Obama opens new front in Syria, and more

By Max R. Weller

See the report from the Associated Press via the Daily Camera. Quoting from it below:

Opening a new military front in the Middle East, President Barack Obama authorized U.S. airstrikes inside Syria for the first time Wednesday night, along with expanded strikes in Iraq as part of “a steady, relentless effort” to root out Islamic State extremists and their spreading reign of terror.

“We will hunt down terrorists who threaten our country, wherever they are,” Obama declared in a prime-time address to the nation from the White House. “This is a core principle of my presidency: If you threaten America, you will find no safe haven.”

Obama announced that he was dispatching nearly 500 more U.S. troops to advise and assist Iraqi security forces, as well as conduct intelligence and reconnaissance flights, bringing the total number of American forces sent there this summer to more than 1,500. He also urged Congress anew to authorize a program to train and arm Syrian rebels who are fighting both the Islamic State militants and Syrian President Bashar Assad.

Obama’s plans amounted to a striking shift for a president who rose to political prominence in part because of his early opposition to the Iraq war. While in office, he has steadfastly sought to wind down American military campaigns in the Middle East and avoid new wars — particularly in Syria, a country where the chaos of an intractable civil war has given the Islamic State space to thrive and move freely across the border with Iraq.

President Barack Obama

My online comment is copied here:

Actually, this is a brilliant and time-honored political strategy — the POTUS using military force overseas to distract the American people from serious problems here at home, on the eve of mid-term elections in the U.S. House and Senate where smart money is betting that Democrats will take a pounding . . .

Read Boulder County homeowners plan another subdivision paving lawsuit in the Times-Call. Excerpt follows:

Rural Boulder County homeowners who succeeded in getting a judge to invalidate a county road repaving district are readying a new lawsuit against the county.

Chuck Wibby, the chairman of Boulder County Fairness In Road Maintenance, said the new lawsuit will ask the court to find that the county is violating state law and the county’s road-maintenance obligations by not budgeting more money for fixing about 150 miles of roads in unincorporated Boulder County’s residential subdivisions.

That lawsuit could be filed as early as next week, Wibby said in a Wednesday night interview.

Boulder County Commissioners

I brought out my winter coat from my locker at Boulder Shelter for the Homeless this morning, but I refuse to put on thermal underwear this early in September. BTW, there was hot water in the dining room, for a change, so I enjoyed a big mug of hot instant coffee (I never drink the coffee offered by BSH because its taste varies from day to day, and I’m a creature of habit). I’m now prepared for the snow, if and when it arrives today or tonight.

A bit of politics from the old hometown of Lexington, MO: Valoree Maycock for Judge.

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Comment posted elsewhere on the Internet appears below:

I’m glad that Valoree’s family has had six generations living in Lafayette County, but how come we don’t hear anything about her husband?

True, he no longer has the distinction of being the biggest white-collar criminal in local history, thanks to Leland Kolkmeyer in nearby Wellington, but she’s running for Associate Circuit Court Judge (Division II) and I’m fairly certain her husband’s federal felony convictions will give some voters pause.

BTW, one of the Bank Fraud charges he pleaded guilty to involved a check from the City of Lexington payable to U.S. Water, which Valoree’s husband deposited into his own bank account. Shortly after that, she became Lexington City Attorney …

The question is how much credibility does candidate Maycock have, if any. I get that she’s cute and has always been popular, and half the people in Lexington are related by blood or marriage to her, but what are her qualifications to sit in the judge’s seat?

Think about it, before you cast your vote on November 4th.

Valoree is not entitled to a free pass, and she ought to do what Claire McCaskill did when her husband was busted for marijuana possession on a KC riverboat: Divorce the dumb SOB, then hold her head up.

Tonight at my campsite: Granny’s Stumpwater Moonshine, to wash the taste of political corruption out of my mouth.

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