Monday, July 26, 2004

Trenchant Political Thought

So I've been challenged by my friend Aaron to write some "trenchant political thought" on my blog. Coincidentally Aaron started his own blog on this site just days before I did. I was recently looking at some political cartoons on Yahoo. They suggested that Bush wants to go to war with Iran. Talking to Aaron I found out that Bush has promised that if he is re-elected Iran will be next on the list. He gave me an article from the Times about that.

The United States would not use military force, as in Iraq, but “if Bush is re-elected there will be much more intervention in the internal affairs of Iran”, declared the official, who is determined that there should be no let-up in the Administration’s War on Terror.
Now if this statement remains true and we don't use military force, I can handle that.  But I fear that if the first intervention does not prove fruitful that our President will use military force to achieve his goals.  And truth is, I (and many other voters I'm sure) are tired of war.   And I'm quite sure that if there were a vote as to whether we started a new war, America would vote NO. 

Bush is looking less and less appealing.  Don't get me wrong, there is no way I will vote for Kerry... 

The article talks about striking at Iran's nuclear facility before they receive fuel rods from Russia so that we can avert an environmental disaster.  It also speaks about France, Germany, and Britain wanting to defuse the situation through diplomacy.  That sounds typically European.  I don't think that diplomacy will succeed.  But if they are going that route, you can be sure that they will be most upset when the US rushes in and uses "aggressive negotiations" to solve the problems.  Kerry would allow the French president to move into the White House.  Bush on the other hand ignores the world community and does what Bush wants to do.  I'd like to see a more moderate approach.  I'd like to have the support of the EU, I'd like to be a little more friendly.  Right now we're the inconsiderate neighbors who play the loud music at odd times in the night and whose dog craps in your lawn.  I think that needs to change.

Well, I don't know if that is trenchant by any standard (forceful, effective, and vigorous).  But it's a start. 

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