Sunday, June 29, 2014


“In an action that would have been unthinkable only a few weeks ago…”

That line turned up in several news stories recently…about the US & Iran co-operating to fight ISIS…and also in reports of Syria bombing ISIS inside Iraq.  Ah, the quirky Middle East!  (When I visited it years ago a veteran reporter told me..”you know as much today as you will ever know about the Middle East.”..and that was on my first day there.)

NBC did an excellent report this week, pointing out the 100th anniversary of the assassination that started WW1..after which the victors carved up the old Ottoman Empire (Turkey was on the losing side in WW1) without much regard for ethnic and religious concerns, and those artificial boundaries haunt us today in the sectarian strife, particularly in Iraq.

So after spending blood and treasure and time in Iraq, why should the US spend more? Even more important, why should we spend two BILLION, as Mr. Obama proposes, in Syria to support “moderates” an area where “moderates” are hard to determine and may only be the least BAD alternative.

Even more troubling, after all we did to train and equip the Iraqi army, 30,000 of them fled Mosul, reportedly in the face of a few hundred ISIS troops. That surely makes any policy we now adopt towards Iraq in great doubt.

A wise man said years ago…”Those who will not learn from the lessons of history, are condemned to relive it.”


Trying to learn myself, I have suggested in this blog several times that Kentucky should have more “open” primaries where those registered Independent could vote in either of the major party primaries if no independent was running. I know this is tricky. 

In Mississippi last week, incumbent Thad Cochran beat the Tea Party candidate in the GOP runoff by appealing to Democrats, especially black Democrats, to vote for him. Mississippi permits this under its “open” primary laws. That is not what I have in mind for Kentucky, and it illustrates just how tricky election rules can be.

I'm just sayin'...

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