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Some thoughts on Foreign Policy

Sad how this is still very relevant (just add Beijing and Teheran to Moscow)(sorry about the music, I couldn’t find this part of the speech on it’s own)


Over the last 4 years:

A dictator has returned to the Russian Presidency

China is building it’s Navy and saber rattling

Pro-Democracy forces were slaughtered in Iran and the U.S. did nothing

Anti-American Islamists have taken over Tunisia, Libya, Egypt, and are about to take over Syria (and yes these psychos

are worse the bastards they booted out)

We abandoned Iraq

Israel backstabbed at every opportunity

Pakistan is actively supporting Islamists

We are in talks to give Afghanistan back to he Taliban

But, it’s not our problem…just like Kaiser, the Red Army, the Fuhrer, the Ayatollah, Mao, Tojo, Ho, the Khmer Rogue, all of Africa were never our problem.

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A video that reminds me why I love this country, and why we’re better than everyone else.

Take a moment and watch this video…

Yes, if you have even a shred of a brain and a shred of conscience you probably would love to see a sequel to this video where someone punches this girl so hard that she loses several teeth and is permanently disfigured. Sadly there is no such video of someone making her external appearance match the sick black hole that passes for her soul. But once the rage has passed let me remind you that a moment like this should be cherished for the many reasons it reminds us of why America is so great…

Let the cognitive dissonance pass, and let me explain.

First I’d like to point out something about her courage. She says what many liberals think but are afraid to say, and she should be commended for that. Granted she doesn’t have the stones that her hippie forefathers had to actually go up to a soldier spit right in their face and call them a baby-killer, but we must give the devil his due. She is leagues ahead of many of her liberal colleagues. But why is this one of the reasons why America is great? Well just imagine if she had tried this in one of those countries which, according to her, are not our enemies. Iran, Saddam’s Iraq, Libya (pre and post Kaddafi), Yemen, Saudi Arabia, Afghanistan (again, pre and post), Pakistan, China, North Korea, Tunisia, and Russia (yes even still to this day). Well first, half of those countries as a woman she would never have even been allowed near a computer and even if she had posted a video about how great Allah was (while wearing her legally required burqa) she still would have been stoned to death. If she had said the same things about any of those countries’ soldiers as she said about her own country’s she would likely have been kidnapped in the night, probably raped and tortured before being killed herself. If she was lucky she would have a show trial. And in China they’d charge her family the cost of the bullet used to shoot her. But not here in America. This is a country where you can literally go up and spit in a soldier’s face and at most face a misdemeanor assault charge.

What other country lives so fully the ideal of “I will defend your right to say things I find morally abhorrent to the death” as the United States. Granted we’re not too hot on libel, slander, fraud, inciting violence that present a clear and present danger, obscenity (which is rather haphazardly enforced) and…and…I think that’s about it. What other country does that. Even most of the other nations of the Western world have some limitations on free speech, usually in the areas of racism and hatred against religions…but only one has to look at how such P.C. speech codes protect the truly violent and vicious from being attacked and cause true and civil discussion to be gagged. What other country does that?

And what other country can trust its soldiers to control themselves well enough that they don’t immediately rip out the throat of wretches like this girl with all of that deadly force we have trained them to have. Few and far between.

Now granted, she is right to point out that there has been some atrocious behavior committed by members of armed services.  But two things should be noticed. One we don’t go to the lengths other governments do to cover these things up (destroying documents, threatening news outlets, etc.). UN troops (read not US) have a history of raping and murdering the population they’re supposed to be protecting. (also see Eric Shawn’s the UN Exposed if you want to know how corrupt this organization is). The difference is that while our military has a few bad apples (show me any group of over a 100,000 people who are all saints) other governments actually dedicate themselves to butchering others. The difference is that we know about all of our atrocities (which are few and far between compared to other countries) because we don’t go to great unethical lengths to hide them (yes there’s always some idiot in the government doing a half-assed job, but it’s nothing compared to the evil of other governments). And we’re one of the few governments that prosecute those who defile the uniform of our military—and last time I checked military prisons were not pleasant places. Again you don’t see a lot of that in most of the world. The fact is that even in many countries that profess free speech, this girl would be dead. But not in America.

