Iraq, immigration and Islam

…or, three more symptoms of the fact this country is a dead nation walking:

America should launch “targeted” military attacks against an emerging “terrorist army” in Iraq if it jeopardises the security of the West, the former head of Coalition forces in the country said last night.  In an exclusive interview with The Daily Telegraph, David Petraeus, one of the most senior figures in the American military over the past decade, said that he would now support limited strikes against the leadership of Isis. Gen Petraeus’s intervention came as Barack Obama, the US President, announced that America was sending 300 special forces advisers to Iraq to help support the fight against Isis. Mr Obama also said that the US was prepared to launch military strikes if future intelligence recommended such action.

For about 24 hours, I though Petraeus might actually stand as a voice of reason against getting involved again, after he expressed concern the US not act as ‘an Air Force for the Shia in Iraq.’  Guess the powers that be managed to get him back on message in that time.  And while America dithers about whether to send the legions abroad once more, at home our own borders are becoming a sickening mess — literally:

Overall, the pictures ((production of which the Administration has gone to considerable trouble to prevent — Jemison)) show some of the stark challenges facing immigrants as well as federal officials attempting to address the flood of people streaming over the border. In many cases, the undocumented immigrants are crammed into rooms with nowhere to sleep or even sit. And in at least one case (the first photo below), one of the immigrants has rashes that Cuellar’s office said were reported to be either scabies or chickenpox.

And finally, inside our own borders, more signs of the wondrous effects multiculturalism has on a nation:

A Webster man says his apartment complex manager told him his American flag was a “threat to the Muslim community,” and that he has to take it down. But he’s not giving up without a fight.

Stepping onto Duy Tran’s balcony in Webster, one thing is clear: “It means a lot to me,” he said.

If that apartment manager believes flying the American flag anywhere in America is an inherent threat, then he/she needs to leave, so as to not have their delicate sensitivities offended.  Then again, it’s easy to understand how the various hordes of vultures currently overrunning this country could view any signs of vigor left in the carcass as a threat to their feast.

None of this is going to end well, especially since the mess in Iraq is taking attention and focus away from all the government scandals that need close watching and action (for some, however, that’s a feature, not a bug).

It’s enough to conclude the program “America” has become corrupted and unrecoverable.  Let’s just hope if that’s the final diagnostic that there’s resources for a version 2.0.  …and that in the interim those of us who actually care about these things and are paying attention don’t fall into the easy temptation once articulated by H.L. Mencken.  It isn’t, after all, the preferable way to resolve things.  But there are days one feels like quoting Han Solo: “bring it on: I prefer a straight fight to all this skulking around.”

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