It was funny watching Bush's little speech last night. Mostly because I'd just read Fear Less and there's a section in there about how to interpret alarmist TV, and there was one thing that really stuck with me. When someone speaks of a 'threat' the realistic assessment is that someone can't do anything and isn't doing anything, but they're talking. A threat is just someone talking and they're most likely not capable of doing anything otherwise they'd be doing it, not talking.
So Bush's taking all the threats of what's possible as a real reason to go kill people seems all the more ludicrous.
I'll make no bones about it. I voted against this administration. I was afraid of most of the things they're now pushing like its gospel. I think they're stupid, bull-headed, insensitive, and willing to grab as much power as possible at the expense of those civil rights that people died to defend for this country by making all the people now here afraid as possible as to what MIGHT happen without them holding the reins. I think they're pushing this war for purely political reasons, and that they have Iraq and North Korea lined up as 'threats' to make sure that they stay in power. Only North Korea surprised them and jumped their gun so they're pacifying the very power they once said they'd never back down to. Plus they've completely ignored the reports of competent intelligence agents that say that by going to war there's a far greater chance that if Hussan has anything that he will becoming willing to give those devices to terrorists.
The Bush administration hasn't a moral pebble to stand on. Between assassinating people, bombing the Red Cross twice in Afghanistan, playing with who gets to go to what court simply because of the profile of the defendant, and picking up people with no direct cause it's not like this administration can say that they're enforcing the rule of law.
Don't get me wrong, though. I believe, deeply, that war has its place. That there are times when arms must be taken up for the common good. I just think this particular little brouhaha that Bush has created out of his own need (to one up his dad? to help get votes? to keep people worried so that he seems the only one that can help?) is wrong and stupid.
I'll also admit that I don't think that this particular administration has or uses (what a waste of Powell's abilities) the capabilities or tools to do anything BUTa war in order to deal with the real problem Hussan presents and the potential problem of some weapons that he does probably have. They are real problems. And 30 days of people who know this shit ferreting out more with better cooperation would probably do better than this stronghanded ultimatum that's more likely to squirt any hidden items to people who really want to use them.
Ultimatums are not negotiation devices, they're simply a way to trigger someone into doing the worst they can. Which they had experience with North Korea, and had to back down from their ultimatum, but they seem to have chosen to ignore that.
After all that, I'm supporting, to heck and back, the people that are going to have to go out and do this shit. There's a lady that organized, a while back, a way to get knit items to solders and sailors who need them. They'll take postage (they've gone through $40k worth already), socks, hats, and slippers, and since most of their clients are men on duty, bigger sizes and darker colors are appreciated, but making them individual is pretty cool. Send checks and items to:
P.O. Box 564
Goldenrod, FL 32733-0564
If you want to know more details Lion Brand Yarns has more details, but their site has been swamped after last night's little declaration.
And, what the heck, I'll do the LJ trendy thing and say, "I wish for peace."
But if we're going to war, I'll also wish that the people going out and doing it all the luck and skill and technology to get it done fast, thorough, and complete. I don't want our folks getting hurt. I'll also wish the folks watching our shores, our cities, and our security luck and the bravery to look stupid when reporting something they think is wrong.