Warmongo Only Pawn in Game of Life

I think it was when Sen. Cotton actually said that Vice-President Joe Biden had never been right in 40 years (more years than this punk has been alive) that I basically had it—when in the two months this arse has been a senator has he risen to the opportunity to be right?

There’s a real question regarding where this stupor mundi came from, what with his senate run being well-funded by the usual neo-con suspects, and the hard-right economic Spartans—Club for Growth besides; to launching this letter with 46 GOP confederates and then having a nice little handshake to-do with defense contractors. (His confederates have varyingly dumb ideas of why they went along with this.)

Neidermeyer  Cotton is apparently a very driven sort of person. Made his way to Harvard as nothing less would do, and turned like Cincinnatus from the plow of his studies to war at the time of our nation’s need. Quotes the Founders and philosophers. Comes off a little bit like Otto from A Fish Called Wanda, that last bit.

I notice that after making waves this past week with the big old not exactly treason letter to the leaders of Iran, where he got enough condescending and wrong in that it should actually encourage him to not continue being a great ginormous tool—he dug in.  He says Iran “must disarm”. But Iran has not been determined to have actually ever managed to enrich uranium to the point of having a weapon, nor have they been determined to have a weapons plan in mind. They have repeatedly said they don’t. Not actually having a diplomatic plan in place with access to inspectors will let them continue building centrifuges and maybe they’ll have a bomb and maybe they won’t, but the funny old thing is—most nations that have the blasted things don’t use them—anyone notice that? Russia, China, Pakistan? They just have them and don’t use them. Almost as if they were more like a deterrent weapon—to deter other countries from starting shit with them. Hm. So like, aggression against them might be more encouragement Iran needs such a weapon?

So it’s almost like real intelligence indicates Iran most likely isn’t pursuing nukes and even if they had then, it’s not to use them, but to keep crazy-asses like Netanyahu from thinking they could dump on Iran with impunity—not that that’s the only way of looking at it, but it’s a plausible one.

So wouldn’t it be nice if we at least had the assurance of inspections? If we just had the transparency and open channels diplomacy might create?

Oh no—because Cotton learned something—you need to go on the offensive. He learned that fighting in Iraq, don’t you know. Where everyone was very happy the US went in for regime change, apparently, and everything went honky dory and we got exactly the kind of stable regime that prevented more terrorism. Oh. Wait—that didn’t happen! Oh, wait, history tells us it hardly ever happens.

So, while Tom Cotton is doing his little media-circuit and revealing other kinds of ignorance, like astonishment that Iran controls Tehran, and surprise that somehow (maybe it was because of the Iraq War?) they also have inordinate influence in Iraq, can we possibly consider that rookie Senators might have less-informed opinions that do not merit the sway of the entire august body of the Senate? And might one add that this little stunt has done for the image of the United States something akin to the presence of 47 little Neville Chamberlains in tan suits?

In any event, doesn’t Cotton almost look like he’s worth the cash sunk in him! He could very easily have turned into a thinking man, with his education. But he’ll go further this way, no? By knee-jerking his way to a war with Iran. As if that was somehow not worth a trillion dollars or more to our debt and the deaths of 4000 or more good fighting men and women.

I don’t think I care for this character very much. He’s creepy.

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Posted by Vixen Strangely on 03/16/15 at 12:00 AM • Permalink

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That last link is just unbelievable—Cotton’s 2013 House proposal to punish the family members of people who are convicted of violating anti-Iran sanctions unto the third and fourth generations-

-“parents, children, aunts, uncles, nephews, nieces, grandparents, great grandparents, grandkids, great grandkids,”

in clear violation of the Constitution for that and also for being conducted without due process—

“There would be no investigation,” Cotton said during Wednesday’s markup hearing before the House Foreign Affairs Committee. “If the prime malefactor of the family is identified as on the list for sanctions, then everyone within their family would automatically come within the sanctions regime as well. It’d be very hard to demonstrate and investigate to conclusive proof.”

This is an actual fascist.

I just love how everybody in the Party of Fiscal Responsibility TM thinks that the best way to lower the deficit is to stop taxing the rich and to start lots of wars. Great idea! Works every time.

What gets me is that no one calls them out on this bullshit. No one looks them straight int he eye and says, “So, you want to ignore the Constitution.” Not a reporter, not even congressmen who know better.

More and more, I’m just so over the human race. :P

The thing that kills me is that Iran has never initiated hostilities with the West (sure, they took the hostages, but Reagan caused that crisis to be prolonged for political purposes).  We helped to topple Mossadegh so BP could steal oil, and installed the shah as a tyrannical puppet.

The Islamic revolution is 100% blowback for our horrible foreign policy, and these GOP assholes want to perpetuate the antagonism.

I had this fabulous world history professor in college who taught me an important lesson: try to put yourself in the shoes of those countries you oppose, to get an idea of why they rattle sabers in a certain way.  He was referring to the way the West perceived the Soviet Union (yes, I’m over 50); at the time the core of Mother Russia was essentially a country surrounded on all sides by hostile, angry subjugated countries. 

We may want to note that Iran is in the same position, only it is surrounded by Sunni republics with active subsets of radical and sometimes government-supported Sunni’s who feel they have a religious imperative to wipe out all the Shiite apostates.  Between that, our still-festering anger over being the bully who got de-pants via the embassy hostages and the leader in imposing crippling sanctions, and Israel using Iran as the boogyman in every election, no wonder the Iranian leaders are a tad paranoid. 

The sad thing is, Iran’s population is majority under age 30, wants closer ties with the west and less religious control over their lives, yet they are defeated by the religious leader’s control of every aspect of government and social life, including who gets elected and what they are allowed to do.  Iran is a theocracy not unlike what our own Christianists would like to impose here, just of a slightly different but no less fundamentalist flavor.  Every time the west demonizes Iran, we further empower the religious hardliners in Iran, and when warmongers like Bibi and Tom Cotton range over the political landscape, it just gets worse. 

US politicians just simply can’t back down from being jerks to countries where we got our asses spanked, and in the case of Iran and how we overthrew their democratically elected leader so we’d get a willing oil-looting accomplice in the Shan, we deserved that spanking.  How we get our leadership to quit being 8 year old playground bullies and move forward is a very, very open question, and loser jackass Tom Cotton aren’t helping.

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