There is a lot of interesting news this weekend:
- Former Egyptian president Mursi has been condemned to death on the inevitable charge of whatever it was that they charged him with this time. The Sisi government is determined to kill him and a lot of other MB/salafist people in the belief that "dead men don't bite." Egypt is one of the more sophisticated countries in the region and they can't manage a change of government without killing the losers? This is really quite indicative of the hopelessness of trying to meddle in the internal affairs of such places.
- Having failed to persuade the Zeidi Yemenis to do anything they wanted by bombing them on the American model, Saudi Arabia has now declared a cessation of air ops. One can only wonder if the Washington whiz kids played a large role in the "thinking" reflected in all this. The Zeidis say they await the Saudis next move,
- Obama met a lot of Gulfie second stringers at Camp David. The gripping and grinning and flesh pressing produced nothing, actually less than nothing since the Arabs must have gone away even more convinced that the US has no idea what it is doing in the ME. Whoever it was that persuaded Obama to do a sit down with these guys should be fired or never listened to again, but that won't happen.
- It is revealed that Jeb Bush (el-Jebe) is temperamentally unsuited to be US president in the 21st Century. He believes in such things as moderation, family loyalty, rational thought, etc. He might have been useful in the 19th Century but, surely not now. It is also revealed that his foreign policy advisers are the same lying bastards who got us into Iraq. Wow! BTW, who are HC's foreign policy advisers?
- On The FZ Global Public Square circus, Mr. 1% groupie (FZ) interviewed Gates (richest man in the world) from Seattle. There, they indulged themselves in an orgy of exultation and exaltation over the strength of the American economy as reflected in the prosperity of the Seattle region with all its new style high tech industry, high education levels and other wonderfulness. The underlying idea in this was the joy felt in the wonders of free trade based on international and regional comparative advantage. All the world is now a free trade zone, FZ exulted, and how foolish the people who oppose TPP really are. What was left out of this discussion were the large pockets of distressed and poverty stricken people (mostly colored) in the urban regions of the east and mid-west as well as the emergence of what looks like a permanent large underclass among those same people. Many of the former industrial cities of the east have at least partially emptied themselves of the White blue collar class. In mute acceptance of economic theory they have moved to follow jobs. People of color often do not want to do that. They do not accept the idea of disappearing into a larger population and want to live in their own ethnic communities. I don't think FZ visits them much or cares about the obstacle to his theories that they represent.
- As b has stated in a comment on another thread we will see the real and perhaps final test for the Iraqi government when the "Hashd Sha'bi" Shia militia are committed to the fight in Ramadi. IMO the US (and friends) in the government/military/media/academic world have no comprehension that IS is an alternative civilization seeking to emerge. Because of that willful ignorance they are headed for a massive shock.
- Oh, yes, there was the much promoted story of the SF raid on a little site in eastern Syria. Good job boys! This was not the Waterloo of IS but the IO campaign on 24/7 news was a good distraction from the disaster at Ramadi.
- The British TV Highland/Jacobite romance "Outlander" has reached a level of psycho-sexual descent in which I (shamefully) watched last evening as Captain Jack Randall of the Hanoverian dragoons nailed the hand of the noble Hieland laird Jamie Fraser to a table so that he would not be inconvenienced by resistance whilst buggering him. This was in Wentworth Prison (wherever that was). This occurred after Randall licked Fraser's scarred back and gave him a big smooch as Fraser's wife looked on. Now I'll grant you that life in the Highlands in 1740 was probably not without its inter-cultural problems but this seems a bit much. A question that occurs is whether this series was watched in Scotland before the recent election. BTW, I notice that some people in a number of northern English counties are engaged in a Twitter campaign to decide if they should join Scotland.
- I am told the DoD has placed me under interdict and that my e-mail can no longer pass through their servers and SST can not be accessed from DoD computers. That will solve things. pl