March 22, 2008

Failing to Fight the War Machine

Hatched by Brad

Here is a rare (too rare!) post from our co-conspirator, Brad Linaweaver.

Brad began his political life at the age of four, during the Spanish-American war; he was a conservative then, but the 1960s made him a libertarian, and he burned his AARP card in protest. Then, after viewing the horrors of 9/11, he rose from his walker to become, for the first time, a spry, robust, athletic supporter of what he termed (with pride) "American imperialism."

But he became disenchanted with the war in recent days. Still sharp as a hammer at 114 years young, Brad has now reverted back to libertarianism, going so far as to brazenly, nakedly support Ron Paul for president (it is indeed a blight for sour eyes). He put his clothes back on to be interviewed by Ron Garmon for City Beat's "The Great Hollywood Peace Parade"... yet another left-wing magazine covering Tinseltown as the center of the universe.

(Oddly enough, these progressive corporate dupes have cleverly designed their website so that it's only readable when using Microsoft Internet Explorer; if you use Netscape or Firefox, the text comes up black on black, which is rather hard to read. You must select all the text in order to peruse the article. I'm sorry, but I just find it hilariously ironic that an über-left film rag plays lickspittle to Bill Gates!)

Here -- extracted for your viewing pleasure from endless ramblings about self-immolating musicians, Code Pinko ANSWERistas, and the inevitable fake coffins, puppets, and inflatable beavers -- is Brad's contribution to this magnum gropus. Without führer adieu, heeeeeeeeere's Bradford...!


The Republican Party should not pretend to spread democracy to the benighted regions of the world. That is not in the Republican party's job description. Bush is in the wrong comic book. Bill Buckley thought his Iraq policy “un-conservative,” a fact noted by Fox News in his obituary, which I thought unusually fair and balanced of them.

The left is completely failing to fight the war machine. They won in '06 and have failed ever since. They don’t understand even now how the corporate power-elite runs both parties. George W. Bush is such a happy man these days. Why? He’s done his job, serving his masters well, giving us a foothold in Iraq forever. We will never leave. McCain is being unduly optimistic when he said we’d be there a hundred years. We’ll be in Iraq as long as the American Empire exists. Bush went there for one reason -- to stay there.

They’d rather kill people than develop alternative energy.


Back to Dafydd. Needless to say, I'll put up a post relatively soon responding to Brad's post, with which I, ahem, take some issue.

Hatched by Brad on this day, March 22, 2008, at the time of 5:14 AM

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The following hissed in response by: narciso79

Maybe the fact that it a base against two of our major enemies; Iran & Saudi Arabia. That the largest part of this 'civil war' was a proxy fight for the forces from those two countries. That it is a site of largely untapped oil
reserves. That it may even serve as a model for democracies in the region. Maybe that novel about
a Nazi moon; wasn't fiction; but wish fullfillment, Brad.

The above hissed in response by: narciso79 [TypeKey Profile Page] at March 22, 2008 5:28 PM

The following hissed in response by: J. Kent Hastings

The L.A. City Beat site looks OK on my Mac Firefox browser and on J. Neil Schulman's Windows Firefox browser, but had the black text over black on Neil's Windows Netscape browser.

There's more at my blog post in response.

The above hissed in response by: J. Kent Hastings [TypeKey Profile Page] at March 22, 2008 9:49 PM

The following hissed in response by: Don

Brad may be correct, Dafyddd. Consider the track record. I can think of four major occupations in US history, only one of which has been completed. The other three are still ongoing, at least from a certain point of view.

The first occupation was the Phillipines. The war began in 1898 and US troops were still based there to be captured by the Japanese in 1942.

Two occupations began in the auspicious year of 1945 - Germany and Japan. Last I looked US troops were in both places. In 1950 the US went into South Korea - still 'occupied'.

Whether the US really occupies any of these three countries is an open question - but US troops are still in all three places. We don't seem to control any of the governments and have not for a very long time.

There are a few counterexamples of course. We went into Cuba in 1898 also, but have been out of Cuba since approximately 1899. There is Grenada (in 1984, out same year), the Dominican Republic (1966?), Mexico (1845 & 1916, out within the year both times).

If one wishes to stretch a point one could count the area formerly known as the Confederacy - or the area formerly known as the Republic of Texas, or the area formerly known as the California Republic. But now I venture into the absurd, following much of the 'US out of North America' crowd and much of the original KKK into that delusional space.... ;)

The above hissed in response by: Don [TypeKey Profile Page] at March 25, 2008 9:29 AM

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