Friday, May 30, 2008

New inanities from David Brook…

posted by Bill Arnett @ 10:56 AM Permalink

…to whom I will never link under any circumstances.

Todays ridiculous column purports to be an "open letter" to Obama and McLame the insane clown killer. Quote:
You are now engaged in a campaign debate over whether to talk with Iran. As I’m sure you both know, this is a political exercise that will have little relevance should you actually take office. [Hasn't Iran already been identified as our next existential threat, makers of atomic weapons, a regime we cannot possibly risk allowing to survive under threat of withholding all the ice cream for the European Union? Bill]

In the White House, you will find yourself spending more time on Iran than any other foreign policy issue. You’ll be reminded that the 1979 Iranian revolution is one of the signature events of modern history, akin to the 1917 Russian Revolution, and the U.S. has never figured out how to deal with it. [Didn't he just say above that talking to Iran, "…is a political exercise that will have little relevance should you actually take office…?" What, they should flip a coin? Heads Iran is a threat, Tails we can deliver the ice cream to all the little chirrun of Europe? Bill]

You’ll gather your intelligence experts to help you understand the Iranian threat. They will tell you what they have told the current administration: We don’t know much about how the Iranian regime operates. There are at least four internal factions that seem to regulate each other, but we have little idea how. [Well, we know they exist, they have people there, some good, some bad; we just don't know their intentions and have no idea what they're up to so we better bomb the sh*t outa them just like every other country we attack without understanding. Then we can deliver the ice cream… Bill]

We don’t understand the Iranians because the Iranians don’t understand themselves. [In this way they are very much like American OPINION writers who issue forth columns that contradict themselves silly trying, and failing, at the old, "On the one hand this, but on the other hand that, in a pale imitation of semi-coherent but intrinsically idiot suppositions from a guy who admits that not only he, but our country's intelligence agencies, have no idea how the country is run. I, however, without fear of reprisal, can now definitively reveal that the Iranians run their country the same way America under Republicans do. they use a Magic Eight Ball to make all important decisions. Bill][…]

As you sit in the Oval Office contemplating how to engage Iran, you won’t be reliving the campaign debate about when to negotiate. You’ll be thinking about how to exert pressure. [Why not relive the campaign debate about Iran with a view of finding peaceful means and using diplomacy to settle our differences instead of bombing them and creating a THIRD GENOCIDE FOR OIL. Bill]

You will develop newfound sympathy for your predecessors in the Bush administration. There are a hundred things they could have done differently, but the primary fault for the failure to contain Iran does not lie in Washington. [You'll even feel sorry for yourself once you figure out how bad bush has f*cked America and Americans. And, "…the primary fault for the failure to contain Iran does not lie in Washington.…" even though that is the seat of power for America, where the Prez, the House, the Senate, the Pentagon and most of the other levers of power are located. No, the true failure to contain Iran is the fault of all the political big cats living in a small Northern California town named Weed. Bill]

It lies first with the feckless international community. The United Nations has passed resolutions demanding an end to Iranian nuclear enrichment. Iran ignores them. The United Nations Security Council Resolution 1701 forbids the rearmament of Hezbollah in Lebanon. [And since 1967 and U.N. Resolution 242 Israel has been defiantly and obnoxiously ignoring the terms of that Resolution while facing no consequences whatever, Bill]
The rest of this garbage falls apart, logically so, when insisting that every other country in the world that violates a U.N. Resolution is a rogue nation open to attack while Israel apparently has been given a full pass on their violation.

Just by way of reminder, U.N. Security Council Resolution 242:

NOVEMBER 22, 1967
The Security Council,
Expressing its continuing concern with the grave situation in the Middle East,
Emphasizing the inadmissibility of the acquisition of territory by war and the need to work for a just and lasting peace in which every State in the area can live in security,
Emphasizing further that all Member States in their acceptance of the Charter of the United Nations have undertaken a commitment to act in accordance with Article 2 of the Charter,
Affirms that the fulfillment of Charter principles requires the establishment of a just and lasting peace in the Middle East which should include the application of both the following principles:
Withdrawal of Israeli armed forces from territories occupied in the recent conflict;
Termination of all claims or states of belligerency and respect for and acknowledgement of the sovereignty, territorial integrity and political independence of every State in the area and their right to live in peace within secure and recognized boundaries free from threats or acts of force;
Affirms further the necessity
For guaranteeing freedom of navigation through international waterways in the area;
For achieving a just settlement of the refugee problem;
For guaranteeing the territorial inviolability and political independence of every State in the area, through measures including the establishment of demilitarized zones;
Requests the Secretary General to designate a Special Representative to proceed to the Middle East to establish and maintain contacts with the States concerned in order to promote agreement and assist efforts to achieve a peaceful and accepted settlement in accordance with the provisions and principles in this resolution;
Requests the Secretary-General to report to the Security Council on the progress of the efforts of the Special Representative as soon as possible.

Why do we expect other countries to jump when the Security Council snaps their fingers while all Israel does is give the world the finger? I won't be holding my breath waiting for Brook to explain this dichotomy.

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