Those damned Iranians

Turns out the Iranians may have duped us into attacking Iraq. It does seem to have strengthened their hand.

Defense Department counterintelligence investigators suspected that Iranian exiles who provided dubious intelligence on Iraq and Iran to a small group of Pentagon officials might have “been used as agents of a foreign intelligence service … to reach into and influence the highest levels of the U.S. government,” a Senate Intelligence Committee report said Thursday.–McClatchy News Service.

Our geniuses often cite intelligence failures as the reason for September 11, 2001 and the Iraq War. Turns out they are right, but it’s not lack of intelligence, it’s lack of intellect.

Unfit to govern

On April 21, 2008, Senator Hilary Clinton while appearing on Keith Olberman’s program said that if Iran were to attack Israel with nuclear weapons the United States would retaliate massively with nuclear weapons. This sort of outrageous thinking is what led to World War I. Senator Clinton’s appalling lack of perspective leaves her unfit to govern. Great leadership demands great compassion. Complex problems require great thought and complex solutions.

My mother who lived through World War II will never condemn the United States use of nuclear weapons against the Japanese. Not having lived through that period I can afford to be idealistic, but an eye for an eye leaves the whole world blind. Senator Clinton is one of the blindest of the blind.

Look at these photos of Hiroshima and see if you can tell who won and who lost.


I came across this video in reading today and it is eloquent. A hat tip to Keith Olbermann, a man who speaks truth to power on a regular basis. I wish we had few more Olberman like individuals in the halls of government. For over six years we have to listen to exaggerated rhetoric about the threat war and more specifically nuclear war by a President and Vice-President who have never shrunk from hyperbole when identifying these threats. Continue reading “Countdown”

Wes Clark

In the last five years I’ve had to listen to right wing chicken hawks impugn my generation and while they beat the war drums for their trumped up war in Iraq. Now of course this same malevolent element is trying to take us to the precipice of yet another war. Continue reading “Wes Clark”

The old shell game

Be sure to read Sy Hersh’s latest on the growing threat of war with Iran. The Bush administration has been ramping up the threat and just last week the Senate gave its tacit approval to an encounter with Iran.

In a series of public statements in recent months, President Bush and members of his Administration have redefined the war in Iraq, to an increasing degree, as a strategic battle between the United States and Iran.–Seymour Hersh

Read more here.

Merton and morality

It sometimes happens that the men who preach most vehemently about evil and the punishment of evil, so that they seem to have practically nothing else on their minds except sin, are really unconcious haters of other men. They think the world does not appreciate them, and this is their way of getting even.–Thomas Merton, Seeds of Contemplation.

This quote struck me once again tonight as I pondered the ramifications of the U.S. Senate’s recent vote to pass the Kyl-Lieberman amendment Continue reading “Merton and morality”