Still on the freedom of speech side you have to love the fact that you can make wildly inaccurate statements and not have the government coming for you and throwing you in prison. You have the right to be wrong in this country. For instance she says we’ve killed millions in Iraq, it’s closer to a hundred thousand or so …but liberals were never very good with numbers. She is right that it’s offensive with what we pay over half of every tax dollar on. But actually we don’t spend 51% of the government’s money on the military (that’s about 20% of the budget) we spend over half the budget on inefficient, evil and destructive socialist programs. But when did liberals ever let little things like facts get in the way.  Oh and her statement that the troops are dumb, as I pointed out in Republicans and Reincarnation, the average person in the military actually scores higher on every test of intelligence than their civilian counterparts. As to evil, yes it’s so horrendous wanting to defend people like her so you have the liberty to smear the people who make you safe at night. As for morally compromised, show me one reservist who is making more money being in the military, show me one person who signs up for a second tour who couldn’t find a better paying job with their highly trained skills. To find someone dumb and evil I would suggest this girl buys a mirror, to find morally compromised I would suggest she goes to a DNC meeting where people say they support the troops and then create policy that does the opposite (not that Bush not having a plan for occupation was particularly great either). But only in a country like this, where people have near unlimited freedom of speech, do we know that someone like this is a vile excuse for a human as she really is. In no other country would there be such a wonderful sign for all other human beings to ostracize someone like this or the Westboro Baptists. How would we know if they weren’t allowed to express their filth.

And because of this freedom to express evil and ignorance we know when people are stupid and horrendous, only in America, which is why I support this dimwit’s right to not support the troops, and why this is a great nation.

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Obama, he’s just not liberal enough

Let’s see.

Just not enough of a leftist

Obama has:
Given us a socialist health care system.
Proposed massive new taxes (1.5 Trillion in fact).
Raised Spending across the board.
Took over or made the government heavily involved with many industries.
Increased regulation of almost every field.
Ended “Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell” (I actually agree with this one, but it’s not generally considered a socially conservative position).
Has instituted massive class warfare.
Never met an environmentalist proposal he didn’t like .
Backstabbed Israel at every turn.
Appeased tyranny at every turn.
Turned a blind eye to illegal immigration.
Supported the teacher’s union.
Supported all unions and given them free license to do whatever they want.
Used executive orders to skip Congress and run the country like a petty dictator.
And appointed more Czars to run more things than I can think of.

And yet….and yet…he’s apparently not liberal enough for the liberals in this country who are planning to run a more liberal challenger against Obama in the primaries.

I have two questions for these people?

One, how exactly do you see Barrack Obama as a moderate? There is nothing this man has done which wasn’t already to the left of LBJ and FDR.

Two. Who are you going to get that’s more liberal than Obama? Mao? Che? I’m not sure if even Marx himself is left enough for these people.

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Isolationists and the moral requirement to act

At a recent dinner I got into an argument with a couple of libertarians (well one was a libertarian, I’m not quite sure what the other is) (and I would like to point out that I was nicer there than I am here). It started somehow with a discussion of Ron Paul and my saying that he was an isolationist and Anti-Semite (he is). The rebuttal came that all the quotes attributed to him aren’t true. Well I’ve read his chapter on “Zionism” in his book Liberty Defined. After reading that I feel comfortable calling him an Anti-Semite, don’t believe me, go read it yourself, it should be in most Barnes and Nobles in the Current Events Section…just don’t buy it, just read it there, there is no need to encourage such degenerate filth as Anti-Semitism by giving it money. Then of course I was then told that he never said we were responsible for 9/11. Let me quote to you from the Republican debates back in 2008:

 

Ron Paul: They attack us because we’ve been over there, we’ve been bombing Iraq for 10 years. We’ve been in the Middle East. I think Reagan was right. We don’t understand the irrationality of Middle Eastern politics.

Now, I’m only a simple English teacher, but that reads like a simple conditional clause. “They attack us BECAUSE we’ve been over there.” Any logical interpretation to this would suggest that he is saying that IF we weren’t over there THEN they wouldn’t attack us. But I’m just using simple things like grammar and logic to interpret Ron Paul’s words. Perhaps if I drank the Kool-Aid his followers have I might see the mystical other way to interpret those words. “We’ve been bombing Iraq for 10 years” suggest if we had just left that nice Hussein alone, we wouldn’t have had any problem. If we had just let him invade Kuwait and subjugate the people there obviously the world would be a better safer place. You believe that don’t you? Now I’ll grant you oil would be cheaper, but we would have let tyranny expand further in the world (not exactly worth the cost of saving a quarter on a gallon of gas). The next two sentences are kind of non-sequitor, but I’m going forgive more of it because when speaking on the spot it takes a while to collect your thoughts (if you have any). But my favorite is the last sentence is “We don’t understand the irrationality of Middle Eastern politics.” Ignoring the racist overtones of the suggestions that Arabs are too stupid to be rational, it suggests that because we can’t understand Middle Eastern politics we shouldn’t get involved. Which leads to the question, because it was almost impossible to understand the insanity of communism, should we have just let the rest of the world fall to Soviet expansion? Because we couldn’t grasp the pure evil of National Socialism should have just ignored it until it came to our shores (oh, wait that’s effectively what we did!)?

