I thought President Bush's speech tonight was quite reasonable. I doubt that we ever promised the Iraqis unicorns and rainbows when we invaded them, just that Saddam was a WMD threat (yes, it's true) and that we would try to help them set up a democratic government.
For those of you who have never read Belmont Club's "Three Conjectures," now would be a good time google it, read it, and think about it.Comment Posted By Promethea On 10.01.2007 @ 22:21
Rick, I did read your sentence. You criticize Bush because you don't think he's convinced the American people that their stakes in the conflict are high.
Bush is not a rousing speaker. However, at this point, the reason Americans don't understand the conflict is because the Democrats and the mass media have failed them. Most people don't follow the news carefully. They usually just respond to headlines and soundbites.Comment Posted By Promethea On 10.01.2007 @ 20:13
I'm with #5 Fritz. It's ridiculous to talk of rationing, the War Production Board, etc. What we do need is strong support for the President, but too many people are ankle-biters, trying to bring him down.
The problems faced in Iraq are twofold: (1)the primitive tribal nature of Iraqi society, and (2) the aid to the killers (aka terrorists or insurgents) from Iran, Syria, and other places (Russia? Saudi Arabia?)
President Bush seems to be trying to work with the Iraqis, as they are presently constituted. A war with Syria and Iran might help, but maybe not. That's for the military and the Bush administration to figure out, not the armchair pundits. I think it's way too early to give up on Iraq.Comment Posted By Promethea On 10.01.2007 @ 17:56
Imagine, for a moment, that this is 1939 and we are arguing whether or not the Germans represent a danger to the health and well-being of Americans. Would we be called "racists"? No. Would we be called "bigots"? No. This is testimony to the truth that the people calling "racist" are the actual racists. They don't believe the Arabs and Persians are dangerous because they think these peoples are incompetents.
The end of PC is almost here. It's the "denialists" (my new term) who have to explain to us rational people why we shouldn't be afraid of raging seething Arab Muslim terrorists and murderous Mad Mullahs building nukes.Comment Posted By Promethea On 25.02.2006 @ 23:10
It's easy to imagine someone like President Jellyfish in the White House. He's sort of a cross between Carter and Kerry. Again, thank God that Kerry lost.
The actor who plays Jellyfish is terrific. Who is he?Comment Posted By Promethea On 21.02.2006 @ 14:40
We should keep Guantanamo up and running and keep reminding the uninformed that this jail is run in accordance with the Geneva Conventions.If we treated unlawful combatants (without uniforms) like normal prisoners of war, then there would BE no agreed-upon ways to treat combatants.
Re the UN--I suppose it has some uses--who knows they are? As a blogger wrote somewhere recently, most of the so-called countries in the UN consist of a corrupt capital city with a neglected hinterland.
I would love to know how much I personally pay to support the UN. One dollar per year? OK, I support it. Twenty dollars per year? Nope, that's too much.Comment Posted By Promethea On 18.02.2006 @ 16:05
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