Wednesday, October 11, 2006

Wars of Credibility

What's this new diplomatic SOP where we dont talk to our enemies? I can't understand it. Of course, you talk to your enemies, you know what your friends are doing to hell with them you dont need to talk to them, that's how you find out what your enemies are doing. You know, there are other ways to force your political will on other countries without going to war, without using the military, without violence. You do it through talking. That is such retarded middle school bullshit. "We dont talk to our enemies." Then who the fuck are you talking to. Oh yeah, that's right you have a direct line to God and God tells you which of his people to kill and not kill. What's the number so I can call him and tell him he fucked up? Can I send him a text? I'm sure God has a blackberry. Maybe I can explain the ways of peace and diplomacy to him. Talking to your enemies is the first resort from the strategic to the tactical level. That's what you do first, not shoot them.
I know why they dont talk to our enemies because we have no leverage. We used to be able to leverage our credibility to build worldwide coalitions to force our/the WORLD'S diplomatic will. First that credibility is gone so we cant build a coalition to do a high school science project. Second we have gone so far over the deep end that noone knows what our strategic and national goals and/or will are anymore. And people are afraid to get behind us because we're like lunatic with a loaded gun. They just dont know where we are going to shoot and why.

"So you were attacked by OBL, what do you want to do about it America."
"Well, I think we'll attack Atlantis."
"But Atlantis is fictional Mr. President."
"That's just what the liberal media wants you to think, that's where all the WMD's and OBL are hiding, that's where they harbor all the terrorists."

I mean that might as well have been the conversation with us and the rest of the world the months following 9-11, because what was done in our name makes just as much sense. So, just like the schoolyard bullies I used to piss off with my smart mouth and quick wit our only reaction to any problem of diplomacy is violence. It wasnt hard to outwit the bully, but when I did, he had no other option but to punch me in the face in order to enforce his will upon me. At that point I would gladly give him my lunch money. I got punched all because he couldnt come up with clever scheme to outsmart me out of my money. I guess my point is, When all you have is a hammer every problem looks like a nail.

"Everything that is right or natural pleads for separation. The blood of the slain, the weeping voice of nature cries, 'tis time to part." Thomas Paine on Decolonization


Allison Ware said...

Oh to be as quick-witted and as smart...and if only we had leaders capable of thinking on a level higher than that of a hammer.

Well said, my friend.

KayInMaine said...

Right now there is a US soldier in Iraq who is amongst the missing. Did he go off with his family (which was one theory on the news today)? Was he kidnapped? Where is he?


What happens if he has been kidnapped (it's not a war but an occupation so we have to call his disappearance what it is!) and we find out he's been tortured? Are the right wing whack jobs who squealed like the good little loyal Piggies they are going to be accepting of the fact that Bush's signature on the Terror Bill means that the US is the example of how to treat prisoners!!!!

Breaks my heart. I want my country back, you know, the country that would hold itself to a higher standard than those we call our enemies.


TomPaine said...

I think if they get him back he'll probably be detained and "debriefed" for a few days. If it turns out he ran away he'll be punished if he was actually abducted then he will just be returned to duty.

Human said...

The MSM is "reporting" that he married the girl. Also that he is an Iraq-American. That he would sneak of to visit. (How da hell does one do that?)

"Hey Sarge, I'm going out for a stroll"?