Be forewarned. Mount Pellier Merlot 2011. Bottle’s half full, so there’s my optimism for the day.

I do a lot of Facebook these days, but that tends to leave out folks who don’t, and I miss those who don’t. Maybe I should swear off ever coming back to this place, but some days I see something that really gets my goat. Then I think of the non-FB crowd and the myriad views of life. So, here, after a long absence, is one of my seemingly futile outbursts.

Where we go dropping bombs and blowing corners off of buildings…again

Then, there’s an ad going around on FB with the following: “After every act of terror, we are told we should not judge all Muslims on the acts of a few.” The ad goes on to say we should give 80 million gun owners the same treatment.

Look, we’re talking apples and oranges here. If a bunch of thugs comes up and repeatedly attacks you, are you NOT going to adjudge them as being worthy of retribution? Are you not going to become suspicious of the whole who harbor the few? Preaching to the choir but, 80 million gun owners are the descendants of those called to serve in times past.

At what point are we going to cut the bullshit and deal with Middle Eastern based terrorism (code words for Islamic Extremists bent on destroying us) in a manner appropriate with dealing with thugs?

I get it that ISIS is somewhat important, that they go around killing Christians (which, that’s a first. Yah?) I get it that Hamas, Al Qaeda, and the Tollybon (Ask Barry. It’s his word. Sounds like the name of a candy to me.) are forces to be dealt with.

What I don’t get is why on God’s Green Earth (Has anybody trademarked that, by the way? If not, lemme know. We could make a profit…), we choose to deal with such vermin in such a candy-ass manner. We lob a few bombs. We shoot a few missiles. Meanwhile, we have Islam spreading its wings in our cities, demanding their RIGHT to be among us. The religion of peace, coming among us. More like, coming at us.

Hitler: Waxed his ass, and the whole of the Nazi movement, with a full on no-quarter war. Took us a little over three and half years. Unconditional Surrender.

Tojo: Same shit, different theater.

Fast forward to Korea. “Limited Warfare” The concept makes reason stare. We fiddle fucked around for three years, and came away with what? A “Cease Fire” with a hermit kingdome led by succeeding “Gangnam” types who give us endless cause for worry. God God Amighty! (Robin, check on that one. Will ya?)

Vietnam. We fiddle fucked around for how many years, and came away with what?

Iraq. We fiddle fucked around for how many years, and came away with what?

Afghanistan. We fiddle fucked around for how many years, and came away with what?

Back to Iraq, only this time with ISIS. We’re gonna fiddle fuck around for how many years, and come away with what?

Islam in America. (Update: I was just going to leave this to the reader’s imagination, but…) What shall we do? Headline news: Justice Kagan performs her first same sex marriage. How’s that for focus, America?

Ever been to Budapest? I have. You should go there sometime. It’s a lovely city, full of beauty. There are, however, reminders of pestilences past. Among those pestilences, one will find reminders of Islam. Yes, there are bullet holes in numerous buildings from the days of Communist occupation. Nevertheless, what was significant for me was an ancient Catholic cathedral, one that had been taken over by Muslims from Turkey and defaced in the name of Islam. It struck me then that Islam does NOT place nicely with others. They booted the Catholics from their own place of worship. The Catholics, to their credit, left some of the Islamic ‘remodeling’ once they came back. They weren’t vindictive or malicious, but chose to play nicely in a Christian sort of way.

We see Islam in a place like England, and we see the attendant strife of Islam seeking to supplant what has been around for generations. Oh, and they’re not very nice about it either. Over time I have discovered that Islam is like a cancer. Either you kill it, or it will consume the body. We know how that last part ends. Painfully. Sadly. Leaving those around it filled with regret. Consider this, that we spend a ginormous amount of money to eradicate cancer.

Why the fuck should we do any differently with a so called religion that seeks to take us over or kill us? Why should we deal in half measures with a foe sworn to eradicate us?

Wake up and smell the Jihad

Over at Fox News, Christian Whiton has some advice for the nation’s leadership: Mrs. Clinton, Mr. Obama, it’s time to wake up and smell the global jihad

While I’m working to confirm that prior knowledge of the attacks was in hand at the Oval Orifice, this much is clear: Somebody has either left the clue bat in the closet, or we’re looking at something designed, in the short term, to win an election. Longer term, who’s to say? After decades of relative peace, and under several Presidential Administrations from both sides of the aisle, why are we now seeing such unrest in the Middle East?

