Monday, November 27, 2006


From the "Well, There's An Interesting Juxtaposition Of International News" Files, we learn from A.P. that President Bush will "press[] alliance members to increase defense spending" at this week's NATO summit in Latvia, and "leftist economist," Rafael Correa, defeated "Bible-toting billionaire," Alvaro Naboa, to win the Ecuadorian Presidency.

(How did Naboa, Ecuador's wealthiest man, earn his "billions"? He inherited his father's banana business. Insert dated Latin-American government joke here: _______.)

So what do these two stories have to do with each other? For starters, Correa ran on a ticket calling for Ecuador to cut ties to the World Bank and the IMF, plus he "wants to hold a referendum to rewrite the constitution to reduce the power of traditional parties and limit U.S. military activities in Ecuador."

Kind of like Bush is trying to do with some of NATO's poorer countries, like Latvia and Estonia, plus non-NATO War On Terror ally, Jordan. Seems that those in the know are concerned that most NATO members aren't spending quite the same percentage of GDP on defense that the US spends.

Those ungrateful bastards.

So the goal seems to be, let's pressure these nations to spend more! For example, "[s]ome members have agreed to buy the alliance four C-17 transport planes." The C-17? That'd be the transport plane produced by Boeing Integrated Defense Systems.

Military-industrial complex, indeed.

And why are these Fair-Weather Allies failing to work with America, to America's standards, in the Global War On Terror? Michele Flournoy, senior adviser at the Center for Strategic and International Studies in Washington, told reporters that "Many of the European nations, particularly the smaller and medium-sized powers, are hitting the budgetary wall."

Haven't they heard of deficit spending? They won't be happy til the Muslim hordes overrun their Christian ramparts.

Makes you wonder why folks like Chavez & Morales haven't started winning yet in Eastern Europe. How long til they do?

I don't like Chavez, or Morales, or Correa from what I've heard. I'm not even sure how I feel about Lula or Kirchner. But you know what, I'm not Venezuelan or Bolivian or Ecuadorian, so it doesn't matter what I think. It matters what they think. And the US leadership ignores this phenomenon at its peril.


Blogger DED said...

They also ignore reality at our peril.

10:27 AM  
Anonymous Mike said...

Wait a second! You mean the interests of America's political leaders are not the same as the other 300 million?

10:38 AM  
Blogger Smitty said...

And here we have a glimpse of the upcoming Iraq exit/reshaping strategy. If we elave, we obviously need the same level of presence, so our NATO partners are gonna have to essentailly stand up and take our place. 'Cause NATO did say that an attack of the nature of 9/11 on one ally is an attack on all the allies...right? So as we back out, I guess we need to assure we're replaced by Latvians, Germans, Estonians, etc. Brilliant.

11:40 AM  
Anonymous Mike said...

Interesting. So what you're saying, Smitty, is that if/when we leave Iraq, we won't be leaving the Iraqis all alone to man the impossible mop-up, security, and stabilizing tasks.

No, that would be outrageous! You're saying that in our benificence and long-view strategizing, we'll make sure the imposing Latvian Army and awe-inspiring Estonian Marine Corps handle the mother load of ongoing work.

And the best part of all this? I think you're right!

11:47 AM  
Blogger Smitty said...

Why yes, Mike! That's it exactly! Then we get to say that Iraq is an international priority, so much so that our European allies are willing to pitch-in and do what it takes to make it right. It's no longer just us, it's an "international effort!" It'll be a Coalition of the Willing. That's what we could call it.

1:46 PM  
Anonymous Mike said...

With Estonia & Latvia leading the way, more like the Coalition Of The Illing.

1:58 PM  
Blogger Smitty said...

Coalition Of The Illing

Wasn't that a Beastie Boys release?

2:14 PM  
Anonymous Mike said...

Coalition Of The Illing

Wasn't that a Beastie Boys release?

Actually, it was a little-known collaboration between The Beasties and Run-DMC: a cover of You Be Illin following the release of License To Ill.

2:20 PM  
Anonymous sean said...

November 28, 2006

I cannot sleep. My seething anger keeps my eyes wide open.

But you are sleeping safely in your home, holding your partner or your child and you know in all probability that you will awake tomorrow. And tomorrow, you will open your eyes, step into your bathroom and you will find running water. You will fix yourself a coffee and you will find electricity, you will open your kitchen cupboard and you will find food.

Then you will get dresse , and you have clothes for winter and if you catch the flu, you can always call up your doctor or run to a hospital. Hey, you can even take flowers to your beloved ones if they happen to fall il,or just check to make sure that the surgery of Uncle Tom was successful. Oh yes, you can afford to do so.

Then you will get into your car, drive merrily or maybe not so merrily to your work place , or go shopping worrying about what to cook for your sweet family, or meet with your friends for a morning cup and rant neurotically about how miserable your life is.

Your day is probably filled with things to do. Most likely you have a job and you know you have an income at the end of the month. And you can give yourself the luxury of planning for your future.

You plan everything don't you? What you will be getting for your kids at Christmas, how many parties you have booked on your agenda , your next vacation trip, your one year plan, your five year plan , when your goverment will be invading another country. You are in fact a great planner.

If you have kids , then you know they are getting an education . You can buy them pads, pencils, drawing books , toys and even take them for a stroll in a park free from Depleted Uranium and you can fly kites and raise your eyes to the sky and not see fire jets hovering above your little head . You can do that. I know you can.

And if you are walking about, you know that no bomb or bullet is going to blow you or blow your loved ones away. You will neither be kidnapped nor abducted never to be seen again.

You feel queasy at the sight of blood . Yes I know that. Even the blood you watch on your TV screen when you get back home safely in the evenings is censored so as not to disturb your sensitivities. You don't see limbs , bowels, and brains blown away, you are really cared for and so protected . And if per chance you come across such scenes, you conveniently zap or ask your kids to run upstairs. You don't want them traumatized . Yes violence is bad for you .
It disturbs your peace of mind . I really sympathize.

And when Saturday or Sunday comes, you go to your worship place, and praise the Lord for being born in the greatest country ever. Yes I know you enjoy your rights and freedoms.

During weekends, you can take time for your leisure, tend your garden , go to a gym, invite your friends, barbecue, go dancing , party. You can have fun . But of course, it is natural, it is written in your constitution "the pursuit of happiness" is just for you, and only for you. I don't need to remind you . You already know it by heart.

And when you are with your friends you can be so very interesting . You can tell them how fucked up the world is , how people can't get along . You will point your finger in our direction and hold us as an example . Oh yes, you know so much . Your press told you all about it.

And when you are done with all of the above, you will go back to sleep in your cozy bed, switch the lights off and snore in total oblivion. All the way to that state you are so familiar with, all the way back into your usual comatose indifferent self.

And we are still here,counting the minutes, the seconds and hoping we will taste life again. A life we had before you and your ilk took it all away.

Painting : Iraqi Artist Rafa Nasiri.

9:08 PM  

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