Republicans and National Security

I know that in my writings I come off as quite Liberal leaning, but in many things I have a strong conservative background. I believe in smaller government that requires less taxation, equal rights for everyone, the rule of law, and accountable government.  These days the Canadian conservative government gets high marks for everything on that list except for accountable government.  It's hard to follow what they're up to, and while when scandals arrive they're quickly brought above board, they're still doing a lot behind the scenes that aren't apparent to the majority of the people.  But overall I say they've been doing a great job and I'd vote them in again.  


The United States Republicans by contrast are a fucking disgrace.  They act like a group of inbred gun-happy hicks randomly flipping switches in a nuclear power plant and then firing off random shots in the air in celebration when a light show occurs.  

I could continue this metaphor by saying that all around this Nuclear Power Plant and the town nearby is an apple orchard of trees neatly planted in a row, but to the inbred hicks inside the plant this orchard is a vast and dangerous forest teeming with dangerous beasts and outlaws.  Nightly they rush out into the orchard to steal fruit from the trees whenever one of the farmer's hands comes out to challenge their thievery they shoot their guns off at him and burn parts of the orchard then return to the plant and the town with stories of how they were attacked and that the orchard hands are going to attack the town and the plant and that they hate Nuclear Power because they are jealous of the towns prosperity.  

Meanwhile the townspeople are trying to get the power plant technicians that actually know what the hell they're doing back in charge of the plant, but the inbreeds tell them that the technicians are elitist and won't protect the power plant from the outlaws and wild beasts in the surrounding wilderness, and whenever one of the townspeople speaks up too loudly against the hicks they accuse him of being in cahoots with the outlaws in the wilderness and lock him up.

And now they're in the process of killing all the orchard's farmers and burning the farms and then wondering why the townspeople are complaining that the cost of food is too high.

This is the state of the Republican party in the United States and it disgusts me.  

George Bush declares that Iran is the enemy of the US, and it is.  It's an enemy because the United States has made it so.  Since the 60's the US has been meddling in Iranian affairs over oil without remorse.  They've been trying to provoke Iran to attack them but this treatment is akin to my father bashing a five-year-old with the butt of his rifle in the hopes that the kid will stand up and take a swing.  In 1988 a United States Destroyer the USS Vinchennes shot down an Iranian Civilian Passenger Plane flying in Iranian Airspace.  The commanding officers of the Vinchennes were given awards for their act, and George Bush Senior announced that the United States would never apologize for killing those civilians.  This was just one of many attempts to make Iran attack the states.  To this day the US has embargoes against Iran stopping Boing from selling the Iranian government parts to repair it's ailing fleet of passenger planes.  The international community has heavily criticized the States for this because these planes are now a danger to everyone who flies on them.  They are in-effect causing innocent civilians to die in an attempt to provoke the Iranians.  

The latest tactic has been to get Israel to make passes at Iran.  And then when Iran said they would defend themselves if attacked Senator Clinton announced in lock-step with George Bush and John McCain that she would not hesitate to dispatch Nukes against Iran.  

This is not making the citizens of the United States safer.  Every time the US government presumes to get in the business of another nation it upsets the people of that country.  Get them mad enough and of course they will fight back.  This reminds me of a story I heard once from an old Pipeline operator who found a group of drug addled pipeliners who had come across a wolverine who had been caught by his hind leg in a bear trap.  They were poking it with a stick and laughing every time the wolverine lunged at them and got caught up on the trap's chain.  

Now everyone believes that Iran is trying to build nukes to bomb the US, why wouldn't they after all the abuse they've received so-far?  I'll tell you why.  Iran is currently sitting on one of the world's largest supplies of Oil in the world, part of this oil is nationalized meaning the government gets a percentage of all Oil that comes out of the ground.  This is why the US wants to overthrow the Iranian government because then the oil companies could run unfettered in Iran and produce as much or as little oil there as they want.  However, currently Iran sells a large percentage of their Oil to India, and China.  If Iran were attacked, India and China would step into the fray to protect their own energy interests. Russia would join by default backing them.  It would be World War 3, and whoever attacked Iran would LOSE. 

No one can afford to go to war with Iran.  And considering that Iranians have put up with so much already I don't think they'd make the mistake of striking out so late in the game if their enemies quietly stepped off their back.  These are people who don't hate the United States for what they have or their lifestyle, these are people who hate the United States for what it's leaders and their invasive foreign policy have done to them.  If the United States stopped these policies then it's people would be safer and more secure.  So, for those U.S. citizens who believe that the Republicans are the only ones who can keep you safe, I ask you to carefully examine the facts and realize that the actions of the Bush administration these past 8 years has made you anything but.

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One Response to Republicans and National Security

  1. X says:

    I'd liek to disregard a lot of the irrelevant stuff here such as whining about Republican hicks and whining about Iranian hicks.The argument here is about nuclear warfare. Is it ever in a Nation's best interest to start a nuclear war? The answer unequivocably is "No".So would a nuclear strike against Iran stimulate retaliatory nuclear strikes? Since there is a significant possibility for this then obviously it makes no sense for us to drop the bomb on Iran. And we haven't even brought in the moral issue of nuclear weapons on this yet.What about conventional warfare?This is more complicated, but ultimately my stance on this issue is that the US can not afford to go to war. Our wad has been shot in Iraq. Only folks interested in destabilizing our government should be interested in driving us to war at the high level of commitment that would likely be required if India and China entered the fray. The US could certainly win the initial conflict, but the costs would very likely render the government insolvent, and the grave implications of that are more than I wish to discuss.Even then… I have no interest in sacrificing another public cent to this bullshit. We've got serious domestic problems to address on the horizon (such as basics like drinking water) that will cost the lion's share of our resources as it is. I think it is time that America invests in its future rather than exploits the capitol built up from our glory days now decades in the past.

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