Tuesday, October 07, 2008
The Deadly Dreadfully Dull Second Debate
We can't allow Iran to obtain a nuclear weapon. OK, how are you going to stop them? To paraphrase Frost in Aliens, "What do you want us to use, harsh language?"
I actually don't endorse an airstrike on Iran, not just now at least. Nor should we help Israel do it, just yet. For an oil rich nation, Iran is ridiculously vulnerable to attack on its oil refining industry, which is bunched up and creaky. Indeed, a single cellulose housed bomb could bring the whole house of cards down with only a remote chance of detection. But my point is getting away from me. Israel, if it has the nerve (a very big question lately) will have to concentrate eventually on another part of the Iranian energy industry and not just bomb, but occupy the sites and search, like they did with the 'whatever it was' in Syria a few months ago. That will be difficult and very risky. We ought to think about helping them when the time, eventually, comes. Just not now.
McCain's point about not telegraphing your punch was good, sound and lost on the great majority, I fear.
1. We are already attacking Taliban and Al Qaeda assets in Pakistan. A tactic w/ which I find myself agreeing.
2. If we wish to cripple Iran--and I think I must give Newt Gingrich credit here as I believe I first heard the idea from him--bomb the sole Iranian gasoline refinery.
Logical consistency is not the strength of the once and future party in power. Doug.
The Cambodia aspect bothers me. I mean these guys are like Pancho Villa, crossing th eborder at will, trying to wreck havoc, then retreating and thumbing their noses at us.
My initial thought is that unlike the NVA, these guys are just criminals, so perhaps the comparison to Cambodia is less apt than I first thought.
To change the subject. Doug, what are your thoughts about the Nobel prizes for sciences so far?