But let’s ignore Ron Paul for the moment and go back to my conversation. I pointed out that yes my interlocutors had a point that we have botched and screwed up a lot in our recent endeavors overseas. The monster that was Bush/Clinton/Bush/Obama seems to have no idea of how to conduct foreign affairs (although each retarded head of that beast has its own unique flaws—cowardice/indifference/idiocy/evil). But no matter how bad our screw ups, not doing anything would have been far, far worse.

My opponents tried to then point to Israel as part of the problem and our help in creating it. That if we just didn’t back it we wouldn’t have had all these problems with terrorists attacking us. Really? So to protect ourselves we should betray the only democracy in that part of the world. Our survival is more important than the lives of others. What a moral stance isolationists take. This is preposterous for two reasons. The first is sanity. While I do not believe in an inability of Arab cultures to create democratic regimes, I believe that those cultures have become infected with a perverse belief system (to call it a religion would be overly generous). And those who subscribe to this sick ideal hate us not because we support Israel, or because we have economic prosperity, or because we support the Saudi regime, or because we supported the Shah or this or that…they hate us because the kind of evil they subscribe to is based on hate. Hate of that which is different and until everyone is under the yoke of their perverse system they won’t have their blood lust satiated (even then it will just turn more on itself until nothing that resembles anything human remains). If Israel falls, they will still hate Europe. If Europe falls, they will still hate the US. If we paid exorbitant tribute to them they would still hate us. There is no dealing with this or any evil. P.J. O’Rourke offered one of the most insightful comment of the century when he noted that “Evil is an outreach program.” By its nature it can do only one of two things spread or die. The only sane option is that we choose the latter, because it can never be appeased, never satiated, never halted. Your only choice with evil is to surrender or kill it. The second reason is that it’s evil. To withdraw support for Israel would be condemning thousands if not millions to death. I think the blood of 6 million Jews is enough on the hands of our country. (And yes I will maintain we are responsible for the death of the Holocaust victims because we knew that something was going on, we knew how evil Hitler was, and we did less than nothing. I say less than nothing because we didn’t just ignore the problem, we denied Jews attempting to escape entry on numerous occasions condemning them to torture and death. That’s the legacy of the so-called greatest generation, electing leaders who turned a blind eye to genocide.)

I was then treated to a statement about how I shouldn’t support Israel because they have a very liberal/pseudo-socialist economy. Which they do. I will admit that. But I would also point out two things. One, liberal economy with democratic-republican system is still better than psycho-evil-fascist-theocracy any day. Second, I will actually say something nice about socialism so get ready because this is a once in a decade event. Socialism is an excellent economic system when at war. (And by war here I mean more the Von Clausewitz concept of total war where you are in a life or death struggle.) When you are at war you have to control industry, resources, and capital if you’re going to survive. And guess what, Israel has been in this state of total war since the first day they were created. I may not like their economic system, but I understand why it’s necessary.

So seeing they weren’t going to make headway on the Israel point, because it will be a cold day in hell before I turn my back on Israel (in case you’re wondering it will be a cold day in the Arctic before Obama or just about any non-Jewish Democrat turns their back on Israel) my dinner companions tried to go with history. They tried going to our support of the Shah as the reason that Iran hated us. No, actually it was their embracing a religious lunatic. Under the Shah, bad as he was, Iran was Westernizing, it was becoming exceedingly civilized and would likely have naturally done away with the Shah and adopted a democratic system, or at least something less corrupt if the Ayatollah hadn’t taken over. Besides as bad as the Shah was, there was a lot worse….like the Ayatollah. We backed the lesser of many evils and it took a gutless wonder like Carter to do nothing when the country fell to absolute insanity. (One wonders what would have happened if Reagan had won in 1976 the first time he ran…oh wait, I don’t have to wonder, the armed services would never have atrophied due to lack of care that Carter gave them, they would have gone in, rescued all the people in the embassy and killed everyone who was about to plunge Iran into 30 years of medieval nonsense and tyranny. Then the terrorists of the world would have had no one to turn to in order to fund their constant attacks on the U.S., Europe, and Israel. Thanks Jimmy it’s amazing you won a Peace Prize for being the person most responsible for letting tyranny and terrorism thrive. I hope the Ant-Semitic bastard that Jimmy Carter is, and yes he is a goddamn Nazi at heart and I don’t mean that in any exaggerated or hyperbolic way, rots in hell.)

