Last night, President Barack Obamapresented his case against the Syrian government and President Bashar al-Assad. In my opinion, the case is pretty clear. The Syrian government used chemical weapons against their own people. Then, to cover up their atrocities, they then shelled those exact same neighborhoods for three days straight. Then, they let UN weapons inspectors to come in with the hope that they would find nothing. Or at least, they would find nothing conclusive. The one thing that this whole ordeal has clearly shown us is the dysfunction of the Republican Party. On one hand, there are some of the Republican Party that have been yelling, as loudly as they possibly could, that a limited, targeted, surgical strike was not enough. We needed more. (Invade Syria?) Then, there are those who wanted immediate airstrikes. They didn’t even want President Obama to ask Congress for anything. They stated, clearly, that Obama had the authority and he was scared to use it. Finally, you had a group of Republicans who are calling Obama a warmonger. In my opinion, all of these extremes simply miss the point. I think the idea of Syria giving up their chemical weapons is a good one. Unfortunately, the implementation of actually getting them to give up their chemical weapons is going to be extremely difficult. For a second, it seemed that Russia was going to play a constructive role in the peaceful turnover of Syrian chemical weapons to the international community. Russian President Vladimir Putin decided to squash all that. The Russian president took to the New York Times. Not only is he falsely suggesting that the United Nations was founded so that we can start war only by consensus. That’s garbage. The United Nations was started to give Russia and the United States cover if they needed it. He even suggested that the rebels may have unleashed the chemical weapons. If, President Al Assad does not comply, we need to unleash the cruise missiles.
Pardon me if I sleep my way through Super Tuesday. The only thing that is super about today is the fact that the media has gotta do everything that they can to try to prop up Rick Santorum and Newt Gingrich and maybe even Ron Paul. If Mitt Romney wins by a landslide then there’s nothing else to cover until after each party has their national convention. Billions of dollars of ad revenue will be lost. We wouldn’t want to have that. So, let’s pretend like this is really a race and sit riveted to our television sets this evening. It’s all fake surprise as Rick Santorum will come close, yes, but still will have failed miserably again tonight. (BTW, how are you a real candidate and you’re not on the ballot in Virginia? Seriously?) The problem is that this is the worst Republican field in probably more than 20 years. The media and everybody else is trying to get us to “understand” that this is a very close race. Whatever.
Playing the part of the old crotchety grandfather is John McCain. On cue, he called for America to bomb Syria into submission.
Representative Donald Payne, the first African-American to represent New Jersey in Congress has died early this morning at age 77. My heart goes out to his family.
A new study suggests that digital healthcare records may not cut costs. Personally, I thought that the data suggesting that healthcare will get a windfall from digitizing its records was naïve at best. Simply putting all paper records into some digital format was a gargantuan task. Then, figuring out how to get that information into a readable format for doctors and other healthcare professionals is an ongoing problem.
Did you know that there are some people that believe that Vladimir Putin may have engineered his reelection? Shocking.
It seems that Newt Gingrich has some anger management issues. There seems to be an overtone of bitterness in his campaign. Maybe, just maybe, it might be because he was running to prove that he’s a legitimate force in Washington only to find out that he’s really not a legitimate force in Washington.
A new bill has been introduced in the Ohio State Legislature which would make men undergo psychological screening before being able to get a prescription. 🙂
It looks like the United States, Iran and several other countries have agreed to nuclear talks. I think the US and the rest of the world understand that these talks are nothing more than a delaying tactic. Iran really, really wants to get into the nuclear club. That’s not going to happen.