3.06.2015

IRAN NUKE DEAL: PACIFIST NOW, TROUBLE TOMORROW

Benjamin Netanyahu's speech to Congress repeated the rhetorical points against the seemingly anemic nuclear agreement likely to agreed upon by the United States and Iran.

Written by R. James Towe  james@sollicitus.us


Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu's speech to Congress was light on facts and heavy on rhetoric. This was an unfortunate result of the prime minister caving, at least in some part, to pressure elements within Israel and the unrelenting attacks coming from the U.S. media and Obama administration hatchet men (and women) declaring the 'destructive' nature the speech would bring to the Vienna nuclear talks.

The ten year freeze on Iranian nuclear advancement the president is advancing has the hallmarks of a capitulation.

Consider Iran's highly secretive and authoritarian nature, in an area larger than Alaska . A country with vast mountain ranges and a history of masking its nuclear goals with secret sites and a willingness to lie to the international community about its nuclear stash.

In truth, no one knows with certainty when Iran will be ready to deliver a missile with a nuclear warhead to Israel. It's a mere 993 miles from Tehran to Tel Aviv. I presume it could happen sooner than later.

So, what is the plan now? A really bad deal with Iran while praying the Islamic Republic doesn't intend to do as it says: wipe Israel off of the face of the earth. The official position of the Iranian regime is that action must be taken to destroy the Jewish state during the 'pacifist climate' that exists in the United States under this administration.

'Pacifist' is the word. 

I wonder if Iran will achieve its goals of Israel's destruction before the end of this American administration?

What would President Obama's statement be the morning following a nuclear exchange between Israel and Iran?

1.06.2015

FRINGE REPUBLICANS DAMAGE IMAGE OF CONSERVATISM

Reclaiming the conservative movement by leaving the fringe where they belong.

Written by R. James Towe  james@sollicitus.us


Representatives Louie Gohmert (R-TX) and Ted Yoho (R-FL) campaigned to thwart the re-election of John Boehner (R-OH) as House speaker. Mr Gohmert received three votes while Representative Yoho received one vote. I'm guessing Mr Yoho's vote was his own.

They even secured an endorsement from former Alaska governor Sarah Palin. 

I empathize with the contention that Mr. Boehner lacks the conservative fortitude demanded by members of the Tea Party and conservatives at large. Unfortunately, surmounting an anemic campaign with a few TV sound bites only reaffirms the fringe reputation of Tea Party leaders like Mrs Palin.

The Speaker was going to be reelected all along. Sarah Palin further isolated herself by endorsing men with little name recognition and no chance of mounting any serious challenge to Mr Boehner.

The RNC avoided much of this lunacy in the run-up to the 2014 mid-term election by denying the left-leaning news media fodder, with mockery and criticism of Tea Party candidates that made unfortunate remarks sprinkled with grammatical and social unseemliness. It damaged the Republican brand. 

Conservatives have to distance themselves from demagogues that create an environment destined to elevate liberal candidates to mainstream status, simply by ascendency through relativism. In other words, compared to that guy, this guy seems reasonable.

Let's hope that the Tea Party learn to take a more responsible approach to our politics.