Tuesday, June 26, 2012

About time ...

Somebody in that part of the world decided to clean up their own messes:

Turkey branded its former ally Syria "a clear and imminent threat," on Tuesday as its Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan vented his fury over the downing of a Turkish fighter jet.

In his most outspoken criticism of the Damascus regime, Erdogan vowed to retaliate against the "heinous act" and promised a change of military attitude to any Syrian officer approaching the common border.


Sorry, but I'm sick and tired of dumping our money into shithole after shithole over there. It's always "death to America" until they have a problem, and then they look to us (Kuwait, Libya). How about hitting up the Saudis too, and the Bahrainis, and all the others with money and Western-style militaries? Don't get me wrong, I have no problem with helping people who need it, but I'm tired of this country being thought of as the oil sheikhs' mercenaries or Israel's babysitter. Fuck them all.

This is why I'm so supportive of efforts to discover alternative energy sources. The day we do, we'll be able to tell all these desert rats to leave off. This way, they can all kill each other and no one will give a shit. Until then, we will continue to get drawn into that soap opera ad infinitum.

Addendum for all the people who say we should protect Israel (as if they can't protect themselves, they have nukes, for crying out loud): You're that worried about the Israelis? Pack 'em all up and relocate 'em to Florida. They exert enough influence on our foreign policy, they might as well pay taxes too.


Oldfool said...

America is never "drawn in" it's just business for us. The U S is a warring nation (has been at it for 90 percent of it's life*) spending 53 cents of every tax dollar on it. It is the most important industry we have and besides with a continuous threat to our security we can get rid of that pesky constitution piece by piece. Besides I have it on good authority (TV) that God is on our side. Not much comfort for an atheist.

Fixer said...

... we can get rid of that pesky constitution piece by piece.

Not many pieces left, bro.

Gordon said...

All the old Jews in FL should move to Israel. The kvetching and kvelling would drive the Ay-rabs screaming into the desert never to be heard from again. ;-)

Indeed, all the sand people should stomp Assad into a wet spot and call it an oasis.

David Aquarius said...

Personally, I like the idea of letting them duke it out without Western help. Unfortunately, any tin pot dictator with half a dime can get top-notch Russian goods from Uncle Vlad.

He'd sell AK's to toddlers if the price was right. And toss in his mom at no extra cost.

Gordon said...

I think his mom violates the Geneva Convention. As someone in the FDR administration said, "Have you ever seen a Russian woman naked?" :-)