Thursday, February 09, 2006

When does the bombing begin?

Iran is such a lovely place. Now they want nukes?!

We've owed these mullahs a good ass kicking since '79. The embassy, the Marine barracks bombing in '83, attacks on tankers in the '80s in the Gulf (that led to the Kuwaiti reflagging operation), seven hostages in Beruit for years, the torture and death of William Buckly (CIA station chief), and the Khobar towers bombing in Saudia Arabia in the mid '90s to name a few.

Why we have put up with this shit for over 25 years is beyond me.


Blogger Jeff said...

Here's one big reason we've had to put up with it. I'm not trying to be flip about the current situation, but I think it's important to note that actions have consequences, and that if the US would like a few generations to pass without madmen antagonists issuing fatwahs against us (which is not necessarily possible), the least we can do is to stop fucking up the democratic experiments of other countries, and put our money where our mouth is regarding freedom and self-determination (which is possible).

As for Hurtleg's point, is bombing the right strategy to pursue? Do we know what we should be bombing if we do decide (or if Israel decides) to bomb? I don't think there's any way we could even consider ground troops at this point, and I think very few people are going to believe that candy and flowers await us in the streets of Tehran. I'm not sure about this, but I don't think there's any armed domestic opposition to fund either. I'm not ruling out the necessity of any of these options, but I sure would like to be a fly on the wall of the Pentagon planning sessions where the feasibility of these different approaches is being discussed.

8:29 AM  
Blogger Germanicu$ said...

The bombing won't start until after the next army recruiting shortfall is announced, and the next tax cut is unveiled.

8:36 AM  
Blogger Teofilo said...

So this rape case is the straw that broke the camel's back for you? Or maybe you meant that if we'd bombed them when they had it coming, this court ruling would have been different. I felt the same way after I read that the Tehran utility company was misreading water meters. Time to bomb those crazy arabs.

11:50 AM  
Blogger Jeff said...

"Time to bomb those crazy arabs."

Dude, "arabs" is not the preferred nomenclature for Iranians.

12:28 PM  
Blogger hurtleg said...

Iranians are Persians, which they would be the first to say is not the same as an Arab.

1:49 PM  
Blogger mkchicago said...

Let me be the first (second) to say I ain't no AY-RAB. Anyhoo, here's an interesting piece entitled Iran: Our Military Options

2:00 PM  
Blogger Jeff said...

Great link MK, you ole' AY-RAB (For the record, Teo knows the Iranians aren't Arabs).

Since my wife and I are currently looking for a house, I'd like to ask Israel, the US and Iran to please hold off on any activities that might cause huge external price shocks/massive inflation until just after we sign the mortgage paperwork.

Thank you.

3:58 PM  
Blogger sexyretard said...


I'd like to have you nearby, but I think buying in Evanston would be a mistake (of course, I hate my neighbors, which does cloud things a bit).

I was talking to a guy at the deli who bought a house for 500,000 five or so years ago which was just appraised for 1 million. I don't think this trend is going to continue.

It's all about Skokie, whose cheaper houses and lower taxes would free up dollars to engage in political propaganda of epic proportions.

7:57 AM  
Blogger Jeff said...

"I was talking to a guy at the deli who bought a house for 500,000 five or so years ago which was just appraised for 1 million. I don't think this trend is going to continue."

Oh, I hear you brother, believe me, I hear you. Nonetheless, my wife wants Evanston, and since she brings home the lion's share of the income, I defer to her. To be honest, I haven't found much that I've liked in Skokie anyway, so that may be a moot point. As to the trend, Chicago's real estate market is still on the low end of the major metro areas in terms of over-valuation, so while the doomsaying negative nabob in me wants to believe we're headed for a crash, I'm not so sure we we don't have a lot of irrational exuberance left in us.

Are you going to homeschool your kid?

5:23 PM  
Blogger Teofilo said...

Calling them "crazy Persians" would have violated the spirit of the post. However, I could have taken a page from Ann Coulter and called them crazy ragheads: "Raghead talks tough? Raghead faces consequences." I had also considered towelhead, but figured everyone would tell me that they werent Sikhs. Ann seems to have found a sensible solution.

12:39 PM  
Blogger Germanicu$ said...

FT: "Enthusiasts could also stock up on mementoes, from "Condi for 2008" badges, anti-Hillary Clinton bumper stickers and polyester ties for $6. Raffle prizes included Oliver North memorabilia, five coupons for "star-spangled banner ice cream", a midweek stay at Foxwoods Resort Casino, and Adam Smith cufflinks."

"Adam Smith cufflinks"? Are they made with his DNA or something? That poor guy must be spinning in his grave.

6:01 PM  
Blogger Teofilo said...

They're actually little invisible hands. I have a couple of them on right now.

11:35 AM  

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