Sunday, November 18, 2012

Last Call

And Sen. John McCain completes his fall to the level of worst loser in Presidential history.  Here he is on Face The Nation with CBS's Bob Scheiffer, talking about Benghazi and Susan Rice's expected nomination as Secretary of State:

SCHIEFFER: Until then, you will remain opposed to her nomination?
MCCAIN: Under the present circumstances, until we find out all the information as to what happened, I don’t think you would want to support any nominee right now. Because this is very very serious and it has even larger implications than the deaths of 4 Americans. It really goes to the heart of this whole light foot print policy that this administration is pursuing.

So that's it then.  McCain is now committed to blocking any nominee for Secretary of State until he gets his "answers" on Benghazi, once and for all proving it was never, ever about Susan Rice, and that it was really all about the fact he despises Barack Obama, and has never gotten over losing to the man.

John McCain is a shallow, petty, thin-skinned baby.  He just proved it today.  He will obstruct America's business until he gets his way, like the enfant terrible he is.

How far you have fallen, sir.

Podcast Versus The Stupid!

Episode 21: Unfinished Business Catching Up With You, of PVTS is now up for your listening pleasure.  Bon and I talk about Twinkies, Israel on the verge of invading Gaza again for fun anfd laughs, the decline of John McCain to Mitt Romney levels of loserdom, and at lot more post-election business catching up with us.

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Earning Your Bragging Wrongs

With their Iron Dome rocket interceptor system working very well, IDF airstrikes leveling key Palestinian targets, and troops and tanks massed along the Gaza border waiting for the word go, Israel is now all but daring Hamas to give it the excuse it needs to turn the place into a parking lot.

Israel bombed Palestinian militant targets in the Gaza Strip from air and sea for a fifth straight day on Sunday, preparing for a possible ground invasion while also spelling out its conditions for a truce.

Palestinians launched dozens of rockets into Israel and targeted its commercial capital, Tel Aviv, for a fourth day. The "Iron Dome" missile shield shot down two of the rockets fired toward Israel's biggest city but falling debris from the interception hit a car, which caught fire. Its driver was not hurt.

In scenes recalling Israel's 2008-2009 winter invasion of the Gaza Strip, tanks, artillery and infantry massed in field encampments along the sandy border. Military convoys moved on roads in the area newly closed to civilian traffic.

Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu said Israel was ready to widen its offensive.

"We are exacting a heavy price from Hamas and the terrorist organizations and the Israel Defence Forces are prepared for a significant expansion of the operation," Netanyahu said at a cabinet meeting, giving no further details.

Translation:  "We're contractually obligated to warn you before we come in there and kill a whole crapload of your people.  Have a nice day."  If the Palestinians were looking to the White House for the Good Cop part of the routine, they're not finding it.  President Obama spoke from Bangkok on his Asian tour:

President Barack Obama says Israel has a right to defend itself from missiles being aimed at the country by militants in the Gaza Strip.

Obama says "no country on earth would tolerate missiles raining down" on its people and says any effort to resolve the conflict in Gaza "starts with no missiles being fired into Israel's territory."

Translation:  "We're looking the other way while the Israelis are contractually obligated to warn you before they come in there and kill a crapload of people.  Have a nice day."

Of course it doesn't matter what the Palestinians do now.  Bibi's not going to turn this opportunity for patriotic bloodlust down right before the Israeli elections in January.  He's proven Iron Dome is an effective defense, he's gotten the Palestinians boxed in on their little reservation, he's got the US looking over Turkey and Egypt's shoulders to make sure they don't try anything stupid, and he's arguably a couple days away from flattening what effectively qualifies as the largest open-air prison on earth.

It's hard to imagine there being any other outcome at this point.  Once those ground troops roll in, the IDF statement will be "We didn't finish the job in January 2009.  We will this time."

And this time, they'll finish it.  The cost will be brutal and devastating, and repercussions lasting a generation.  It will almost certainly fully light the pyre that is Syria's civil war.  If the US steps up the elimination of the al-Asaad regime, that would leave Hezbollah in Lebanon with no backing.  They would go for broke against Israel, and then the real fun begins as Jordanian, Kuwaiti, and Saudi uprisings flare to life and Iran and Egypt get involved.

And that leaves China and Russia in a position where they may have to step in.  Doesn't take a military history major to see what results from that scenario.

I'm hoping it doesn't blow up from here, but given the simultaneous wars about to erupt in both Gaza and Syria, it's going to be a tough couple of months.
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