|Some Recent Politician Quotes
||[Nov. 19th, 2015|05:39 am]
"In order to make [ISIS] look like losers, we have to destroy their caliphate."
He's sadly partially right, but then again, a broken clock is right twice a day. Yesterday I read a study on Salon.com about what ISIS really is and wants, and it's complex. No big surprise there, things are rarely as simple as portrayed by media and the punditocracy. ISIS is essentially an extremist fundamentalist version of Islam, basically if you were a Christian fundamentalist and living strictly by the book of Leviticus, you'd be similar. They are trying to provoke the End Times. If an Islamic nation treaties with the West, they're too soft. If they don't stone adulterers and heretics, they're too soft. Saudi Arabia, that executes three people daily for drug crimes, is too soft. They believe that 'forces will come from Rome' and the end times apocalyptic battle will occur near Dabiq and Jesus will return and slay the Antichrist. Christ is, after all, their second biggest prophet after Mohammad.
Basically they must be crushed. They believe they are the Army of God, if they are crushed militarily, that destroys their religious philosophy. And it needs to be the Muslim armies in the area that does the crushing, the question is will the Saudis get off their butts and help do it. My guess is they still want the USA to do their work for them.
This article is quite the read.
"Philosophy doesn't work when you run something."
Wow. Fail on so many points. Management philosophy, motivation philosophy, I understand there's something called political philosophy. Philosophy, morality, and ethics are kind of tightly intermingled, so I'm not sure how he would disentangle philosophy from running something. Well, we might not ever find out because he's extremely unlikely to ever run something like the USA.
"I feel like an asterisk. I am lost between the glory of Reagan -- the monuments everywhere, trumpets, the great hero -- and the trials and tribulations of my sons."
—President George H.W. Bush
I didn't like him becoming president: he was the former head of the CIA. I've often thought that that should be a job that was an automatic disqualifier for POTUS, but what do I know.
Another article that I read yesterday from The Atlantic was about frontrunners and early polling in our election cycle. Apparently follow-up polling indicated that when they were polling about Dubya in the late '90s, some people thought they were talking about H.W. I wonder if that was enough to influence the outcome of the election. Regardless, I'm tired of Bushes for Presidents and have no problem never seeing another occupying 1600 Pennsylvania Avenue.