And so while Katz does some Unimpressing Impressions, Bunz does an Oliver Hardy slow burn… Speaking of bad impressions, seems that Monday is Presidents Day… Gee, how I wish that we had one – a President that is – instead of some guy with a bad haircut doing a lame impression of one! Sometimes don’t you feel that the white house antics are more like a Benny Hill sketch? Which I realize may be a disservice to Benny Hill – so my apologies, Mister Hill, wherever you are…
Obviously, Katz has spent a lot of time scanning old ’50s variety shows… And in this case, “always leave ‘em laughing” might be a safer schtick than “always leave ‘em flattened…”
Way to peacefully defuse the situation Katz. You da man… henchbot… sidekick… thing. There’s one thing missing from Bunz’s burn. Where’s the sidelong, fourth-wall-breaking, exasperated look at the readers? Know who else was good at that. The Skipper. Alan Hale must have studied Oliver Hardy very carefully because Gilligan could put him into some really wonderful fourth wall breaking slow burns. Sometimes he even had Ollie’s finger pointing and emphatic head nod too.
If Trump is only a stand in president, with a lame hair cut as his most powerful asset. Then why did the previous “real president” feel compelled to have the FBI and 16 other agencies label him a national level threat — worse even than his colluding Russian buddies? Uh, where exactly did all that go? Who colluded with whom? Only reverse Bizarro Superguy logic seems to be able to figure it out.
Um… Frankly, I’d trust the FBI and the CIA over a (deleted in the interests of avoiding extraneous political arguments on what is after all a comics page) wearing a one-hair turban any day…
OK DoubleW but who placed him as a hero want-to-be in the comic story, offering a hand from his helicopter to the illegal aliens Bunz and Katz (provided that they might vote for him). The actual guy copied that idea with 1.6 (million) dreamers, offering them more that sanctuary — he flat out offered them to become (citizens). With but the inclusion of a (previous) liberal “real president’s” promise of a physical wall or substantial barrier. But that was [the deal breaker] to the liberals — since they would then have no (lock) on the votes of the new citizens. Even fictional presidents should have some rights (like in Constitutional Amendments) even in a fictional story. But do we vote if fictional president T can be flat out wire-taped by real president C — a first order Constitutional lawyer. Or if you have an R by your name such rights are themselves but fiction?
This is great news, really really great news – The Chump is number one again! That is, in ranking of the Worst Presidents in US History, bumping out James Buchanan for the bottom spot, as the absolute Dregs! (as tabulated by about 200 political scientists)…
The genius in the White House is laughing at the great scholars. They can’t be any more sure of this award than the Nobel Peace Prize offered to O. In both cases the awards were for performances yet to be rendered by the office holders. Mr. ISIS-isn’t-a-first-string-team badly called that peace-in-our-times conjecture. In fact rather egged them on to take 10-to-one odds vs Iraq’s army and beat them. We trained Iraq’s army … but on seeing ISIS, they threw down their guns, left their tanks, and shed their uniforms in full out terrorized flight. Moments after T took office we started to turn the tide of battle. What do the 200 scholars do with the rapid rout of an enemy under T, that prospered at length under O?
As per typical Bill, you seem to be confusing and mixing irrelevant points… Seems that the crumbling of ISIS has more to do with local heroes like the Kurds digging in their heels and resisting, than to anything the Chump has done – which seems to be, pretty much nearly nothing…
While, if you wish to lay blame for the whole Iraq mess, that belongs to Bush Jr. and Cheney, who broke it and own it!!
True on the last point. Going after OBL was (um) a sort of mandate. Not so in the case of Saddam. One lady super spy looked and found no evidence of a uranium sale. She turned down the offer, but T promised to restore her from the outing that her network was given by Karl Rove. Rove was protecting energy interests and not so much truth at the time. T thinks whole levels past the usual players. That’s kind of why he is president. He doesn’t necessarily assume that the things that you assume are “irrelevant” are in fact irrelevant. Even a mere pawn, deeper in the game, may have a useful play — if you manage to save it out for that.
There is no home for the Kurds. We consider them heroes, but no one else does — or someone somewhere would allow them a home. The message from everyone in the region to O was to not arm the Kurds with heavy weapons. Reasons were not given — but that was the rule. Evidently someone decided to break that rule of late. And that’s why they have been much more effective. You might look into the breaking of the mold of their use. That they transformed into your effective heroes — seemingly suddenly, that you well lauded. To put it another way, they’ve been there for years, and been considered little more than a nuisance. Why the sudden change?
