Wednesday, February 22, 2012

The Iran-Contra Scandal

"I went down to the demonstration /
to get my fair share of abuse . . ."

And this is why: the Reagan Administration. Its support for the Contras and similar death squad entities in Latin America. 


What was that again?  Israel-US-Iran-Iraq-Nicaragua involved in a bizarre, intricate scheme that came down to trading weapons to Iran for cash and a trickle of hostage releases in Lebanon; the cash was to be rerouted to the Contras secretly as a way to get around US legal restrictions against sending weapons to either Contras or Iranians. It was so brazenly stupid that even now, looking back, I'd be amazed except for continued blunders and stupidity, such as how an American officer -- after US forces have spent more than ten years in Afghanistan -- could be so dense as to burn Korans and basically hand a political victory over to the Taliban by inciting serious unrest throughout the region. And we wonder why the Afghan Army being trained by the West for an entire decade is either A) not ever going to be up to the task we "assigned" them; or B) prefering not to, like an army of Bartleby the Scriveners?  Or that three out of four Republican presidential candidates (excepting only Ron Paul) in this year's national nominating process have already loudly announced their intention of participating in or even gleefully starting an Israel/US-Iran war?  Good God, folks!  How else can we define collective madness?

"What a piece of work is a man, how noble in reason, how
infinite in faculties, in form and moving how express and
admirable, in action how like an angel, in apprehension how like
a god!"

Today's Rune: Wholeness.


Charles Gramlich said...

Another war. Yeah, that's what we need. *face/palm*

the walking man said...

I never did understand why no one ever prosecuted Reagan for conducting foreign policy while he was still a private citizen? he must have been in some serious negotiations with the Ayatollah Khomeini to have this all in place when he took the reigns of power from Carter.

And here we are 40 years later still living with his treason and the model of it, he might be the first president ever to commit an impeachable offense before he was ever sworn in. But it really was more like treason than anything else.

Personally i think we aught to gather every gun, bullet, tank, armored vehicle and every other weapon or uniform right down to the shoelaces and pull back to Kuwait and start to pack it all up and ship it home. Mission accomplished with the death of bin Laden.

Let the Afghan's go back to their tribal system and rule themselves as they desire. I feel sorry for the women but they if they wanted could run the damn place better than Karzhi and more honestly as well.

No one seems to understand that for over 2000 years the Afghans have been at war with someone, either internal or external and it is a way of life for them.

Iran well W really screwed the pooch on that one with his invasion of a sovereign nation, Iraq, which was the only place in the ME that kept them somewhat contained.

Nope time to cut our losses, let them duke it out and hope that Israel won't use the nukes we gave them, which I am sure is more than enough to turn the sand to unlivable glass.

Erik Donald France said...

Thanks, dudes, for the comments~!

I aim to respond more fully soon . . .