Then they tried to go back further all the way to WWI. Saying that our involvement in WWI was wrong. That we should have stayed out. Yes, when the Ottoman and German empires are engaging in such horrendous behavior that words like genocide and crimes against humanity need to be invented because nothing else quite fits how sick these people are…yeah we shouldn’t have chosen sides. And dare we forget that it’s our isolationist behavior during the treaty talks and after the conclusion of the war that caused WWI…it wasn’t because we were too involved in world affairs. (I’ll also blame Wilson’s gross incompetence in his stupid 14 points plan).

The fact of the matter remains that even at our worst when we get involved in world affairs it is always better than when we don’t.

When we are involved we stop the genocide of the Ottoman Empire. When we don’t the Reich takes its place. When we are involved fascism dies. When we aren’t communism thrives. When we are involved we have Mi Lai. When we’re not we have the killing fields of Cambodia. When we’re involved we have slow progress in Iran. When we’re not we have them reverting to barbarism. When we’re involved we have Afghani’s killing Russians! When we’re not we have the Taliban take over. When we’re involved at least now that there is a way for people to get out of Afghanistan even if we’ve screwed everything else up over there. But then again all of the enemies time and money seems to be concentrated over there and not here (it’s cynical but it’s true). The world is better when America acts even on our worst day than any day we don’t act to draw a line in the sand and tell evil that it will not move one step further (even when we don’t succeed).

To deny this is to be like Ron Paul who best belongs with Neville Chamberlain and the apologists of the 1930’s who seek only Peace in our Time. When you try to deal, to reason, to appease evil you will always find that our time only lasts a few days. The only sane, rational, and morally correct way to deal with evil is to oppose it. Better to do with it with forethought, planning, and a somewhat cold calculation that innocent dead today is better than twenty at the hands of tyranny. No matter the cost the only sane reaction is to oppose evil and tyranny with everything we have. To do less is to sign our own death warrant.

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10 Years Later

Anniversaries are strange things for me. As a New Ager I find the very concept of time kind of fictional and arbitrary, but usually anniversaries are happy occasions to remember that which we should be deliriously happy about and recall all we are grateful for…anniversaries of terrible events however don’t make as much sense to me. As in the case of parents who every year go to the place their child died and leave flowers (not the place they’re buried, the place they died…because theoretically we’re leaving the flowers for the dead so let’s leave it at the literal site of the most pain they ever experienced…yeah, that’s psychologically healthy). Grief is a natural process, and an important part of loss, but after grief comes acceptance, and not moving into acceptance is a serious sign of psychological unbalance and in some ways dishonoring the dead by not getting on with your life. However this is 9/11 this is more than just the death of a close loved one, this is the single largest attack on America ever, just ignoring this would be disrespectful, but if anniversaries of terrible events are for anything they are for looking at what we have learned, how we have changed (preferably for the better), and most importantly what do we still need to do to make sure this never happens again.

So what have we learned?

Well, we learned that contrary to Francis Fukuyama’s 1992 “The End of History and the Last Man” we have yet to reach the end of history. At the fall of the Soviet Union Fukuyama predicted that this was the essentially the final moment before all humanity progressed into Classically Liberal Western Democracies and that what existed remained of history would be small wars and conversion of every remaining country into a liberal democracy. 9/11 shattered that belief. However unlike most I don’t think that Fukuyama’s original thesis is wrong. I think we are on the brink of universal democratic-republics, but that we pushed tyranny into a corner and we are witnessing it’s last violent death throes in the form of Islamofascism/China/North Korea/a few Latin American dictatorships that haven’t got the message that Marxism doesn’t work/the radical left. Total political freedom is so close that those who oppose it are like cornered wounded animals, desperate, violent, irrational and at their most dangerous…and it is only if we do not have the courage to push through this last obstacle and break the neck of tyranny and tyrants once and for all that could jeopardize seeing tyranny become something that exists only in books on history and political theory. (To be honest, right now best case scenario I will never see that world, but I think my grandchildren—if I ever have any—would like live to see it, so it you want a guess on time there it is).

