Reading Assignment

In an article for The Atlantic titled What ISIS Really Wants, Graeme Wood provides an excellent history of the Islamic State and further strengthens my theory that religiosity is the only contagious mental disorder. It’s much too long to finish during the average poop, so the vast majority of Amurkins won’t read it, even though they should. It should be mandatory for our elected officials, especially all the chicken-hawks calling for boots on the ground. But who am I kidding? Most of them are very much like the jihadists they want to send our kids to attack. They would never let knowledge or facts get in the way of their beliefs.

I really hope Michelle’s husband resists the pressure from John McCain’s war-boner battalion. I know it’s got to be tough. If I were preznit right now, I would probably have my generals trying to figure out a way to get as many jihadists in one place as possible, so as to drop a small nuke on them. But I ( much like John McCain) am not exactly preznitential material. This is the ideal time for some of Michelle’s husband’s level-headed pragmatism. From the article:

And yet the risks of escalation are enormous. The biggest proponent of an American invasion is the Islamic State itself. The provocative videos, in which a black-hooded executioner addresses President Obama by name, are clearly made to draw America into the fight. An invasion would be a huge propaganda victory for jihadists worldwide: irrespective of whether they have given baya’a to the caliph, they all believe that the United States wants to embark on a modern-day Crusade and kill Muslims. Yet another invasion and occupation would confirm that suspicion, and bolster recruitment. Add the incompetence of our previous efforts as occupiers, and we have reason for reluctance. The rise of ISIS, after all, happened only because our previous occupation created space for Zarqawi and his followers. Who knows the consequences of another botched job?

This. A thousand times, this. Preznit dubya’s idiotic War on Terra legitimized jihadism. And despite all the crowing from the right-wing about victory and The Surge® and establishing democracy, all we really created in the Middle East was a big fucking mess. And now, the same numbskulls that gave us that disaster are cheerleading for more of the same. If we invade and occupy Iraq again, we will legitimize — and strengthen — this shiny new caliphate, prolonging it’s existence, perhaps for decades.

Do yourself a favor and read the whole article. It’s worth your time.

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