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Charles Blow, in yesterday's New York Times, laid out a salient point

about intervening in the Syrian civil war:

As righteous as we may feel about punishing Assad, Syria is a hornetís nest of forces hostile to America: Assad, Russia, and Iran on one flank and ISIS on another. You canít afflict one faction without assisting the other. In this way, Syria is a nearly unwinnable state.


Picking sides in other countries' civil wars typically never ends well. It did not end well in Vietnam nor, more recently, in Afghanistan and almost certainly cannot end well in Syria either. This explains why President Obama's decision not to retaliate against Assad in 2013 without prior congressional authorization seems even more eminently wise and prudent. If we attack ISIS, we strengthen Assad. If we attack Assad, we give ISIS a boost.

I strongly recommend the entire Blow piece. It is sobering reading indeed.
Posted by KingCharlemagne | Mon Apr 10, 2017, 09:45 AM (2 replies)

Syria is now fully entitled under international law to attack the U.S.

and its possessions anywhere and anyway it can. Trump was required to go to the U.N. Security Council and did not do so. Syria is now under no obligation to seek U.N. Security Council permission since current international law allows nation states to engage in military action to defend against actual or imminent attacks.

Whether Syria is capable of attacking the U.S. or its assets is another question entirely, but it would be fully within its rights to do so from this point forward. That's what flagrantly violating international law produces.
Posted by KingCharlemagne | Fri Apr 7, 2017, 04:55 PM (9 replies)

Syria is Russia's ally. How will the Russian Federation respond? They cannot allow

Trump's naked military aggression to stand. Trump did not seek a UN Security Council resolution (just like Bush refused to do with Iraq). Thus, Trump and the U.S. have once again blatantly violated international law. So how will Putin respond? And President Ping of China? Those are the other two guarantors of the existing world order.
Posted by KingCharlemagne | Thu Apr 6, 2017, 10:34 PM (8 replies)

I want to see Republicans rip each other's throats out. Loose the

dogs of war. Sociopaths (Trump-Ryan) vs. Psychopaths (Freedom Caucus). Have at it, boys!
Posted by KingCharlemagne | Thu Mar 30, 2017, 01:56 PM (8 replies)

Open Call to Sally Yates: Speak to the Public because Nunes

canceled the hearing.

It's time now for Ms. Yates to speak to the public via a press conference as to what she would have testified to were the House Intelligence Committee hearing to proceed as scheduled.

Sunlight is the best disinfectant.
Posted by KingCharlemagne | Tue Mar 28, 2017, 11:16 AM (6 replies)

If Pelosi and Hoyer play their cards right, they can fracture the House

Republican Conference into 1,000 individual shards (technically, 236 shards). The Freedom Caucus of 36 far-right reactionaries has essentially declared its independence from the Republican Conference. That means the newly-trimmed down Republican Party now has only a six-vote lead (200-194) over the unified Democratic Conference.

Looked at another way, Pelosi and Hoyer need only peel off 22 Republicans from the Republican Conference to assemble a working majority of 216 for Democratic policies (and a majority that could elect Pelosi as Speaker).

I'm confident the upcoming battle over tax reform will present Pelosi and Hoyer the opportunity to strike while the opportunity is there.

Posted by KingCharlemagne | Mon Mar 27, 2017, 11:21 AM (0 replies)

It's time for Boente (acting AG in charge of #Russiagate)

to empanel a Federal Grand Jury and start subpoenaing witnesses. One arm of the government (the judiciary) is so far uncorrupted. Time for DUE PROCESS OF THE LAW to assert its majesty.
Posted by KingCharlemagne | Wed Mar 22, 2017, 03:40 PM (0 replies)

Nunes was on the Trump transition team. He needs to recuse

himself from his Committee Chairperson role for the duration.

The fucker is possibly even a co-conspirator. He certainly should not be receiving classified briefings about an investigation of which he himself may be a subject.

WTF??? I hope Comey has the goods on Nunes and nails him.
Posted by KingCharlemagne | Wed Mar 22, 2017, 03:16 PM (5 replies)

Rep. Mike Conaway is a dumbass. What a moron. I wonder

if his constituents are as stupid as he is.
Posted by KingCharlemagne | Mon Mar 20, 2017, 11:59 AM (4 replies)

The leakers are American heroes! Daniel Ellsberg was an

American hero. Yeah, it's a crime to leak classified information unless the non-disclosure hides a greater crime!

Put me on a federal jury trying a 'leaker' and I will be a nullifer!
Posted by KingCharlemagne | Mon Mar 20, 2017, 11:04 AM (1 replies)
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