4497 American soldiers have died in Iraq since 3/19/03. Over 32K wounded.
Donald Trump is not only tough like The Rooster; he doesn’t want to send American soldiers into battle needlessly. Trump is willing to work with Assad & Russia to defeat ISIS, then exit. It is the foreign policy America needs.
America Is in a Proxy War with Itself in Syria: Kurds vs. “moderate” Sunni.
Nevada votes today, and there’s no Microsoft app to help Cruz. Trump should win.
Update: Dr. Paul Craig Roberts has a “new” (I just heard of it) book out, The Neoconservative Threat to World Order: Washington’s Perilous War for Hegemony. Apparently it was published October of last year.
How to deal with domestic Islamic terrorism:
1. Restrict immigration
2. Stop meddling in the Middle East.
There, that was easy. Next problem.
We ought to mind our own business and stay out of it, but that said, our Syria policy has never made sense to begin with even form an interventionist standpoint. We (and Syrian Christians I might add) are much better off with Assad in power than we are with the rebels who are fighting him. Trump is right. Let Russia fight ISIS in Syria.
One exchange I found interesting last night was when Rubio was scolding Trump for not knowing enough about some details in the Middle East. What is wrong with saying you are going to hire wise advisers and listen to them? A modern President is supposed to be an expert on everything from climate science to vaccines to economics to foreign affairs. This is an absurd expectation, and what it actually does is encourage the regurgitation and reinforcement of the conventional wisdom and boilerplate. Actually, trusting a candidate to surround himself with good people and then wisely filter their advice should be a major quality voters look for in a candidate, not that he be a mile wide and inch deep policy wonk.
Charles Johnson is an interesting fellow. He is the person behind GotNews and was one of the main people behind blowing open the UVA rape hoax story, for example. He has gotten increasingly edgy with time, as he has been more and more ostracized by the mainstream right, and now writes a weekly (I believe) column at TakiMag. But he is a graduate of Claremont College, and at one point the Jaffaite influence was obvious. And at one point he was an outspoken interventionist. I am very curious if his foreign policy views will evolve in his new more alternative milieu. He perhaps soft-pedals the term cuckservative in this article, but you can’t be familiar with the idea behind cuckservative beyond very superficially without understanding that US foreign policy and the role Israel plays in it are a substantial part of what the term is getting at. So you can’t simultaneously call other conservatives cucks and support an interventionist foreign policy without some serious cognitive dissonance going on. I am very curious to see how this will evolve.
Justin Raimondo picks apart Rand Paul’s opposition to the Iran deal here. I believe Justin is right that this really hurts Rand’s campaign for the reasons he states.
Who was it that said that that apple didn’t just fall far from the tree, it fell in a whole ‘nother orchard. From Rand’s Facebook page:
The proposed agreement with Iran is unacceptable for the following reasons:
1) sanctions relief precedes evidence of compliance
2) Iran is left with significant nuclear capacity
3) it lifts the ban on selling advanced weapons to Iran
I will, therefore, vote against the agreement.
While I continue to believe that negotiations are preferable to war, I would prefer to keep the interim agreement in place instead of accepting a bad deal. Please help share this news.