"Greetings from the Socialist Utopia of CanaDUH. (Ok, Russian Bear, I giggle snorted at that. I am a simple one of cornball humor)
Here's my answers to your questions.
1) Why not just pull everyone out of the Embassy for the time being?
If Tom Clancy novels are correct, our embassy is the main source of human intelligence on the ground. Closing them and pulling all of our people out would collapse whatever intelligence network we have developed. Again this is assuming we have made the effort to build one in the first place.
LOL. My thoughts exactly, Yuri. I have found across the net in many small-minded regions that some Americans of liberal thinking have struck up the question on newspaper commenting boards. Duh...is my response, so I guess we won't get into a heated discussion over that one.
2) Are their oil reserves worth it?
Most Iraqi oil actually goes to Asia and India. Our interest is in keeping a stable price for oil. If you are asking if it is worth risking lives to keep a stable price for oil, I would say hell-to-the-no. It was never about oil to begin with.
Hmmm. Yuri, I think we could pry open a can of controversial worms here going off on a tangent line. A tangent line is one straying from the true subject at hand. Why do we care then about all this oil crisis and their oil reserves then? Are we not learning how to be more efficient here in the US. I mean the oil quantities coming out of North Dakota right now are astronomical in comparison to some in Rocky Mountain regions and Texas. There are some small rigs going elsewhere, but the main supplies are west. So, you gives a rat's tail about oil? Blow them up. Shut down their income. Helllerrrrr! I say you have to hit people in the balls. Who says we have to supply the world? Stop shooting them. Capture the oil!
And I agree oil is not the problem, but only collateral damage. Is it about arms control? Religion? Government power? Why not let them conduct their civil war? Why? Why? Why?
3) What do they know that we don't know or don't get to know?
The President learns things the same way we do, by reading it in the paper. At least, that is what he has told us repeatedly, and boy is he mad about it!
Ok. Good to know. (wiping snorted coffee off myself) Here I thought he was getting his intel from Biden.
4) Do we help Iraq secretly under the table?
I don't think that's possible at this point. I heard that President Dronestrike is reviewing overhead images and preparing a target list. Hearing that bit on the radio, brought to mind an old photograph of LBJ doing the same thing during Vietnam. A good leader gets the best people to fix a problem and gets out of their way. So the man, who is a better speech writer than his speech writer, and a better policy wonk than his policy wonks, probably thinks he's a better military strategist than his military advisors.The same guy who traded 5 baddies for 1 alleged AWOL, has now proclaimed he's sending 300 advisors to the region. So much for secrecy.
Yes. Vietnam has been a popular comparison to this crisis. America is too big to hide-look at our CO2 emissions-that isn't even doing it. Perhaps we misunderstood the definition of smoke screen. And most all the times we try to do things under the table, it starts with a few gun trades and ends with troops on the ground. I don't know if we will ever be done with war-really. It seems to be a dinner table topic anymore rather than a historical event. Obama's arrogance is going to be a sinkhole in American government with shockwave effects later on. But 300 advisors, really? Where did he pull that number out of? His ass. It's a cloud front.
5) Another Iran issue?
Another Clancy reference : Executive Orders - Iraq and Iran merge to become the United Islamic Republic. Fiction could come true, this time with Syria included as well.
The U.I.R. Sounds like a warm fuzzy government conglomeration. (You, I, Are) Harmony. I loved Tom Clancy and his novels. Loved, loved. He was a brilliant author. R.I.P., Tom Clancy. Jack Ryan is HAWT and where is he now? Oh, yeah. Harrison Ford is relaxing in Wyoming while Chris Pine is the new younger version...another HAWT item. Are all CIA operatives good looking? Only good looking people can get spy shit done? Maybe Tom Clancy was a spy. Perfect cover.
I think there was a song about Iran...right? IRAN FROM YOU...Iran so far away hay hay. Yes, Flock of Seagulls. Maybe it was spelled a little different. And Iran is a girl?
6) Why won't foreign nations get the balls to announce to the world they are asking for our help and throw it out there?
You mean like the Ukraine did? How has that worked for them so far? (Sorry, the lack of leadership just pisses me off.)
Oh, Crimea a river. Just Putin it lightly.
7) What do you think our country is in for?
Pain and anguish, mostly pain.
So vague. Like prickly cactus pain or porcupine pain?
8) Another war?
Well, only the dead have seen the end of war.
Yeah. I can't top that profound statement and not only is it profound, but gruesomely true. Thanks again, Yuri! I look forward to the next discussion.
So, come on, give us your best questions, opinions, and define what is going on here for reals. You don't care? Hmm. Perhaps you should. Life is about to change ugly again just when you thought things were going back to Pleasantville.