Monday, July 31, 2017

Who is MAD(der)?

Former Senator Dan Coats, RINO-Northrop Grumman, made sense for the first time.  Maybe pretending like he is not a lobbyist or carpetbagging has cleared his mind, or maybe being the intel chief gives you a little bit of intelligence.  Anyway, he confirmed what most logical people knew:  when you are being picked on by a bully, you can either run or build up your own strength.  Since a physical place like North Korea can't run down the block to Mars, it needs bigger weapons.  Unfortunately, the carpetbagger thinks that preemptive carpet bombing is the answer.  Maybe a better answer is for the United States to consider the rest of the world a DMZ and not threaten every tinpot dictator out there--eventually you run out of tinpots and into Putins.  Which is MAD, rather than just sad.

Monday, July 10, 2017

Worse, they don't even want to gain the knowledge

I quit the Carmel Parade halfway through, partly because one of my children was done but also because there was too much love for militarism.  However, a Vietnam vet marching approached and thanked us for marching.  I said the people have good intent in cheering for the military but no knowledge what they are actually cheering.  His response:  It's even worse, they have no desire for the knowledge.

Times don't change.  A President Johnson staffer wrote to him in response to a December 1965 Harris Poll showing ten-to-one view against Vietnam withdrawal:  "I have a vague feeling that this support may be more superficial than it is deep and committed (many people probably do not even understand what it is that they are supporting)."  From "Enduring Vietnam" by James Wright.