Agree with all of that except laying it at the feet of Republicans. Since 1938 Democrats have ruled over almost twice as much warfare as Republicans and spent just as much. Of Eisenhower, Nixon, Reagan, Bush and Bush 2, only the Bushes started a war. Eisenhower and Nixon ended one and Reagan fought some battles, but it can be said also ended the cold war, putting on ice more nukes than all the others combined.
War is business and as you have so aptly pointed out, America is business.
"Small people talk about people, average people talk about events, great people talk about ideas" Eleanor Roosevelt
No. I say we respectfully do what the region wants and stop trying to control it so terrorist groups stop forming in the first place.
"Give me your tired, your poor, your huddled masses yearning to breathe free."
"When we live authentically we create an opportunity for others to walk out of their dark prisons of pretend into freedom."
Which threat ?
Basically: he's an absentee president and he doesn't have the capacity to sort any of this out. He's just *whatever* tossing up executive orders like confetti. If the world wasn't falling apart - if we were amid some peaceful, passive era, he'd be great because he wouldn't have to do anything significant.
He's a useful as a thumbtack in my shoe.
Now - putting aside the bitterness. In truth: I think the stress of the office has actually rendered him incompetent. I think in the beginning he had the influence and foresight - but I don't think he's cut out for it. His priorities are all wrong. He was focused on healthcare and, when the world needed us the most, he adopted relatively laissez faire foreign policies - and when he did decide to act it was thoughtless, senseless, and an entire waste of effort and time.
He's like a broken gyroscope or something. You can see it in his eyes - that energy he had is just gone.
If he wasn't' the president I'd pity him for it.
A screaming comes across the sky.
It has happened before, but there is nothing to compare it to now.Pynchon - Gravity's Rainbow