That’ll do for a title until I think of something else. It’s what I’m currently listening to, and besides, you weirdos only come see me for my dirt on Nancy Reagan anyway. If you are interested, the album is actually really good, even if it didn’t have her moaning over every song (she sings but there is a moan layer over everything). There is one BDSM track. The music? It’s like what would happen if Quentin Tarantino scored a James Bond film. The artist/actress is Reiko Ike, and she came to me by way of purchasing a used copy of Ween’s swan song, La Cucaracha (which is a pretty good album and you can fuck right off if you don’t think so). Reiko was tucked away in the fold. Ween fans know what’s up.
There aren’t whole lot of photos of Reiko with clothes on, so I’ll offer up the album cover and hope that social media doesn’t notice.
Now that I’ve opened with that, I’m feeling a bit gauche now because I wanted to talk about how seemingly fucked up it was to wait nine days to tell the public that US servicemen and women were casualties when the airbases were attacked in the Iranian response for whacking Soleimani.
This kind of hiding casualties is unprecedented to me. Every time a soldier was wounded or fell in Iraq it was recorded and reported. And that war, I don’t have to tell you, was soaked in blood on the regular.
Now in one way, this looks like classic Trump, to run away from a decision that has any real gravity. Because had he had to break the news that our people were hurt by Iranian missiles, we would have to respond inside Iran.
War. Maybe World War 3.
So he did what he knew best to do. He lied. “All is well.” “So far so good.”
Nine days later, we report hurt soldiers. What the fuck? I’m sorry, it never takes that long to count casualties, much less report them.
But damn, I mean he got the Pentagon, the DOD, the Chiefs, everyone to stand down and let the reporting lapse.
It’s entirely possible that anyone in office may have delayed the news of the injured soldiers because actually attacking Iran itself is one hell’s bell we truly can’t unring, one that could possibly begin or end with a nuclear bomb exchange and everyone who could conceivably deploy that weaponry knows it. So there was simply no tat for Iran’s tit that made any existential sense; even a boob like Trump must know this on some base level, and if he didn’t someone responsible made sure he couldn’t do something rash.
So we waited until the heat of the moment passed to release the assessment. Perhaps that was the right thing to do in a moment that could have decided humanity’s fate. Thank god no one died. It would have been on like Donkey Kong if we had to give a name to the American public.
And to that effect, Iran did its best to bruise us instead of burn us. They too know how far they can run up to the line before it’s too late to turn back.
Not long ago, I raised the possibility that our “deal” with Iran might be just the thing that gives us the impetus to go to war with them. The Obama administration is still pushing the need for a “military option” to be on the table, as if to say that there is no recourse between agreement and violence. There is always the possibility that we are simply waiting for an excuse to fire up the bombers. That’s how we did Saddam-our perfidy is legend.
Shallow thinkers will conclude that this deal is a slap in the face and a danger to Israel. Bullshit. Included in this deal is a buttload of increased military aid to them. This deal gives our MIC broad sway to sell the Israeli government all kinds of goodies.
So who really are the winners here? It sure as hell isn’t Iran. We’re still threatening that country within an inch of its life. It might be wise to not be fooled by the carapace of this agreement. Obama promised change in Washington, but he’s joining the long list of people in that office perfectly satisfied with the way things have always been.
This is what Republicans call a frontrunner:
KELLY: Governor Walker, in February you said that we needed to gain partners in the Arab world. Which Arab country not already in the U.S. led coalition has potential to be our greatest partner?
WALKER: What about then (ph), we need to focus on the ones we have. You look at Egypt, probably the best relationship we’ve had in Israel, at least in my lifetime, incredibly important.
I’m gonna put aside the fact that he just said that Egypt is in Israel. But did he even hear the question? I mean, politicians are famous for answering the question they want to answer instead of answering the question they were asked, but Kelly specifically said “allies not already in the coalition”, and Walker replied (sort of) by talking about the ones we have. This is a special kind of hiding in a safe place because someone made you think.
You look at the Saudis — in fact, earlier this year, I met with Saudi leaders, and leaders from the United Arab Emirates, and I asked them what’s the greatest challenge in the world today? Set aside the Iran deal. They said it’s the disengagement of America. We are leading from behind under the Obama-Clinton doctrine — America’s a great country. We need to stand up and start leading again, and we need to have allies, not just in Israel, but throughout the Persian Gulf.”
We’re stuck in the Middle East tar baby more than we ever have been. Does Walker not know we are bombing Iraq? That we are training mercenaries to topple the Syrian government? That we are helping the Saudis crush the Houthi rebellion in Yemen? Or that we still have 10,000 troops in Afghanistan? And these are all strategic decisions from a Democratic administration. I’d hate to see what the war party would cook up to top the current group.
Then Scott Walker was asked about Iran:
“To me, you terminate the deal on day one, you reinstate the sanctions authorized by Congress, you go to Congress and put in place even more crippling sanctions in place, and then you convince our allies to do the same.
This is not just bad with Iran, this is bad with ISIS. It is tied together, and, once and for all, we need a leader who’s gonna stand up and do something about it.”
Iran and ISIS tied together. They fucking hate each other. All revolutions are not alike, dummy. Every problem looks like a nail to America, and I’m sick of it. We don’t need more bluster and intervention. The world will keep turning if we stay out of trouble.
Call Sarah Palin, Scott. She wants her word salad back.
My crystal ball is in excellent working order. Already John Boehner is trying to hold back tears while he bangs his impotent widdle hands on the table of his highchair. He’ll be heard all right, but ultimately ignored.
Meanwhile, Jeb Bush trails Donald Trump in the polls. Me and the rest of sentient humanity are having a great summer, politically speaking.
This week is going to be momentous. History will be changed because of a few decisions. Not only does the Supreme Court finally rule on the federal exchange’s legality per Obamacare, but they have to rule on gay marriage. Then, when that’s done we still have to bite our nails as Iran oscillates between reconciliation and defiance.
I’m bullish on all fronts. I think the pieces will fall into place that grant freedom, choice and security. My wife is worried because she is a recipient of ACA federal subsidies. Her premiums will go through the roof without her tax credits. We are an example of Obamacare’s success, even though there are so many out there who deny its efficacy. Prediction: 6-3 finding for the government.
What will happen if gay marriage is legalized in all 50 states? I have written previously that there will be a schism in this country, a reckoning. Perhaps the antipathy towards homosexuals will fizzle with a little pop!, and the haters will be driven underground. But I don’t count the Christian right out. The rhetoric from them is clear. I can’t believe we have to have civil disobedience over someone else’s rights. I thought we were done with that. I find the distaste for gay love unnerving. They can’t leave well enough alone. Not a thing will happen to these fuckers’ marriages, but they want to criminalize love and commitment anyway-which is pretty weird given that there is a popular notion that homosexuals are promiscuous by nature. Prediction: also 6-3 in favor of marriage.
Then there is Iran. I kinda get how they work. The fierce defiance against the West is a staple of Islam’s political culture. Their leaders have to fuel the anti-American/anti-Israel vibe to justify their potency. Condemning us is a necessity to keep the rabble in line. I feel good about the chances of a viable deal, though. We’re gonna shake through this, cooler heads have prevailed at the negotiating table and we should ignore the hostile ululating from conservatives in both countries. Prediction: 80-20 chance in favor of a good deal.
We’re on the cusp of tragedy and hope. It is an interesting time to be alive. But thinking about this week hurts my head a little.