I just got done watching Gwen’s chat and re-Putin…
This is where we find out how great a statesman Putin is. We do have a lot on our plates right now. I think Israel and Palestine is an issue that has gone on for way too long and as a result may have been ripe for ISIS agitators to work on long standing grievances, the rascals!!
This is where we need to step back and see the overt issues. Empirism is just over for awhile from anyone. If we, Russia, Europe, China, Japan, (first world countries) and emerging countries want to get most of the world (hopefully all of it) through the next 100 years for a soft landing, we need to sit down as first world powers and decide if we can trust each other, because ISIS is not dumb and I have a feeling that extremists are not done with this merry-go-round yet. And we have yet to get down to who the actual puppet master is at the bottom of all of this.
So I would sit down and divide up the conflicted areas. If Putin wants to take the lead with Syria and Iraq in regards to ISIS, ok. However, open, honest communication with the US and China over progress (and especially any failures) is important, because we do need to know how things are progressing.
Second, I think that the US and Egypt focus on Israel and Palestine is ok.
Third, the US has to figure out a ‘good neighbor policy’ with the countries south of our borders and put an immigration policy in place that people (especially families) can live with… especially the ‘live’ part.
And last, but not least, I watched an Independent Film called “In the Loop” and it was a SAD commentary on a lot of things, but I really liked the character of the General. His character said TWO very to the point things.
1. Those who have seen war never want to return to it once they have known peace.
2. There is no five-year ‘renewal’ on being a soldier. As he put it, he doesn’t have to drag a dead body in front of the pentagon review board every five years to keep his uniform. (That’s when he decided that he could not resign if the US was going to war because he thought he could keep the body count down because at least he knew what he was doing.)
That said, the VA issue is important. OF COURSE I am for vetrans. We’ll figure out how to pay for their retirement, medical, retraining, and it’s going to be fine. We do need a military not so we can kill each other, but because they are the ones who know how to mobilize people and materials fast in a crisis situation. I can’t think of better people to respond to emergencies due to natural disasters than the Army Corps of Engineers or get medical help on the ground better than military surgeons, nurses, doctors, etc.
We are going to have some lulus of civil issues around the world as climate shifts and niches reach critical and we’re going to need people who are used to working in stressful situations and keep going. And we’re going to need to draw on those experiences from people who have been successful.
All I can say is ‘we’re not licked yet!!” So don’t give up.