Tonight, Fox News’ Bill O’Reilly continued to agonize (indignantly) over President Obama’s ongoing failure to put an end to IS. Mr. O’Reilly and his (likely well-compensated) ‘guests’ maunder on about the awfulness of IS behavior (quite correctly) and deplore the President’s evident unwillingness to end it. What Or’Reilly does not do, is explain how the President should accomplish the task and even more important, how that accomplishment should be financed. Some ‘background’ is omitted as well. Bill, that isn’t very professional but we understand it likely sells a lot of sponsors’ products.
Inquiring minds will recall that Iraq was a Shiite country run under dictator Saddam Hussein by Sunni Moslems, a controlling minority. Now, post-U.S. invasion, the majority Shiites rule but the Sunnis aren’t accepting it. They are using IS to put themselves back on top and to grab Sunni Syria while doing so. The Shiite Iraqi government has proved too corrupt to defend itself, at least while there are billions in U.S. money to steal.
Our beleaguered President meanwhile, is blamed for failing to solve the problem resulting from Republican George Bush’s invasion of Iraq. In all of this, Mr. O’Reilly never identifies exactly what he thinks the Prez should do, nor how he should pay for it. One airstrike we have read, runs north of $2 M. The Prez has returned thousands of troops and contractors to Iraq and we have (Plausibly deniable) folks in Syria as well, already. Of course, that can’t be advertised. All the Arab countries are now anti-IS as well. What more does Mr. O’Reilly expect?
The President is also a target for his failure to date, to persuade Iran to abandon nukes. Again, nobody bothers to detail how our well-vacationed Prez is supposed to prevent Iranian nukes, nobody having prevented Pakistani and North Korean ones. Nuke proliferation is unavoidable and none will gainsay it. Should Japan submit to newly belligerent China, a nuclear power, because it has no nukes of its own? The U.S. deterrence that once protected so much of the world is fading …
Mr. O’Reilly, an evidently erudite and accomplished man, is feathering his commercial nest, for which he can hardly be blamed … but that he opines from a posture of: “No Spin.” That makes him no less hypocritical than those he so often castigates. Given the present Brian Williams scandal, we should not be surprised. Williams, a leading NBC anchor, claimed he was aboard a helicopter forced down by enemy fire when that did not occur and troops on the scene said so, in public. Today’s media are a long way from those who covered WWII.
Mr. Williams and even more Mr. Or’Reilly, are salesmen, not reporters. And because they pose as the latter, they are also hypocrites. Perhaps a little less so than our politicians. But we accept that; we are the market; if we did not accept it, it would change. That’s economics 101. So why should we expect otherwise, these days?
Underlying Western economic success is the Western Christian Ethic, so at variance with the normal corruption of the rest of the world. The West has abandoned that and is receding into the murky, self-serving corruption so accepted elsewhere. Western wealth is receding along with its ethics. TANSTAAFL! (There Ain’t No Such Thing As A Free Lunch!) We can ignore annoying religious preachments; economics will not ignore us.