sunset from behind the wire

sunset from behind the wire

Wednesday, February 19, 2014

Fishwrap

NEW YORK STATE OF MIND

New York State compliant AR-15
Now those opposed to "assault rifles" should be happy. Stag Arms has taken their suggestions and now has a new, compliant rifle for sale in New York. This isn't a joke. They are actually making and selling them for $1,000 each.

BATTLE OF THE FIRST LADIES?

What if Michelle Obama decided to run against Hillary Clinton for the Democratic Party nomination for President of the United States in 2016? Both have similar if not equal credentials (both are lawyers), both are women, both are mean and vindictive, both like to wear the pants in the family, but Michelle may have the edge because she's a negro. Who would win over the heart of the nation?


I can hear the chants now: Return (an) Obama to office! Eight more years of Obama!! By that time, Obama's daughters would approaching an age when they could run for President (with a little tinkering with the Constitutionally mandated age). Obama's daughters could end up as America's Kim Jung Uns.

And thinking of Kim Jung Un, the fat little boy king of North Korea, when will he stop pursuing his nuclear ambitions and calmly go back to shooting free throws with Dennis Rodman, or maybe just shooting more members of his own immediate family?

THE LATEST HITLER VIDEO


What would Hitler think of his legacy if he watched all of the Hitler videos circulating on YouTube?

OLIVER STONE - on OBAMA
“Something happened because none of the things he promised . . . transparency, a government that would reconsider the war on terror and these programs . . . none of that happened, none of it,” said Stone, according to Infowars.com. “The man stunned us with a lack of spine.”
For one time in history, the extreme left agrees with conservatives on something.



Proxy Wars in the Middle East

The leader of the Western and Gulf Arab-backed Free Syrian Army (FSA) has been sacked and replaced by a more experienced field commander. Colonel Abd al-Ilah al-Bashir will succeed Brigadier General Salim Idriss as chief-of-staff of the FSA's Supreme Military Council.

Along with the collapse of talks in Geneva, the removal of Idriss signifies the failure of US policy at almost every level. No parties profess to trust the US. The vote to remove Idriss signifies the rejection of US influence.

The indicators point towards a strategic shift in which Russia and Iran now stand against Saudi Arabia and its Arab allies as the principle antagonists. The US might be working covertly to support Saudi Arabia, but the Saudis have the lead. That pretty much means their side will fail. The Russians and Iranians have more experience and success in fighting proxy wars.

For now, the US is on the sidelines in the Middle East. The US administration has alienated all its historic allies; lost influence in Egypt, Tunisia and Syria; and has made dubious promises to Jordan which now is in danger of becoming a front line state, like Lebanon.

The Saudis are intent on acquiring and eventually deploying more advanced weapons systems, but the people themselves have a small talent for warfare, preferring to hire the work done.

And where is America?