September 13, 2014
Seems like, this week, the Empire moved from terminally stupid to terminally insane, declaring an “air war” on IS in Iraq and Syria (even though we already have around 1500 “advisors” –all wearing boots, as one wag put it – on the ground in Iraq) while the Empire and our EU allies upped its proxy war in the Ukraine by increasing sanctions on Russia after their mostly “sound and fury” NATO meeting.
Aside from the screaming hypocrisy of Congressional and media warmongers over both situations for the last few months, (neither ISIS nor Russia currently represent a direct threat to the Imperial homeland), there are a couple of things that many in the military/intelligence community think we are not seeing straight about our latest foray into Iraq. https://firstlook.org/theintercept/2014/09/11/news-organizations-finally-realize-obamas-war-plan-messed/; http://www.nytimes.com/2014/09/11/world/middleeast/struggling-to-gauge-isis-threat-even-as-us-prepares-to-act.html?_r=0; http://www.washingtonpost.com/world/national-security/countering-islamic-state-will-be-hard-in-iraq-and-harder-in-syria-officials-say/2014/09/10/de74d448-3943-11e4-9c9f-ebb47272e40e_story.html
The proxy war the Empire and its NATO stooges started against Russia in Ukraine is not going away and may heat up if Russia decides to shut off the gas to Europe this winter just as we’re getting in deeper in Iraq/Syria. (Only one of Russia’s possible options, if we are truthful about it.)
US job creation for August, at 147,000, was the lowest since the beginning of 2014 while unemployment figures for last week were the highest in two months at 317,000. The global economy has yet to “break out,” though everyone from Nasdaq.com to Bloomberg thinks it will “soon”.
According to a new report from the World Resources Institute, several countries, including the US, may soon be facing the choice of fracking for oil and natural gas or having enough water to drink – a question already being raised in many Texas and California towns about both fracking and big farming as water dries up and towns find themselves without water at the tap.
Though global surface temperatures seem to have been rising much more slowly for the last decade or more, ocean and atmospheric temperatures are still rising fast, as are CO2 levels – with all the negative effects on sea life and record setting weather events across the world.
Oil prices have dropped recently because of lower demand in developed countries. If either of our wars suddenly blossom into something larger, what will be the effect on oil prices as that demand suddenly rises? On climate change? On a global economy still fragile from the great recession? I don’t know, but I’m sure watching for answers.
We are far too eager to believe our own hype about all of these things. As Einstein once pointed out, insanity is doing the same things over and over and expecting different results. And, like I said at the beginning of this post, I think the Empire just entered a state of terminal insanity.