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Tuesday, October 21, 2008

It's called 'the interview'

Republicans are all abuzz with this pronouncement from the Democratic vice-presidential candidate.

"It will not be six months before the world tests Barack Obama like they did John Kennedy. The world is looking.... Watch, we’re gonna have an international crisis, a generated crisis, to test the mettle of this guy....

"I can give you at least four or five scenarios from where it might originate… And he’s gonna need help. And the kind of help he’s gonna need is, he’s gonna need you - not financially to help him - we’re gonna need you to use your influence, your influence within the community, to stand with him. Because it’s not gonna be apparent initially, it’s not gonna be apparent that we’re right."

Conservatives are triumphantly citing this as Joe Biden admitting Obama's weakness on the foreign policy/national defense front. And indeed the language is not that of a loyal subordinate supporting his leader, but of a compassionate friend soliciting help to get a buddy through a bad time.

It also seems like an implicit admission that Obama's opponents are right about how to confront hostile powers, and his own supporters are clueless.

Look again, "...we’re gonna need you to use your influence, your influence within the community, to stand with him. Because it’s not gonna be apparent initially, it’s not gonna be apparent that we’re right."

Democrats must be pounding their heads with frustration at good old Joe “gaff-a-minute” Biden sticking his foot in it again. If Obama loses this election at the last minute, I shouldn't like to be in Biden's shoes, his own party is going to crucify him.

Though I'm not an admirer of his, I suggest Biden has an important point we should pay attention to.

The implicit assumption made by proponents of what's called a “hard-line” or “realistic” foreign policy is, that the behavior of thug nations resembles the behavior of thug individuals.

Contrariwise, the assumption of those holding the view that overflowing goodwill will assure peace among nations is, almost everyone is at bottom as decent as the people they know.

That last assumption seems impossibly naïve to anyone who's spent any time at all on the wrong side of the tracks, but people who hold it can't really be blamed. It is after all what your mother always told you, “Be nice to them and they'll be nice to you.”

I'm sorry, but your mother lied.

Assaults seldom come without warning, there is an identifiable five-stage process, well-documented by violence professionals. The five stages in order are: intent, interview, positioning, attack and reaction.

When thugs, and by extension thug nations, are looking to assault someone for whatever reason, profit, pleasure or to gain the respect of their fellow-thugs, the second stage is always the interview.

The interview can last from seconds to years, but the sole interview question is, “Can I get away with this?”

What Biden did was to call attention to the fact that there is no lack of intent around the world, and the interview is coming.

I think he's notifying the anti-war Democratic base there will be a point at which Obama has to show the world he's ready and able to take a hard line, if there is to be any hope of a reasonably tranquil administration.

It had to be said. It's possible Biden said it too soon, but as he pointed out, there won't be a lot of time after the election.

What he didn't point out was, the interview is already underway.

A squadron from the Russian navy’s North Sea Fleet set sail on Sept. 22 bound for a maritime exercise with the Venezuelan navy.

Monroe Doctrine anyone?


  • At 5:33 PM, Blogger Ted said…

    War-mongers love wars and rumors of war. Phantom adversaries make for good coercion and manipulation, and even better police-actions. It's good for General Dynamics, General Motors, Halliburton and the stock-market, not to mention their big-tithing, well-paid, golden-parachute-packing Papist CEOnistas, so it's got to be good for America, right?
    There's no doubt in the minds of any thinking American who actually earns his living that Osama bin Ladin and Immanuel Goldstein are cut from the same cheese-cloth.
    The doubt should reside with neo-conservative spin-meisters too stupid to realize their candidate is losing because they're using the same scare-tactics, mud-slinging and fear-mongering that KILLED the Democrats two elections in a row.
    Desperation has set in, and with good reason! When you have nothing left, not even excuses for the obvious scam you've been running for almost a decade, desperation is all there is. Americans chose the GOPhers looking for Ronald Reagan, and got Neville Chamberlain instead: President Johnny-Reb bungled away the country's fortune for his backers, and the Republican party's honor to appease the leftists and buy off the Papists and the wetbacks their fatter cats want in here to do the slave labor. This has turned off the genuine conservative base.
    Apologizing would be a step in the right direction, in more ways than one, and as they say in Texas, "when ya find yerse'f in a hole, the best thing to do is quit diggin'!"


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