Step 1: Kill Bad Guy
Step 2: ???
Step 3: Profit!
The funny thing is, this joke works just as well for CPAC.
Mike Pompeo says people were dancing in the streets of Baghdad when the news about Soleimani’s death was announced. They must’ve been ISIS sympathizers, because Soleimani was the guy that kept ISIS from taking over Iraq.
I’m old enough to remember when GWB said we’d defeated Al-Qaeda. I’d hope no one is dumb enough to think ISIS is ‘snuffed out’, but here we are. Killing Soleimani completely fractured the fraying partnership between Iraqis, Kurds & Americans that had ISIS fighters in check.
So far here’s what killing Soleimani has accomplished, so far:
1. Iraq Parliament voted to expel American troops.
2. Operations against ISIS have been suspended to divert troops to protecting embassies.
3. Iran is further breaking from the JCPOA.
4. Iranian hardliners have been strengthened, not weakened by the loss of one guy.
Payne left out, “Pass a bunch of legislation that will sit on Mitch McConnell’s desk”.
Most had a few oars for maneuvering in & out of harbors, or when they needed to make a course correction that couldn’t be done under sail. Carrying the huge complement of oarsmen that we think of with Roman galleys would have been costly & cut down on cargo space. Wind was the primary power source for cargo vessels, dating back at least to the Phoenicians.
I found a group that successfully sailed around Africa in a reproduction Phoenician ship that would have been common in 600BC. They are currently crossing the Atlantic, to prove that Phoenicians could have reached the Americas before Columbus! I’m skeptical of the claim, but the ships were capable…
Lateen sails date back to the 2nd Century AD & even square rigged ships can tack upwind. Cargo ships in the Roman era moved huge quantities of goods around the Mediterranean on wind power.
The real barriers to trans-oceanic sailing were navigation & preserving food for long voyages, not the sailing technology.
We hit a record high for the number of people working more than one job. A big part of the reason for that is that wage growth is still sluggish. People can’t get much of a raise, but they can get a part time job.
Trump’s economy is helping rich elites, not American workers.
Barely half of Americans own some sort of stock or mutual fund. 85% of the value of stocks, is held by 10% of people.
The stock market is making the same people richer.