We are a commune of inquiring, skeptical, politically centrist, capitalist, anglophile, traditionalist New England Yankee humans, humanoids, and animals with many interests beyond and above politics. Each of us has had a high-school education (or GED), but all had ADD so didn't pay attention very well, especially the dogs. Each one of us does "try my best to be just like I am," and none of us enjoys working for others, including for Maggie, from whom we receive neither a nickel nor a dime. Freedom from nags, cranks, government, do-gooders, control-freaks and idiots is all that we ask for.
Hopey-changey pretty butterflies and pink unicorns and peace 'n love will not alter the fact that other nations pursue their power and money interests ruthlessly, are quick to deceive, and quick to to identify and exploit weakness.
A quote from Russia and Iran get Strategic, from FPIF:
Looking at the developments of the past 90 days through the filter of the new Russian security framework, a clearer picture emerges. It's no longer a question for the United States of whether or not Russia will support additional sanctions on Iran. That won't happen. Russia is on the path to make Iran a strategic partner, a counter to the United States in the regions of rivalry.
The United States falls into a trap in assuming that Russia doesn't want a nuclear- armed Iran. Russian officials repeat over and over that they have no evidence that Iran has a weapons program. U.S. officials discount that statement but shouldn't. The United States needs to remember that Russia has nuclear engineers inside Iran working with the Iranians.
Read the whole brief article. Lovely as Persian carpets may be, the Russians are after the oil and the geopolitical leverage, not pretty rugs. This is a game for big boys.
Obama is utterly un-prepared for geopolitical hardball. He has grown up on a steady diet of affirmative action acclaimation. He went from wowing his socialists professors to law school to law professor to community organizer to state and National politics. It's been quite a life impressing students, actors, journalists, and welfare mothers with his command of the english language as he shaped empty promises and platitudes to please the masses. Unfortunately, there are still a few really really bad guys on the world stage who would like nothing more than to bring him and us to our knees for nothing more than say oil and power. Power that we have and they want. Oil that they have and we need...Too bad Harvard doesn't teach this stuff because he is likely to get one helluva lesson. I wonder if this was the test Joe Biden opined so eloquently about???
Either that or North Korea. Maybe both. But NK certainly wasted no time in starting the saber rattling. He will attempt his platitudes but find a much different reception coming from those two belligerents than from his domestic constituency.
Scott, nice post. I like the way Marianne described "The One" Hopey, Dopey, Changy. Now all we need are 4 more and we'll have the 7 dwarf's. We can fill those positions with that Dago bitch Pelosi ( 500 million Americans unemployed) Barney Frank, Harry Reid, and Chris Dodd. These people will kill us all if we let them.
Luther, first you say you are ugly. Then you say you are old. I don't believe you for one second. You're probably chasing all the lovely maidens around the castle, while I'm out here with these sheep.
Jappy. The only thing I'm chasing is my fading youth. I'm losing the race. Your sheep, at least, don't mind a little weight in the waist, wrinkles or gray hair and they have no notion of ugly. Count your blessings my friend, the castle isn't all that it's cracked up to be.
What Russia wants from Iran is the same thing that the US would want from Iran if Iran were on our border, naturally. The US and Russia have a lot of historical and geopolitical perspectives in common, and in sometimes stark contrast with Europe, at least by the end of Peter the Great's transformation. The question that goes un-answered is why is it that we became involved with Iran in the first place, really. I understand the idea of "containment", but weren't we successful in containing not Russia but the Russian Soviet expansion, and now, isn't Iran really one of those foreign entanglements that have been mentioned by some wiser than most of us. I don't know what the answer is. Certainly we can't just do a 180 and become so inwardly directed that we forget our history, but keeping Russia on uncertain ground with respect to its neighbors while waving the prospect of NATO (NATO? I though the Warsaw Pact was defunct) hardly sounds like the wisest of strategies.