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I'm an Associate Professor of Philosophy at the University of Dayton. I represent no one but myself, and barely do that. I'm here mostly by accident.

Tuesday, February 27, 2007

Whose Nightmare?

It seems that if we take our maximum leader seriously, and Seymour Hersh's latest article from the New Yorker is correct, there is only one conclusion we can draw.

We have to bomb ourselves.

The resolution passed to give el Presidente authority to do, apparently, whatever the hell he wants:

THE PRESIDENT'S CONSTITUTIONAL AUTHORITY TO CONDUCT MILITARY OPERATIONS AGAINST TERRORISTS AND NATIONS SUPPORTING THEM

The President has broad constitutional power to take military action in response to the terrorist attacks on the United States on September 11, 2001. Congress has acknowledged this inherent executive power in both the War Powers Resolution and the Joint Resolution passed by Congress on September 14, 2001.

The President has constitutional power not only to retaliate against any person, organization, or State suspected of involvement in terrorist attacks on the United States, but also against foreign States suspected of harboring or supporting such organizations.

The President may deploy military force preemptively against terrorist organizations or the States that harbor or support them, whether or not they can be linked to the specific terrorist incidents of September 11.

Now, according to Hersh (whose character, credentials, attitude, approach, and probably his love life are frequently attacked; interestingly, it is much more rare to find his results shown to be false by these same critics):

To undermine Iran, which is predominantly Shiite, the Bush Administration has decided, in effect, to reconfigure its priorities in the Middle East. In Lebanon, the Administration has coöperated with Saudi Arabia’s government, which is Sunni, in clandestine operations that are intended to weaken Hezbollah, the Shiite organization that is backed by Iran. The U.S. has also taken part in clandestine operations aimed at Iran and its ally Syria. A by-product of these activities has been the bolstering of Sunni extremist groups that espouse a militant vision of Islam and are hostile to America and sympathetic to Al Qaeda.
. . .
The United States has also given clandestine support to the Siniora government, according to the former senior intelligence official and the U.S. government consultant. “We are in a program to enhance the Sunni capability to resist Shiite influence, and we’re spreading the money around as much as we can,” the former senior intelligence official said. The problem was that such money “always gets in more pockets than you think it will,” he said. “In this process, we’re financing a lot of bad guys with some serious potential unintended consequences. We don’t have the ability to determine and get pay vouchers signed by the people we like and avoid the people we don’t like. It’s a very high-risk venture.” . . .

American, European, and Arab officials I spoke to told me that the [Prime Minister of Lebanon] Siniora government and its allies had allowed some aid to end up in the hands of emerging Sunni radical groups in northern Lebanon, the Bekaa Valley, and around Palestinian refugee camps in the south. These groups, though small, are seen as a buffer to Hezbollah; at the same time, their ideological ties are with Al Qaeda.

Opening up the can of worms that was the invasion of Iraq thus has had several consequences--none good:

a) Iran is stronger
b) Hezbollah is stronger
c) Iraq is in a civil war
d) resources are diverted from Afghanistan
e) Pakistan can ignore our pleas to "crack down" on terrorism

To do something about b) (which is exacerbated by a), we do d), can't do much about e) [but send Cheney to threaten the Pakistanis with . . . Democrats!], and all along continue to focus on c), which is, at least to a large extent, what led to a) and thus b) and thus d) and thus e).

Clearly, there are a couple of obvious conclusions to draw from this rather horrifying Realpolitik sorites:

1) Bomb and/or invade Iran.

2) Follow the resolution above, and allow the President to deploy military force against terrorist organizations or the States that harbor or support them, whether or not they can be linked to the specific terrorist incidents of September 11.

The Pentagon is quite nervous about scenario 1; some reports indicate that a number (5 is the number I've heard thrown around) of generals have threatened to resign upon its implementation, and it is quite hard to see what that will accomplish beyond adding f), g), h), etc. [fill in your own consequences] to the list above.

So I think it is pretty clear that by the Administration's logic, we have little choice but to bomb the country responsible for setting all of this into motion.

14 Comments:

Anonymous Anonymous said...

"Men weren't really the Enemy. They were fellow victims suffering from an outmoded masculine mystique that made them feel unnecessarily inadequate when there were no bears to kill."
-Betty Friedan

"What is Good? All that heightens the feeling of power, the will to power, power itself in man.
What is Bad? All that proceeds from weakness.
What is happiness? The feeling that power increases...that a RESISTANCE is overcome."
-F. Nietzsche

This is 'the deal'.

