First, foreign policy:
After vowing to end two wars, Obama may leave three behind
The president on Friday said that he was sending about 50 Special Operations troops to northern Syria to work with Kurdish and Arab fighters battling the Islamic State. The deployment, though small, marks the first full-time deployment of U.S. forces to the dangerous and chaotic country.They call it "intensification." I call it doubling down on a flustercluck.
The troops will be accompanied by more U.S. attack planes, based across the border in Turkey, and plans for more joint raids — led by Iraqi counterterrorism forces — to capture and kill Islamic State leaders.
The troops, planes and plans for more raids represent an “intensification” of the president’s existing strategy, said senior administration officials. Few of those officials, however, suggested that the moves would be enough to break open the stalemated conflict or produce sudden battlefield gains.
Without a clear overarching strategy to resolve the conflict, “we’re looking at things in a granular way,” the official said."Granular way" = "we don't have a friggin' clue."
As he nears the end of his presidency, Obama faces the prospect that he will leave office with ground forces deployed to three combat zones.Dribs and drabs. You would think some of the geniuses running this country would read a history book. WWI and WWII were won by using overwhelming military force. Korea was tied and Viet Nam was lost through "intensification" and "granularity."
Meanwhile, on the domestic front, obamacare is ruining the American health care system. Popular individual plans, mostly PPOs, are being shut down because of significantly higher costs to insurers.
In Texas, some 300,000 individual health insurance subscribers are watching their plans, and their access to specialists, disappear. In New Mexico, the state ObamaCare exchange ended all PPO offerings in favor of HMOs. And in Arizona, Aetna, Blue Cross Blue Shield, Cigna and Meritus are all dropping PPO plans offered to tens of thousands of individuals and families.If that's not bad enough, premiums for surviving plans are skyrocketing.
... premium rate increases for small group and individual health insurance plans effective next year (are) spiking by double digits, thanks to “significant changes in regulation and market dynamics over the past two years.”And nearly half of Obamacare co-ops are closing.
Nearly half of the 23 non-profit insurance plans created under Obamacare in 2011 at a cost of $2.4 billion have announced they will close by the end of the year.The guy is a perfect example of a SCOAMF. The media is a perfect example of an enabler. The American people are a perfect example of willing victims for letting it happen.
Disgust is too mild of a term for how I feel about all this.