It's really hard to add to this. Does it really sound like good policy? I'm inclined to agree with Bill here. That doesn't mean I'm against a redeployment of forces (preferably to Tehran), but getting out of the middle east would be suicidal. Ron does stick to his beliefs though. A reasonably sound piece of journalism here. No attacks particularly, and Ron was allowed to present his facts.
I only read this article because I think Maliki is stump dumb, and deserves whatever happens to him when we withdraw. I haven’t seen him travelling to Sunni led nations trying to get them to pressure the Sunni faction in Iraq back into the government. Instead, he has wandered from Iran to Syria, the two nations fomenting the insurrectionists in Iraq, and by all accounts assisting to destabilize the Iraqi government.
I agree with him though. I agree that it is not for us to dictate to his government, and I agree he can find other friends. therefore it only makes sense that we go ahead and get out of there and let him do so. He’ll be either dead or Amadinejads bitchboy in a week. The only thing keeping Iraq anywhere near stable is the American military. The Iraqi parliament refuses to make any tough decisions, and there languishing and vacationing has wasted whatever security the surge was supposed to buy them.
It’s time to let them take care of themselves. They haveo ver 300,000 security forces, and it can hardly be our fault that they are inept and cowardly. Let the dogs have it. It serves us no useful purpose anyway. In fact, I’m for withdrawing for the middle east entirely, and just telling them that any nation that is found to have supported or harbored terrorists will be attacked with tactical nukes. Fuck ’em. Whether anyone likes it or not, we’re a fairly formidable nation when we don’t have our head squarely lodged in our asses, and its about time we started exhibiting that. Who really gives a rats ass if Iraq turns into another Cambodia? If we need oil so bad we can always head south and pummel that petty dictator Hugo Chavez. He wants to nationalize Venezuela, and I’m thinking we should give it statehood.
It’s more than a little disconcerting, and totally disgusting to see our leaders pandering to these petty provincial cocksuckers. They have no power, their nations are insignificant, and the sum total of benefit the world gains from these nations even existing is zero. Neither has ever done one thing to improve the global situation, and both are fast becoming major liabilities to peace and stability. Blame Bush if you want, but Iraq was a cesspool before bush, it is a shit pit during Bush, and it will be a scat pond after Bush. Shit floats, so we can leave and they’ll be just fine.
In closing, let me add, Mr. Bush says we are killing 1500 terrorists and subversives a month. Thats because you’re a nancy boy, Mr. President. This should’ve been done and over a long time ago, but you don’t have the testicles that Harry Truman had.
Well, he’s a smart little camel humper isn’t he? Yahya Rahim Safavi, The Leader of the Iranian Revolutionary Gaurds admitted to arming insurgents in Iraq today in a local Teheran Paper. Since it wasn’t in the official state censored papers it was apparently propoganda aimed at the Iranian people, but was never the less an admission of guilt. I personally have no problem with the Iranians involving themselves in the conflict, but feel they should be targeted for their involvement.
The Iranian Revolutionary Guard is an extra-military organization outside the scope of Iran’s military. They have their own leadership cadre and their own land, sea, and air forces. They also have the WMD program in Iran, and the Iranian surface to surface missile assets under their control. Claims that they are part of the states military organization are absurd. They are the enforcement arm of a rogue government that has been known to be a sanctioner of terrorism.
The only thing Yahya’s (love the name) “recent successes” comment could be alluding to is their interference in the Iraq War, which is an admission of guilt. No problem, but I bet the politicians that keep denying involvement are unhappy.
While this is an open admission of aggresssion against the United States, it is not a declaration of war. That would have to come from the Coward Ahmadinejad, and he’s to busy trying on womens clothes to find the time to contemplate an announcement.
The Bush Administration, in an effort to firm up the belief that we are not ending our interest in the security of the middle east is on the brink of a multibillion dollar arms sale to Egypt, The United Arab Emirates, and Saudi Arabia. To Keep Israel in its box, we’re discussing the stealth technology equipped F-22 Raptor, as part of a 3 billion dollar a year package of incentives.
Irans brinkmanship politics have created nervous neighbors, and the discussion to leave Iraq without completing the job has created some very skittish American allies. It’s hard to see how Russia can ignore the buildup of technologically advanced weapon systems like the J-DAm and the F-22 Raptor. They havel ong supported Iran’s radical government, and its not hard to project an increasei n the quality of weapons systems they will be intent on distributing to their long standing ally.
This is diplomacy. Do You like it? For those of you who don’t support Ron Paul, this is the one area I think he has it right. Selling advanced munitions to these countries is only going to create a much more dangerous Middle East for future leaders, and generations to deal with.
