sunset from behind the wire

sunset from behind the wire

Tuesday, April 12, 2011

I'm Waiting for an Apology


Part of being over thirty is that you've heard it before. There's not that much that is new. During my life, the Left has made sweeping pronouncements and dire predictions of whats to come; should a certain policy they (the Left) advocate not be instituted.

They are ALWAYS wrong.

But they never apologize for their vast screw-ups. They never have to say that they're sorry.

* In the early 1970's there was an Ice Age that would inevitably hit us in twenty years.

* In the late 1980's they howled about the coming heterosexual AIDS epidemic that never materialized. Maybe it's because heterosexual men never decided to have anal sex with each other...

* Throughout the 1970's there was the coming massive overpopulation, leaving us all living in Soylent Green-like ghettos eating each other? Star Trek had an episode, and the radical left pounded the pulpit preaching it as if it would happen -- soon. So, how's life in your over-crowded urban ghetto working out? Had your daily-dosage of Soylent Green today? (Tasted oddly like chicken)

Today, the media continues to count on our collective amnesia and puts these people to the fore as modern-day Jeremiahs.

Here is an example today of a prediction loudly trumpeted just a few years ago:
HEADLINE: 50m environmental refugees by end of decade, UN warns

· States urged to prepare for victims of climate change 
· Natural disasters displace more people than wars

David Adam, environment correspondent
The Guardian, Wednesday 12 October 2005
Rising sea levels, desertification and shrinking freshwater supplies will create up to 50 million environmental refugees by the end of the decade, experts warn today. Janos Bogardi, director of the Institute for Environment and Human Security at the United Nations University in Bonn, said creeping environmental deterioration already displaced up to 10 million people a year, and the situation would get worse.
Notice the date of this prediction?
It was made in several "respectable" journals of "environmental science" 

Here is another such prediction, made a few years ago:

(LINK) Scholars are predicting that 50 million people worldwide will be displaced by 2010 because of rising sea levels, desertification, dried up aquifers, weather-induced flooding and other serious environmental changes. So says Andrew Simms, policy director of the New Economics Foundation in the United Kingdom and the author of a book titled, “Environmental Refugees: The Case for Recognition.”

It's 2011. The decade came and went. Where are the millions of refugees? Where is the predicted calamity? Did the 'pseudoscientists' give back their grant money?

The Mess in Libya

Libya is in the news - then it's not in the news.

Libyan rebels are freedom fighters - then they're suspected jihadists.

Gadhafi is considered for a 'role' in future Libyan politics - then he's not.

The African Union's peace initiative provides an olive branch - and it's rejected.

The world concerns itself with a massacre in Benghazi - but not Misrata where it appears that a large number of civilians are caught in the middle.

I think everyone in the Executive Branch of Government breathed a big sigh of relief when NATO (which is the US + EuroConfusion) announced that it had assumed responsibility for the Libyan can of worms. Now the United States can let the chips fall where they may without having Obama take any flack over it. 

The Libyan rebels don't want foreign troops on their sacred soil - but they'd be happy if NATO aircraft blasted everything in front of them a little more effectively. But on the ground where one group of people looks more or less like another from 20,000 ft, and BOTH friend and foe often shoot at jets, it's difficult to prosecute the close air support role. 
"NATO is unpopular among many insurgents, both because they believe it initially reacted slowly to government attacks and because it has killed almost 20 rebels in two mistaken bombings." (Reuters)
War is dirty and it's complicated on the ground. The so-called 'fog of war' obscures things and the power of military munitions chews through soldiers and civilians with equal ease. Meanwhile the mainstream media in the US has said, "Nothing more to see here, folks - move on, move on about your business."

The White House leaked a secret finding that authorized the US to send advisors in to aid the insurgency and presumably to provide some weapons to them. I suspect people in the Obama regime wanted to characterize him as tough? Frankly I don't know why they leaked classified information but it does happen all the time from the very top (why bother to classify it in the first place?). Obama's people also leaked that the CIA inserted personnel into Libya to assist with the air support mission. But the US is officially not really involved in this war because (wink) NATO is handling it.

I'd call it Obama's Secret War, but it's really not. It's a mish-mash of double speak without a coherent end-game and without a declaration of our intentions to the American public. The US forces on the ground (secretly - but the NY Times reported that the CIA is there because the Obama White House leaked it) are once again put in the position of being placed in harm's way without due consideration to what we're doing and WHY we are doing it -- because we're not doing anything. NATO is doing it.

What a goat rope!