”cuz I was born a ramblin’ man’

I know what you’re thinking:

“Wait … what? It’s not Friday!”

And that, my friends, is where you would be wrong. You are too bound up in this official “calendar” thing. For me, Friday this week comes on Wednesday. I’m taking the next couple of days off to go rambling, so I thought I’d leave you poor working stiffs an appropriate parting gift:

 

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alexander2
alexander2

Me distrust of US intentions has been brewing since the late 1940's. This president's hands-off approach to foreign policy has enabled the antipathy to express itself in an explosive fashion. Wether he could have done anything to improve the situation will never be known, Hopefully the Iranian situation will work out, we should wait for the final treat outcome.....

DownInAlbany
DownInAlbany

Quote of the morning...surely to vie for quote of the week...

"Just because something isn't simple to follow doesn't render it "incoherent."

Paul42
Paul42

@Visual_Cortex

I suppose some might have been happier if you'd have written "Just because something is difficult for some to follow doesn't render it 'incoherent."

Then you could have added a line that you're describing a situation, not a foreign policy.

Visual_Cortex
Visual_Cortex

@DownInAlbany

Well thanks, I guess.

If I keep writin' good like that I might become the next Dostoevsky--you know, the dude who wrote all those incoherent Russskie novels.

Paul42
Paul42

@Visual_Cortex

Not many would.  Which is different from saying the policy is incoherent.  

I'm also struck by  those who look at the same situation who say the Obama Administration is bumbling about, while the Iranians, in the same situation, aren't mentioned.  I suppose, to be consistent, they'd say the Iranians are incoherent and bumbling about.  

Or not, if it's just another opportunity to launch a partisan jab rather than assess the situation and what we should do.

_GodlessHeathen_
_GodlessHeathen_

Can we expect someone who traded five terrorists for a deserter to make a good deal with Iran?

Paul42
Paul42

@_GodlessHeathen_

We can expect something better than someone who released hundreds of terrorists from Gitmo in exchange for.... nothing?

Still favoring letting terrorists keep captured servicemembers with no hope of repatriation, patriot?

Normd
Normd

@_GodlessHeathen_ 


Yes...and we, as Americans , would never leave a soldier behind...not even a deserter.  Anyway, the government has said, if the deal is not a good deal then there will be more sanctions.  Iran does not want that.  No, Iran will make a deal...

Paul42
Paul42

@_GodlessHeathen_

The military does not make judicial decisions based upon heresay, Godlesss.

Of course, you could always ask for a contract to use your clairvoyant abilities.  Would save them a lot of time and money on trials.

Paul42
Paul42

@_GodlessHeathen_

And when did that investigation occur, Godless?  Before or after his release?

I can refer you to some folks who can help you apply for that clairvoyance contract with the Army.

_GodlessHeathen_
_GodlessHeathen_

@Paul42 @_GodlessHeathen_ The circumstances of his "capture" were widely reported in the press at the time that Obama made the deal for him.  Maybe Obama didn't watch the news. 

fiftythreepercenter
fiftythreepercenter

"the so-called conservatives and new secessionists...."


Says the so-called progressive, new socialists, and future communist....

Jackie_36
Jackie_36

@fiftythreepercenter How and why would you classify the progressives as communists?

It appears that you are saying things without offering ANY specifications as to how this happens.

fiftythreepercenter
fiftythreepercenter

@Jackie_36 @fiftythreepercenter Well, I see you don't even deny the socialist part.  Good to see you being honest about that.  


But before I answer your question, let me ask you a question.  How do you think communist dictators come to power?  They're not elected, so what events do you think lead up to them assuming power?

Kamchak
Kamchak

@Jackie_36 

It is disturbing that 34% of the so-called conservatives and new secessionists trust Mr. Putin more than they trust the President of the United States. 

They love to stare dreamily into his eyes and get a sense of his soul.

Paul42
Paul42

@Jackie_36

And it is amusing that those same folks view Putin as strong, bold, decisive and able to outthink and out maneuver Pres Obama, yet when it comes to the talks with Iran, they conveniently forget by saying Iranians are duping Obama into a bad deal, they're also saying the same thing about Putin.

Philo_Farnsworth
Philo_Farnsworth

Naive much?

The Rooskies and ChiComs are plotting behind the scenes with Iran developing workarounds to any terms agreed to with O'bozo. We are being played.

Paul42
Paul42

@Philo_Farnsworth


Is this based on an intel assessment you forgot to share with us?

The latest scoop from Hannity?

What you remembered from last night's dream?

Philo_Farnsworth
Philo_Farnsworth

Common sense, dude, something in short supply on lib-world.

Visual_Cortex
Visual_Cortex

somewhat sad to report that this "transcript" probably describes the current state of affairs in the Middle East as well as any pundit you'll read on the internets.


http://moonshinepatriot.blogspot.com/2015/03/meet-press-march-29-2015.html


Todd: omg Saudi Arabia is bombing the hell out of Yemen rebels
Engel: that's right Chuck – Saudi Arabia is currently bombing Iranian backed rebels

Todd: that's new

Engel: but in Iraq the U.S. is helping Iran to bomb ISIS

Todd: that's confusing

Engel: and also negotiating with Iran on nuclear weapons
Todd: my head is spinning
Engel: the Sunni Arabs are mad that the U.S. won't declare war on Shia Islam

Todd: that's sad

Engel: critics says the U.S. is confusing friends and emboldening enemies

Todd: bad Obama!

Paul42
Paul42

@DownInAlbany

Some would.  Others would say some continue to stick to the East-West, Cold War, Us vs Them, one on one side and the other on the other side binary models of the past and aren't able to shift thinking to new realities.

DownInAlbany
DownInAlbany

@Visual_Cortex @Paul42 @DownInAlbany 

in·co·her·entˌinkōˈhirənt/adjectiveadjective: incoherent
  1. 1. (of spoken or written language) expressed in an incomprehensible or confusing way; unclear.

Yeah, because that doesn't fit Webster's definition.

Geez

Paul42
Paul42

@DownInAlbany

Visual Cortex described a situation with many players with various interests interacting differently than the past.

You took that as an assessment of foreign policy.

Sheesh - 

Paul42
Paul42

@DownInAlbany

Now you're saying you were describing the situation, not US policy?

Uh-huh......

DownInAlbany
DownInAlbany

@Paul42 @DownInAlbany I suppose you can point to where I said that?

Why do you find it necessary to come to his defense?  Particularly, with more drivel?

Paul42
Paul42

@DownInAlbany

"Can anyone say, "incoherent foreign policy?""

I'm asking you to clarify what you meant, who you were referring to, rather than keep tap dancing.

Kamchak
Kamchak

Quote of the decade:

"You can trust us."

-- Friends of Science

Philo_Farnsworth
Philo_Farnsworth

"Death to America! You can trust us."

-- O'bozo's BFF Iran