Bulletin from the madhouse

Everybody needs a little comic relief, and some of mine comes from an outfit called the Foreign Policy Initiative, a groupuscule of Zionist frothers headed by William Kristol. I am on their email list, and every few days, Chicken Little comes howling onto my screen, a very Angry Bird indeed, proclaiming that the towelheads are on the march.

Today’s Jeremiad was about Syria — as many are. Here’s the lead:

The White House’s April 25th letter to congressional leaders states “Our intelligence community does assess with varying degrees of confidence that the Syrian regime has used chemical weapons on a small scale in Syria, specifically the chemical agent sarin.”

Not exactly a stop-the-presses item, right? FPI supplements this meagre fare, noting that Saddam Hussein used sarin — boy, does that take me back — and so did those Japanese guys, back in the 90s. Apparently Britain and France and Qatar also think, or say they think, that Baby Assad has used sarin, although their reasons for thinking so, if they really do, are nowhere stated.

What this is all supposed to add up to is anybody’s guess.

Obama is quoted trying to sound tough:

“We have been very clear to the Assad regime, but also to other players on the ground, that a red line for us is we start seeing a whole bunch of chemical weapons moving around or being utilized. That would change my calculus. That would change my equation.”

It’s funny, isn’t it? Even though the awful man really is a dangerous homicidal nutcase and it’s obvious he’d just as soon drone you as look at you, he always sounds unconvincing, and a bit of a sissy, really, when he tries to strike this understated hard-guy note. (Unlike Maggie Thatcher, who always sounded just as dangerous as she was; in fact, you had the feeling that she keeping the lid on it a bit, not quite saying all the wild stuff she was thinking.)

Somehow the Psalmic parallelism of ‘calculus’ and ‘equation’ manages to undercut both — as if he were second-guessing himself as he speaks. Maybe it’s because he repeats the same verb. If there were a Psalm 151 — Dronendi sunt — this verse would have read ‘It reviseth my calculus; it augmenteth my equation, yea, even unto the exponents thereof.’

‘Change my equation.’ Imagine a guy saying this to you in person. You would of course mock him, wouldn’t you? Oh yeah? How’s the old equation hangin’ these days? I bet it could use a change. What with Michelle and all.

The bug that has invaded Billy Kristol’s ass about Syria has a number of brothers and cousins, many of whom have been reduced to lodging in the nether orifices of even lesser beings than the vilipendious Kristol. Some of these parasites, in fact, have been desperate enough to seek shelter in the penetralia of some contributors to my Lefty mailing lists, who have become at least as keen as Billykins is to see the Syrian ‘regime'(*) deposed by incubaries of popular revolution like Britain and France and Qatar and the US.

Oh and Israel, did I mention Israel?

Their thinking, insofar as I understand it, is admirably simple. Assad is a bad guy. His ‘regime’ isn’t revolutionary. It isn’t even ‘progressive’. It’s ‘bourgeois’. And besides, he fights dirty.

Being on the same side of the argument with Raver-In-Chief William Kristol — and, of course, with Israel, that plague unto the nations — doesn’t disturb these folks. If you ask them about it, they will smugly tell you that the enemy of your enemy is not necessarily your friend. So the hell with Assad.

This observation is, of course, trivially and obviously true; but then, who ever proposed Assad — or the current Kim, for that matter — as a ‘friend’? And the enemy of your enemy is still, well, the enemy of your enemy. Don’t you want your enemies to have other enemies besides yourself?

Indeed, all this talk about ‘friends’ and ‘enemies’ seems a bit childish anyway, doesn’t it? And it doesn’t really get at the underlying problem that I sense among my Assad-buggered comrades.

They seem to live in a kind of one-dimensional space, where you can plot everybody’s position out on a left-right axis, from bourgeois to revolutionary, from Gregory XVI to Lenin. All that matters is where they fall on the line; politics is a simple matter of scorecarding. Sarin? Check. Elections? Check. The interactions among all ‘regimes’ that don’t at least make the ‘progressive’ cut are simply a matter of no interest; zero-sum Brownian motion, without any implications for anybody but themselves. Assad’s loss is Israel’s gain, but so what? It’s just a matter of shifting assets among ‘bourgeois’ pockets, and it doesn’t change anything. The idea that Israel’s gain, even balanced by Assad’s loss, might somehow be a net gain for the bad guys, seems quite foreign to these folks.

(*) What, you mean you can’t tell the difference between a regime and a government? Don’t tell anybody, but neither can I.

13 thoughts on “Bulletin from the madhouse

  1. http://news.yahoo.com/chemical-weapons-syria-obamas-high-bar-proof-could-232636199.html
    “critics say, is that it encourages an increasingly desperate President Assad”

    “the administration might bow to French and British pressure to approve providing the rebels with arms, White says. “But something like that, that might have made a difference 18 months ago, won’t be a game-changer now.””

    Assad is increasingly desperate and yet at the same time the rebels position is so tenuous even flooding them with guns wouldn’t be enough?

    A strange land, Syria.