We have learned that there is still evil in the world. Or at least we should have. Anyone who denies that Islamofascism is a problem and does need to be wiped from this Earth is deluding themselves. A disturbing portion of the world’s Muslims are advocating pure evil (not that the Westboro Baptists and various other zealots don’t also need to go too). We may need to be at war with all of Islam, but we NEED to be at war with Islamofascism (in fact we NEED to be at war with all forms of tyranny); It is a belief system that denies reason, denies the value of human life, denies liberty, denies knowledge, truth, justice, honor, virtue, and praises only the mindless submission to ignorance and cruelty. Islamofascism may be only one of a few forms of this degenerate philosophy (Communism, Nazism, Anti-Semitism, racism, and a few others included), but if we aren’t at war with this belief system, then we stand for nothing. If you can’t declare war on unadulterated evil, what is the point of good?

We learned that government can still do nothing right.

Remember when it took 410 days to build the Empire State Building? Granted the new world trade center is a bit bigger…but have we even broken ground on this project? Shouldn’t this have been shovel ready project number 1 for the Obama administration? I mean if we’re going to spend shitloads of money on construction, even I’ll get behind putting up a giant F-U to bastards that attacked us in the New York skyline for the whole world to see is better than most of the stuff we spend money on. Yet nothing has been done.

We learned that even when doing the right thing (invading tyrannies like Iraq and Afghanistan) government can’t be trusted to come up with even the semblance of a plan that works. However, since letting that pot simmer on its own for 10 years is what gave us the mess of 9/11, not doing anything at all is still not an option. We need to do the right thing for the right reasons in the right way. Afghanistan and Iraq failed on that last point, so two out of three ain’t bad. (As opposed to helping genocidal butchers take over Libya which was the wrong thing for the wrong reasons carried out in entirely the wrong way.)

We learned we need to have plans that go beyond defeating the army of our enemy. Occupations and rebuilding a country after it has been recently attacked and under the heel of a tyrant for years, perhaps decades, is a long, expensive, and difficult process. It needs detailed plans with lots of contingencies for multiple possibilities. Bush apparently thought that we would show up and democracy would magically appear (and I’ll be honest up until about the 5th year of the occupation I thought we had a plan it just was taking time to take form…you would think with all the money we give to think tanks we would have plans in a drawer somewhere and what we need to do if we need to invaded ______ country, with options going from Abkhazia to Zimbabwe…with plans even for the tiny countries that live in their own little universe like Vatican City, Lichtenstein, and California…how wrong I was).

We learned that government doesn’t do security better. I’ve yet to have it explained to me why we didn’t just roll everything into the FBI and the Department of Justice, why did we need to create the Department of Homeland Security (Homeland, by the way, is still the single dumbest name for a federal department I have ever heard of).

We’ve learned that as much as I used to like and trust police and give them the benefit of the doubt, it seems all over the country they’re becoming little Brownshirt wannabes with whatever extra powers they’ve been given. For instance, where did cops get the idea that they can’t be videotaped?  This is just one of many problems of increased misuse of police power over the last few years…not that we didn’t have theft, drug running, murder, illegal immigration, terrorism, IRS agents and other various crimes to worry about.

We’ve learned that more security doesn’t equal better security…after all, we feel safer knowing that the bright eyed and bushy tailed high school graduates (most of them anyway) of the TSA are providing a higher level of security by taking lewd pictures of us followed by getting to third base….don’t we all feel safer? (At least we now know that perverts who can no longer get past the screening to become a teacher or priest will still have a job).

We’ve learned that some people, like Mayor Michael Blumberg, can’t seem to distinguish between insane religion and all religion.

We’ve learned that people can be just utterly classless when choosing where to build their mosque.

We’ve learned that some people will never learn….or at least not in this life time. That’s really sad, but true.

And for all of these flaws I have been pointing out we have learned that there are people of character and personal strength who should be admired and respected.  The stories in this category are too numerous to list.

So in your moments of reflection for today don’t forget that if we don’t learn, change, and make the world better that would be a far greater sacrilege to memory of those who needlessly died than not remembering this day.

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“The Debt” A tragic masterpiece

