Through Thick and Thin
Another week gone, another weekend upon us. More milestones in the decline and fall of the American Empire. Another attempt on my part to organize this blog in some cogent fashion. It’s kind of annoying really, posts like this are the most fun to write, but they get virtually zero follow up traffic. Still, when one is writing, follow your heart is good advice I have been advised. So I’m going to try to write a thick and thin post every Friday for awhile. This way I can wax poetic on all the developments of the week that I would like to write a stand alone column on, but don’t have time.
Starting off with, the moral police caught the governor of New York with a prostitute, so his career is over. People like to make fun of Iran or Saudi Arabia because of their moral police, yet here in the USA if a politician gets caught doing something “naughty,” Dear God we act like it’s the end of the world. Lie us into an endless trillion dollar war that has cost thousands of American lives and unleashed the worst calamity in the Middle East since 1948…get re-elected. Stick your penis somewhere it’s not “supposed” to be, your political career is over. Does this make sense to anyone?
And while we are on the unpleasant topic of the Bush administration, Admiral William Fallon, a senior American commander in the Middle East, just resigned under pressure. His crime was opposing a US attack on Iran. The Bush administration has zero tolerance for diverging opinions, so Fallon being forced out is not surprising. And it is eerily reminiscent of the run-up to the Iraq invasion where people critical of same were fired. Does this mean the USA is going to attack Iran? Beats me, but it certainly makes it more likely. My current thinking is that Bush won’t attack Iran till right after the election, since $20 a gallon gas isn’t going to be popular. What a parting gift for the next administration that will be.
Speaking of the election (yes, I have a segue fetish, deal with it) I am still putting my money on President McCain. And what a sad commentary that is on the election, the top runner is a guy so old he recently switched from a hair-stylist to a taxidermist. And if any of my gentle readers gets an email claiming that the Commies brain-washed McCain while he was a POW and we will be electing a Chinese sleeper agent to the presidency…I started that rumour. I had to do something to counteract the emails I get telling me that Obama is some sort of closet Muslim secretly preparing to institute sharia law on the USA.
Jeez, even writing about politics makes me feel dirty. How do people spend their lives immersed in it? Oh well, moving right along, genocide in Tibet. Yes, anti-Chinese riots have broken out in Lhasa, the capital of Tibet. What was once a proud and independent land is slowly and deliberately being destroyed by China, but there’s no oil in Tibet and no will to oppose China so the end of Tibet as a culture and people is nigh. The Chinese are using the slow genocide method, they are simply settling so many ethnic Chinese in Tibet that Tibetan culture is being subsumed. I think two thirds of the population of Tibet is ethnic Chinese now, so the chances of Tibet ever re-emerging as a nation are remote to non-existent at this point.
In Iraq the violence seems to be going up again, attacks on American troops are on the rise. Does this mean the surge has failed? Not really, since the surge was primarily a PR gimmick to make it look like we were doing something about the mess in Iraq. The violence went down because the Mahdi army declared a cease fire and we started paying off some of the Sunni insurgents who were attacking us. The former had nothing to do with the surge, the later is little more than paying ransom to keep hostages alive. The ugly truth of the matter, and the truth that most Americans cannot bear to hear: the USA has little or no influence on events in Iraq. We built our bases, we installed a puppet government that is revelling in corruption (and ignoring our directives,) and that’s about that. We could sit in those bases a hundred years and nothing with change. Iraq is a troubled fractured land that we have zero understanding of or influence in.
And finally, the economy. How long did we think an economy based on Wal-Mart, MacDonalds, and casinos would last anyhow? If there’s any good news, I haven’t heard it. My giant vegetable garden is under way. Enough said. Happy Pi Day everyone, have a great weekend.
(The death of Jumbo the elephant, struck and killed by a train September 15th 1885. Afterwards he was stuffed and mounted, enabling him to carry on with his show business career until 1975.)