Wednesday, July 9, 2008

Iran, a Symbol of our Weakness?

In the news more missile tests from Iran. My gut with them is always give them an ultimatum then attack.

I know we can't. One the oil prices, Congress's fault. Two the lack of military for a full scale invasion. The fault here? Bush 41 and Clinton for the cutting of defense and the illusion of the peace dividend. More acutely the slapstick handling of the current war by the administration.

Two questions. Do the rule mean anything? Iran is part of treaties banning the building of nuclear weapons so if they want nuclear power inspections will follow. There is also a ban on the types of missiles they tested. Is the U.N. going to enforce these things?

Why are we still trading with them? Its not just meds and food. Some of it seems to be shady. We sell to foreign company and they sell to Iran.

Europe negotiated with them for three, four years. So according to the U.N. and the pansy hippie wannabes here what do we do now? Sanctions? For how long? Then what? What do we do if they attack Israel, Iraq, or Afghanistan? What if they start blackmailing us? When if ever do we stand up take the the losses? The further down this road we get do we not stand to lose more and more when we take action?

More than two, but it all really gets under my skin. What we can do.

The broad solutions.
Have A coherent PR Front, thee US at all levels looks like a bunch of winy children.
Energy independence, drill you morons! Allow oil shale and coal liquification, again you freak 'n morons! Yes yes may not be a long term solution but is there another short term one?
Get us out of debt, stop spending money, fix social security ect. Bulk up the military.
The broad solution are hard but help solve many problems.

Iran specifics.
Start with a new stricter sanctions. US companies can sell food and medicine to them only. Let them spend all their time farming just to feed themselves. The President should publicly call out all the companies that aren't following the spirit of this and prosecute those not following the letter of the law.

What we should have been all along is a radio free Europe model on steroids. Media Free Middle East. On the radio, 2-3 stations of music from Europe ans US, one talk from Us one from Europe. Over the air tv, BBC news , CNN International, A TV Land type of station, history international and a History type channel focused on modern marvel type shows and middle east recent history. Honestly cover the overthrow of the Shaw, hostages crisis and the terrorist bombings. From what i can tell there is a lot of recent history that the young just have no clue about.

Take good ides where you can find them.

Children of Jihad at Book TV

and a BCC interview

Good Ideas are out there, you just have to look.

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