Monday, February 12, 2007

Marginalizing Moderation

A couple of weeks ago, I posted:
We've now got quite a distinguished history of lying our way into war when other nations won't give us a reason. This should outrage anyone who is really interested in stopping nuclear proliferation in places like Iran, as we've made it crystal-clear that unless a nation possesses the ultimate deterrent, it risks being attacked by a superpower manifestly willing to concoct a frame-up or provocation.
AP:
Russian President Vladimir Putin on Saturday blamed U.S. policy for inciting other countries to seek nuclear weapons to defend themselves from an "almost uncontained use of military force" a stinging attack that underscored growing tensions between Washington and Moscow.

"Unilateral, illegitimate actions have not solved a single problem, they have become a hotbed of further conflicts," Putin said at a security forum attracting senior officials from around the world.
From the new issue of Newsweek:
At least one former White House official contends that some Bush advisers secretly want an excuse to attack Iran. "They intend to be as provocative as possible and make the Iranians do something [America] would be forced to retaliate for," says Hillary Mann, the administration's former National Security Council director for Iran and Persian Gulf Affairs.
And if Iran doesn't take the bait and "force" us to retaliate, we'll break out the Iraq playbook and simply make something up again. We've created a situation in which any Iranian (or any citizen of a dozen other developing countries) with a sense of national self-preservation must want to possess the only effective deterrent -- and as soon as possible.

Brilliant.

12 Comments:

Anonymous Whammer said...

Why, exactly, have we become so insane? The Chalmers Johnson book "Nemesis: The Crisis of the American Republic", is unfortunately sounding more prophetic than I would like.

I have had a predisposition to want to blame all this on W and Cheney. But it is not limited to those two. Eisenhower's warnings about the military industrial complex were not the rants of some fevered leftist, yet today any discussion along those lines is marginalized from the beginning. Weird/horrifying/whatever you want to call it.

Many of us, liberals and conservatives alike, understand that we can have legitimate disagreements about government and public policy. However, we should all unite against this "US uber alles" attitude that is leading us to perdition........

2/12/2007 2:27 AM  
Blogger nolocontendere said...

Sometimes that 'tree of liberty and blood of patriots' quote by Jefferson just pops into my head.

2/12/2007 4:25 AM  
Blogger Kevin said...

We all know how it works.

How did you think the American Indians view Manifest Destiny?

2/12/2007 11:18 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

One key issue is how a lone super power should conduct itself in all matters economic, diplomatic, and military - not only for its own benefit but for the benefit of the rest of the world. Unfortunately, this debate never took place in the State Department following the fall of the Soviet Union, and the current administration has made its vision abundantly clear.

On a more positive note, the approaching 2007 election affords us a timely opportunity to right the ship of state. What we desperately need is a good leader, the president that comes along every 25 years or so, whose character, vision, and temperament are tailor made for the times. I think most would agree that Regan was such a president, as were Kennedy and FDR.

Do you see such a candidate so far? If so, vote for him or her. If not, keep your eyes peeled, and give whoever emerges as a true leader - not a career politician - your wholehearted support.

2/12/2007 2:36 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

must have good policymakers, strategists and politicians to lead and be respected again...much damage done by present bunch of clowns...

2/12/2007 9:29 PM  
Anonymous George said...

What we desperately need is a good leader, the president that comes along every 25 years or so, whose character, vision, and temperament are tailor made for the times. I think most would agree that Regan was such a president, as were Kennedy and FDR.

Do you see such a candidate so far? If so, vote for him or her. If not, keep your eyes peeled, and give whoever emerges as a true leader - not a career politician - your wholehearted support.


I'm not sure this country is even capable of electing a good leader; the process is broken. Of the three you mention, FDR, JFK, and Reagan, would any of them get elected today? A handicapped person, a womanizer, a feeble minded geriatric? Of course, feeble mindedness is obviously not a detriment to "electability" if recent history is any guide. BTW, what's wrong with a career politician? You want an amateur? I suppose you mean someone with considerable expertise, although not necessarily skilled at superficial politics? Sorry, "unelectable". Americans seem to want a tall Christian male with good hair and a good voice. I left "white" out of the equation for the first time based on Obama's recent success, his technical "whiteness" (equivalent to his "blackness") notwithstanding. I should probably also leave out "male" as a criteria, but having to add "as long as they aren't Hillary" is unwieldy.

2/12/2007 10:27 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

http://www.foreignaffairs.org/public_agenda/

2/14/2007 1:00 AM  
Anonymous goldhorder said...

George Bush has continued the policies of Reagan, FDR, and Kennedy. He has just done so in a blatantly aggressive manner. All this did was speed up our decline...not cause it. Our nation has been on an aggressive expansion since the Spanish American War. George Bush has peeled back the fantasy of US foreign policy and shown the world what we really are. The Genie is out of the bottle and there is no putting the Genie back. India, China, and Russia are trying to improve their relations in an effort to counterbalance the US role in the world. They do not have a history of good relations and this will take awhile to reach some consensus on how to challenge our politicians. Our days of having a blank check are winding down. The future lies in the hands of these governments not ours. Once they decide on how to leave the US dollar behind all is lost. Our politicians ability to influence world events will be greatly diminished. A humbled Russia is getting its feet underneath it again and India and China are becoming the world's manufacturing giants...this will be followed by R&D. Our time in the sun is fading and that is going to be a difficult pill to swallow for Americans...growing up on the nonsense of how great and wonderful and indispensible to the world we are. What a joke we have become.

2/16/2007 10:17 AM  
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