Sunday, July 20, 2008

Why We MUST Understand the Middle East Before November

This is not an entertaining piece. It is a piece, though, that might help you to entertain some thoughts about the next election in relation to the Middle East, nuclear weapons, the IAEA, the UN Security Council and, um, your life.

If you cannot get through the reading, please consider abstaining from voting in November.

Let's start with the July 7th quote from Iraqi Prime Minister Nuri al-Maliki on continued presence of US and other forces in Iraq:

"The current trend is to reach an agreement on a memorandum of understanding either for the departure of the forces or a memorandum of understanding to put a timetable on their withdrawal."

I should be able to just stop right there. We all should be able to stop there. But we can't. Why? Read this and this .

As pointed out here, Maliki is tap dancing. He is in an untenable position trying to forge relationships while swatting at flies all with one eye on Iran and the other on Israel as UN deadlines for current stasis relating to Iraq come at the turn of the year.

Add to this the current multi-lateral talks with Iran on their nuclear "situation" which seem to be faltering--Iran insists their program is for peaceful energy purposes, Bush seems to suggest it is for weapons purposes, the US State Department seems to believe the indications for a strictly peaceful nuclear program in Iran is doubtful. It would appear the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) takes a middle ground of uncertainty leaning towards not peaceful.

National Public Radio (NPR) ( researched and aired prior to the recently pointed to IAEA report, above) edifies the many troubling aspects as does this BBC review. (For some decent background on the situation regarding international nuclear weapon agreements, the UN Security Council's previous actions, and current sanctions against Iran, please go here.)

The instability in the middle east is obvious. That the U.S. has helped to increase this instability by it's war/occupation of Iraq is evident.

Now ask yourself, after reading all of this, if this is in any way humorous to you:

Not only is it a national disgrace and a terrible embarrassment (and I don't care who he was talking to), it points to a man that is obviously familiar with the Beach Boys, but uncaring and incredibly cavalier about the potentially explosive situation in the Middle East where we are spending $2 billion US/day JUST in Iraq.

And what does McCain say to his critics? "Get a life."

John, dear, when you tell me to "get a life" might I remind you that I have one and I am desperately trying to keep it? I would also like to help everyone else, here and there keep theirs. Have you considered retirement?

And John, BTW, are you aware of the fact that everyone on the planet can, um, "see" you? We know you don't use computers (you have said you leave that to your wife), but we do. Make a note, John: I am not invisible.