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December 05, 2011
Kenneth Pollack Still 100% Insane
I don't think I'll ever get over Kenneth Pollack. He's such a perfect embodiment of how the people who run the U.S. are simultaneously incredibly boring and incredibly dangerous. For previous posts about him, see here, here, here, here, here, here, here and probably other places I've forgotten about.
Anyway, via Glenn Greenwald, I see Pollack is still so disconnected from reality he might as well be a diagnosed schizophrenic. Here are some of his latest insights into foreign policy (from an article about Iran):
Saddam Hussein’s Iraq [was] recklessly aggressive to the point of inadvertent suicide.
Some people might want to focus on the "recklessly aggressive" part here, which I admit is pretty funny. Iraq was so recklessly aggressive that it destroyed all of its most powerful weapons, which is what all the best aggressors do. But the crowning glory of the sentence is the "inadvertent suicide." It's like Al Capone saying the Bugs Moran Gang "accidentally killed themselves."
BONUS: Here's Saddam Hussein talking in December, 1990 before the Gulf War about how, if the Iraqi army were pushed out of Kuwait, it would constitute "aggression":
SADDAM: ...if aggression were to take place, we will assume that Israel has taken part in it. Therefore, without asking any questions, we will strike Israel.
Saddam and Kenneth Pollack are such insightful geopolitical strategists, I just don't understand why their schemes haven't turned out better.
—Jonathan SchwarzPosted at December 5, 2011 11:11 PM