The latestÂ installmentÂ of updates on the wackiness of Iran and the wider Muslim World. Â I have also decided to change the title of this series and just make it a monthlyÂ installment, it will be an aggregation ofÂ whatÂ I consider the mostÂ relevantÂ news pieces with my analysis and criticisms attached.
George Kerchner and the Lessons of Afghanistan: This is not strictly about Iran and their idiocy but a goodÂ point isÂ made about the lack ofÂ strategicÂ focus of US and Western War Planning over the past decade.
Obama Needs to Stay the Course in Afghanistan: Â This article contains perhaps the most asinine sentence I have read regarding the deaths of our soldiers in a long time, perhaps even since studying the Vietnam War in High school. Â It is: “A faster pullout would be an insult to the U.S. troops who died fighting terrorism.” So I am to believe that staying and seeing more soldiers killed is less of an insult to those who have already made the ultimateÂ sacrificeÂ fighting the futile war in Afghanistan, than leaving and letting the Afghans get back to killing each other instead of more Westerners. Is this guy serious? Â I also wonder if he has everÂ servedÂ in the military.
Islamists in Egypt, Libya, Tunisia not democratic: The title of this insightful peace says it all. Â It nails it that the various IslamistÂ movementsÂ appearing in the wake of the so-called Arab Spring are democratic to the extent that it lets them take power. Â I fully expect to see Egypt, Libya, Tunisia, etc experience another round of One man, One vote, One time. Â IÂ alsoÂ expect to seeÂ folksÂ in the west wringing their hands about and talking aboutÂ whatÂ a tragedy it is whileÂ continuingÂ to shovel money at them as the US recently did with aid toÂ Egypt.
TV report shows air force gearing up for Iran attack, says moment of truth is near: Â I still think that an attack, if it happens, is several months off and reports like this are just saber rattling. Â It looks like theÂ IsraelisÂ are not quite prepared to throw theÂ gauntletÂ down and i agree with theÂ analysisÂ that says they are waiting to fond out the results of election sin the US before doing anything because it isÂ certainÂ that Obama will not have their back if they get into a hooting war withÂ IranÂ or any of their other neighbors. Â I think that best case forÂ IsraelÂ right now in the event of a war is that the US sits on the sidelines but I would guess that Obama would bÂ knee-deep in try to preserve the peace that he has done soÂ muchÂ to destabilize over the past three of waffling Middle East policy.
North Korea’s failure that provokes: Â In all the talk about the Middle East let us not forgetÂ thatÂ North Korea is still out there andÂ doingÂ crazy stuff as well. Â The worst part is that they are nuclearÂ capableÂ and in the middle of a succession. Â I don’t anticipate North Korea’s new leader to doÂ anythingÂ stupidÂ while he consolidates power but you never know. Â North Korea is an inherently unstable regime as far as the rest of the world is concerned. Â I also do’t think that many people either inside or outside the regime really understand the dynamics of how they think.
Europe now sees its financial crisis never really went away: Â We also should not forget the slow motion death of the Euro we have been watching for the past three years. Â It seems that the rich north is running out resources to prop up theirÂ profligateÂ southern neighbors. Â I look for at a minimum Spain and Greece to exit theÂ Euro this year and I actually have no clue what that means for the Euro as a wholeÂ exceptÂ that that it is not a good thing. Â The continuing Euro crisis bears watching as well as it has the potential to have far-reaching consequences.