Sunday Morning Rude Awakening

Read beyond the first part to the Hillary part. This is a blog I enjoy enormously.

The Confluence

reyRey. Last name Solo or Skywalker? (I’m leaning towards Solo)

Hey, do you remember when Tweety said that the only reason why Hillary Clinton got into the senate was because people felt sorry for her? Ah la-la-la! Those were the days. I remember watching one of her senate debates when my news channels came from NY and she always deftly creamed her opponents. In 2007, she hesitated about telling other candidates that they had just repeated exactly what she just said. Not anymore. She called Bernie out last night after he repeated less eloquently her plan for stabilizing the middle east.

She has learned well. We won’t say the Force is with her yet, mostly because she’s leaning too heavily on those data models. I don’t know anyone who wants to work for themselves and my personal experience with profit sharing is that it sucks and is no substitute…

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How to count civilian casualties: an example for the US

Where Israel avoids the moral trap the US embraces:

“Note here that civilian is the default category. Classifying a killed person as a civilian requires no evidence. Rather, it seems to be what the IDF does when it cannot show that the person in question was either a combatant or a civilian directly participating in hostilities–and when the person was either a woman or a child.”

Source: Two Important Correctives on Proportionality and Operation Protective Edge – Lawfare

Is “leading from behind” working?

“Coincidentally enough, Saudi Arabia announced a new Islamic alliance to fight terrorism that will share information and train, equip, and provide forces for the fight against the Islamic State. The 34-nation Islamic military coalition, which will include Egypt, Qatar, the United Arab Emirates, Turkey, Malaysia, Pakistan, and several African nations, was welcomed by the United States, with Secretary Carter stating that he looked forward to “learning more about what Saudi Arabia has in mind.” The new coalition, according to a statement carried by Saudi state news, will have a joint operations center in Riyadh.”

Is Obama making the “coalition” come to him?

I started this post several weeks ago and didn’t finish it.  The more I thought about the title, the more I wondered if any president had the iron nerve required to wait out Middle-Eastern states coming together against ISIL.  I’m still uncertain.

There is ample evidence that the overarching image of the US dominating politics and culture in that part of the world for years forms a strong part of the grievance vital to Islamic radicals’ raison d’etre.  It is a recruiting and inspiring tool across the world.  It has long been a popular position in the US to suggest that states in that part of the world should take responsibility for themselves and not rely so heavily on the US.

This morning in (but elsewhere as well), the above brief paragraph suggests that the people who live in the area are not going to rely on the US so heavily.  While the long-term consequences one might anticipate for this alliance are certainly mixed and there are doubtless unanticipated consequences yet to come, it has the chance of taking the key decisions for their homelands and removing them from the West, the area that has even created some of the countries and set their boundaries.  The US can play a back-up role but need not put itself out front in every situation.

I think this is a positive development, whether it is a “leading from behind” strategy (and, if it is, I never want to play poker with Barack Obama), an accident of history.

“We Are All Jews”: In Memory of Roddie Edmonds, A True American Hero | JONATHAN TURLEY

“…it is a scene that should give all Americans strength that we have previously faced evil and prevail — not simply by strength of arms but by the strength of our national character and values.”


Source: “We Are All Jews”: In Memory of Roddie Edmonds, A True American Hero | JONATHAN TURLEY