  2. From ‘The Populist’, 6 Dec, 2012 –

    FSA Terrorists preparing to use chemicals on the Syrian People!

    ”If you have been following events in Syria, you know that the Free Syrian Army, and the other rebel groups, are not peaceful protesters or a citizen’s militia. They are foreign mercenaries bent on toppling Assad’s government, just as they took down Libya last year. Their previous massacres of civilians leave no doubt – They will use these chemicals on the Syrian People.

    If the FSA uses this poisonous gas on their Syrian opponents, Assad will be blamed, and we will have another war in the Middle East! NATO will invade and overthrow the Syrian Government. That is clearly the zionist plan.”

    [”This video footage from December 5, 2012 shows what looks like a hardline Islamist member of al-Qaeda fighting alongside the “Free Syrian Army” (FSA) terrorists in Syria in a chemical laboratory performing an experiment using two rabbits whom he manages to kill in less than a minute via inhalation of a gas emanating from a chemical compound. He then threatens Alawites and government supporters with genocide using the same type of chemicals. The whole video has al-Qaeda Jihadist music playing in the background, music that calls for killing of infidels and oppressors.”]


    What more other than no perma-replay by MSM

  3. I doubt anything will happen as long as Vladimir keeps saying NYET. Instead of settling this militarily I would like to see Obama, Cameron or Hollande go mano y mano against Putin.

      • Different thread –

        ”Three of the girls are captured and charged with “hooliganism with the intent of inciting religious hatred.” Throughout their trial, the remorseless “Pussy Riot” girls smirk and laugh in between their political commentaries. In consideration of their past conduct, acts of vandalism, continued public defiance, and total lack of any remorse, they are sentenced to two years in jail. They will likely be rich when they get out.

        ALL major American & European (NATO) newspapers run the “Pussy Riot” story on their front pages. The Globalist propaganda press portrays the girls as poor little innocent victims whose “free speech” rights have been violated by the tyrant Putin. Many other Western politicians and media in the US and Europe push the very same simplistic and false narrative.”

        Send thanks to NED, Little Habana and Hei Jun Fei – then purchase [or borrow] this 39′ trans-pac and head for las islas……..

        • This affair always struck me as more of a Putin Riot than anything else. Granted, this might have been just three stupid girls acting up, but the timing could not have been better for Putin if he had arranged it himself. A few weeks before the election, a group of vulgarians associated with the (Western-backed) opposition desecrates one of the most sacred shrines in Russian Orthodoxy with a gaudy performance. Instant propaganda victory for Putin and his pal Kiril.

          The trial afterwards was a joke with a 1000-page indictment and accusations of blasphemy, followed by a draconian sentence that would have resulted in a fine for disorderly conduct anywhere else. So naturally the Western media ran the story into the ground. But at this point I imagine Putin is beyond giving a fuck what the Western media has to say about anything in Russia. His domestic victory was the more important result. Having some skank like Madonna and the Western media taking sides with your enemies is always a plus in Russia.

          If the NED put them up to it that was pretty fucking dumb; but judging by their success in Eastern Europe and elsewhere, they are not that stupid.

      • Homophobia? Was that because of the ‘sissy’ thing? Actually the two concepts have little if any connection, in my head anyway. There are plenty of hets who are sissies and plenty of gay guys (and gals, needless to say) who aren’t.

        • It’s their insinuating Obama is gay and therefore a sissy that I saw as homophobic. I’ve always admired gay people for their courage, since it takes both physical and moral courage to be openly gay in this society and the latter is in particularly short supply.

          The neocons and their stooges to a man strike me as effete sissies– their macho posturing as serious and farcical as Obama’s.

          But they’re in charge.

          • Somebody says Obie is gay? That’s a new one to me. Farcical. He’s s obviously anything but. His fabulousness quotient is way down in the negative numbers. Hell, I’d find it easier to believe that *Eisenhower* was gay.

          • ”They’ve” been saying it for some time but apparently just beginning to catch on — Here’s one mild example –



            ”“It was preposterous to the people I knew then to think Obama was going to keep his gay life secret,” said Kevin DuJan, who was a gossip columnist in Chicago for various blogs when Obama was living in the city as a community organizer and later a state senator.

            “Nobody who knew Obama in the gay bar scene thought he could possibly be president,” said DuJan.

            DuJan, founder and editor of the Hillary Clinton-supporting website HillBuzz.org, told WND he has first-hand information from two different sources that “Obama was personally involved in the gay bar scene.”

            WND also reported former radical activist John Drew has said that when he met Obama when Obama was a student at Occidental College, he thought Obama and his then-Pakistani roommate were “gay” lovers.

            In addition, rumors have swirled around Obama’s relationship with his personal aide and former “body man,” Reggie Love, who resurfaced on the eve of the Republican National Convention to support his old boss. Love resigned from the White House in November 2011 after compromising photographs of him as a college student received wide circulation.”

            Me? I don’t care if he’s gay or not, rather, it’s the policy screw ups, lies and amazement that so many continue to support him — But then he’s only one slice of the global pie.

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