What To Do About Iraq? Sunday, Jun 22 2014 


Eleven years after the capture of Baghdad by U.S. Forces and two years after the last American troops withdrew from that country, Iraq is burning. Militants from ISIS, which is an offshoot of al-Qaeda, are marching towards Baghdad and the Iraqi Army, which the U.S. has spent billions of dollars to help train and equip, has all but disintegrated. The country is on the verge of collapse.

There are increasing calls for the United States to get involved in this conflict. After all, the United States did contribute to the instability by the invasion and occupation of Iraq in 2003. Indeed, the U.S. appears to be laying the groundwork for an air campaign against the ISIS militants. However, this would be a mistake because here’s an opportunity to get America’s enemies at work killing each other instead of focusing on the Great Satan.

The thing to know about Iraq is that it’s not so much a country, but a collection of various tribes who have nothing in common who were thrown together by Western leaders after WWI. You cannot build a nation where there is nothing in common and when the various constituent groups are more interested in their own selves and not in the greater good. The best solution in the long-term for the entity known as Iraq is a three partition with an Shiite Arab state in the south, a Sunni Arab state in the north, and a Kurdish state on the Turkish border. Any attempt to prop the failed entity known as Iraq will wind up being a wasted investment.

The Mahdi Army, responsible for the deaths of hundreds of American troops and our new allies in Iraq

The Mahdi Army, responsible for the deaths of hundreds of American troops and our new allies in Iraq

Now Iraq’s misfortune can be America’s opportunity. America’s enemies are gathering their forces for the new battle of Iraq. The Iranians and their Syrian allies are already intervening on behalf of the Shiite led government of Iraq. With the Sunni jihadists growing stronger and pulling forces in from Syria, here’s an opportunity for both sides to fight a long stalemate and hopefully sap each other’s strength. There are downsides, the first of which is that one side is going to ultimately prevail. Another downside is that this war will create a humanitarian catastrophe and will result in many civilians being dead and displaced. Finally, such an unstable, war-torn environment may wind up spawning an Osama bin Laden type such as the war-torn Afghanistan did.

Our new Iranian allies

Our new Iranian allies

While the U.S. must be ready to act if these guys threaten American interests or plot attacks against the homeland, getting involved in Iraq would be a major mistake. There is no upside to American intervention where would be flying combat air support for Iranian troops. Why give America’s Islamist enemies, whether Sunni or Shia, a new focus for their attacks when they’re fighting each other? 

America’s role in Iraq should be limited to supporting an independent Kurdish state, where Americans are welcomed and are generally liked, because of our role in securing their de facto independence in 1991 with the “no fly zone” imposed on Saddam’s Iraq after the first Gulf War. Plus, the Kurds have oil.

Speaking of oil, maybe it’s time we started developing our own energy reserves domestically and stop relying on places that hate us for our energy needs.


Chris McDaniel And The Buckley Rule Monday, Jun 9 2014 

This election, I have generally supported candidates that can be best described as GOP establishment. In Texas, I supported Senator John Cornyn’s re-election. I also supported Senator Mitch McConnell’s reelection in Kentucky. In North Carolina, I wound up supporting House Speaker Thom Tillis’s nomination for the Senate over Greg Brannon. However, in Mississippi I have supported Chris McDaniel’s primary challenge to Senator Thad Cochran from the beginning. You’re probably asking what the difference is and it’s simple, the people I opposed earlier in the year I don’t believe could’ve won in November against the Democrat and Chris McDaniel can. It does not do the cause of liberty any good to nominate a liberty-minded candidate who will lose in November versus a guy who can be pressured to support us depending on the cause.

William F. Buckley is one my political heroes. I have always enjoyed his work and I’m a firm believer in the Buckley Rule. Those of us who are interested in seeing liberty advance have an obligation to not only support a liberty candidate but more importantly, to support the most viable liberty candidate on the ballot. A liberty candidate’s viability should not be confined to whether or not they can win a Republican primary but whether or not they can win a general election as well. All too often, many liberty activists forget about the general election and are too focused on defeating the “establishment” and all too often over look the obvious flaws in a candidate just because they’re “pro-liberty” or “anti-establishment”.

I opposed Steve Stockman, Dwayne Stovall, Greg Brannon, and Matt Bevin because I did not think either of those four men could prevail against their Democrat general election opponents and their nominations would be ultimately a net loss for liberty just as the nominations of Sharron Angle, Ken Buck, and Christine O’Donnell were. It does no good to defeat the establishment GOP candidate, who can be persuaded on a case by case basis to support our issues and people, if we cannot win in November.

Whereas I opposed Stockman, Stovall, Brannon, and Bevin because they were sure losers in November, I strongly support Chris McDaniel and have since the beginning of his candidacy because he is the most viable liberty candidate who can not only defeat Thad Cochran but also he can hold the seat in November.

Thad Cochran’s record (which I point out in my earlier linked piece) is one of the most abysmal for a Republican in the Senate. Higher spending, social authoritarianism, undermining civil liberties, and a too interventionist foreign policy; Thad Cochran has consistently voted for all this. Thad Cochran has demonstrated both through his Senate record and the way he has conducted his campaign that he is beyond repair. He must go.

We have an opportunity for a serious upgrade in Chris McDaniel on many of those issues.

While we should challenge candidates in the primary, we have an obligation to back candidates who can win in November. Some of our candidates won’t survive the vetting of a primary and that’s fine. We learn our lessons and move on while supporting the most liberty-friendly and viable candidate in the general election.

Meanwhile, encourage your friends in Mississippi to vote for Chris McDaniel on June 24th.

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