Saturday, August 09, 2008
  Pitiful helpless tiger

Gruzya (Georgia) has done quite a bit to help us; has sacrificed some of its own troops to aid us in Iraq, and given us military base rights. Now that Gruzya is in trouble, will we help them? Nope.

Will other small countries want us as an ally from now on? Nope.

This goes back to the bizarre shared delusion that "Bush is a right-wing cowboy". Our brand-R and brand-D talking point heads agree on this, with different flavors of course. Brand-R cheers his "cowboyness" and brand-D hates it. Brand-D claims that we are losing allies because Bushitler is a wild-eyed gunslinger who throws around American power at a drop of the sombrero.

Unfortunately Bush is not a right-wing cowboy. He is an Episcopalian tea-sipper, and his loyalties are with Russia and Arabia. We are losing allies because we're stupid and weak. If we were smart and strong, we'd have lots of allies.

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Here's a brief segment of an interview with Sheikh Osama in 2002, from "Messages to the World", page 109.

Q: ... by what logic can an organization like al-Qaeda defeat the USA militarily?

UBL: People used to ask us: "How will you defeat the Soviet Empire?" And at that time, the Soviet Empire was a mighty power that scared the whole world -- NATO used to shake in fear of the Soviet Empire. So where now is that strong force that Allah sent to us and our mujahidin brothers?

The Soviet Empire has become, with Allah's grace, a figment of the imagination. Today there is no more Soviet Empire; it split into smaller states and only Russia is left. So the One Allah, who sustained us with one of His helping Hands and stabilized us to defeat the Soviet Empire, is capable of sustaining us again and allowing us to defeat America on the same land, and with the same sayings. So we believe that the defeat of America is something achievable ... and it is easier for us than the defeat of the Soviet Empire previously.

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Meet Allah's helping hands.




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Later addendum for clarity, not that it matters:

I'm not saying we should roar in and take Gruzya's side. We shouldn't. The problem is that the Bush/Wilson "moral" approach, the idea that our job is to force all nations into democracy, has placed us in a position where consistency and "morality" would seem to require us to roar in and help. If we had taken more care of our own self-sufficiency, worried more about the strength of our own culture and families and industry, we wouldn't be dependent on Russia and China. We'd have more room to pressure them in economic and technological ways, as Reagan did. This wouldn't guarantee that Russia wouldn't try to retake its old empire, but it would save us from the appearance of weakness, and it would make Russia's empire less attractive by comparison.

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Update: Wolf Blitzer on CNN just interviewed the president of Gruzya, who clearly knows how to hit the right buttons. He said "This is not just about Georgia; it is now a matter of international human rights." Speaking directly to Bush/Wilson's international "morality" fetish.
 


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