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June 23, 2004

Doctorin' the Bush Doctrine

Quick review: 40 years of boycotting Cuba because, well, because we can. Almost 15 years, billions of dollars in "smart bombs" and two wars against Iraq because they had weapons of mass... errrr, colloborated with al Q... ummm... because Saddam's a "bad man, evil tyrant." We apparently have a whole method for dealing with dangerous totalitarian regimes, and it works like a charm, right!?

So why, then, has the Bush Administration decided, in its infinite and highly doctrinaire wisdom, to coddle the world's most megalomaniacal psycho-dictator? Basically because they have ignored the growing threat (glowing threat?) for three years and have no real choice but to try to play nice! No choice, that is, short of a land war in Asia. Or perhaps an air burst right over it.

As this post on PoorMan's excellent site points out, this is basically the same plan Clinton tried years ago, to Republican howls of "appeasement." Now we have much better evidence of just how far along N. Korea's nuke program is (not to mention those missles that can reach Seattle!), but what's a little appeasement between friends?

Seriously... think about it. I think W kinda likes crazy ol' Kim-- and why not? They both enjoy the benefits of inherited wealth and power, surround themselves with ideologically blinded functionaries who view their leader as infallible, pride themselves on being out of touch with reality, and have a shared love of dressing up in Daddy's military clothes. It's a short jump from "Strong Leader" to "Dear Leader," my friends.

Now that we've bankrupted ourselves in Iraq, how does a little "newk-ya-lurr" conflagration in East Asia sound? It might be a little unpleasant for "Coalition of the Willing" members S. Korea and Japan, but look on the bright side for Bush, Cheney and Rumsfeld. If you reduce your enemies to piles of glow-in-the-dark ash, there will be nobody left you can be accused of torturing. Say goodbye to all the "Geneva Convention" carping by those liberals in the media.

And you know, with the way things are going in Iraq, Bush is going to need another war before the election. Something quick and clean, and easy to schedule in late October. I can hear Rove now: "Thermonuclear war: more sanitary that urban guerilla fighting, and cheaper, too." Why do I have a feeling that would focus-test well with a large portion of the American electorate?

Posted by jay at June 23, 2004 03:17 PM | TrackBack
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This is just a "early morning not enough coffee man it's still gray out" sort of guess at what the N. Korea thing is about. So I'll phrase it in the form of a question: Is it possible that the US has agreed to negotiate with N. Korea in order to pacify the S. Koreans, who they so desparately need to help with the mess in Iraq? By negotiating, they no longer to appear to be ignoring the communist menace to the north, and they throw a bone to the country they are "abandoning" because they need the troops for Iraq and, oh yeah, Afghanistan.

Cue that old Smith's song: It's the bomb the bomb the bomb that will keep us together...

Posted by: pam on June 24, 2004 06:28 AM

This is just a "early morning not enough coffee man it's still gray out" sort of guess at what the N. Korea thing is about. So I'll phrase it in the form of a question: Is it possible that the US has agreed to negotiate with N. Korea in order to pacify the S. Koreans, who they so desparately need to help with the mess in Iraq? By negotiating, they no longer to appear to be ignoring the communist menace to the north, and they throw a bone to the country they are "abandoning" because they need the troops for Iraq and, oh yeah, Afghanistan.

Cue that old Smith's song: It's the bomb the bomb the bomb that will keep us together...

Posted by: pam on June 24, 2004 06:28 AM
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