As it was the first movie in weeks even worth considering going to see, I saw The Debt this weekend. I was not disappointed. While not the big explosion, all around fun movie you usually expect around this time of year, The Debt is a moving tragedy that forces the viewer to ask some very weighty questions about heroism, cowardice, truth, evil and pacifism.
I’m going to split this blog into two parts, the first being a more general praise of its style that won’t ruin anything and then a more spoiler filled discussion of its themes. Usually I don’t care about spoilers as I know plot is the most meaningless and least important part of any good story, but there is a certain emotional gut kick that comes with seeing this movie without knowing what will happen (something so lacking in modern movies and books) that I do not want to ruin for you.
First and foremost what immediately struck me was that the movie was being directed by someone who knew what a camera was for. There was none of the random, slipshod, quick and numerous cuts that define so many hack directors. This is one of the few movies in the last decade where cinematography and editing skill are actually apparent without overpowering the characters and theme.
The story itself, if you don’t know already takes place during two different time periods. The early time period is in 1966 where three members of the Israeli Mossad have been sent to capture the Nazi war criminal “the Surgeon of Birkenau” (a thinly disguised fictional version of Mengele) from East Berlin and send him for trial in Israel. They return to Israel, reporting their mission was a partial failure as they were forced to kill their target when unable to get him out of East Berlin. Thirty years later, having lived with the complete failure of their mission, they are threatened by the full truth coming out.
This story involving espionage and deceptions offers a lot for the actors to work with, and there should be several academy award nominations coming out of this, most notably for Helen Mirren and Jessica Chastain in the portrayal of Rachel Singer, the movies’ main character. I think Chastain probably gave a slightly better performance, but this was partly because she had more screen time. (This is at least a rarity in Hollywood I now have two women in the best actress category to root for this year…all but unheard of in the misogynistic wasteland that is Hollywood). The acting job of Jesper Christiansen provided one of the most sociopathically evil Nazi’s to grace the screen in years (although it did not surpass the gold standard of evil set by Gregory Peck in The Boys from Brazil, it came disturbingly close). And while nothing in this movie caused me to change my absolute hatred of Sam Worthington and all his characters, at least in this case the character was a coward and morally responsible for most of the problems in the movie, so I was justified in my hatred in this case (every other movie Worthington has done I’ve merely been justified by the fact that those movies are complete wastes of film).
In every respect that one can judge a movie this movie is a superior film. Its themes are powerful and its performance superb. I would wager that this movie will deservedly gain a best picture nomination, and if nothing better comes out this year it should win best picture. You need to see this movie. Every other this year has been a rental or worth seeing on the big screen only because it was mildly enjoyable and it was worth seeing the special effects on the big screen. This movie is truly great art and if we are ever going to convince Hollywood to make more movies like this then we have to encourage them with ticket sale at the box office. Go see this movie.
Now one may wonder why, as opposed to most political themed movies I didn’t title this “Movies for Conservatives”? After all this movie deals with the consequence of deception to one’s character and life. It deals with the absolute evil of socialism (yes, Nazism—National Socialism—is socialism, and butchers like the one seen in this movie are its inevitable conclusions) and the hatred and perverted creatures it breeds. It deals with the toll that lies take on ones soul, and of course how it becomes an impossible debt to pay (yes there is a reason for the title). All things I would like to think go hand in hand with conservative values…but I’m just not cynical enough to say that these are only conservative values…I hope.

Spoilers ahead….please go see the movie first; these reflections make more sense when you have the whole scope of the film in your mind.

No, really go see it first.

Okay you were warned, don’t blame me if you don’t feel the full force of the movie.

