28 August 2008

McCain Ad on Obama and Iran is Dishonest, But the Obama Temple is Hilarious

Joe Scarborough called bloggers a bunch of cheetos-eating losers today on MSNBC. Of course, the subjects of his mockery were big time internet people who are schmoozing with the elite class in Denver. I can't imagine what he thinks of small-time bloggers who look forward to getting off work so they can check their RSS feed. If it helps Joe's case, I spilled a bunch of Busch Light on my AC adapter today, which should shed some light on my lifestyle. Anyways, McCain has been releasing these ads on the internet so that he'll get some free face time from folks not feeling the hope or the change. Personally, my favorite McCain ad is the McBain spoof, but this latest one isn't just lame...it's bullshit.

The charge from the McCain camp is that Obama is weak on Iran comes from a quote they take out of context from one of Obama's May speeches in Oregon. The Senator's speech from ABC:

"Strong countries and strong presidents talk to their adversaries. That's what Kennedy did with Khrushchev. That's what Reagan did with Gorbachev. That's what Nixon did with Mao. I mean, think about it. Iran, Cuba, Venezuela -- these countries are tiny, compared to the Soviet Union. They don't pose a serious threat to us the way the Soviet Union posed a threat to us. And yet, we were willing to talk to the Soviet Union at the time when they were saying, 'We're going to wipe you off the planet.'"

Indeed, the Soviet Union had a massive army, navy, and nuclear stockpile that could have wiped out America in mutually assured destruction. In comparison, it is still unclear whether or not Iran even has one nuke, the best their navy can muster is hassling our Navy in international waters with their engine-powered snow tubes, and Iran's land-based military displays are less about superior firepower and more about propaganda to distract a population in a lousy economy. Iran is truly making a nuisance of itself by hampering democracy in Lebanon and sowing discord with proxy Special Groups thugs in Iraq. But Iran's pathetic attempt at a Tet offensive in late March in Iraq was a dismal failure. It was all irregular warfare, goons hiding in alleys in Sadr City to launch rockets at the Green Zone, which only encouraged the Iraqis, with coalition backing, to seize control of areas in Iraq that the militias once had free reign. The U.S. embassy was not evacuated in Baghdad, like it was in Beirut in the 80s, and most of the militia proxies have fled back to Iran.

As for the "terrorism" moniker...I'm a bit skeptical to apply that moniker. Simply because it confuses the Sunni Al-Qaeda threat (who routinely massacres civilians in deliberate, spectacular attacks) with the threat poised by Shi'ite militias (more engaged in racketeering, crime, and attacks on military & political forces). So, it's wise to keep a watchful eye on Iran's activities, but let's not forget where the most serious threat is coming from at this time, which starts with an "A" or "P" and ends in "Stan".

As for Obama and his Caligula-like opulence being planned in Denver, that shit's funny as hell! Maybe you can agree that both of the big parties suck?