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Friday, May 18, 2007

Why Can't We Have Cool Super-Villians, Like in the Comic Books?

John Bolton and the Project for the New American Century (PNAC)

The Project for the New American Century (PNAC) is the organization that came up with the brilliant idea to invade Iraq. You would think that the failure of that "project" would give the organization reason to pause and think about any further "regime changes," and yet members the group are still trying to play Stratego with American foreign policy.

Neoconservative publication Commentary Magazine held a dinner this week to honor one of its former editors, Norman Podhoretz. Convicted felon Scooter Libby got a standing ovation, and the Christian Science Monitor writes that "Commentary [Magazine] advocates passionate support for Israel, and regime change in at least half a dozen countries deemed hostile to US and Israeli security and interests."

One of the evening's keynote speakers, former U.N. Ambassador John Bolton, delivered a regime change hit list, with a country-by-country breakdown:

Ambassador John Bolton's speech on why regime change, notwithstanding the problems in Iraq, "has to be something that's in our toolbox as we go forward." … He also supported regime change in Iraq in the immediate aftermath of the first Persian Gulf War, and in Afghanistan in the late 1990s.

Then, moving briskly to present-day examples, Mr. Bolton backed regime change in North Korea and Iran. As for Cuba, he said that "actuarial tables will take care" of it, referring to the aging Castro. Sudan, he said, was not a sufficient threat to American interests to justify a policy of regime change. Burma, he noted, recently was reported to be entering a contract with Russia for a research nuclear reactor, but "I don't think that's a regime that warrants regime change." Venezuela, he said last year purchased 100,000 AK-47s. "Not yet but maybe" was Mr. Bolton's position on regime change in Venezuela. Syria is the "hardest" case, Mr. Bolton said, seeming to think that what came after Assad there might be worse. Think Progress

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At Fri May 18, 10:39:00 AM, Blogger Kelly the dog said...

I recall a definition of insanity being the belief that repeating the same action will produce different results. Of course if you believe that god really micro-manages our lives, then why should you believe in causality. Isn't it ironic that the both the enlightenment and the dark ages have their roots in organized religion.

At Fri May 18, 11:31:00 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Dr. Z. You're on fire. I've been MIA for a couple of days and I return to find mash-ups and pix that make me so jealous I want to spit!

Being the filthy human that I am, it's likely I will.

At Fri May 18, 08:10:00 PM, Anonymous Tengrain said...

Any word on regime change plans for Berkeley?



At Sat May 19, 08:32:00 AM, Blogger Dr. Zaius said...

Kelly the dog: I have no idea what you are talking about! Well, actually I do - but you cover a whole lot of subjects in that short paragraph, and actually it is a very succinct way of expressing some very broad ideas.

I think that the insanity of try to effect "regime changes" is overshadowed by the fact that the former US diplomat to the United Nations is openly discussing overthrowing other sovereign governments publicly. The insanity of this to me is beyond belief. I should have mentioned that in the post!

DCup: Thanks! I really liked the post you did about your son's fifth grade writing assessment. That is a great post!

Tengrain: Plans for regime change in Berkeley? I wasn't aware that Berkeley had any form of organized leadership. ;o)

At Sat May 19, 09:24:00 AM, Anonymous Infidel753 said...

Hey, I lived in Berkeley back in my university days, when dinosaurs roamed the Earth. Back then it was commonly called the "People's Republic of Berkeley". It wasn't exactly "organized", but there was certainly a regime which, in a sense rather reminiscent of a diaper, desperately needed changing. I don't know what it's like there now, of course.

At Sun May 20, 09:52:00 AM, Blogger angry ballerina said...

Mmmmmm.....Milk. Cow cum. Ick.

At Sun May 20, 12:09:00 PM, Blogger Dr. Zaius said...

Infidel753: Hey, I always liked Berkeley!

Angry Ballerina: What are you talking about? How very non-sequitur of you!


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