It’s not every son who’s lucky enough that his dad reads his blog. So when my dad reponded with a long-winded comment, I read it in full and thought about it for a while. Some of you may not realize it, but my dad is more of a Reagan Republican, which is to say he’s for smaller and less intrusive government at home, and more proactive foreign policy abroad.
Well enought with the intro, you can read his original comment here. Oh wait, I just read it a third time …
Must … resist … urge … to … fisk …… Aw fuck it:
The elections in Iraq goes to show that freedom and democracy can be spread by violence and force using the good old US military. Watch out world!
So in other words: the ends justify the means? That’s an interesting sentiment to have and I wonder just what means he would endorse in order to justify a peaceful democratic world. Perhaps we could pull our troops out of the Middle East completely and wontonly bomb them all into peacful compliance with our doctrine, after all the end result would no doubt be much more peaceful. Or perhaps we could just eradicate anyone who has shifty eyes and dark skin, eventually they would get the message. I know it’s hyperbole, but I think he is treading dangerous grounds when he support an “ends justify the means” type doctrine, after all, history has taught us that any nation that upholds this kind of Orwellian ideal has eventually committed some pretty heinous attrocities along the way that were never looked upon kindly in the end.
Since we are now next door neighbors of Syria and Iran, we can take them out one at a time. Real excitement would be to go after both countries at the same time.
Or, perhaps we can focus on organization that’s actually attacked us successfully: Al Qaida. I don’t seem to hear that name a whole lot anymore and it’s beginning to worry me. When’s the last time you heard Bush say we were going to get him “dead or alive” or that “we won’t rest in the hunt to find him”
This should scare Saudia Arabia into democracy if it does not, then go after them too.
Actually, the chance of Saudi Arabia being in line for Bush’s M.E. doctrine seem slim and nil. It’s actually a wonder that we have such strong relations with them considering the fact that the aristocrats in that country continue to contribution to terrorists organizations such as Al Qaida. Pakistan is in a similar state of affairs, but with the government class more careful of their support (though undoubtedly it’s there).
If North Korea thinks we are spread thin when we go after our neighbors in the Middle East, we just nuke them into the next millenium. The rationale for nukes – N. Korea has them and will not hesitate to use them.
This is just bizarre. To date, the U.S. is the only country to have ever used nukes (I’m not passing judgement here) against another country, and there’s no proof that Kim Jung Il has any desire to use his nuclear program for anything other than leverage. Much like any tin-pot dictator, his bark is worse than his bite (with the exception of his own people), because he’s afraid of losing power. My bet is that China will annex DPRK at some point and oust this dictator. Besides, if we simply wanted to neuter North Korea’s aggresivenes and spark revolution, we could simply kill the leader there. You can bet China would freak out if we did some shit like that though.
I don?Ã„Ã´t believe we have to worry about our old enemies such as China and Russia. We capitalize those countries and let the old ex-commie geezers accumulate the same wealth as our own capitalist tycoons have in the good old USA.
China finances our debt by buying our bonds, if they stopped financing it because of political or more likely, economic reasons, they would be hurt as well as us, but at some point they are going to realize that the U.S. government will not be able to repay it’s debt. The irony here is that we killed the U.S.S.R. by outspending them, but at the same time we racked up huge debts (and are still loading up on) that we now owe to another Communist country.
Even with all its defects and flaws, this is the only place in the world I would ever want to claim citizenship. I pity those that find it necessary to only find the worse with this great country (whether it be politicians or citizens) by only traveling in the sewers and constantly criticizing those that try to make a difference.
I agree and disagree. This is still a great country and was founded on essential individual liberty, however those same men warned that we must always remain vigilant and look out for those that would try and make us give our liberties away or take them away. The men that would take them away (and their actions) are of course, usually found in the sewers or are the men that hold power. Or both.
The rest of the comment, I decline to fisk, because I agree he has the same rights as everyone else in this country, even the “right to be wrong.”
Now, I don’t want to make it a habit to fisk my own dad when he comments, but since it was such a long response, I had to go with my gut.