Thursday, November 10, 2011

Oh, No, They wouldn't...

Oh, no, they wouldn’t, couldn’t, shouldn’t, no, no, say it ain’t so, won’t be, can’t be, it would be unthinkable, almost unimaginable, perhaps even worse than that. Newt Gingrich, that is. It is almost certainly the case that Rick Perry has completely blown it, having badly flunked debating 101, and now even failed short-term memory. I cannot imagine anyone continuing to believe he is Presidential material and has basically doomed his chances. Then there is the case of Herman Cain, most probably a fake candidate to begin with, a practical joker of rather awesome ability, but still just a joker. Even without the multiple accusations against him of sexual aggression he has little chance to get the nomination and no chance at all of ever being President. We are, however, learning some interesting things about sexual harassment and how to deal with it. Cain says he has never acted inappropriately towards anyone, I suspect that in his mind he hasn’t. For Cain and many others, treating women purely as sex objects is considered appropriate, especially in certain circumstances, like when they are vulnerable for certain reaons. I don’t know if Cain is guilty or not, I suspect he probably is, but even if he’s not he has no chance of successfully pulling off his attempt to get the Republican nomination. Bachmann, of course, has failed miserably, Santorum has never had any chance, Ron Paul is treated basically as the eccentric uncle, Huntsman is far too honest when it comes to science and global warming, Romney is too dishonest, too disingenuous, and the entire Republican lineup is little more than a bad joke.

But who has been lurking in the background all this time, none other than Newt Gingrich, most probably the world’s greatest hypocrite, liar extraordinary, pompous pontificator, self proclaimed intellectual, questionable historian, and a man of (generally bad) ideas. With the rest of the field so ridiculously awful, Newt has been slowly edging up in the polls. I cannot help but wonder if they really dislike Romney so much they might actually have to turn to Gingrich. It might actually be a marriage made in heaven, the world’s greatest hypocrite, in charge of the most hypocrital party, in the most hypocritical country in the world. A perfect fit.

The “Iran is the greatest threat to the world” nonsense continues. It is, of course, impossible to really understand what is going on by trying to follow the MSM. First, Israel is likely to attack Iran on their own, then they are not capable and want the U.S. to do it for them, then the Saudis and Israel both want Iran attacked (by the U.S., of course), but then we are told the U.S. doesn’t intend to attack, but wants to impose even more rigorous sanctions, but the Russians and Chinese are not in favor of more sanctions, then the U.N. condemns Israel for the (maybe) 1000th time, but as usual nothing comes of it and Israel just thumbs their nose at the rest of the world again, and goes on building more and more illegal settlements, and then Obama tells them not to, and they go ahead anyway, and nothing comes of that, and then the Palestinians ask the U.N. for statehood, and the U.S. opposes it because although we claim we want to see a Palestinian state we think it will only come about through negotiations between Israel and the Palestinians, negotiations that have failed for years and years and are obviously doomed to fail again because Israelis really don’t want a Palestinian state, and what Israel wants is regarded as the divine word on the subject, and the ridiculous charade continues year after year as more Palestinians are killed and starved and abused, and, and, and there is no end in sight.

All of this is totally unnecessary and absurd because Iran is not a threat to the U.S. or really even to Israel, at least not in a military sense. Iran has not attacked anyone for over 200 years, they have made overtures to the U.S. repeatedly, are willing to negotiate, and are summarily rejected every time. Even if they did have a nuclear bomb they, like every other country that has one would not use it for fear of massive retaliation, and of course there is no proof they have one or are even about to have one. The Iranian “threat,” insofar as there is one, is to Western hegemony in the Middle East. Iran is apparently not supposed to have any national interests in their own region of the world, whereas the U.S., Britain, and France, thousands of miles away do have national interests there (like getting their hands on Iranian oil). Iran is constantly being threatened by Israel and the U.S., is it any wonder they might want to have a nuclear capability? I don’t know if they are truly trying to accomplish a bomb or not, but I also know that is not a military threat to the rest of the world. I do not doubt that Iran would be delighted to negotiate if they could do so without prior conditions and were treated as equals, but the continuing U.S./Israel colonial attitudes seem to preclude that possibility. Some like to believe colonialism is dead, and it is elsewhere in the world, but not in the U.S. and Israel (it is now presented as having to act as the world’s policeman).

When the eagles are silent, the parrots begin to jabber.

Sir Winston Churchill

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