The Middle East Has Become America’s Quagmire

Show of hands — who is sick of talking or hearing about Syria and the Middle East?

I like knowing geography as much as the next guy, but frankly I’m tired of learning the cities and provinces of every Middle East country.

Did anyone know much of anything about the Kurds before the whole Iraq thing? Could anyone have guessed the name of any province in Afghanistan or that Benghazi is a city not some guy?

I bet, for those of us that follow this stuff, we could name more cities in Syria than in Montana. No joke!

Growing up, did you ever figure you would know as much as you do about Sunnis, Shiites, or Bathists? Heck, had you ever heard of them or think those terms had any importance at all?

Clearly you wouldn’t unless you are CIA or an ambassador or some sort of Middle East envoy.

I could have lived my life happily not knowing where Aleppo is or the genealogy of the Assad family.

Frankly, I’m tired of hearing, seeing, talking and writing about the Middle East. I’m tired of talking about terrorism. I know more Arabic then I do Spanish. Not that I want to learn Spanish — I don’t — but I sure didn’t want to learn Arabic.

Did you ever figure you’d know the term “Allahu Akbar,” or care?

Now everyone knows it — well, except John McCain, who claims it is a harmless term and equates it to a Christian saying “Thank God.” What an idiot. What colossal jewel of ignorance. What were the people of Arizona thinking keeping that old fool around for another term?

Ah, and then there is the Muslim Brotherhood. If you didn’t know better, you’d think it was a Moose Lodge or something. But thanks to brother Barack, we all know about the Muslim Brotherhood. I guess not all thanks goes to Obama. George Bush was in bed with the.

Brotherhood also. More loosely, but he still supported them. He also bought into the “Muslim Brotherhood is more moderate” nonsense, thanks to dirt bags like Grover Norquist.

Again, I could’ve slept every night peacefully not knowing a thing of the Brotherhood. Now, in a few short years we are all armchair experts. We know their plans to take over the Middle East. We are knowledgeable regarding the Caliphate. Caliphate — until a few years ago someone could’ve told me it was an ointment. Just rub some caliphate on that scratch and put a Band-Aid on it.

I guess the point of this diatribe is to show how much time and effort we have collectively wasted on the geographic wasteland that is the Middle East and North Africa.

What better, more constructive things could we have been doing and discussing?

Honestly, if it weren’t for their oil, we would know virtually nothing of the Middle East, or care.

But people are being gassed; people are being slaughtered in Syria. Don’t you care, you may ask? Of course I care, but people are being slaughtered by dictators everywhere. How is this different? It’s really not, except that it sucks all the air out of the press room, so to speak.

It deflects and wipes away all the scandals and administration’s dirty underhanded dealings, doesn’t it. No IRS scandal, NSA, Benghazi, and no talk of amnesty, even though it’s being expanded as we speak, but no one is reporting it. Convenient, eh?

So as long as Americans are thrust into Middle Eastern conflicts, I will continue to issue my two cents, although I’m growing weary of having to learn anymore about their geography, people or language. After Syria — who’s next?

What’s the capital of Lebanon? Just asking.