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Pakistani Nukes

Posted by TP on Monday, November 19, 2007

To the delight of the US and British governments, its media has often reported that the political turmoil in Pakistan poses little risk to its nuclear arsenal. The conventional thinking, or as they would like us all to believe, is that Pakistan’s 200 warheads are scattered, possibly even dismembered, rendering the possibility of their capture and inadvertent launch or detonation highly unlikely, if not impossible.

This thinking is so ridiculous that it may embolden those the world over that have long suspected that the “free” media in the US and UK are in fact controlled by those governments.

What value is any nation’s nuclear arsenal if it will take days to put it all together to launch. The US has relied on its triad of “hair trigger” ready to deliver arsenal of nuclear deterrent for over fifty years. Unlike the US, Pakistan actually borders its primary historical, cultural and military rival (India) with whom it has engage in direct armed conflict on four occasions since 1947. Only a blind fool in a hurry would believe that the Pakistani nuclear deterrent is packed safely away in pieces and or in disparage locations throughout the country.

In its summary conclusion to the events of September 11, 2001 in the US, the 9/11 Commission determined that it was “a failure of imagination” on the part of US agencies and its lead officials (in both the Clinton and Bush administrations) as the single biggest cause for that catastrophe. The lesson of history is that it repeats itself. Those that fail to learn from its lessons are indeed condemned to its consequences.

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“Terrorist are trying to take over my country”

Posted by TP on Friday, October 19, 2007

So declared Ms Benazir Bhutto, and that’s was before yesterday’s attempt on her life. Ms Bhutto is not naïve; she made statement knowing the consequences. She is very fortunate to be reading about it today. Hundreds of her supporters were not so lucky.

Pro-Taliban warlord Baitullah Mehsud and al Qaeda are believed to be behind a suicide bomb attack that left 136 innocent citizens dead and another 250 wounded. Many of those wounded are so seriously injured that, if they survive, will be left horribly disfigured for the remainder of their lives; a living advertisement to all of the cost of confronting the Taliban and their supports. The time and place of Ms Bhutto’s arrival has been known for some time, this was not an opportunistic event.

The US Congress is often quick to harshly criticize Pakistan and in particular President Musharraf for their efforts (read: meaning lack there of) to control Mehsud and his local affiliates. Their overly used stock barbs never acknowledge the associated local human and political costs. And why would they – the cost to their citizenry is not their concern. This callousness is typical of the attitude US politicians, Democratic and Republicans, have with respect to the life and death challenges millions of people face everyday for simply being an “ally of the US”.

Lets have a go at some reality. Consider that “world famous” fiasco at Waco, Texas. Now instead of that one lighted armed house in the middle of nowhere, imagine an area the relative size of (to the US) the State of California fully armed and supportive of someone the national government was seeking to arrest. Does that sounds like child play to you?

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French President Sarkozy and wife announce split – a forerunner of what is to come for the US?

Posted by TP on Thursday, October 18, 2007

The US may be getting accustomed to the idea that in 2008 there may be a “First Man” rather than the traditional First Lady, but are they ready for a separated presidential couple? We can argue that it does not matter, or shouldn’t, but the fact is it does and it will as it did in French election and would certainly in US as well. The politics of the Democratic and Republican parties’ aside, the US is by far a more conservative country than France, indeed any western country with the exception of Ireland.

Even thought the French public has long been accustomed to the intimate extramarital forays of their presidents, their spouses and paramours, Sarkozy and his party was keen to postpone this announcement until well after the elections.

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Madam Speaker, doesn’t this business just make you want to pull your hair out?

Posted by TP on Thursday, October 18, 2007

Someone familiar with history, and we all know it wasn’t you, recalled a vague footnote from early 20th Century history about an atrocity perpetrated by an obscure group called the “Ottoman Empire” on an even more obscured group called the Armenians. You and your cohorts, many of whom are now distancing themselves from you on this matter, thought little downside in pushing this resolution at this time – other than the lives of the US troops in the area. But of course you can be forgiven; phonetically speaking Armenians (AR-ME-NI-ANS) are indistinguishable from Americans (A-ME-RI-CANS).

