08.30.13

Americans OK with war if…

Posted in Bombing Paupers, Crazy Weapons, Culture of Lickspittle at 3:18 pm by George Smith

You would be right if you think Americans lack character, empathy and the ability to think things through.

From the BBC, citing a Quinnipiac Poll, it is determined that Half of Americans don’t want war with Syria but half said they’re “open” to it if it means pushing a button and shoving 200 remote-controlled guided bombs into a barrel willy-nilly:

This option is more palatable to the US public than the deployment of ground troops … Indeed, remotely controlled attacks such as air strikes have been called ‘the American way of war’ by the authors of an article in Foreign Affairs magazine.

More palatable, yes, if you can be cooking hot dogs over the weekend and getting revved up for college football.

Foreign Affairs?

“Foreign affairs” implies a foreign policy and a state department.

The state department hasn’t done anything for decades except say “OK!” when someone suggests unleashing the bombers.

Here’s the American way of war, from over a decade ago.

If you recall, the opening round of the Iraq War involved much publicity surrounding a midnight strike on “Dora Farms,” a place where Saddam Hussein was said to have a command hideout.

The hope was, in flattening it, that he could be buried in the rubble, bringing a quick end to things.

Dora Farms turned out to be another American technological gaffe. The missiles and bombers hit an empty field.

2 Comments

  1. Mike Ozanne said,

    September 3, 2013 at 3:10 pm

    well TOTUS has let the cat out of the bag, this is about regime change, which is at least a war aim. If it was just a punishment beating for NBC weapon use, you’d have reciprocate when the insurgents get caught with their fingers in the till. When you end up bombing both sides in someone else’s civil war, you know you’ve made a quantum leap from SNAFU to FUBAR without the traditional loiter at TACFU….Now Regime change without force deployment is a high risk call. Both the government and the insurgency will break into faction leaving the place looking like sengoku Japan until the next dictator arises. Stabilising with force is a million man 10 year job. For every man you can’t source from Syrian sources a western soldier will need to be deployed.

  2. George Smith said,

    September 4, 2013 at 12:08 pm

    Like the anarcho-place of ruined cities and warring tribes formerly known as Libya.