Sunday, October 16, 2011

War is the essence of peace

The New York Times has an interesting article today. Excerpt:
WASHINGTON — President Obama is pressing United Nations nuclear inspectors to release classified intelligence information showing that Iran is designing and experimenting with nuclear weapons technology. The president’s push is part of a larger American effort to further isolate and increase pressure on Iran after accusing it of a plot to assassinate Saudi Arabia’s ambassador to the United States.
So let's tote this up. Obama cited a ridiculous story about Iran attempting to assassinate a Saudi official on US soil, in order to drum up hostility against that country and much more importantly, to make Obama look manly in the eyes of the rightwing lunatic fringe.  Let me repeat the key phrase I just used: a ridiculous story. And now they're pressuring nuclear inspectors to say that Iran is trying to create nuclear weapons technology. Let's think about this for a moment.
Obama seems to be hoping for an opportunity to attack Iran before the elections -- to push up his ratings, no doubt. And hey, maybe a "good guy" war in Africa might inspire the electorate as well. Earlier this week we learned we're sending our military to Africa to fight "goons". And as we all know, another war is just what we need as the middle class disappears from our country. Two new wars! Hooray! (And how many wars are we already conducting? Two in the open and three more on the sly, by my count.)

This is quite a country we've got going here. Capping it all off, today Obama is dedicating a memorial to an actual man of peace. The irony jumps out at you: Mr. Nobel Peace Prize himself will dedicate the memorial to Martin Luther King, Jr. -- as he begins two new wars.

Life sure is grand in the US of A.