Archive for October 18th, 2012

America’s Schizophrenic Foreign Policy

Thursday, October 18th, 2012

America stumbles around the world blindly looking for a crisis to which we can inconsistently react. Our goals?  Continually changing.  Our strategy? That depends.  Allies? Sometimes our friends and sometimes friends of our enemies.  How will we react next week? That’s based on  who has the biggest mouth in the media this week.

There’s no better example than Libya.

Moammar Gadhafi used to be our good buddy even though he was behind the Lockerbie jet bombing and other anti-US terrorist attacks. But hey – we needed the oil. Finally factions of Libyans started to revolt against his dictatorship.  The groups included anti-US Muslim fanatics plus al-Qaeda militants but they couldn’t do it on their own.

“We’ll help!” cried America under the flimsy guise of NATO bombings. The bombs boomed, Moammar kissed Allah, and rebels set up a shaky government even supporting our US embassy.

Then September 11th rolled around and al-Qaeda celebrated by destroying the embassy and murdering four Americans including our Ambassador.  No wonder government officials can’t decide whether to call it “an act of terrorism” or a “terrorist act.”  The whole thing is so convoluted, they should just call it “crazy” like the rest of our foreign policy.

Libertarians  advocate a simple foreign policy:  defend America only; trade with everyone; war with no one.  Even I can understand this – and see the intelligence in it.  Vote for either Obama or Romney (it doesn’t matter which) and America will continue to get what we’ve got – insanity abroad.

Binder? I Don’t Even Know Her

Thursday, October 18th, 2012

In the last presidential debate, Mitt Romney used the phrase “binders full of women”  in response to a question about equal pay. The votes of women may well decide the outcome of this election and both candidates are trying to get lucky.