Archive for July 2006

Backdrafts

July 31, 2006

Uploaded my previous blog into this one.  The other blog was intended primarily as a political blog, diatribe may be more accurate, but I wanted this blog to be a little more moderate in tone and less concerned with daily events.

Anyway, I put the other blog out to pasture.  I hope to keep this one around for a bit longer.

Saturday Book Quote

July 29, 2006

Quote of the day:

“Few outside Congress knew how desperate the military situation actually was in 1776. The 78,000 men whose courage Beamarchais exalted – his math tutor deserves a statue in America – were in fact a bedraggled pack of 30,000. It was said that they might soon enough scare the British away by their very nakedness.”

From A Great Improvisation by Stacy Schiff.

Contradictions

July 28, 2006

Every philosophy, no matter how perfect it strives to be, contains a few contradictions. This is just the result of the priorities needed to hold the framework together, which always suffer from some degree of friction. Sometimes the contradictions that arise are fatal and sometimes they are trivial. The neocon philosophy, if it can be called a philosophy, is suffering from multiple fatal contradictions.

They want to establish democracy in the Middle East, which is a noble goal, but they only want governments that are friendly to the US to be in power. So that is the first contradiction, in that the will of the population cannot be allowed to impair the relationship to the US. As a consequence of this, the neocons want a weak central government in these areas which will be easily persuaded by economic or military leverage. This sets up a situation where militant subversives can operate freely within the state, building up enough force to attack other nations or wage civil war. Instead of a democracy with a weak central government, what we actually end up with is either anarchy or an unaccountable militant state within the larger democracy.

Coinciding with this disastrous foreign policy, the neocons have a domestic policy that makes sure we cannot repair any of these mistakes. Unlike nearly all other wars in history, they lowered the taxes, insuring that the public feels no direct consequence of their prolific spending. They also have categorically ruled out a draft, even though the pitiful lack of manpower has been a primary reason the security situation has degraded.

Hello world!

July 28, 2006

Welcome to my blog. I hope to keep this place filled with interesting thoughts, fancies, doodles, and quests of the imagination. Some assembly required, batteries not included.