Miniver loved the days of old
When swords were bright and steeds were prancing;
The vision of a warrior bold
Would set him dancing.
* * *
Miniver mourned the ripe renown
That made so many a name so fragrant;
He mourned Romance, now on the town,
And Art, a vagrant.
Miniver loved the Medici,
Albeit he had never seen one;
He would have sinned incessantly
Could he have been one.
The boychick has brought on two wars that are run like PR campaigns. Pakistan is spinning on the brink of collapse. Turkey has their battle blood up, and a possible ally -- Iran -- wants a nuclear weapon, which we won't let them have (Cheney: "We will not allow Iran to have a nuclear weapon.”) Right.
When Turkey's parliament recently authorized a resolution to send troops into Northern Iraq last month, one lawmaker, Nihat Ergun, explained, "Iraq has become a stomping ground for terrorists." Iraq has become a stomping ground. . .and what event presaged that sad state of affairs?
We don't seem to care that Pakistan has at least 20 nukes in a country that is anything but democratic.
We might bomb Iran, but that would only prove their argument that they need a nuclear defensive capability. Then again, GWB doesn't do nuance.
"The administration will designate the entire Revolutionary Guard [the most elite wing of Iran's military] under Executive Order 13382, signed by GWB in June 2005, which allows the United States to freeze the assets of any proliferator of weapons of mass destruction and its supporters." Hello -- that would be us, with India being our newest nuclear client, if they continue their contract with us, that is. I suppose we could always claim the Fifth should push come to shove.
Whether Iran ever has a nuclear weapon is not as relevant as the question of whether the U.S. will ever return to a strong dollar. Not bloody likely with these geopolitical alignments.