Do The Freakin Math

Liberals and conservatives alike frequently rely on limited evidence, personal experience, religious beliefs or gut emotions to determine solutions for complex problems. From immigration to global warming - taxes to terrorism - or health care to free trade - analytical study is rare. Science based policy making isn’t the way of Washington. And the consequences are catastrophic. Change is urgently needed. Just do the freakin’ math.

Sunday, November 07, 2010

Bankers and terrorists?

What do terrorists, infectious diseases, hackers, climate change and bankers all have in common? A global lawless environment that fosters the free flow of chaos.

Tuesday, November 02, 2010

US in decline.

Arnaud de Borchgrave’s assertion (Managing Decline: Pax Americana is winding down, 11-1-10) that “the decline of the American empire may be hastened by another war in the Gulf … triggered by Israel and/or US bombs on Iran’s nuclear installations” is eye opening to say the least.
That could explain why Iranian leaders are threatening a second holocaust on Israel. They want an attack. A US or Israel attack might prove tactically devastating to Iran and it citizenry…but it’s strategic effects could fulfill Osama Bin Ladin’s original goals of breaking us economically and dividing us politically (not that we needed assistance doing either).
Perhaps capitalism really didn’t defeat communism. Communism was just the first superpower to be defeated by clever Islamic extremists. We helped them bring down the Soviet Union and now by provoking Israel they can destroying us.
Any attack on Iran would spark an asymmetrical gulf war resulting almost immediately in massive reduction (if not a complete halt) of affordable petroleum vital to our already faltering economic engine. And that will be just an opening move in their game of destruction. Don’t forget the Persians invented chess and we invented checkers.
What if Iran uses biological or chemical weapons? They didn’t forget that the US provided Saddam with both the chemical WMD precursors and the targeting information essential to effectively gas thousands of Iranians in the 1980s.
Even a limited “asymmetrical Gulf war” could “speed up the end of ‘America’.” It’s not hard to imagine a worse case scenario with cyber attacks combined with the dispersal of anthrax or weaponized smallpox. It could be released by North Korea…and we wouldn’t know until millions of Americans were dead. Check and check mate. War just isn’t what it used to be. Perhaps we should find another way of resolving our differences. Make world law, not world war.