Tuesday, October 09, 2012
Headed Down the Same Road
First up is our insistence on repeating the same mistakes always hoping for a different outcome. This tendency to not honor the one rule of History we should honor is interwoven into our group psyche. We repeat these mistakes even knowing the historical results of our previous attempts.
Foreign Policy is the perfect example. And the perfect poster child would be our foreign policy in the Mid East. I would say that hands down, our involvement there has not netted us anything close to a positive outcome or even hopes of one in the distant future. Frankly I do not give a rat's ass about the Mid East. Nothing over there seems worth all the men, materiel, and money we have pissed down the drain trying to "straighten them out".
What about the oil? Yeah, what about it? Is easy access to oil worth the price we have paid? In my opinion, no it is not. Easy access to oil has blunted and drastically slowed our development of alternative energy sources. As long as the oil flows, we are happy campers. What's the death of a nephew, a niece or a neighbor's kid matter as long as we can pump our tanks full of gas and head down to Walmart?
So anyway, Mitt Romney is finally allowing some details out regarding his take on Foreign Policy. And surprise, surprise, he too wants to jump on the bandwagon of repeated mistakes.
Instead of continuing the draw down of our troops in the Mid East, Mitt's plan calls for keeping 30,000 troops in Iraq indefinitely. He would increase defense spending even though common sense should make Defense a fat target in our efforts to get our budget in order.
He would arm the rebels in Syria but only if they "share our ideals. I love this one. This one repeated mistake is in my opinion the one that has escalated the violence over there on a contunuing basis for at least the last 40 years. We arm the lesser of two evils at the time and then the lesser evil turns around and starts shooting at us with the guns we gave them. Like I said is this common sense at work? And Mitt wants to do it again.
Yeah yeah, yeah. The pundits and experts would say I don't understand all the intricacies and nuances of what is going on in the Mid East. Fine. But it would seem you flounders with all the degrees and power don't have a clue either. You keep trying the same old shit and getting the same result. Who's the real dumass here?
Maybe, just maybe, we should stop over thinking our role there and just go simple. Set up some rules of behavior for them regarding their interactions with us. The rules broken would have serious consequences. Maybe even violent and immediate consequences. Once we have issued the ground rules, we let them kill each other until they get tired of it.
I'm fed up with wasting the best of our population on misadventures that look more like economic policy at the end of a gun.