Sunday, February 26, 2012

Sunday Evening Honkage

I am not looking forward to work tomorrow particularly. I suppose I am not alone in this. Oh well....

Today I noticed on some "news" source or other that Syria may have some "weapons of mass destruction." There was speculation of course that these alleged weapons were the very same ones that were in Iraq prior to the second war. Wonder if Dubya and Dick were right about this the whole time. Did our "intelligence community" actually have the true skinny all along? Who knows.

There is also speculation that the U.S. is preparing to "intervene" in the Syrian mess. Hope not. This Assad is an evil ass of course, but he is a well known evil ass. What comes after him is the real issue. Assad does not overtly attack his neighbor but plays the game of "proxy war." That is nothing more than geopolitics 101 and it is a game played by almost every nation state at some point in history. It is better than the alternative - all out war with another nation state. Whoever may come after Assad may be more inclined to initiate open hostilities with Israel than Assad. We already see the signs of a radicalization in Egypt. Will we see radical Islamists in power in Syria before all is said and done? It is better to leave well enough alone in Syria perhaps. Let the chips fall where they may as it were.

Iran will continue to be a thorn in our side. This is perhaps a different animal than Syria. It may well become necessary to war upon the Persian nation at some point. This is the part where it would be where it might be wise to support a popular revolt of the people. Hopefully at some point the regular armed forces of Iran will initiate action against the regime and their allies. Unfortunately it is rather doubtful that the regular forces have the teeth to take on the Revolutionary Guard and their affiliates alone. Whatever happens in this sad region, you can bet it will affect our economy. Don't think we have seen even the tip of the iceberg as far as pain at the pump goes. Do you?

Wouldn't it be nice if we developed our own domestic energy and did not participate in exporting to the "world market?" Maybe wean ourselves off oil from a very hostile region of the world? Wonder if something like that is even remotely on the horizon. Fuel prices go to 6.00 bucks a gallon sustained and I would wager that there will be some radical changes in energy policy. Or not. Never underestimate the stupidity of the folk in DC.


Phil said...

"Never underestimate the stupidity of the folk in DC. "


Bartender Cabbie said...

never ever.