Unique to the situation is that no one regionally loves the Kurds. It is possible that Turkey and everyone else could forget their mutual difference, join forces and attack them. But why?
Someone as smart as T would like to know a reason for this situation — to tell the players apart. Fortunately a simple one exists: Sufi Mystic Orders.
An overwhelming majority of Muslim and non-Muslim Kurds are followers of one of many mystic Sufi orders (or tariqa). Other Muslims thus think of them as not orthodox. To put it into Christian terms they are very much like an Islamic version of Pentecostals. Our understanding of the Kurds will forever suffer if we only think of them in secular terms.
If you really wish to get to the root of the Kurdish problem, you have to look back to the aftermath of World War One when England and France carved up the whole Mesopotamia region, creating colonies and states that had not previously existed… In doing so they deliberately fragmented tribal and cultural regions, as a means of controlling indigenous cultures… As a result, the Kurds found their homeland divided between Turkey, Iraq and Syria – and none of these nation states are going to willingly give up part of their territory for the Kurds to form their own state – Even though, that is the only solution that makes any real sense…
So it’s a problem created by European and to a lesser extent U.S. diplomats – the Chump has nothing to do with it and the odds that he might be able to solve it, or even care enough to try and understand it, are so small as to be negligible!
By an irony (and a bit of a problem for your assumption that the Kurds originally had a home) is that most Kurds, but not all of course have Shea ties with Iran. Yes the same people that mostly took over Syria. Most people treat the Kurds quite brutally. Not so the Iranians. However, the by the book rule followers in Iran don’t acknowledge that you don’t have to be a prophet to seek the presence of God. The Sufi followers (which most Kurds are) do this Communion with God on a daily basis. You of course know of the whirling dervish mystic dance ritual meditation. One of many methods to seek after God’s divine Spirit.
If these are your heroes, that’s fine. But do not remain in the dark as to why everyone hates them. Yes everyone. A religion founded on a book of strict rules is placed at risk if just everyone might be a minor prophet. The Kurds believe that though Mohammad might technically be the last prophet actually given a book — they also believe that Abraham-like, that each and every one of them can “hear the voice of God” by way of dream interpretation. Powerful clerics just can’t abide that idea.
Ah… I don’t know why you feel compelled to nit-pick about irrelevant matters… I don’t really care about the Kurds’ religion, I only brought them up as an example of local peoples who are fighting back against ISIS… Whether or not they’ll ever gain their own country is problematic – Consider what the Turks did to the Armenians…
But of course, in this comic-strip world, if Bunz & Katz had their way, all territorial disputes on Dirt would become moot… along with all the disputants…
Ha. Nice try DW. I dunno if you’re re-railing or de-railing this conversation.
The Kurds have a far greater power than the Turks. Turkey has a NATO worthy military, and by that demands respect. But the courage that the Kurds show humbles even our own. It will prove true, that the meek shall inherit the earth. Its an outward book of rules (with very harsh attached sanctions) vs a welcomed inward presence of warming light. No contest in any fair choice.
Turkey considers both ISIS and the Kurds as enemies. But even without their own army to back them up, its hands down that Turkey considers the Kurds as infinitely more the threat. A country and army you can defeat. An idea is much, much harder to beat. [The LONGER the Kurds are homeless the stronger that they will become. Until they inherit the earth.]
If they inherit the earth would they not then be the most powerful?
Insert pic of:
Kermit drinking tea.
Willy Wonka (Gene Wilder) with a sardonic grin.
The most interesting man in the world.
Nope! People (the people in the region) will choose what gives them more comfort, security and satisfaction. You can even kill all the Kurds off. But as they live the better, they will also die the better. Rome with all its power couldn’t kill off all the Christians. The manner that the accepted death, was so impressive, that others wanted the same courage and the same inward peace. I guess you might [define] that as power.
I like the Kurds. They like us. They like us a lot. But then, people who NEED you a whole lot tend to like you a whole lot. At least until they don’t need you anymore. But if I had to choose a muslim horse to back in the great middle east race it would be them. A very independent minded bunch.
As per the Arthashastra, “The Enemy of my Enemy is my Friend”… Though this hasn’t always been exactly the case in the Middle East, yet the Kurds have often been a better friend to the US than we have for them…
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