It wa just a couple of years ago that we were still stinging from starting the never-ending Iraq war. We didn’t want to invade anybody. We didn’t want to bomb anybody. We wanted to get out. That attitude was so yesterday. According to a new CNN poll, we are ready to R-U-M-B-L-E with ISIS.
I’ll be the first to tell you I don’t have any good answers for ISIS or Syria, or for Afghanistan for that matter. All of these places look like black holes in which we can throw both troops and money at the problem for years without resolution. Our money isn’t infinite. Our resources are limited.
If we are to believe the press, ISIS (the Islamic State in Iraq and Syria) is a threat to the United States. They aren’t a threat some time in the future. They are a threat today. We’ve gotta do something. Now.
Glenn Greenwald points out the obvious. In 2003, six months after we invaded Iraq, a majority of Republicans, Democrats and Independents thought that Saddam had something to do with 9/11. The press and the White House have led us down this road before. Hopefully, we are older, smarter and wiser now. We can listen to Senator John McCain or we can sit back and think. How can we really neutralize or eliminate ISIS without throwing trillions of dollars into the Middle East money pit and killing thousands of innocents?
“In the aftermath of the Benghazi terrorist attacks, the Obama administration incorrectly claimed it was a spontaneous assault in response to an online video, even though the administration had intelligence reports that the attacks were connected to terrorist groups tied to al Qaeda. Do you think the Obama administration knowingly lied about the attacks to help the president during the ongoing re-election campaign, or not?”
This is a real question from a Fox News poll. They aren’t even pretending to ask real questions anymore. They don’t care if the question is leading. So this begs the question, what’s the purpose of the poll? If you are going to ask leading questions like this (the administration lied, so do you think the administration lied), why doesn’t Fox News just skip the polling and simply present the answers that they want?
For four years, the Right have been developing, building and constructing their own universe. There is ample evidence that Republicans continue to insulate themselves from the real world. In the Republican world the new Black Panthers are worthy of endless coverage. Sure, there are only five of these guys and 99% of all blacks in the United States have never heard of them, but to Republicans they are mainstream news. In the Republican world, the problem with United States is not that women don’t get paid at the same rate as men for doing the same job. Instead, the problem is women in the workplace. In the Republican world, we should not withdraw from Iraq. Instead, we need to use Iraq as a base to bomb Syria. And, while we’re bombing Syria, we should consider bombing Iran also. In the Republican world, it is not improbable, but impossible for a black man to grow up and become president. There must be something nefarious going on. Maybe, just maybe, that black man was born in Kenya. (In the bizarro world the Republicans live in, somehow it is easier to become president if you’re born in Kenya and immigrate to United States than if you’re born in United States. Don’t ask me to explain it.)
Just to show you how truly warped the Republican world is, Mitt Romney had his own pollsters. Now, having your own pollsters is not a bad thing. As a matter fact, it can be a good thing. But, if you ignore everybody else’s polls and only accept yours as the real, true polling in America, you’re in trouble. Now, take your time and watch Karl Rove meltdown on the set of Fox News. The only reason that Karl Rove would have this response would be if he truly believed that every other poll in the world was wrong except for Mitt Romney’s.