The movie deals with several weighty themes. The first and most important is the nature of truth and lies. Our three main characters tell a lie about their failure, a lie they know will never be challenged, a lie that is meant to help their country…is it worth it? One looks at real history and sees that Mengele escaped justice in real life and how this is a black mark, not just on Israel, but on the civilized world as a whole that we let this piece of trash die living in relative freedom never having to face his crimes. What does this say about our competence, our character, our resolve in the face of evil. This is a man who earned the name “Angel of Death” and we let him live in freedom and die of old age. (And even worse, if you’re a Nazi who knew even the first thing about firing rockets we gave you a free pass and U.S. citizenship). Makes you wonder what civilization is worth if we allow such unquestionable evil to go unpunished (it’s not like we didn’t know where they were). Might it be more comfortable if we thought as a country—be it Israel or the U.S.—had stood for something and actually tracked these monsters down? When the characters were debating telling the lie about their complete failure I heard overtones of the equally political film The Dark Knight and the last few scenes where is was pointed out that “Sometimes people need to have their faith rewarded” even at the cost of a lie. One of the better reviews I saw for this movie brought up the Churchill quote “In wartime, truth is so precious that she should always be attended by a bodyguard of lies,” and it wouldn’t be hard to make the argument that Israel has in reality been in a perpetual state of war against barbarians at its gates from the first day of its creation, and that its population was always in need of a moral boost. (Yes I said barbarians, and my only apology is to the ancient culture who had that name applied to them who understood reason, civilization, and humanity far more than then the wretches in Syria, Lebanon, Saudi Arabia, Iran, Libya and the quite fictional state of Palestine). However this is all sophistry at some level. But it’s a sophistry the writers and director of this The Debt wanted you to indulge in. Only then does it become evident how apparent and how valuable the truth is. It is something that is so easily rationalized away, always in the name of greater values and higher purposes…and always at the cost of one’s soul, as even the most amoral of the three has trouble living with the lie…especially because “but at the length truth will out” and demand the debt that needs to be paid.
Next is the question and nature of evil. The villain of this movie (or at least the main one) is the Mengele type Nazi. For a great deal of the film he demonstrates that banality of evil Ardent noticed in Eichmann’s trial (although seeing a Nazi work as an OBGYN adds a whole new level of disgusting I hardly thought possible). But he is at his most horrendous when he begins to toy with his captors, taunt them, and use them even though he is the one tied up. Really, there was a point that I don’t think a person in the theater wouldn’t have gladly beat that son of bitch to death with a crowbar given the chance—and felt justified in doing it. But the worst part is when he says something you can’t deny. It’s one of the great tricks of literature to put truth (or at least half-truths) in the mouths of evil because it forces us to confront things which we might not want to. At one point the Nazi states that he knew the Nazi’s had won, (and I’m going from memory here) “When it took only 4 guards to lead thousands to the gas chambers and no one ever fought back—even when we took away your children none ever fought back. That is when I knew we had won.” It is a sick fact of the Holocaust that makes you wonder if it would have been nearly as bad if the Jews had fought back. However the problem here, the evil of this statement, is that it is applied to only the Jews, when the truth is that it was the sickness of Europe. All of Europe didn’t fight back. They didn’t fight Hitler or Mussolini on the continent as they expanded their influence. Austria and Czechoslovakia were taken without firing a single bullet, the French may have fired about a dozen before eagerly capitulating and handing over every Jew they could find with a determination that probably even freaked out the Nazis. It seemed only the Poles (who were hopelessly outnumbered) and the British (who had spent a decade trying to appease the monster) who seemed to have even a mild ability to fight back (and given the recent events in London it appears that whatever streak the British once had to fight evil has been beaten out them). It wasn’t the Jews who didn’t fight back, it was all of Europe. Which only leaves the question…what evils are we not fighting against today, willingly allowing thousands to be led by a handful through fear. (Hint: Hitler promised great change and the hope of a thousand year Reich, and as every German Jew knows nothing can stand in the way of power of millions of voices calling for change).

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McCain needs to go

One of my favorite bloggers “Dirty Sex & Politics” has a wonderful post on what a worthless SOB John McCain is.  Apparently the RINO not only was one of Obama’s chief defenders in getting rid of Gaddafi, he was also  one of the biggest backers to arm Khaddafi with lots and lots of weapons.  (McCain apparently was so stupid he didn’t realize that the some 50 ways to spell Qaddafi in English does not mean they are different people.)  Fair warning the blog isn’t G-rated.

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Libya: Waste of Money

Wow.  Last night I was almost getting ready to write a blog saying, okay, I’ll give Obama some credit for helping get rid of Gaddafi…but that I was going to have to hold off actually congratulating Obama because I would have to wait to see if the new rebel government would actually turn out to better than Qadhafi and his sick regime.  I’m glad I didn’t post that last night.  Why you ask?

Have you read the new Libyan Constitution?  You know the one that states Sharia is the basis of all law.  You know Sharia, that wonderful legal philosophy that women are somewhere below shit, and non-Muslims are somewhere below women.  There’s also some Draconian legal codes and rampant animal abuse in terms of health codes.  I’d call it barbaric, but frankly historically most barbarian tribes were more civilized than the codes set down in Sharia.

I’m glad we just spent a BILLION dollars to get rid of a tyranny so that we can replace it with a tyranny.  Oh wait, maybe I shouldn’t be so glad about that.  In fact that’s more like a complete waste of money.  Thanks Obama, because you weren’t wasting money in enough places as it was.

Yeah Afghanistan is as much a waste…but at least we tried to create a democracy…failed miserably, but we tried.  And Iraq actually looks kind of  stable at the moment, so the investment there might not be a complete waste.  But in Libya we spent a billion dollars just to trade tyrannies.  And I’m a little worried we may not have backed the lesser of two evils.

You we could have spent nothing and still have had the same outcome, a tyranny.  Who knows maybe the fighting would have gone on longer and more tyranny supporting people would have killed each other.  It’s like the battle of Stalingrad, it’s doesn’t matter who loses, because so long as the two tyrannies fight and kill each other the rest of the world wins.

This is what happens when you enter a war without an actual purpose.  You need a purpose (Obama) and need a plan to get to that goal (Bush), in the absence of one or both you’re an idiot (Obama and Bush).

