Bright and chilly this Monday morning on California’s north coast. A more-crisp feel to the air as we’re experiencing a lull in the rain for a few hours — the NWS had earlier invoked a ‘Frost Warning’ for our area, indicating winter a-coming.
Another rain front expected later this afternoon with drizzles and such until later in the week.
Terror news still this morning — horror of the Paris horror is over-reaction (via the Guardian): ‘“It’s best that we don’t shoot first and aim later,” said the US president during an intense press conference at the G20 summit in Turkey that saw reporters urging him to “take out these bastards.”‘
(Illustration: Pablo Picasso’s ‘Horse Head. Sketch for “Guernica,”‘ found here).
In wake of the asshole-low-life barbarity of Paris on Friday, typical reaction mirrors George W’s lug-headed response of all-out, worldwide war on everything connected to anything, however remotely linked to the matter at hand. ISIS would not exist in his current form without the Iraqi invasion, and the world is way-off worse because of it.
Obama supposedly got a little pissed at the notion (also from the Guardian):
“If folks want to pop off and have opinions about what they want to do, present a specific plan,” said an unusually angry Obama.
“What I am not interested in doing is posing, or pursuing some notion of American leadership or America winning or whatever other slogans they come up with … I’m too busy for that.”
At one point the US commander in chief also appeared glassy-eyed and upset as he described the burden placed on American troops and their families of repeated overseas intervention.
“What I do not do is to take actions either because it is going to work politically or somehow make America look tough, or make me look tough,” said the president.
“And maybe part of the reason is that every few months I go to Walter Reed [military hospital] and I see a 25-year-old kid who is paralysed or has lost his limbs. And some of those are people who I have ordered into battle. So I can’t afford to play some of the political games that others play.”
France quickly responded, though, with a heavy bombing of the ISIS so-called capital of in Raqqa, Syria, yesterday, and supposedly again this morning. A lot of flashback to 14 years ago (CNN):
Also on Monday, French Interior Minister Bernard Cazeneuve said that “war” had been declared on France and that “anybody who attacks the Republic, the Republic will fight back.”
“It is not they who will destroy the Republic. The Republic will destroy them,” he said.
And the drum keeps rolling — seemingly George W set the bad example, but he had Iraq in his sights all along, 9/11 just aided that aim. In his reaction, however, the world got freaking crazy:
And there’s little reason to think France and its Western allies won’t take the bait.
The Intercept’s Murtaza Hussain similarly warned: “I’m pretty much certain whatever is done in response to this attack will end up further exacerbating terrorism. This is the post-9/11 model.”
Poor French peoples, woe to all of us…