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The new arms control pact with Iran is very hard to assess. The inspections come with limits. Why can’t Iran accept unlimited access to any possible enrichment site by IAEA inspectors? Why is there a twenty-four day wait period before they can get into suspicious buildings? On the other hand any inspections at all are more than what we currently have. Our corrupt useless intelligence services provide us with no information so this deal is a big improvement unless you believe inspectors are dupes who the Iranians can fool all the time.

These issues make it hard to feel unequivocal about the deal but the alternative has changed. We are no longer the great dominant hegemonic monster that everyone fears. We cannot and will not invade Syria + Iraq to throw out ISIS. We do not have a huge standing army to invade Iran. How is our occupation of Afghanistan going? Our only option is to make deals.

Many old white politicians feel the need to pander to their base by pretending its 1963. Vietnam and Iraq II never happened. We have no debt. Compromise is inappropriate for the victors of World War 2 (and the Cold War). Apparently Scott Walker will cancel any Iran pact and invade on his first day in office. Does he really mean this? Of all the candidates, only Bush the Younger II would wait a little before attacking.

How many generations does it take before a country’s decline is recognized by all the voters (and its leaders). We cannot import every other country’s goods and still prosper. We cannot invade even medium sized countries like Iran – it’s just too expensive and our army isn’t that big, to say nothing about the cost in lives. Bibi is very good at spending our money and the lives of our soldiers but he needs to accept that the US military can’t or won’t change his situation.  Compromise is the only option and if he doesn’t get in on the negotiations then he won’t have any say in the deal. Being angry and bitter about your political impotence is how the Austro-Hungarian emperors and generals behaved while their country crumbled. Their last emperor became enraged at Serbia and (after waiting a month for vacation) went into WWI full bore – only to get destroyed.

Will Scott Walker (et al) be the next Charles I of Austria?

 

Any historian will tell you that all governments are corrupt and many wars are unnecessary or stupid. Everyone who died in World War 1 didn’t do so protecting their country. In most cases their country should never have gotten involved. It’s hard to tell a family that their son or father died for no reason […]

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Toy Soldiers

On June 12, 2015 By

Yesterday Jeb Bush proclaimed that he would, if elected, send troops to Ukraine to attack or fend off Russian incursions. Ukraine is that lovely corrupt bankrupt state that Germany has said it would never support either militarily or economically. Russian aggression should mean more to Germany than us – right?

Marco Rubio has said he […]

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The list of Republican candidates is growing almost every day. There are 10 people on offer so far with more to come. We have two extreme Christians (as if even one ever had a chance), a retired forgotten former NY governor, a failed business executive, a brainless neuroscientist and a brother who needs no introduction. […]

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In this world of hostile partisan dysfunction, a President can’t get much done. The one area he is (normally) left alone in is international relations. He and his minions can negotiate peace treaties, arms reductions, trade pacts. The general rule is that everyone accepts that any new treaty or pact must be a good thing. […]

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When you are accused of a crime you have several options. You can:

Prove that you are innocent or that your accusers have no evidence. Confess, say you’re sorry and that you were either temporarily insane or got a lot of very bad advice. Act outraged at being accused and offer no defense or contrition. […]

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So you say you’re in favor of personal responsibility and “freedom”. You want to believe that people become indigent by virtue of their own failings not due to circumstances beyond their control. Don’t blame the drug or your body chemistry – blame yourself. As a loyal Republican this should be your position. Yes, Jesus would not […]

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The End of Shame

On April 14, 2015 By

As the internet and social media has taken off we have seen a commensurate growth in the public’s willingness or desire to debase itself. In order to get attention you have to exceed the outrageous behavior of your friends or twitter competitors. The new media demand more selfies, boyfriends demand more sexts, Fox News demands more […]

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As Rand Paul contemplates his candidacy he must contend with the growing conviction among Republican party primary voters that we must make war – with everyone. Rand is a libertarian/isolationist who has voted at times against expanding the defenses budget. To run he must pivot, Romney style, and pretend to be someone or something he […]

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Are you not entertained?

On March 25, 2015 By

Ted Cruz declared his candidacy on Monday, at Liberty University – a college that specifically states that the world is six thousand years old.  Ted Cruz went to Princeton and Harvard. I don’t think Cruz ever asked his alma maters to host his announcement – he knows that intellectualism is a buzz kill, especially in the […]

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Irritations

Here’s my list of things that bug me. Some are big and some are petty. Feel free to offer new additions.

Irritations

Mottos, Creeds, Rules

As we search for legitimate solutions to America’s problems everyone must obey these rules or we’ll never get anything done.

Mottos, Creeds and Rules

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