Daily Archives: Sept. 10, 2013

Pompeo doesn’t want World War III

The position of Rep. Mike Pompeo, R-Wichita, favoring a strong military action against Syria puts him at odds with the rest of the Kansas congressional delegation. But his stand is more complicated than described in a local robocall campaign that began Sunday and urges people to contact the congressman and tell him to “start looking after the interests of Kansas and not Obama.” The recorded voice says: “World War III is not what we want from Mike Pompeo.” That’s not what Pompeo wants either, and he’s been sharply critical of President Obama’s handling of this and other foreign-policy matters. Given that Operation Rescue president Troy Newman reportedly is behind the robocalls, which say they are “paid for by Remove and Replace Pompeo,” it’s fair to wonder whether the real issue is not “Obama’s war on Syria,” as the calls put it, but abortion. Yet that makes no sense, given Pompeo’s strongly anti-abortion voting record. He doesn’t even support abortion in cases in which a woman has been raped.

Military experience no longer the rule in Congress

As Congress debates whether to support President Obama’s plan for military action in Syria, consider this: Only one-fifth of the members of Congress have any military experience themselves, according to the Pew Research Center. The proportion of veterans serving as lawmakers, which was as high as 77 percent in 1977-78, is still far larger than in the overall population. Only 7 percent of Americans are veterans now, down from 13.7 percent in 1970. Two Kansans are among the 20 senators and 89 representatives who have served in the military: Sen. Pat Roberts, R-Kan., who was a Marine, and Rep. Mike Pompeo, R-Wichita, who graduated from West Point and served as an Army cavalry officer. Pompeo supports U.S. action in Syria, while Roberts does not.

Dubious, bogus and utterly phony headlines

The following satirical headlines come from borowitzreport.com and theonion.com:

Obama Promises Syria Strike Will Have No Objective

Republicans Offer Syria Strategy: ‘We Must Defund Obamacare’

Obama Assures Americans This Will Not Be Another 1456 Ottoman Siege of Belgrade

Poll: Majority of Americans Approve of Sending Congress to Syria

Assad Unable to Convince Putin That He Used Chemical Weapons on Syrians

Report: Millions of Courageous Americans Overcoming Media Pressure to Be Thin

G20 Ends Abruptly as Obama Calls Putin a Jackass