In fact, Western leaders are resigned to Iran getting the bomb. The diplomacy is understood to be as pointless as getting Hitler to honor a disarmament treaty. But "leaders" have to be seen to be doing something -- even if they know it is futile.
This defeatist attitude exists largely because with the Iraq war as bad precedent -- just as WWI was a bad precedent for another war in 1933 -- military action has been placed, as an emotional response to unpleasantness, out of the question by a weary Western elite.
That is where we are today: about four-fifths down the mental path to appeasement. As unpleasant as dealing with Iran today is, it will be incomparably nastier in a few years when they have the bomb operational. Where are the cold-eyed realists when we need them?
Thursday, June 15, 2006
Little Green Footballs has the Hadji Girl video that's causing some controversy. Apparently, a Marine wrote a comical song about falling in love with a local girl only to be attacked by her family of insurgents. A performance for fellow Marines was recorded and placed on the internet, leading to CAIR and knee-jerk liberals claiming that the Americans advocate killing civilians. I say that you have to let our troops have a little fun without worrying about political correctness.
Maybe it's worth trying to enforce the border after all: Troops scare would-be illegal immigrants away from border.
Summing up U.S. energy policy since the 1970s, he was blunt: "We haven't done anything." We haven't drilled in Alaska. We haven't built oil refineries. We haven't ordered a nuclear power plant since 1978. We need to start doing these things, he said, to diversify. Energy independence, he said, is simply the "wrong paradigm," despite the idea's popularity in quarters of both the Left and the Right. Instead, in a global economy, "We have to diversify, that's our strength . . . You can be independent by being diversified."
Tuesday, June 13, 2006
cheese steak restaurant. It seems perfectly reasonable to me that
the owner wants to conduct business in English. There's nothing
racist about using the national language. People obviously can
choose to eat elsewhere if they don't like the language -- or the
food for that matter. I imagine that this controversy will prove to
be very good for business. Next time I'm in Philadelphia, I know
where I'm going for a cheese steak sandwich. Geno's Steaks web site seems to be down right now (probably too popular), but you can find more info here.
With that caveat, I do think it's somewhat interesting to know a bit about a blogger's background, even if it is somewhat imaginary. I'm a middle-aged male living near the coast of North Carolina. My wife values her privacy so I'm leaving her out of this blog. Politically, I'm a Reagan Republican. I'm not particularly happy with the state of the Republican party, and I would seriously consider joining some a new conservative party if the opportunity arose. I'm a life-long Catholic, having attended Catholic grammar school and high school. I go to church regularly and I'm pretty orthodox in terms of faith, but I'm saddened by the corruption and liberalism that seems to have taken hold in the Church in America. I graduated from one of the top universities on the West Coast. Professionally, I'm a computer guy -- in particular, a Mac hacker. I wouldn't mind working for Apple some day, which will never happen if Steve Jobs reads this blog.