Saturday, August 15, 2015

I've Got Good Deals and Bad Deals For You

First, the bad deal, though it's not so described.

“I’ll tell you, taking out Saddam Hussein turned out to be a pretty good deal,” the former Florida governor told a crowd of roughly 200 people who attended a forum on national security at St. Ambrose College.

And here's a bit of bad news to go with the bad deal. One of the major war criminals from George W.s administration is back, and he's giving advice to Jeb!

Things got worse in his speech Friday, where he volunteered that “Paul Wolfowitz is giving some advice.” Wolfowitz, the scowling face of the smug neocons.

This Paul Wolfowitz

It's hard to conceive that it would take more forces to provide stability in post-Saddam Iraq than it would take to conduct the war itself and secure the surrender of Saddam's security forces and his army. Hard to imagine.

Yep, hard to imagine. 

Here's the good deal. Though once again, not so described. It must be backassward day.

Republican presidential candidate Marco Rubio is unabashed about his opposition to President Obama’s foreign policy, especially when it comes to Cuba. 

Fuck it. It's the weekend and no one wants to hear anymore from Marco Rubio. Let's hear what a realist has to say. Take it, Mr. President.

“We don’t want to be imprisoned by the past,” Obama said about Cuba during a visit to Kingston, Jamaica, in April. “When something doesn’t work for 50 years, you don’t just keep on doing it. You try something new.”

And during an April interview with Thomas Friedman of The New York Times, the president expressed a belief that America is powerful enough to risk modifying the foreign policy status quo.

“We are powerful enough to be able to test these propositions without putting ourselves at risk. And that’s the thing ... people don’t seem to understand,” the president said.

“You take a country like Cuba. For us to test the possibility that engagement leads to a better outcome for the Cuban people, there aren’t that many risks for us. It’s a tiny little country. It’s not one that threatens our core security interests, and so [there’s no reason not] to test the proposition. And if it turns out that it doesn’t lead to better outcomes, we can adjust our policies.

Despite Rubio wanting to give the sanctions another 50 years to work, I like Obama's logic. It's Cuba. It's hardly a threat to us and never has been and, really, we can adjust the policies. 


  1. I figure if we give Iran and Cuba sanctions, as well as reaganomics at least another 50 they will begin to work. Stay the course my friends

    1. I'm just sorry I won't live another 50 years to find out. Oh wait, probably not sorry.

  2. There is so much crazy going on in the TGOP that it's difficult to keep up with it all. Today, the Trumpster said he gets his military advice by watching John Bolton and generals on teevee. I can't decide if we are living in dangerous times or a never-ending comedy show.

    1. I try not to pay too much attention to Trump, though he's hard to avoid. I see where he said something about allowing the good Mexicans in but the bad ones couldn't come in. Oh yeah, and despite the 14th amendment, he wanted to ship out the ones that are born here. I realize the 2nd amendment is the only one they care about.

      Really, John Bolton? That's a step down from Wolfowitz.

      I can't decide if we are living in dangerous times or a never-ending comedy show.

      Sometimes I question my sanity because I can't believe things have devolved so far.