Goodbye, Blue Monday

Goodbye, Blue Monday!
Goodbye, Blue Monday!

Once more into the workday breach, dear friends, once more!

Also once more, our thanks to Robert Stacy and Smitty (and Wombat-socho) for the Rule Five links.  Danke!  Vielen danke!

This just in from the always-worth-reading Dr. Victor Davis Hanson: War Was Interested in Obama.  Excerpt:

Leon Trotsky probably did not quite write the legendary aphorism that “you may not be interested in war, but war is interested in you.” But whoever did, you get the point that no nation can always pick and choose when it wishes to be left alone.

Barack Obama, however, never quite realized that truth, and so just declared that “the world is less violent than it has ever been.” He must have meant less violent in the sense that the bad guys are winning and as they do, the violence wanes — sort of like Europe around March 1941, when all was relatively quiet under the new continental Reich.

One of Obama’s talking points in the 2012 campaign included a boast that he had “ended” the war in Iraq by bringing home every U.S. soldier that had been left to ensure the relative quiet and stability after the successful Petraeus surge. In the world of Obama, a war can be declared ended because he said so, given that no Americans were any longer directly involved. (Remind the ghosts of the recently beheaded in now al Qaeda-held Mosul that the war ended there in 2011.)

Iraq is in flames, as is “lead from behind” Libya, as is “red line” Syria, and as are those places where an al Qaeda “on the run” has migrated. Had Obama been commander in chief in 1940, he would have assured us that the wars in Czechoslovakia, Poland, and France were “over” — as they were in a sense for those who lost them, but as they were not for those next in line.

Angry-BearSomeone once said “history may not repeat, but it frequently rhymes.”  That may be the case here, not just in Mesopotamia but also in Europe, where Vladimir Putin is loudly proclaiming he has no territorial ambitions beyond the Sudetenland Crimea.

Predictions are notoriously hard to make, especially when they’re about the future – but it’s hard to look at the state of global affairs today and see anything much good coming out of the next decade or so.