-JR (ABR)

1:47 AM  
Blogger Bazarov said...

Lovely! I'm impressed by your ability to hold so many thoughts in your mind at once. Good writing. Haven't been here in a while, but I doubt anyone's sorry about that.

How's the book on Kant going? Is it in print yet? If so, any numbers on sales?

4:39 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

'Lovely! I'm impressed by your ability to hold so many thoughts in your mind at once. Good writing. Haven't been here in a while, but I doubt anyone's sorry about that.'

Bazarov, you know very well how many thoughts Kurt can hold in his mind at once. What would bring you to post such a thing? I might be mistaken but it looks like you've been here quite a bit. Are you sure you aren't delusional like all the douchebags you so sweetly describe. If you'd not been here I'm sure there'd be many sorry not to hear from you.
-JR

12:30 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

I love the count box. I've a few friends that will appreciate it. And a few that won't...it made me laugh:)
JR

7:20 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

While I cannot pronounce his real last name, I would like to go on record as saying that bazarov is not delusional. I'm not entirely sure what a "douchebag" is, so I shall demur.

--kurt

9:38 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

March 9, 2007
JR says:
Demur all you like. Below you will see bazarov has been here fairly consistently....so I thought bazarov might have had a momentary lapse of delusion as well as the douchebags he names.........I am not entirely sure what a 'douchebag' is either. Would bazarov like to give us a definition? Make it simple though, bazarov, some of us can't hold so many thoughts in our mind at once...and before you answer...consider the fair maiden with a grown hair on her shoulder and Mrs. Dumbass from your blog. I wonder. Are the two douchbags as well?
~JR

March 6, 2007
"bazarov said..."

Feb 27, 2007
"bazarov said...
Lovely! I'm impressed by your ability to hold so many thoughts in your mind at once. Good writing. HAVEN'T BEEN HERE IN A WHILE, BUT I DOUBT ANYONE'S SORRY ABOUT THAT.

How's the book on Kant going? Is it in print yet? If so, any numbers on sales?
2:39 AM"


Feb 23,2007
"bazarov said...
Nice. I wish I had something to write but I don't, and echoing that Horowitz is a
DOUCHEBAG just doesn't seem as fun as it was the first two times. You must have a nice crystal ball though to have seen the potential troubles an invasion would've caused and that we're now experiencing; it must be that black magic/voodoo shit you people in academia use.
2:44 AM"

Feb 6, 2007
"bazarov said...
Wow...I guess this makes me a name caller and slanderer, but that guy's a DOUCHEBAG. Nice tag name by the way.
How do you deal with people who assert nonsense? If they're so DELUSIONAL, do you really have a chance at getting through to them?
4:34 AM"

Feb 6, 2007
"bazrarov said...
The problem is that people eat this shit up with a smile. Like I still bump into people who don't think Global Warming is real. I inform them that there is no argument about whether or not it's warming up (unless you consider arguments like those supporting the idea that we're on a flat Earth surrounded on all sides by the firmament) and that the arguing is about whether or not the warming is due to human activities. The stance that it isn't has been out of favor with the scientific community for quite some time now, but what do they know compared to God and Bush, right? They don't argue much because they're just parroting what they heard while they worked the other day and then I figured out where they hear this shit. Just the other day I heard Sean Hannity on the radio, and he had this "chemist" on and the first thing Sean asks the guy is something like, "So Dr. Blahblahblah, is there any evidence that global warming is real?" And the DOUCHEBAG answers the way any DOUCHEBAG would answer that question: "To date there is not one scientific experiment showing conclusively that global warming is a real phenomenon."

Jan 25, 2007
"bazarov said..."

Jan 11, 2007
"bazarov said...
Sorta takes the wind out of my sails. How can you get through to someone so DELUSIONAL?
11:48 PM"

Dec 11, 2006
"bazarov said..."

~JR (!)

9:31 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

12,000.
Alert.
Can't stop what's coming.
#1 in on the way.
No choice: Involuntary deployment.
Going going gone.
Sick.
:(
Resolutions resolve nothing.
For Nothing is why we are there.
~wahine JR

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