Class Warfare Blog

February 13, 2017

Mr. Bannon’s War

Apparently Steve Bannon, Breitbart News jefe and current Senior Advisor to the President is concerned with the coming war … with Islam. Mr. Bannon feels that Western Civilization (of which we are the peak) is almost prostrate before the ideological assault of Islam. (All of our Christian values are being abandoned; I mean, when is the last time a heretic was burned at the stake?) So, we need to gird our loins and get prepared for this religious apocalypse.

It is clear that Islam is in the same position Christianity was 1500 or so years ago, the religion of the oppressed. Now that Christianity is the religion of the oppressors, though, it is ripe for conquest. So, I do think Mr. Bannon has a point, but I think the war is ideological and he apparently wants to solve the problem militarily. Well, I offer up Afghanistan and Iraq and Somalia and ask “How’s that going for you, Steve?”

If we left the Middle East to those living there, how effectively would you think they would be in combating us? Are you afraid of an Islamic State invasion any time soon? Do you see pickup trucks with really high snorkels waving ISIS flags, coming out of the water on Florida beaches?

Please realize that This Administration is one of distraction. All of our current problems are based in the simple fact that the monied interests in this country have subsumed all of our government agencies. It is they who are running the show and we no longer have anything approximating a government “of the people, by the people, and for the people” … certainly not for the people. Our government is currently being run for the plutocrats. Ordinary people need not apply.

One of the surest ways to distract people from concentrating on internal affairs is to point to foreign affairs and wars are really exciting, newsworthy, and profitable even with “enemies” half way around the world.



  1. Some have said in past conversations that the U.S. should just let the Middle East “fight among themselves” and simply stay out of it. Sounds good on the surface, right? Ahhhh, but what then would we do without all that oil? Perhaps find it in our own backyard and thus put people back to work (as tRump has promised)? Oh, I know. I’m a dreamer. But it takes the edge off once in awhile. 😉


    Comment by Nan — February 13, 2017 @ 12:09 pm | Reply

    • Actually, we’re getting close to energy independence, and we do have oil in our backyard that we aren’t producing because it’s too cheap at this time. (I’m talking about wells that have already been drilled but sealed due to low prices). If something happens in the Middle East and the oil prices go up, that dormant capacity gets activated. Also, if oil prices go up, alternative energy becomes more appealing and begins replacing oil much faster, which is why I hope the oil prices do go up.


      Comment by List of X — February 13, 2017 @ 1:05 pm | Reply

      • Gosh, I wonder who has been dragging their feet on alternative energy sources? Florida (Republican Governor) is considering a law making it illegal for homeowners to install solar panels. Jimmy Carter has leased much of his land to create a solar farm that will supply half of the electrical needs of Plains Georgia. One of these things is not like the other.

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        Comment by Steve Ruis — February 13, 2017 @ 1:12 pm | Reply

        • I think that soon enough solar companies would get big enough to be able to buy their own politicians.
          However, ethanol is the closest replacement to oil, and it’s also in favor with the Republicans, thanks to the Iowa corn farmers who get to pick the presidents first.


          Comment by List of X — February 13, 2017 @ 1:20 pm | Reply

          • They didn’t pick Trump, though, did they?

            Ethanol is definitely not the answer. Why take potential food to use as energy? (I know they use field corn to make ethanol, but that is food for animals if not humans.) There is a pilot plant currently underway trying to take vegetative waste or low quality herbage and convert it into ethanol.

            Heck you can convert coal into gasoline if you want to go to the effort. Maybe the declining coal industry ought to be funding that research. (The Nazis were doing it in WW2, so it isn’t exactly high tech.)

            On Mon, Feb 13, 2017 at 1:20 PM, Class Warfare Blog wrote:



            Comment by Steve Ruis — February 13, 2017 @ 1:25 pm | Reply

    • We are a net exporter of oil currently (we export more than we import). we are only buying oil from the ME because it is of very high quality and we are supporting corrupt political regimes, like that in Saudi Arabia, that pillar of democracy.

      On Mon, Feb 13, 2017 at 12:09 PM, Class Warfare Blog wrote:



      Comment by Steve Ruis — February 13, 2017 @ 1:09 pm | Reply

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