July 15, 2006
William Kristol Sends In His Audition Tape For Crazed Iraqi Strongman Position
Here's some of the great work done by the previous Crazed Iraqi Strongman:
Back in the 1980s, in a relaxed meeting with a group of visiting journalists from the Gulf States, Saddam related an illuminating anecdote. "When I was a child, a man walked through my village without carrying a weapon. An old man came up to him and said, 'Why are you asking for trouble?' He said, 'What do you mean?' The old man replied, 'By walking without a weapon you are asking for people to attack you. Carry a weapon so that no blood with be spilled!'"
-- Out of the Ashes by Andrew and Patrick Cockburn, p. 104
Now, here's some impressive political philosophy from William Kristol, who's apparently auditioning for the now-open Crazed Iraqi Strongman position:
Weakness is provocative. We have been too weak, and have allowed ourselves to be perceived as weak.
The right response is renewed strength...
(For some of the other applicants for the Crazed Strongman job, see here and here. Kristol via.)
Posted at July 15, 2006 02:24 PM
When you're trying too hard to look tough, sometimes you accidentally crap yourself. Or so I've heard.
The next time Kristol has to write an essay dealing with China he'll be riffing off Mao -- "Regional stability grows out of the barrel of a gun" -- or some such.
Billy K has a point. When I saw "shock and awe," my reaction was: Man, do we look weak!
And I thought: Talk about being provocative!
But then I saw Gitmo and Abu Ghraib and I felt renewed strength. Now my dreams are happy, with visions of little Billy K, on top of a human pile of chickenhawks, crying out for his mom.
It is clear as Kristol. We need enemies where ever they may abide. Under our bed or hidden in a closet we shall seek them out and destroy them utterly. How about placing an ad in a newspaper? Wanted: new or used enemies. Apply at the Whitehouse must have weapons of mass destruction such as atomic powered robots with ground to air lasers or even a pop gun or two will do.
Speaking of robots have you seen the new Billy Kristol robot? You wind it up and it walks into a wall, steps back and walks into a wall, steps back and walks into a wall etc.
On a more serious note if anyone is interested what is at stake read this informative link at working for change by Geov Parrish it is worth a read.
"An Israeli attack on Iran -- or on Iran's ally, Syria -- will be instantly perceived, in Tehran and throughout the Muslim world, as an attack in which the United States is complicit, even if the U.S. military does not directly participate. Such an attack will place American troops and ships at risk of instant retaliation in Iraq, Afghanistan, the Persian Gulf, and for that matter throughout the Middle East, not to mention the special ops forces already in Iran itself. No Israeli leader would even contemplate such a strike without a green light from Washington, and no Israeli leader would launch it without notifying Washington first.
Tehran knows this, as does the entire Muslim world. If Israel widens this war, Iran will retaliate, the United States will be at war with Iran, all sides will have one or another "unprovoked" attack they can point to an enemy as having perpetrated, and we will suddenly be in the thick of a war that at minimum involves Afghanistan, Iran, Iraq, Syria, Lebanon, Israel, and Palestine, and abuts the Persian Gulf, the Gulf emirates, and oil-rich Saudi Arabia. The military options for American success are virtually negligible, the scenarios for military disaster are numerous, the economic impact on oil markets alone will be inevitably global and dire, and I haven't even gotten to the fact that Bush might himself launch an attack, or that not only the U.S. but Israel, too, has a full nuclear arsenal. And that beyond Iran's terrorist connections around the world, other terror groups (Al Qaeda, for one) are unlikely to stand idly by while this nightmare unfolds."
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Of course this could all have been part of the original plan with the invasion of Iraq being just the foot in the door to get America involved in a full all out war with the high stakes of Middle-East domination by western powers. Since we are bankrolling the arms for Israel we can see that Israel would be a willing ally in starting what might be called WWWIII with the present escalation of violence perpetrated by Israel igniting the fuse which allows Bush to be drawn into a true all out conflict which explains why people like Kristol are beating the war drums. Part of the propaganda machine that is preparing Americans for the slaughter to come. Bush has already said all options are on the table and has not backed down from that position and one that clearly means the use of nuclear bombs.
Iran gives missiles to Palestine who uses them on Israel. Naturally Israel must retaliate and wham America is now in a war with Iran which is what Bush clearly has wanted all along. Some people may think I am insane but the real lunatic is in the Whitehouse and he hears voices in his head and has told us he hears them and it matters not that it is the neo nuts influencing Bush or Bush influencing the neo nuts because the results will be identical.