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Miscellany

9 August, 2004

Miscellany

Messing with Code

Whew — I think I finally got the stupid comment thing figured out. Ugh.

Who’d have believed it?

I agree with

Condi Rice on something! According to the New York Times, she says:

the United States and its allies “cannot allow the Iranians to develop a nuclear weapon”

but then …

warned that President Bush would “look at all the tools that are available to him” to stop Iran’s program.

Ummmm … no. We’ve seen what happens when Bush looks at his tools. You know what, George and Condi? It’s like, not your job. Or it is, but not just yours. Here’s a thought — maybe it should be a multilateral decision. In my book, Iran + Nukes = bad news. But then, in my book, almost anybody + nukes = bad news.

Yes, there could be problems with that since, like Iraq, Iran has trading partners less willing to put pressure on them. But maybe, just maybe, my tax dollars would be better spent on getting rid of actual terrorists preparing to attack actual people, and we let the IAEA do their jobs. Call me a flip-flopping pessimist, but I’m more worried about hard-to-track cells with portable weapons or flight training than I am long-range nukes. Of course, we might have to crack down on our own trading partners who harbor terrorists and/or practice terrorism themselves.

What would Condi and George suggest, I wonder, if the Saudis acquired significant nuclear capability and aimed their weapons at Israel?

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4 Comments leave one →
  1. 10 August, 2004 5:30 am

    Well, if only Bush had just looked at his tools; or realized that he had more than a hammer in his toolbox. The problem was that he used his tool without thinking. He was just so excited that he had this wonderful hammer of the military at his disposal that he had to run out and find a nail to hammer. Yes, that’s probably a little unfair—but not that unfair. When you have a toolbox with only one tool and that tool is hammer, every problem is going to look like a nail. Bang, bang, Dubya’s silver hammer came down upon his head.jwb

  2. 10 August, 2004 5:32 am

    Oh, that was me. For some reason Blogger defaulted me back to Anonymous.jwb

  3. 10 August, 2004 6:20 pm

    But wait! Dick Cheney’s a big tool!

  4. 29 August, 2004 2:51 am

    ADM…when you say “almost anybody + nukes = bad news,” surely you don’t mean to imply that Iran+nukes and (say) Britain+nukes are equivalent in terms of the hazard they pose?photoncourier.blogspot.com

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