Sunday, October 16, 2005

IRAQIS VOTE AND MARINES BLOW UP

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By Elaine Meinel Supkis

All the top stories are about the voting in Iraq. Note how America is all hot to trot to have people vote on things and they use fricking paper ballots. Paper ballots! Hahaha! No Diebold machines for them! We are supposed to be happy about this latest expression of democracy in Iraq but a whole bunch of soldiers got to celebrate by being blown up. 5 dead. This is not a big headline in "What blew up? I didn't see anything blow up," America.

Two British Harrier jets were blown up in Afghanistan. From the UK Telegraph
First reports of the attack from the Ministry of Defence made no mention of the damage to the aircraft and failed to disclose that one of them had been destroyed.

The RAF has only six Harrier GR7A jets - each worth £20 million - in Afghanistan, all of them from No 3 (Fighter) Squadron based at RAF Cottesmore, Lincolnshire.
We had elections there, too. Seems to have stopped the blowing up except it didn't, more things get blown up every day, that war rages onwards. This is costing the British a pretty penny. They hardly have any jets left in their dying imperial military aparatus and now they have two fewer. America has a very impressive military that is hemmoraging money, equimpment, blood. LIke all previous empires, going down the tubes fast.

From The Herald International:

Sixty years ago, Arnold Toynbee concluded, in his monumental "A Study of History," that the ultimate cause of imperial collapse was "suicidal statecraft." Sadly for President George W. Bush's place in history but - much more important - ominously for America's future, it has lately seemed as if that adroit phrase might be applicable to the policies pursued by the United States since the cataclysm of 9/11.
This is from Brzezinski, a foreign policy bigwig in Democratic Presidential rule. He is rightfully worried about our charming empire.
It should be a source of special concern for thoughtful Americans that even nations known for their traditional affection for America have become openly critical of American policy. As a result, large swathes of the world - be it East Asia, or Europe, or Latin America - have been quietly exploring ways of shaping closer regional associations tied less to the notions of trans-Pacific, or trans-Atlantic, or hemispheric cooperation with the United States. Geopolitical alienation from America could become a lasting and menacing reality.

That trend would especially benefit America's historic ill-wishers or future rivals. Sitting on the sidelines and sneering at America's ineptitude are Russia and China: Russia, because it is delighted to see Muslim hostility diverted from itself toward America, despite its own crimes in Afghanistan and Chechnya, and is eager to entice America into an anti-Islamic alliance; China, because it patiently follows the advice of its ancient strategic guru, Sun Tzu, who taught that the best way to win is to let your rival defeat himself.

In a very real sense, during the last four years, the Bush team has thus been dangerously undercutting America's seemingly secure perch on top of the global totem pole by transforming a manageable, though serious, challenge largely of regional origin into an international debacle.

To be sure, since America is extraordinarily powerful and rich, it can afford, yet for a while, even a policy articulated with rhetorical excess and pursued with historical blindness. But in the process America is likely to become isolated in a hostile world, increasingly vulnerable to terrorist acts and less and less able to exercise a constructive global influence.

Flaying away with a stick at a hornets' nest while loudly proclaiming "I will stay the course" is an exercise in catastrophic leadership.
But it need not be so. A real course correction is still possible, and it could start soon with a modest and common-sense initiative by the president to engage the Democratic congressional leadership in a serious effort to shape a bipartisan foreign policy for an increasingly divided and troubled nation.
This man is very connected. He ran our foreign policy for a number of years. He had great influence. He is trying to explain things to us and never mentions "neo-cons" or Halliburton or the Carlyle Group or anything related to the real rulers. He makes no mention of the fact that democracy is dead in America, killed by these same people. He lies about finances!

We are not the world's richest nation at all. It is like calling a neighbor who has a lovely house, a lovely younger wife, a Jaguar in the garage and three vacation homes "rich" when he is up to hock to the eyeballs in unmanagable debts! Hemmoraging red ink.

Rich people lend money, not go into debt. This is the definition of "rich" vs not rich. Many a society watched with horror as economic systems collapse while the ruling class and the top of society pretend they are rich when they aren't rich at all. Bankruptcy on this scale ends in revolutions and wars.

Brzezinski wants to "fix" things by begging the emperor to reach out to his rivals for power and share. Yeah, right. Gack. This was the goofiest proposal I have seen yet.

Like asking Hitler to stop fighting and to share Europe, no?

The make believe world of the Bubble Class never ceases to amaze me. They live upstairs and can see the weather outside their bubble but they can't do anything because they don't want to get wet. This is why they stood there watching people die during hurricanes Katrina and Rita. They even indulged in rank lying during Rita so they could get away with ignoring these deaths so their bubble could be more pleasant as they sip fine wines and read menus.

Guess what? An unnamed weather system will gain a name today, way up on the list (Zelda, anyone?) as another incarnation of outraged Mother Nature takes aim straight at New Orleans yet again. And you can bet, there are five soldiers in Iraq with death skulls on their backs who will join their dead comrades tomorrow and the next day and the next. The walking dead, dealing death.

Reminds me, why can't Brzezinski talk about the Skull and Bones, too? Another verboten topic, ahem.

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