Maddow is the most intelligent cable news reporter out there. The program this evening addresses grave national issues: the rush to engagement in Iraq and Syria, fueled by the ISIS beheadings of two American reporters and the continuing war on women, as the backlash against feminism continues.
I draw the following conclusion from what she says about Obama and Congress and the constitutional duty to declare war: Congress is trying to pass the buck to Obama in case things go wrong. They will pay no penalty at the ballot box for sitting on their hands about this, whereas if they authorize force and things go wrong (as Maddow says, "And what could possibly go wrong?"), Obama will take the blame. If the majority of Americans, as the polls indicate, think we should go to war with ISIS without a thorough debate, that shows that the public has learned nothing and is as easy as ever to manipulate with the right propaganda as it was at the time of Iraq War II.
And two things continue to bug me: What is the real motive? Is it to protect oil company assets in Kurdistan, and especially Erbil, the "jewel in the crown," the one place that seems to be under control? And why was the story about the identity of the ISIS executioner "disappeared?" Was he a British citizen? Why did the Prime Minister rush to London when he heard about the first execution? There are too many unexplained matters and way too many secrets here for me to believe our military should be going back to Iraq and into Syria.
As to the continuing assault on women's rights: Why wasn't Rice arrested? Is knocking your wife unconscious just a spat, simply a private matter between a husband and a wife? I think it's a criminal matter, myself. I suppose she can refuse to press charges, but I don't believe he was even charged. What are the rules here? I don't know.
And I'm very glad that Wendy Davis has come forward with her personal stories about the abortions she underwent. It was nice to see her on the Maddow show. It's important to get these stories "out of the closet." I'm going to read her book, Forgetting to be Afraid. So many things can happen to women in those dangerous childbearing years, and women should feel free to talk about them. Not only that, but women should be guided and supported through these life experiences with good prenatal care, effective contraception and necessary abortions, not handicapped by having a female body any more than nature has already handicapped us in the service of perpetuating the species. And there should be widespread access to good medical and dental care, child care and free education for all children. This is all way overdue. If other countries can do these things, why can't we?