9/11 sent the US into a frenzy of spending and fear, maybe the most successful attack of all time. The ragtag al Qaeda, initially funded by Carter and Reagan to fight the USSR, have now grown from a few hundred to untold tens of thousands around the world who are willing to fight and die for the oppressed of the world. ISIS is blowback for bad US policy.
All the US efforts have worked in reverse and become a recruiting campaign for militant Islam. US spending on useless whack-a-mole wars has badly weakened the US economy and prestige through wildly increased debt and international revulsion. US policy has not worked and will not work. It is impossible to kill off an ever-growing percentage of the billion plus people who hate the US for US intrusion into their affairs. Only withdrawal and a fair foreign policy will reduce terrorism.
The talk on this comment board of just KILLING THEM ALL is juvenile fantasy. It can't be done. The US has become an over-extended aging empire nearing collapse. Only pulling back and tending to the serious problems at home will give the US a shot at regaining the national health. The odds of that happening don't look good. The US war-crazies are now in charge and the people seem to blindly follow.
The USSR collapsed overnight from world power to dead broke, all from bad policy. The US seems destined to follow.
It has taken the US several decades of funding, arming, and training various extremist factions in the Middle East to do America's dirty work, overthrowing out-of-favor regimes and killing untold thousands along the way. Now they ( ISIS,ISIL) are coalescing into one well organized, well funded force that may end up as a new nation state, or possibly a new Caliphate reaching across the Arab world. Our terrorism in the Middle East has created a terrorist monster
Bombing them makes them stronger and draws more recruits. It is way past time to cut Israel lose to fight her own fights with no help or funding from the US. It is time to remove all US forces from the Middle East. Given time the people of the region will sort out their own problems one way or another.
British and French cartographers made a huge mess of the area 100 years ago and the US has compounded the problems over the last 66 years by intervening in the affairs of nations of the region. Commercial and cultural exchanges with other countries develop bonds, political and military interference in other countries internal affairs create hatred and enemies.
A country that cannot manage it's own affairs has no business interfering in those of others! JMO.
With carbon ppm over 400 and climbing, with Arctic glaciation and permafrost destabilizing, and with warmer ocean currents releasing methane hydrates exponentially, the world can prepare for abrupt climate change to set in over the next decade. Every climate prediction is being strongly exceeded, year after year, in spite of what some may claim. CC is here…and it is ours to deal with.
Blame CC on man or God, but we are at the front end of what may be an extinction event. Hunger, rising heat, droughts, and climate refugees will all be part of day to day life for way to many.
Nature's version of population reduction is knocking at the door.
Can anyone tell the world what the US policy objectives are in Iraq? The US seems to now favor the Sunnis; the US just approved the purchase of purloined Iraqi oil from the Kurds; and now the US is bombing ISIS in support of the Shia government. It looks like the US goal is regional destabilization…plain and simple.
Better yet, is there any real excuse for the US to support or intervene in any country's internal affairs? Surely Americans can see the trail of misery left behind by almost every US foreign military foray. When is enough, enough? How can the US keep finding hundreds of millions to prop up a junta in Ukraine, Islamist militants in Syria, bombing (and who knows what more) in Iraq all while the US infrastructure crumbles and the country is adrift?
zab, BO appears to be supporting the emerging genocide against the residents of Donbass. Geopolitical objectives trump a little genocide every time.
Do you really favor fresh intervention in Iraq and to what end?
Still a thoughtless twit, eh, con-man?
Give Obama a small plus for making a long overdue move toward carbon reduction, but let's get real…it's too little and thirty years too late.
Not only is much more than 3.6F already baked in the cake, the IPCC has said that only geo-engineering can now hope to stabilize/prevent far more rise. Geo-engineering is a crap shoot! Add to that the fact that the IPCC numbers don't include the now rapid increases in global methane in the atmosphere and it becomes almost certain that we have already entered into the sixth great extinction.
Even a complete collapse of the existing global economic order would not avert the inevitable amount of warming that will sharply reduce major amounts of livable habitat. It may not become too hot for humans to exist, but food production will surely collapse to a far lower level. Those without a localized food supply will simply starve, but not before social chaos breaks out in search of food. Most humans are only nine meals away from anti-social behavior in search for food. When the trucks don't roll, all hell will break loose.
There are really only two things that we humans can do to prepare for what has now become inevitable. 1) Work individually and as a community to build local food resilience…NOW! Local food producers and individual gardens will be the key to survival in the very near future. Individual food security depends equally on your neighbors' ability to eat. 2) Acceptance of the reality of the scope of the AGW situation in which we find ourselves. For many, that will require moving through the stages of grief. This is not a drill and this is not a hoax. It is real and it is happening now.
We can't know whether there will be a human remainder community that survives this sixth extinction event, but we can redirect our lives in as positive a way as possible. We can try to find the best that is within us at the time in which that is most difficult.
Shultz, are you basically dismissing the rapid C02 rise from 280 to 400 ppm (and climbing) as irrelevant to the projected temperature rise to 3.5C above baseline by 2100? Do you also assert that the current warming is not at the point of causing large methane releases that may compound the heat gain several times over?
If you are and if you can sustain your argument, you could save seven billion people from a very warm ending. You might become the new Einstein on steroids. And I would be able to leave feeling far better about the prospects for my grandchildren.
Interesting that the burning of fossil fuels that enabled the industrial revolution, today's modernity, and an explosion in world population, could now be causing the reversal of all those trends through the bi-product of fossil fuels, CO2.
We will have come full circle in less than 200 years.
Humans could have controlled carbon induced climate change, but no longer. Our window of opportunity has passed and we are now feeling the impacts of carbon creation from 40 years back. By 2030 exponential climate change will have brought us to 3.5C above the 1850 baseline, at a minimum. Habitat for food will have shrunk enormously and our own extinction will be underway.
Those aren't my thoughts, but rather a small bit of the well researched scientific synthesis gathered by Guy McPherson and accessible on his website at Nature Bats Last. His climate summary is updated regularly and has an active comment board following. His videos tell the story in a more colorful way. No matter what your beliefs might be regarding climate change, you will learn many (well footnoted) facts about which you were probably unaware before accessing this site.
Caution: The information can be disturbing. I found myself in a quiet introspective period for several days after my first exposure.
Note: Denial is one of the stages of grief.
After the US bungled the sub rosa intervention into Ukrainian politics and the mostly Russian populated Crimea took shelter with mother Russia, Obama missed the perfect opportunity to STFU. Trying to control the internal politics of country after country in order to implement some grand geopolitical plan has the US looking worse and worse on the world stage. US economic muscle has atrophied and all that is left is an over-sized military that the US can no longer afford. (Reflections of the USSR circa 1989)
Some wag said that Kerry was a haircut in search of a brain. Well, Obama isn't looking much better and with each new utterance, his stock sinks even more. Stop Barack! Please stop!