When the men who killed our ambassador to Libya were in the final stages of their preparation, Hillary Clinton was in the Cook Islands, being regaled by locals in traditional dress.  Her seemingly endless world tour has prioritized symbolism and pageantry over substance.  So too has the administration of her boss, Barack Obama, and the costs are now becoming clear.

This explains why Obama’s chief diplomat said of the Libya attack: “I asked myself—how could this happen?  How could this happen in a country we helped liberate, in a city we helped save from destruction?”

Madam secretary, it is time for you and your boss to wake up and smell the global jihad.

Frankly, all the hubbub in the Middle East does not surprise me. From the start we have had Presidential (sic) mewlings about tiny nations and the religion of peace, such that a number of our citizenry now seek to align themselves in a politically korrect way with pro-Moozlem beliefs. According to Mr. Whiton that’s prolly a really bad idea, and here’s why:

There are people in this world—and not a small number of them—who share the vision bin Laden had and have the will and means to act.  No amount of apologizing for America, embracing our adversaries or mistreating our allies will change that.

It is worth recalling that Cairo, the city where a mob entered the US embassy compound and burned an American flag, was the epicenter of what critics call Obama’s “apology tour.”  It was there that he apologized for critical steps American officials took in the Middle East to defend against the Soviets eight years before Obama was born.  It was there that he criticized his own nation’s response to 9/11.

That was the reason US diplomats in Cairo instinctively put out an apologetic condemnation of those who “hurt the religious feelings of Muslims.”  They were simply channeling the Obama view of the world.

…not a small number of them-who share the vision bin Laden had…

I’m thinking back to 9/11 here, and their celebration at the success of the World Trade Center. Exclamations of joy and all that, over the cataclysmic destruction and loss of life. Celebrations, mind you. Not just “Wow! That worked well…”, but outright celebration. Gleeful, jumping up and down, clapping of hands, celebration. High fives all around.

Imagine such celebration the day the first nuclear weapon was detonated over Hiroshima, Japan, in August of 1945. Kind of hard, isn’t it? Why? 1. Because such an event is not cause for celebration. 2. Because no one celebrated and exclaimed “Now there’s an ass whoopin’ for you!” Hiroshima and Nagasaki prevented a million lives lost in battle. No cause celebre, just a means to end an already bloody war.

Hillary also said that the attack was the result of a “small and savage group.”

Wrong again.

Viewed correctly, the attack was perpetrated by a very large group.  Terrorism as we have known it since 9/11 is but the violent vanguard of the Islamist political ideology.  This ideology unifies diverse terrorists from Jemmah Islamiyah in Indonesia to Al-Shabaab in Somalia to Boko Haram in Nigeria to the Muslim Brotherhood in Egypt to the Haqqani network in Afghanistan and Pakistan.

Pinch commented on this the other day, alluding to the fact that the Benghazi attack was a well coordinated one. I note how today we see multiple outbreaks of violence against Embassies of several nations. What’s the message here? What are Jihadi Boy and his malicious band of players telling us?

While the groups are diverse and at times antagonistic toward each other, their hatred of America unites them, and they work toward a generally common goal.  Behind them is a large body of people who cheer on and support Islamists—a minority of Muslims, but hardly a body of people we should ignore.

I note that word ‘hatred’. Strong word, it is. One that I, for one, am not inclined to ignore. “hatred of America unites them, personifying the old adage “The enemy of my enemy is my friend”. A lot like the Soviet Union being our ‘friend’ during the last days of WWII. Some friend. Nevertheless, we now have Hezbollah, Hamas, Al Qaeda, Taliban, and let’s not forget the Cartel clans peddling their wares and services just to the south of us. Strange bedfellows and all that.

Mr. Whiton goes on to point out Syria and their cache of chemical weapons, and the obvious lack of shift in U.S. policy toward a collapsing regime/state. He also gives some sound advice to Hillary Clinton:

Hillary ought to park the plane and understand that diplomacy—or more accurately statecraft—ought to be about recognizing and fighting these problems.  Pageantry, apologies and photo ops are obviously not getting it done.

As a fabulous place to start, I’m thinking there’s space on the ramp at Damascus airport. ICAO designator: OSDI. I’m sure any number of the crowd I know could help with the flight plan. With the Fight plan? I’ve got plenty of friends around who could help with that too, but it’s your paycheck. Time to start earning it.