… the talking heads are talking about the U.S. going to war with Iran?
Since February, as you know, I’ve worked at becoming blissfully ignorant of “news.” This doesn’t come naturally to me, having been taught at Mama’s knee to Care Deeply any time some politician or anchorperson anywhere on the globe blows his nose. So I occasionally tune in NPR on the car radio while running errands.
The last couple of days they’ve abandoned their standard “immigrants good,” “guns bad,” “hate Trump all the time.” routine and are talking war-war-war-war-war. With Iran. Why war? Why Iran?
In all the chatter, I haven’t heard a single reason for diving into yet another morass with yet another (and this time much, much bigger; do they even realize that?) country full of vengeful Islamists.
Closest thing to a reason anyone’s given is, “Because John Bolton wants it.” And face it, Bolton probably lurched violently from his mother’s womb shouting, “Kill ’em all; let God sort ’em out!” That man would have us nuke Antarctica, Lichtenstein, or St. Kitts in the Lesser Antillies if somebody didn’t wrestle him to the ground and handcuff him to reality.
So what on earth (or in hell) is this sudden war talk about? Here last week I thought our next scheduled conflagration was supposed to be with China. Or North Korea. Maybe Russia? Or perhaps we were threatening to invade Venezuela because we couldn’t give it a few more weeks to self-destruct on its own? I forget. Is it me or NPR that can’t keep the Enemy du Jour straight from one moment to the next?
Iran??? Are these people serious???
I’d greatly appreciate your enlightened and enlightening thoughts. It goes without saying that I trust you more than I do the News Bleaters of the Deep State.
To own all those libtard democraps, and to prevent a bunch of mooslims from enacting sharia law in the US, because if they did that we might have laws putting women in prison for having abortions or something.
OK the real reason is because Israel and Saudi Arabia want us to
I cannot figure out whether it is a legit concern because Bolton is a maniac or if it is another Media Manufactured Anti-Trump Crisis to try to keep us all hating on him.
All of the above?
I do like Israel, but they’re certainly capable of fighting their own wars, as they’ve amply shown through all their history. And Saudi Arabia? We should pound on lesser Islamist hellholes for the sake of the BIG Islamist hellhole? This makes sense to somebody?
But yeah Bolton = maniac. Shudder
The people of Iran had the gall to overthrow the dictator that Mordor on the Potomac forced on them. The ruling class will never forgive them for that.
Military industrial big business, no war means no business, doubt there is a state that doesn’t have contracts and employees. For the military no war means no medals, promotions, new whiz bang toys, or reason to maintain a standing army.
I think the why is about the same as it was last year or the year before (just “because”) – though recently they went a little overboard. First there was the “intelligence” that Iran was going to try hitting us in some way, then there were a couple of “attacks” on the Saudis (I think one was a tanker and another was a refinery) – then there was the “Iranian” missile shot into the green zone in Baghdad. I don’t know if my tinfoil hat is showing, but these recent “attacks” attributed to the Iranians seem like the most obvious false-flags since the burning of the Reichstag.
Fear. Keep the proles stirred up. Orange man bad.
Some interesting theories. I think this war, like many things our representatives (I refuse to call them “leaders”), foist on us is to divert our attention from something else. The real question is, what is that other more important thing that they don’t want us examining too closely.
My church choir visited England several years back. We ended up one day with a bit of free time, so my wife and I visited the Regimental Museum of the Royal Army unit from the city we were in.
In one case was a display of the iconic red-coated soldier from 1776, and a placard titled “The Troubles in the Colonies.”
According to it, the British were unsuccessful in thwarting the American Revolution mainly because they were at war with too many other countries at the same time. At the end, it noted that the British had learned from the experience, and had not made the same mistake since.
Apparently the U.S. High Command has not stumbled onto that lesson, despite how heavily it’s stressed for new second lieutenants in Infantry Officer Basic.
On the bright side, if the SJWs tell the military to come take our guns, they’ll find all of their grunt door-knockers are either Over There, or recovering from being Over There. 😉
“We have always been at War with EastAsia”
I was talking to my brother about this just last week. Seems like somebody wants a war. China and NK didn’t want to play, so now somebody is hoping Iran will be more cooperative.
Geopolitics involves some very bad people in nearly every country. They all have their motives for wanting to start a war…power, money, ego, bigotry. The average person in any country is not yearning for war, but the ‘leaders’ have much to gain by it. The House of Saud is eager to take out a political and economic competitor, the Israeli government is trying to knock another support out from under the Palestinians, the U.S. politicians are still stinging from the 1979 revolution, Boeing can hear the cash registers ringing, the generals can see another ribbon on their chest or stars on their shoulders, the Apocalyptic Christians can rally their faithful and pass the donation basket, the oil companies see a bonanza in skyrocketing oil prices, and the media can be assured of lots of viewers. What’s not to like?
This is the consortium that lined up in favor of attacking Iraq. Insiders admitted that they all had different motives for that disastrous war, but rather than try to meld it into a non-catchy phrase like oilpowermoneylandpoliticsreligionrevenge, they settled on WMD, even though they all knew it was completely false.
I’m hopeful it’s all empty posturing. Most of it is…until it isn’t.
Maybe this is a character flaw, but I seldom pay any attention to the news, other than local weather. As long as I don’t hear air raid sirens, see hordes of shambling zombies or a vast alien armada, I don’t worry too much. I am going to guess this is just the Drama Of The Day and will fade out when new drama comes along.
I’m going to keep my mouth solidly shut lest I get something worse than sand in it ;))