Tuesday, March 07, 2006

Groundhog Day

Vice President Darth Cheney warned Iran that enrichment of nuclear fuel was unacceptable and threatened that Tehran would face "meaningful consequences" if it continued to pursue its nuclear program. Here we go again. Didn't I also hear U.N. ambassador John Bolten warn of "tangible and painful consequences" to Iran the day before? What tough guys. What chickenhawks. Instead of saying we should have been dealing with Iran's real nuclear program after 9/11 they decided to go after an imaginary nuclear program in Iraq. That's an easier target (all evidence over the last 3 years to the contrary) a paper tiger like Saddam Hussein boxed in from the north and south no-fly zones. Right now I'm monitoring cable for the words "there is no doubt" croaking from the lips of shoot 'em up cowboy Cheney.

Let's be honest. Iran is probably the greatest threat to the stability of the region and the world today. And unfortunately there are many saying we need to prepare ourselves for a nuclear Iran because our fearless leaders didn't get the divine word from their religious Bat-phone telling them "Iran, Iran, Iran" rather than "Iraq, Iraq, Iraq." Maybe they just misheard it due to the cheering and clapping from their legion of giddy American Idol-like followers drowning out reason and reality as well.

For a guy who was never ambitious in his first 40 years W seems to be trying to make up for lost time. Having done a half-baked job in Afghanistan and a quarter-baked job in Iraq, he wants to send whatever we have left at the ready to attack Iran. "Trust me" he'll say. Isn't that what mothers tell their daughters to run away from? The way to attack Iran is probably over. Attacking their income of petrodollars was the way to de-fang this tiger but alas W opted for tax breaks for SUVs so as not to interfere with suburbanites driving to the local Starbucks. And because of that, the insane mullahs have a Mt. Everest-sized pile of billions and their hand on the oil pump which allows them to do whatever they want. Buy off their population and build nuclear weapons both of which keep them in power. Imagine if oil were $20 a barrel rather than $60. Iran wouldn't be able to buy off the people and wouldn't be in power.

But alas. It's easier to talk tough, issue threats and send other people's kids into battle. Wonder if they'll have the proper armor or equipment this time? If not I'm sure it will be Clinton's (either one or both) fault. So strap yourself in, listen for "no doubt," "mushroom cloud" and "grave and gathering threat." Then the fun begins. And when it all goes bad it will be blamed on the media, the Democrats and the Clinton family. It's deja vu all over again.


Anonymous Utah Desert Rat said...

You're wrong. It will all be blamed on Jimmy Carter and Billary Clinton.

4:31 PM  
Blogger Capt. Fogg said...

It will also be blamed on bloggers - say, wasn't that Jane Fonda I saw you with last night?

6:37 PM  
Blogger Crankyboy said...

No, Heath Ledger.

6:58 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

At $60 a barrel, oil is still cheaper than a barrel of beer. So why don't we solve all of the world's problems, get those crazy Iranians hooked on Budweiser and start doing a little 2 for 1 bartering.

10:05 AM  
Blogger Reign of Reason said...

CB, you hit it.

The American public loves tough talk -- as we sit on our couches watching TV we love to think we going around the world fighting the bad guys. I like to think of it as the reality Television effect: you don't like your boring life so you live vicariously through our military.

As I've said on my blog if we had a real leader we'd be preparing our society and economy for the later half of the 21st century when getting energy out of the ground ain't gonna be easy. We should be innovating our way to a clean fuel solution -- a solution that we can sell to the Chinese and the Indians while telling the Iranians to go and drink their oil. Instead, we've continued down the road of energy dependence on some of the worse regimes in the world.

11:26 AM  
Blogger Crankyboy said...


12:49 PM  

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