Jon Stewart Explains War on ISIS

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Below: Enjoy Jon Stewart's dark humor about the dilemma:

Below: Jon Stewart remarks about ISIS as the most feared terrorists in the world:

Below: Michael Scheuer, Former CIA Intelligence Officer, Chief of the bin Laden Issue Station: ISIS wants to lure us in. 

Below Michael Sheurer explains why Americans and Brits are joining the fight with ISIS.

• “The Islamic State (IS) … formerly the Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant (ISIL) … or the Islamic State of Iraq and Syria (ISIS) … is a Sunni jihadist group in the Middle East ... (that) claims religious authority over all Muslims across the world and aspires to bring much of the Muslim-inhabited regions of the world under its political control” —wikipedia

• Under its leader, Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi (b. 1971), ISIS has grown significantly … we've seen figures on the low side of 8,000, on the high side over 50,000. Go figure, they're a loose group. 

• "By the start of this summer (2014) there were as many as 12,000 foreign fighters, from more than 70 countries, fighting for ISIS." —I.C.S.R., King’s College London/NYer

• “al-Baghdadi was held at Camp Bucca as a 'civilian internee' by US Forces-Iraq from February until December 2004, when he was recommended for an 'unconditional release' by a Combined Review and Release Board. A number of newspapers, in contrast, have stated that al-Baghdadi was interned from 2005 to 2009. These reports originated in an interview of Army Col. Kenneth King, the former commander of Camp Bucca, and are not substantiated by US Department of Defense records.” —wikipedia

• “German Chancellor Merkel said Germany would arm the Kurds — a semi-independent ethnic group in northern Iraq – fighting ISIS militants. This is what you could call a big deal: Germany hasn’t gotten involved like this in an ongoing conflict since WWII.” — 

British PM David Cameron after the UK raised its terror threat level to severe for the first time since January 2010: “ISIL is a greater and deeper threat to our security than we have known before.”

• “ISIS poses a threat well beyond the region. With a united response led by the United States and the broadest possible coalition of nations, the cancer of ISIS will not be allowed to spread to other countries.” —Secretary of State John Kerry 

BBC map June 2014

BBC map June 2014

•  “Saudi King warns ISIS will reach U.S. in 2 months.” —Fox News 9.2.14
• “There are new fears that (ISIS) could aim at ‘soft targets’ within the U.S.” —Fox News 9.2.14

“The only clear lesson from all of this is that no matter the propagandistic script used, U.S. military action in that region virtually never fulfills the stated goals (nor is it intended to do so), and achieves little other than justifying endless military action for its own sake … Does anyone really believe that ‘limited’ bombing of Syria and Iraq in a rage against ISIS will result in anything other than more justifications for military action in that region?” —Glenn Greenwald, The Intercept

• Below: Watch the Marx Brothers rally for war (worth a minute or two):

Climate Change, You Bastard!

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• The arctic is warming twice as fast as the rest of the planet. 

• "The first 13 years of the 21st century were among the 14 hottest on record." —Time 6.23.14

• Watch Will Ferrell channel George W. Bush above.

• "There is about 4 percent more water vapor in the atmosphere today than there was in 1970 ... (It’s) returning to earth as extra-heavy rain and snow.” — former Vice President Al Gore

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• "Compared with citizens of Germany, South Korea, India, Turket and Brazil, Americans were the least likely to turn off the lights when leaving a room or power down their computer  at night and by far the least likely to walk or take public transit instead of driving." —Time 6.23.14

• "A majority (53%) of Republicans believe climate change is happening, while 95% of Democrats do." — survey by Resources for the Future, June 2014 (SF Chronicle 6.22.14)

• "(The climate change issue) plays into what I call the Republican troglodyte brand. Anti-immigrant, anti-woman,  anti-science."  — Chris Lehane political strategist (SF Chronicle 6.22.14)

 "Climate actionif it happens at all — will probably look like health reform. That is, it will be an awkward compromise dictated in part by the need to appease special interests, not the clean, simple solution you would have implemented if you could have started from scratch. It will be the subject of intense partisanship, relying overwhelmingly on support from just one party, and will be the subject of constant, hysterical attacks. And it will, if we’re lucky, nonetheless do the job." — Paul Krugman (NY Times 6.22.14)

• Credit: Map above of shifting wheat belt is from CIMMYT International Maize and Wheat Improvement Center (NY Times 2006)


Jon Stewart, Iraq & Permanent Bases

See below for enlarged map with details.

See below for enlarged map with details.

• Below: Dick Cheney was surprisingly rational in this 4.15.94 interview, revealing why it wouldn't have made sense to overthrow Saddam Hussein and occupy Iraq after George H. W. Bush's 1991 Gulf War 1 victory forced Hussein's troops out of Kuwait. Cheney was Bush's Secretary of Defense, 1989-1993.

• In 2002 and 2003, ignoring his own 1994 advice above, Vice President Cheney and other neo-cons of the secretive Project for the New American Century persuaded President George W. Bush to orchestrate the 2003 invasion of Iraq with the intention of "permanent" (or at least long-term) occupation. The 2007 Fizzdom graphic below reviews some of the evidence for a string of 5 to 6 permanent bases. Note the juxtaposition of oil fields (yellow) and new bases (long push-pins), conveniently walling off Iran. Alas, reality has intervened and the U.S. is now teaming with axis-of-evil member Iran to help save Baghdad. 

• Above: Neo-con Deputy Secretary of Defense Paul Wolfowitz testifies to Congress just prior to the 2003 invasion about the minimal effort and expense required to invade and occupy Iraq — a country "that can really finance its own reconstruction and relatively soon." Bush administration plans for long-term occupation of Iraq oil bases cheney petraeus pace james baker rumsfeld

• Below: Paul Wolfowitz's early 2003 testimony to Congress continues, stating that the Iraqis "will greet us as liberators" after the invasion. Once more, wildly off the mark.

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More Wildeness:

• “Be yourself; everyone else is already taken.”

• "I prefer women with a past. They're always so damned amusing to talk to."
— from Lady Windermere's Fan

• "To love oneself is the beginning of a life-long romance."
— from An Ideal Husband

• Watch the short bio above of Wilde's ascendence from 1879 when he moved to London, through his year-long speaking tour of America in 1881, to his triumphant return to England as an international celebrity in 1882.



Photo above: "Aug 24, 2005: George W. Bush should realize (he's in) trouble when veterans wear bullshit protectors to avoid hearing his attempts to justify his war in Iraq."


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• Thrice-divorced author P.C. Cast writes: “Newly independent, I resolved never to rely on a man again. I enjoyed a few short dalliances — invariably with attractive younger chaps — but never deflected from my resolution to remain single.” 

 • Quote is from Awakened, part of a best-selling "House of Night" series about “vampyres” by the mother-daughter team of P.C. Cast and Kristin Cast.

• Watch the revved-up power of T&T.