 

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On leaving Iraq

Posted by TP on Monday, October 15, 2007

It’s not going to happen. Why the US general public, for the most part, believes that a change in its leadership will facilitate a departure from Iraq I can understand. By and large, the US public are ignorant of their military footprint on the world and easily persuaded, as we all are, by politicians in a hope for something different. Why the free and independent US media also obsess with this fantasy, and therefore contribute to the miss-education of its citizens, we struggle to understand.

The obvious truth of the matter to anyone who has traveled abroad is that the US does not voluntarily leave a country or region it conquerers. They have not done so since its first major foray on the international stage with the Spanish-American war. Today nearly a half million U.S. troops are currently deployed around the globe. There are some 100,000 US troops in Europe where WWII and the cold war are a distant memory, another 100,000 remain East Asia (including the 40,000 each in Japan and South Korea), in addition to the 140,000 in Iraq and elsewhere in the Middle East. Indeed, the entire northern quarter of Kuwait (1,600 square miles out of Kuwait’s 6,900 square miles) remains under the control of US troops 16 years after they routed Iraq forces in the first gulf war.

Africa too has its share of US troops, but no where near the scale of other regions. That will change however as that continent increases its contribution of oil to the US and world economies. Any one looking for the US troops in Africa, need just follow the oil.

 

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Is France coming around to our side?

Posted by TP on Friday, October 12, 2007

I hear a different tone in the recently elected French President Nicolas Sarkozy on relations with the U.S. and its position in the world. Is this Frenchman cut from a different cloth? One that is resolved to the reality that France is not the most important country in the world, that English-not French- is the the most widely spoken language in the history of the world, that it was in fact the “ketchup and hot dog” loving Americans that saved them and their croissants from WWI, WWII, WWIII (a.k.a., the “cold” war) and South East Asia (yes, we actually got our start in Vietnam at their “invitation” to rescue over 5,000 French soldiers)? Or should we finally learn from our own history and resolve ourselves to be weary of flowery advances from foreign politicians and home grown courtesans, alike- regardless of how enticing it seams.

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An Inconvenient Truth About Global Warming

Posted by TP on Friday, October 12, 2007

Conventional thinking on recent ice ages – based on as they say “fossil evidence” – says that continent size ice sheets advance and retreat on 40,000- and 100,000-year time scales. Imagine, just some 18,000 years ago (a nanosecond in geological time) an ice sheet over a mile thick covered Manhattan Island. To visualize that, imagine that four Empire State Buildings stacked one on top of the other would still be covered in ice. So much water was held in ice at that time that it is estimated that global sea levels dropped by over 350 feet! To visualize that, stand on any beach on a clear day look out towards the sea as far as the horizon – that’s about 28 miles. You would need to see an additional 40 miles out to see the ocean!

That last glacial period ended about ten thousand years ago. World temperatures then increased so much that by 6000 years ago, lions roamed as far north as Northern Europe and parts of Wisconsin and Minnesota resembled the dry hot savanna of today’s east Africa. Now that’s global warming!

As far as I know, loins today make their home in Africa not Europe, and Wisconsin is home to the holy Mecca of the National Football League, also know as “the frozen tundra of Lambeau Field”. Since the worse ecological damage humans could do 10,000 years ago, say start a forest fire, could not heat the planet, the real inconvenient truth about climate change is that it will happen regardless of what anyone (or everyone) does. Climate change is as inevitable as old age. A wise man plans for the coming of his old age, rather than believing he can avoid it by buying the latest cure-all from some pan-handling preacher.

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Turkey re-elects governing party

Posted by TP on Monday, July 23, 2007

Supporters of Turkey’s governing AK Party are celebrating after the country’s prime minister claimed a comprehensive general election victory.

After 80+ years of moving its society “westerly” towards Europe and at least a decade of extending its solidly secular hand to the EU; only to be rejected by the EU’s short-sighted and provincial ruling class, Turkey is now clearly on an “easterly” path. If I may borrow from the New Testament – “forgive them father, for they (EU in general; France specifically) know not what they do”. You reap what you sow – prepare yourselves.

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