The United States has a tradition of misinterpreting the Middle East. President George W. Bush invaded Iraq in 2003 with misplaced certainty, misconstrued assumptions and poor foresight. After the Arab revolts began in 2011, Washington misdiagnosed the problems and opportunities, and overestimated its influence to steer outcomes in its favor. Now, as the United States prepares to escalate military action against the Islamic State, misinterpretation is leading to another tragic foreign policy mistake.
In his prime-time address Wednesday, President Obama said that U.S. airstrikes targeting militants in Iraq over the past month “have protected American personnel and facilities, killed [Islamic State] fighters, destroyed weapons, and given space for Iraqi and Kurdish forces to reclaim key territory. These strikes have also helped save the lives of thousands of innocent men, women and children.”
A more accurate assessment would be that U.S. military intervention has tremendous propaganda value for the Islamic State, helping it to rally other jihadists to its cause, possibly even Salafists who have so far rejected its legitimacy. Moreover, to the extent that the group poses any threat to the United States, that threat is magnified by a visible U.S. military role. Obama’s restraint in the use of military power in recent years has helped keep the Islamic State’s focus regional — on its efforts to establish an Islamic caliphate in the Middle East rather than on launching attacks against the United States. It’s only with the U.S. military’s return to Iraq and the prospect of U.S. intervention in Syria that the group’s focus has begun to shift. http://www.washingtonpost.com/opinions/the-islamic-state-threat-is-overstated/2014/09/12/acbbebb2-33ad-11e4-8f02-03c644b2d7d0_story.html?hpid=z3
There are pictures from Rwandan genocide almost every bit as graphic. Then again there is no oil in Rwanda.
I once read a story about some sick fetish in Asia about kitten crushing. Brrr … horrible, horrible photos.
Why would someone do that? I can’t understand psychopathy. Not sure I want to either.
Very, very sick fetish …
But I’ll never get those images out of my head as long as I live
OH…I’m sorry, Haruko. People who are mean to animals disgust me.
I’m sure. I love animals, I can’t even imagine the mindset of someone who would do that.
Do Workplace Wellness Programs Work? Usually Not
The programs are generally offered not directly by insurance companies, but by specialist firms that tell employers they will reduce spending on employees’ care by encouraging the employees to take better care of their health.
Wellness programs have grown into a $6 billion industry because employers believe this. In fact, asked which programs are most effective at reducing costs, more firms picked wellness programs than any other approach.
What research exists on wellness programs does not support this optimism. This is, in part, because most studies of wellness programs are of poor quality, using weak methods that suggest that wellness programs are associated with lower savings, but don’t prove causation. Or they consider only short-term effects that aren’t likely to be sustained. Many such studies are written by the wellness industry itself.
More rigorous studies tend to find that wellness programs don’t save money and, with few exceptions, do not appreciably improve health. This is often because additional health screenings built into the programs encourage overuse of unnecessary care, pushing spending higher without improving health. http://www.nytimes.com/2014/09/12/upshot/do-workplace-wellness-programs-work-usually-not.html?ref=us&abt=0002&abg=0
Interesting. I’ve never given this much thought until now. If wellness programs could stave off diabetes epidemic that would be a major contribution but sounds like it’s not being seriously implimented based on what you posted.
Didn’t come from me. Came from Austin Frakt and Aaron E. Carroll at the NY Times.
Follow the money.
“overuse of unnecessary care, pushing spending higher without improving health.”
That was worth restating. In fact it cannot be restated enough.
They’d probably disqualify lung replacement and consider it “cosmetic surgery”.
“ Wellness programs can achieve cost savings — for employers — by shifting higher costs of care onto workers..”
Shifting cost: Capitalism in a nutshell.
Wellness Programs my ass. Wellness for the size of the medical industry’s wallet.
Iz muzic timez? One More Diggity (Blackstreet vs. Maroon 5 + Gorillaz)
How’d you get a soundcloud to post?
Just used their suggested link for share – “https…” one.
This is another version of Diggity I like…Haruko has heard it before when I posted it several months ago –
Where is that missing link, Jackhole with the new music page?
He paid the price for not heeding Nebdem’s warnings about the Great Turkey Conspiracy.
It’s gotta snappy beat and you can tap yo’ feet!
Here’s a music page
Oh Waaaaaaaaaaaaaay Coolio Darth. My favorite from O Brother Where Art Thou
I love that soundtrack.
The Coen Brothers are genius. End of story.
The Fox Bay Cinema (a little dine in restaurant/bar/movie theater in Milwaukee) used to play this soundtrack in their bar, which I thought was pretty cool.
Great movie too.
One of the Coen brothers best
RAWR!!! Dubstep Zep !!
*waves light sticks*
Haruko’s gonna dig this one.
She went to a Tool concert. Me jealous.
I can’t control the volume.
Ain’t it great?
I gotta be in the mood for metal.
Fortunately…I’m in the mood!
Hey dood! How’s clancy doing?
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Good! No problems! He had fun meeting my friends new puppy! Pit stop at the homestead…still got a week off…may head to the Smokies for a few!
Hai, Dood, did you see snow?
Just missed it! I was gonna camp in the Black Hills but the forecast was for rain and the weather was rainy/misty when we got there…didn’t seem like good camping weather so we kept moving! Guess I missed some snow! Bummer really…just bought new tires before I left that are supposed to be good for snow…I could have tested them out!
Whats up Realm? TGIF!!
Hey X !!! Time for some music !
Hi, Beatlex. We just chillin’.
Ok music page in a minute or so.
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Pisces Fish-George Harrison,from his last CD
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