sunset from behind the wire

sunset from behind the wire

Tuesday, May 5, 2015

The Obama/Clinton Foreign Policy Doctrine - and it's Effects.

The entire Middle East has become embroiled in a far reaching civil war since the Obama/Clinton foreign policy doctrine has been instituted.  The cause and effect was completely predictable but the new mandarins in the US State Department (most of them just graduated from Harvard since most of the old gray haired people were sidelined) have been mystified.

As the US withdrew and what pieces it had left in the game, it bungled (maybe on purpose - difficult to say) the void was filled by exceptionally malevolent actors.

There are no mysteries in violent internal instability. If one side suddenly is losing, that always means the opposing side has received assistance. Sometimes that assistance is in the form of defections. Sometimes it is in the form of betrayals. Most often, a sudden change in fortunes means one side has received major outside military aid or an influx of soldiers that alters the local outcome. 
You don't have to look farther than the American Revolution to see how that worked. It's a text book example of what we are seeing throughout the Middle East in terms of shifting balances because of outside aid and intervention.
The proliferation of nuclear weapons in the Middle East should bother us all. Israel, stable, is building them as if there was no tomorrow to increase and scatter their inventory to different locations well beyond Desdemona. Iran, buying them from North Korea, wants more than the two or three  that it has -- maybe hundreds. Saudi Arabia likely has four or five, purchased at massive cost from Pakistan and Syria is begging Russia for nukes. Russia is very unlikely to comply with their request. 

President Obama plans to kick off a new war in January 2017, in time for the incoming president to deal with the fall-out (nuclear or otherwise). He said, "Our troops have long shown what can be achieved with shifting objectives and no strategic foresight. If we've done it before, we can do it again!" (pre-recorded cheering in the background)



Back to Writing


I've laid off writing longer than I intended to, and now, I'm back at it. For those of you who read this blog from time to time, I'm crafting my first Science Fiction novel length story. I'm a bit more than half way through with the end written, the beginning written and some of the flesh hanging to the bones in the middle.



HALF  LIFE 

Tag Line: Its beautiful when you find someone that is in love with your mind. You experience a type of epiphany when that someone wants to undress your conscience and make love to your thoughts and watch you slowly take down all the walls you’ve built up – and let them inside.

I credit the return to creativity to the motorcycle that I'm climbing on these days whenever I need to get away from the moment and need to think. I'm covering the triviality of that experience on the Ducati Diavel blog. But it goes a lot deeper than just sitting on 162 horsepower of flat black raw machine presence. For those of you who think me crazy for riding the bike, you may well be right. However, riding brings a clarity that I've been lacking. Particularly that literary clarity that has been eluding me.

On Science Fiction: I am trying to avoid the traditional value of a melodramatic space opera or of bloody fanged aliens attempting to wipe out humanity. Good science fiction is usually about humanity rather than deep space or death rays. My hope is to pitch my literary tent next to well-written science fiction that harkens back to the golden age of Heinlein, Clark and Asimov.

The proof is in the reading.

And if you're not going to buy what I wrote, at least buy Jack (WoFat) Willoughby's books about police work on New Orleans' mean streets.