt Larger Than First Thought
Wow, indeed. That bill designating relief for the areas affected by Hurricane Sandy wasn’t the only one with pork surrounding it, and to think that House Majority Leader Eric Cantor may very well have timed his withdrawal of the thing to occur right in the middle of Congress’ fiscal cliff negotiation effort, if he really was the one behind it. One could wish that one were making up the inclusion of rum producers in tax breaks for that fiscal cliff deal, and Diageo and Bacardi ended up securing $480 million in aid for this endeavor. Electric vehicles and motorsport race tracks were also included in the final payout, with up to $2,500 in total tax credits for people who buy these vehicles and a yearly deduction of at least $40 billion for race tracks, bleachers, and concession stands. On Capitol Hill, Congresspersons Justin Amash, Mick Mulvaney, and Raul Labrador attempted to unseat Speaker John Boehner, talking with their friends and colleagues to get a total of 25 House members to vote against Boehner’s House leadership. Oddly, two potential House Republicans who could have been expected to support this attempted coup, Cantor and Texas Congressman Jeb Hensarling, chose to reject the offers from the plotters. A different attempt to unseat Boehner originated from former Congressperson Jeff Landry, and lawmakers opposing this idea wanted someone more plausible and discussions away from live television. At this point, I find myself unable to muster enough energy to criticize one faction or the other here, but I’ll accept recommendations from anyone with ideas about the Republican leadership in the House of Representatives.
Babylon 5, Codename: Kids Next Door, 24, and now, My Little Pony: Friendship is Magic. I am many things at once, and many people might have different opinions about little, old me. If freedom is my main idea, then harmony, individuality, and modernization are the three attributes I now sense and track. Those three attributes and that idea combined to make the United States of America a great global superpower and Pearlshipping and Wishfulshipping great Pokémon couples, and now, they've combined to make those four shows truly great television programs to me. I will enjoy enthusiastically supporting the Equestrian ponies' adventures for peace, for humankind, for the future.