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What to do with Libya? Part I: We first need to figure out what to do in Afghanistan.

Now I’m going to be the first to admit that Libya is not an area of expertise for me (yes I’m actually admitting I don’t know something), so I will preface this that specifics of the culture or the current situation could change.

But the question remains, what do to with Libya?
Actually this is a two part question, because before we answer what should we do with Libya and its revolution is what can we do? And right now that is just about nothing. Why? Because, we’re in Afghanistan.

Now to be honest I supported the invasion of Afghanistan. I thought it was the right thing to do. This was a country that had been on its way to becoming a western nation in the 1970’s and was first under the oppressive rule of the Soviets and then under the oppressive rule of the Taliban. I thought we owed this to Afghanistan. First because we had abandoned them in the 70’s when Carter did less than nothing to help them fend off the Soviets and then we didn’t help them recover after they drove out the Soviets (remember the last scene’s of Charlie Wilson’s War)?

The problem is that I assumed we had a plan. (I also assumed we also had a plan in Iraq). I had this silly idea that the Pentagon, the CIA, and the State Department all have these thick files full of “What if we invade this country…” that covered everything from the likely invasion of Iraq to highly unlikely invasion of Canada. I thought we had a plan and contingency plans and thought all the way from the first landing to leaving a fully functional democracy behind us. I thought all the money we spend on think tanks was for something. I mean we clearly have outlines with how we developed Germany and Japan and the rest of the Marshall Plan’s success.

Boy was I wrong.
I was left feeling like Bruce Willis in Armageddon being told he’s the best plan they could come up with to save the world: “And this is the best that you can – that the-the government, the *U.S. government* can come up with? I mean, you-you’re NASA for cryin’ out loud, you put a man on the moon, you’re geniuses! You-you’re the guys that think this shit up! I’m sure you got a team of men sitting around somewhere right now just thinking shit up and somebody backing them up! You’re telling me you don’t have a backup plan; that these eight boy scouts right here, that is the world’s hope, that’s what you’re telling me?”

We apparently had really good military plans. We beat both the Taliban and Saddam’s army in record time. But the Bush administration’s plans seem to have read: (1) Beat opposition forces, (2) Democracy magically springs up.

So we really botched in both Iraq and Afghanistan. Now, while I don’t think Iraq is a complete loss, it’s still nowhere near as stable as it possibly could be. But as much as I think not leaving a permanent presence in Iraq is a mistake, actually going back in right now would be an even bigger one. Which leaves Afghanistan.

So we’re stuck with either two options. (You will notice that Obama’s I don’t really know what I’m doing here plan is not on the list). Either (1) we admit that we’ve really f—ed up so badly that there is nothing we can do at present to fix this situation and leave. On our way out burn every poppy field, carpet bomb every Taliban controlled area, and shoot every politician we know is on the take so that we can give the Afghani people a chance, but other than that leave; or we can (2) redouble our efforts, continue to worry about the military side, but also send a massive amount of workers over to Afghanistan to build a fully functional first world infrastructure and the services needed to maintain that life style. (I’m talking, roads, plumbing, electrical grids, hospitals, schools, public transportation systems, the whole nine yards of first world infrastructure). The first problem to this is where would we get the people needed for such a massive project? This is the easier one to answer—we reassign the entire Peace Corp to Afghanistan and, well, I recall that there were some unemployed people here in America looking for a job. The second problem to this is, of course, money. And I have no idea where would get the money for this. (I am however, open to ending Social Security, Medicaid and Medicare to pay for this as a stable nation would yield far better results for the world in general than paying off the whiners and losers of America). Regrettably I think we have dug ourselves such a hole in Afghanistan right now that option 2 would be throwing good money after bad. If we had started with option 2 right after we went in to Afghanistan it might have taken 10 years for it to work. However, between Bush and Obama, given how much we’ve ruined any good will we might have had in Afghanistan it would take us another 3 decades to do this right. As remiss as I am to say this, we need to offer every woman who wants to leave a ticket to the U.S. for asylum reasons and go with option 1. Maybe if we give them 10 years on their own they can pull themselves out enough that we can go back with only aid and support and help them return the near first world status they had back in the 70’s—but right now we’ve botched this so much it’s next to hopeless.

Now if the entire international community was willing to go in on option 1, it might work. But even for the theoretical nature of my blogs, that seems a bit unlikely.

So if we aren’t busy in Afghanistan, we can actually worry about Libya (and Egypt, and Tunisia, and the Sudan, and, well you get the point)…
…to be continued.

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