Is There Light In The Darkness?

Or is tunnel vision perpetual?

I was frankly horrified to listen to Clinton’s hard-nosed views about Iran. And, for a candidate to take that line when we already have two wars NOT going well at all, tells me this candidate cannot be trusted to run the government. She may be doing great as Senator of New York, but it is obvious she hasn’t clue one about running the country. Logic dictates you don’t continue failed policy just because that’s how it has always been. If it is FAILED, that should be clue one to change your tactics.

So reading this article in IPSNews.net was very frustrating. There were some things mention I’d never heard of, but then, now that I’m blogging, I pay much stricter attention too. For instance, I didn’t know that Iran had made a peace proposal to the US in 2003, soundly rejected by bush of course, without any consideration. You can read that HERE:

I still reject any of the top three candidates as being worthy of the Oval Office. They all have terrible pasts and secrets to be hidden, none has the experience necessary for a competent presidency, and I don’t think any of them deserve that most desirable of offices. Steve Cochran from WGN in Chicago said on CNN’s Lou Dobbs last night:

COCHRAN: I don’t think they have a proposal for anything and here’s my great question for all three of them and I know we’re a little far down the road on this but with Congress approval ratings sitting at about 30, 35 percent, that means the company we call Congress has six to seven customers (out of 10) who think they’re doing a terrible job and now these three, all from the Senate,(congress), want to run the whole company!

I’m not exactly sure where the question is there, but I sure like the comment. I thought that was so perfectly on target! Just imagine if a company was run that way. How many stockholders do you think would stay if they disapproved of the company’s policies??? But I digress! The IPS news article was really incredible. It talks about the different options we have to deal with Iran.

It seems that not everyone in Congress is an idiot! Thank the God/dess for that! Apparently Peter Hoekstra from the House Select Committee on Intelligence, (ya, I know, I cringe any more when I hear government and intelligence of any kind together in a sentence), seems to think that “engaging in a full-court diplomatic press with Iran is a good thing to begin the process” of reaching out to Tehran.” I’ve been saying this from the git go!

For one thing, unless we start breeding like rabbits, eventually our army will be gone. Let’s face it, you can’t keep having your men and women killed off without replacing them. And US policy in war is a losing policy. By changing the rules we could win, but so far no one is interested in winning…. Also, considering our policies towards veterans, who the HELL would want to join up?

Second, Iran has not shown any aggression towards the USA, but is standing its ground. I can’t blame them, they are a sovereign power. They should be met as equals in ANY situation. And they should be treated as equals. I don’t care what US policy has been to date, it is WRONG! A two year old could tell you that!

Third, by what right do we, (the USA), have to hold other nations to standards we do not hold ourselves??? This is extremely applicable to the bush administration. With the criminal activity going on in the bush administration, WHY would any other nation want to have dealings with us at this time? We need to straighten up our own house before we walk into someone else’s and demand they clean up theirs.

Fourth, name calling doesn’t make the names true. You know, sticks and stones and all that jazz. A statement from bush is a perfect example when he CLAIMS that Iran is one of the “two greatest threats to the United States“. I’m guessing he means himself for the first one! Breaking every one of our laws and then saying he isn’t subject to them is a pretty big threat to US if you ask me!

According to IPSNews.net:

The U.S.’s options could even include a new review of Iran’s 2003 “grand bargain” proposal, which was at the time rejected by Washington.

“A democratic administration would go back and try to open that possibility up for discussions of a grand bargain of one sort or another… Democrats would certainly have seen that as a missed opportunity,” Congressman Henry Waxman, chair of the House Oversight Committee, told IPS, adding that military option would always be on the table.

I just don’t agree with the military options part. However, no one is asking me… Go figure… ~sigh~ Sometimes I think l’il old me has better sense than the entire Congress, and I’m not even going to talk about bush here…

So far the bush administration is only offering talks with Iran if they capitulate with US demands. Now, if I was Iran’s leaders, I’d tell the US government to stick it where the sun don’t shine, permanently… This isn’t your kid brother we’re talking about here. You can’t just push or order them around. They are a distinct nation, worthy of respect and equal footing in any discussion. You can’t treat other countries like they don’t have equal rights. And just because your nose is out of joint doesn’t mean they should apologize!!!

Patrick Clawson, the deputy director of the Washington Institute for Near East Policy, a think tank established by the powerful American Israel Public Affairs Committee, thinks that Washington’s objective is to bring to bear a variety of pressures — financial, trade, security, political and military — on Ayatollah Khamenei, Iran’s Supreme Leader. The aim would be to show Khamenei that Iran’s nuclear programme is going to cost it very dearly, and that therefore it’s not worth it.

Umm, been there, done that, didn’t work. How about we change the record and try a different tune for a change??? Someone please talk some damn sense into these morons! I mean, this has been US AND UN policy for how many years now??? Give me a break people. Posturing is not effective, just like torture isn’t effective. Did these people wake up and take stupid pills every day of their lives? Or is this that “Government Intelligence” oxymoron again??? Geesh!

Yes, I do get a bit frustrated with nincompoops! How they ever got where they are at is far beyond my ken! Like I said, Congress needs to be drug tested, Lobbyists need to go, then maybe, just maybe, order and sense will return.

“Those quiet discussions will not take place between the Swiss ambassador and an Iranian deputy foreign minister who’s been fired from his job a few months before for unauthorized contact, unauthorized proposals to Americans,” Clawson added, mocking the way the Iranians delivered their “grand bargain” proposal in 2003.

He said such conversations should be initiated through intelligence channels. “The CIA has every authority to talk to people from MOIS [Iran’s intelligence service], and I assume MOIS has every authority to talk to people from the CIA … That’s the tradition.”

~rolling my eyes here~ < heavy sarc >Oh, by all MEANS let’s keep tradition alive. It’s work SO well so far!< /heavy sarc > NOT! Pardon me but the pompous meter just ripped off the top of the thermometer. Do these dumb asses ever hear themselves speaking?

The article goes on to say that no one wants to talk to Ahmadinejad before the elections in Iran are over. They say in late 2009 but I don’t consider March to be late in the year. And I just wonder what they are hoping for. Ahmadinejad is one very popular President. His people seem to love him and his policies. So like him or not, they really should consider working with the man regardless of personal feelings…

I think the Declaration of Independence best sums up what I’m trying to say here:

IN CONGRESS, JULY 4, 1776
The unanimous Declaration of the thirteen united States of America

When in the Course of human events it becomes necessary for one people to dissolve the political bands which have connected them with another and to assume among the powers of the earth, the separate and equal station to which the Laws of Nature and of Nature’s God entitle them, a decent respect to the opinions of mankind requires that they should declare the causes which impel them to the separation.

We hold these truths to be self-evident, that all men are created equal, that they are endowed by their Creator with certain unalienable Rights, that among these are Life, Liberty and the pursuit of Happiness.

Remember who you are America. Do not let tyrants and those who follow tyrants dictate to you what government policies you will follow.

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~ by justmytruth on April 30, 2008.

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