Thursday, August 18, 2005

Comfortably Numb

Hello, hello, hello

Is there anybody in there?

Just nod if you can hear me.

Is there anyone at home?

Pink Floyd

Here is the last part of a piece by Dr Paul Craig Roberts who is John M. Olin Fellow at the Institute for Political Economy, and Research Fellow at the Independent Institute.

He is a former associate editor of the Wall Street Journal, former contributing editor for National Review, and a former assistant secretary of the U.S. Treasury. He is the co-author of The Tyranny of Good Intentions.

"Gentle reader, do you realize the danger of having a president so disconnected from reality that he plots to attack Iran – a country three times the size of Iraq – when he lacks sufficient forces to occupy Baghdad and to protect the road from Baghdad to the airport?

Despite all the high profile "sweeps" of US forces through insurgent strongholds, US commanders report a doubling of insurgent attacks.

The Bush administration is insane.

If the American people do not decapitate it by demanding Bush’s impeachment, the Bush administration will bring about Armageddon. This may please some Christian evangelicals conned by Rapture predictions, but World War III will please no one else. "

Think this is far fetched?

I noticed yesterday that a guest on PBS was talking about oil prices and he said that Iran had resumed building nuclear weapons.

No one on the program corrected him.

Then last week, the POTUS repeated his threat while on Israeli TV.

Bush Menaces Iran with Threat of Military Attack
By Peter Symonds
World Socialist Web
18 August 2005

"President George Bush’s inflammatory comments last Friday menacing Iran with military attack have again underscored the lawless character of the US administration. His declaration that “all options are on the table,” that is, including the military one, directly undermines European efforts to negotiate a deal with Iran over its nuclear programs and signals that Washington is moving toward unilateral military aggression.

Like the US-led invasion of Iraq, any US military action against Iran—either strikes on its nuclear facilities or a full-scale attack—has not a shred of justification in international law. Iran has repeatedly declared that its nuclear programs are for peaceful purposes and has complied with the demands of the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA), including intrusive new inspections of its sensitive facilities.

In fact, it is Washington rather than Tehran that is breaching the Nuclear Nonproliferation Treaty (NPT). The US, along with the so-called EU-3 (Britain, France and Germany), is demanding that Iran dismantle its uranium enrichment programs—a clear infringement of its right to develop all aspects of the nuclear fuel cycle for peaceful purposes.

The US, on the other hand, is adding a new generation of nuclear weapons to what is already the world’s largest nuclear arsenal, in flagrant disregard of the NPT’s requirement that existing nuclear powers progressively disarm."

And if it is far fetched, why is Iran issuing its own warning?

Tehran Warns US Against Military Action Over Nuclear Program
By Stephanie Ho
New York Jewish Times
August 2005

"Iran is warning the United States that any military attack on Iran's nuclear facilities would backfire. At the same time, Tehran says it will not suspend conversion of uranium ore, days after the International Atomic Energy Agency appealed for the country to halt all nuclear activities.

In a news conference in Tehran, Iranian Foreign Ministry spokesman Hamid Reza Asefi said any U.S. military action to stop Tehran's nuclear program would be a mistake.

Mr. Asefi said, if Iran were attacked, it has what he described as "options for defending the country."

The Iranian comments came after President Bush told Israeli television the United States is keeping all options on the table to prevent Iran from developing nuclear weapons. The U.S. leader said these options include the use of force, but only as a last resort.

Speaking on the U.S. television program Fox News Sunday, Republican Senator John McCain said he supports efforts to resolve the issue diplomatically, but he added that he agrees with President Bush's position."

And finally, if it is so far fetched, why is the German Chancellor telling the US to back off.

Germany Tells U.S., Bush to Back Off When Dealing With Iran
Egypt election Daily News
August 14, 2005

"German Chancellor Gerhard Schroeder has warned the US to back away from the possibility of military action against Iran over its nuclear programme.

His comments come a day after President Bush reiterated that force remained an option but only as a last resort."

Earlier today, someone told me that he can't go to sleep

after reading this blog.

So he can't read it at night.

And he said that if he goes to work after reading the blog,

he can't concentrate.

So he can't read it in the morning.

I promised him I would come up with some Bunnie Slopes.


When I was a child, I caught a fleeting glimpse
Out of the corner of my eye.
I turned to look, but it was gone.
I cannot put my finger on it now.
The child has grown, the dream is gone.

I have become comfortably numb.

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Blogger Gloria said...

Aargh, OZ...and I dare not read you pre-dawn! Is pain better than numbness? Yes, if we are not feeling exhausted, helpless, and hopeless.

Please keep it up, though...your insights and graceful prose are addictive.

3:39 AM  
Blogger Step Back said...

The Greatest Insanity of the Shrubmaster is his Lone Tree belief in the supreme right of America and only America to posses nuclear weapons (including Bunker Busters) so that we can push everyone else in the world around ("we" meaning "he"), but heaven forbid that they push back. Sounds like a school yard bully. No?
How does that school yard bully's philosophy square with the Right of all to Bear Arms? The dots don't connect.

6:47 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

I often find myself with a troubled heart and mind and being after reading your blog and yet, from my perspective, it takes a troubled heart and mind and being to contribute to the change that is so necessary as we move closer and closer to the brink.

Keep it coming. We need to know and to be jostled out of our state of carefree denial or avoidance or just plain unawareness.

7:33 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

I know today’s blog is about Iran rather than Iraq, but I want to pass on my recent letter to editors of local (Texas) newspapers.

I support Ms. Cindy Seehan’s quest to meet with President Bush as a means to call attention to the following points concerning the war in Iraq:

President Bush’s preemptory war is about establishing control of oil in the Middle East and was never about reducing threats to the United States from terrorism or weapons of mass destruction. Alternatives other than war are available to supply the energy we presently derive from oil. These alternatives would also improve our disastrous balance of payments deficit caused primarily by buying foreign oil and would reduce empowering our enemies by buying their oil.

After killing and maiming thousands of brave American soldiers and tens of thousands of Iraqis, the United States and the world are more vulnerable to terrorism rather than safer.

The poorly planned war and occupation of Iraq have damaged the credibility of the United States with its world allies, have damaged the United States military for decades just as the Viet Nam war did, and have squandered billions of dollars of our capital that should have been more wisely spent.

President Bush needs to be sent the strongest possible signals that the Iraq war and occupation must end as soon as possible and that those who led our country into this war must acknowledge their mistakes to minimize further damage to our great nation.

Respectfully submitted.


1:05 PM  
Blogger oZ said...

Well spoken CHF and thank you all for your thoughtful comments and encouragement.

3:59 PM  

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