Congress is unlikely to block this deal. What they may do is use it to put pressure on the Iraq situation, but they really don’t want that to end either.
Well, nothing like a long day of work and coming home to the blog to find more Ron Paul in the comments box. I suppose if I didn’t want to read what his followers have to say I wouldn’t post about him. What I do know is he a fascinating politician with a background that is almost impossible to track down. You can find the easy stuff, anyone can. The harder things like his writings while not in congress are harder to track. It’s not just me saying it anymore either.
I found the URL for this article waiting for me when I crawled into my online cave. One of my readers thought I would enjoy it, and they totally underestimated the article. I generally just skim these things, but this was more than political drivel. It was a look at the man from outside the beltway. It was a look at his followers, and at his nemesis’.
A lot of whats in here we already know. Ron Paul wants you to be able to purchase a gun at 7/11, he doesn’t want you to be able to access abortions, and his stance on gay rights has never changed though he has softened his rhetoric. It goes deeper though. It explains how he won his elections to represent a small texas district against overwhelming conservative odds. It explains why his constituents continue to vote for him, yet leaves out the things he’s tried to do for his district. The author of this piece doesn’t seem like a fan, nor does he seem like an enemy. What he appears to be is that most difficult to find human on the planet. An unbiased journalist.
What I really like is how sure Ron Paul is that he won’t win. I had no idea that he originally intended only a four state campaign. Lots of little tidbits like that. Like I said, you’ve read a lot of hear, but this guy has grammar skills and punctuation and everything.
If you love Ron Paul….read this. If you hate Ron Paul….read this. If you are a fan of good journalism….read this. none of you will change your mind, but you won’t leave this article disappointed.
Well the sunday of work more or less killed my random thoughts mood so I’ll try to whip that out later. Right now I’m more thinking about the insanity I keep hearing on the news. Shall we?
Ok, Pauliacs, enough is probably enough, and you guys have really blown this one out of proportion. I agree that he did not say that the government was planning bogus terrorist attacks. It seems maybe I’m the only non-pauliac saying it, but thats no reason for you folks to blow a valve or something. Cardiac care is important, and the old blood pressure is going through the moon on you guys . Why don’t you discuss the rest of that insipidly stupid interview? Or was that not your take on it? I am up to my ears with the whole Ron Paul is the only candidate interested in liberty. Lets look at his record. He is interested in doing nothing. Ever. That’s what his interest is. His voting record smacks of abject cowardice, and his hiding behind the constitution, a document that is to hard to change to gaurantee liberty for anyone let alone everyone, continues to wither with the populace. Quit whining because he got misquoted. Libertarians are notorious for misquoting anyone that doesn’t agree with them, and this year is no exception.
Maliki said we could leave anytime we wanted, but today one of his aids translated that to “we want you to stay as long as you want and train our troops.” Nice. Wonder which cloak and dagger clown the white house sent to Put Maliki in his place? If anyone thought he wasn’t our trained lap dog, this should change your mind on that. Our seating an “elected” government in Iraq is maybe the dirtiest thing we have done over there. They are making no headway, or effort, to reach the benchmarks established by “us” again. Is Iraq now the 51st state or something? Bring home the troops…let the humanitarian disaster begin.
It’s not Iran, it’s Pakistan dummies. While its possible the pauliacs are right, and George Bush really is dumb enough to enter open conflict with Iran, the good bet from a security stand point is Pakistan…here’s why.
Israel showed at Osirak that they are not going to let a muslim country have nukes. They won’t let Iran either if it comes down to it. They only listen to us if their security is not directly threatened, and Israel has always felt that a middle east nation with the bomb is a direct threat to their existence…which it is. They have the bomb, so it’s a little hypocritical to say others shouldn’t, but I’m kind of an Israel fan so I don’t mind a little hypocrisy.
Pakistan has the bomb. Several attempts have been made on Musharrafs life. The al qaeda #2 has given us the three warnings notification required by the Quran. Osama showed up on a video tape. Whether he is alive or dead is an academic question. All the portents are there, and al qaeda has called for holy war against the pakistani government.
If we are going to invest ourselves in open conflict anywhere it really needs to be there. Thats the threat. We can defuse the Iranian issue with diplomacy, and a slow but coming withdrawal from Iraq. Al Qaeda and the Taliban have proven they can’t be talked to, and its time to finish the little mess we made there. Sorry pauliacs and messiah…you’re gnashing of teeth and rending of flesh over your projected Gulf of Tonkin incident makes no sense in the big picture. Of course, Bush has proven he isn’t a big picture guy.
These pesky muslims really have us chasing our tail don’t they? We never learn from our mistakes, and this is proof of it. When you get a snake by the neck you choke it until it is dead, dead, dead, you don’t let it go to see if it will bite you again.