The Audacity of Taupe

And no, I am not talking about the fact that every wall in my house is still woefully uncolorful. Which the BLERG is telling me is not in point of fact a legitimate word. But then again, neither is the word BLERG. So deal with it. I am talking, of course, of what many pundits and political junkies have been mulling over for a hot minute in the media lately. And notice that people who talk at length every day about politics are referred to as junkies. Reminds me of an educational promotion from yesteryear.

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I learned it from watching you!

I know that our president has put his foot in it many a time in statements and initiatives. Last I checked, he’s a human being. Putting that aside, every once in a while he makes a gaffe, saying something that everyone is thinking and that no one wants anyone to actually admit is what’s on everyone’s mind. Which is ironic, in that he’s saying what everyone’s thinking. That is to say, Syria is a quagmire of epic proportions and we have no clue as to what to do about it.

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And I’ll betcha most of us can’t find it on a map without color coding.

For those of you on both sides of the aisle (since no one, repeat, no one sits in the middle anymore): can either the left or the right point out a point in our history over the past hundred years where the US intervened in the Middle Eastern region and there was an objectively positive, beneficial outcome that we can brag about? Iraq? Ehrm, no. Afghanistan? Girl, please. And now, as people are beheading one another and Syria continues to implode on itself, people are pissed that the President has “no plan”? Fine, I’ll give you that he should have a plan. He’s the president. But shouldn’t everyone else have one too?

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Like, I don’t know, the rest of the allegedly free world? (Hint, they’re green)

War hawks are up in arms about how we need to go in, guns blazing, to take out ISIS/ISIL/The Islamic State. The war weary want to stay at home. The rest of us are busy waiting for Russia to continue to invade Ukraine and the Israeli/Palestinian conflict to start another world war. And in case y’all hadn’t noticed, Congress (who we only have ourselves to blame for electing) can’t agree on whether or not the world is round, let alone figure out what to do in terms of foreign policy. AND every. single. time Obama tries to strike out on his own without Congress he’s vilified. So what’s the man supposed to do?

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He told it like it is. In taupe.

Syria is a disaster. And because, as in any “war on terrorism”, there’s never a clear, singular plan forward that everyone can agree on, he admitted that we’re still figuring out a strategy. If you can’t see the impossible position he’s in, I don’t know what to tell you. Until next time, stay classy (and get into the fracas) Salt Lake.

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