reply to post by Iamonlyhuman
Too bad we don't have RFK around... Here we goooo...........
What a terrible year 1968 was for Democrats! Especially LEFT leaning Dems like me. As the young Union soldier who was shot in the stomach in the Civil
War and knew he would bleed to death said, “I am kilt!”
After being assured we were winning, in January the Vietnamese staggered us with the country-wide Tet Offensive. Then in March, Pres. Johnson shocked
the country by declining to run for a second term as president. The best friend black Americans ever had was out. A victim of the Vietnam War. Then
just a few days later in April, Martin Luther King Jr. was shot to death in Memphis by a nondescript James Earl Ray.
Two months later in June at the Ambassador Hotel in Los Angeles around midnight after winning the highly significant California primary, the "New
Messiah" of the Dems was shot to death. Robert Francis Kennedy a senator from NY. Killed by a young Palestinian Sirhan Sirhan. A misguided young man
who ought to be paroled but who will never be. Despite much overworked and sanctimonious claims of being religious, Americans are a very UNFORGIVING
people. Ask Fidel. Recall J Robert Oppenheimer.
Then as if the Dems had not suffered enough Chicago’s tough anti-free speech Mayor Richard J. Daley precipitated a POLICE RIOT at Grant Park,
wrecking the Democrats otherwise good chance to win over Nixon in November with VP Hubert Humphrey, a/k/a “The Happy Warrior.”
Former SecDef William Perry said "It seems clear that Israel will not sit by idle while Iran takes the final steps toward becoming a nuclear power,"
hoping that more vigorous U.S. and international diplomacy could reverse North Korea's nuclear weapons program. But he was less confident about
stopping Iran's ambitions.
"President Obama will almost certainly face a serious crisis with Iran," Perry said. "Indeed, I believe the crisis point will be reached in his
first year in office. So on the nuclear front, President Obama will face a daunting set of problems, none of which can be solved unilaterally."
Perry was Pentagon chief when the U.S. negotiated a "framework agreement" with North Korea that froze its nuclear weapons program. In exchange, the
U.S., Japan and South Korea agreed to provide the North with two reactors that would produce electricity but pose a lesser risk of nuclear
Iran denies that its nuclear program is intended to build weapons. The Bush administration declined to negotiate directly with Iran.
Obama has said he favors "tough and direct diplomacy with Iran without preconditions."
Perry warned, "Indeed, I believe that today we are clearly at the tipping point of nuclear proliferation. And if the world does tip, it will be
irreversible and dangerous beyond the imagination of most people . . the spread of nuclear weapons to North Korea and other countries raises the
danger that a terrorist group eventually could get its hands on a nuclear weapon and use it against the United States.”
This worrisome proliferation of nuclear weapons acquired in violation of the UN's N.P.T. - Non Proliferation Treaty - began with ISRAEL. It is
claimed that the plutonium for the Israeli bombs came from France, which may be true, but it is also likely the plutonium originated in the good ole U
S of A and was trans-shipped to France and then to Israel to provide COVER to the US president. Israel now has between 20 and 300 nuclear weapons. And
with only a wink from the US. ONE Down.
Then came India. It is locked in a 60 years long struggle with Pakistan over the rich area, Kashmir. India decided to make an atom bomb. We smiled as
they developed their own nuclear arsenal. Probably 10 to 50 atom bombs for India. TWO down.
Then came Pakistan. Outnumbered people-wise by 5 or 6 to 1 by India, Pakistan also wanted nuclear weapons to counter India’s. Add Pakistan to the
list of nations flaunting the NPT with America’s blessing! And add another 10 to 25 atom bombs. THREE down!
Then came the megalomaniac Kim Jong Il. America was OFF and then ON towards NK. HOT for a while, then COLD. Not the way to treat a paranoid man with a
treatable mental disorder! It happened on Bush43's watch, and it is estimated NK has enough fissionable material for 1-10 nuclear bombs. FOUR down!
And last but not least, comes now Iran. Iran is bordered on its west by Pakistan, in violation of the NPT and with American approved atom bombs. Iran
is only 150 miles ffrom India, a recently honored NPT violator by Bush43. Iran is south of the Russian Federation by 200 miles. And despite Israel
being some considerable distance to its west, Israel - like the US - is prone to preemptive strikes. Is Iran to be number FIVE down?
The United States should be the leader of the world especially in the non-proliferation area. Yet to the rest of the world, we have lost all our
credibility. First, by aiding Israel and then, maybe Pakistan. We have "sanctified" India’s violations. We tolerate all three of the rogue
nuclear states as long as they remain our ally or are useful to us.
We have no moral ground. We have muffed it on the North Korean front and we have muffed it for the past 8 years on the Iran front. Let us hope our
next president is smarter than the current one.
So when - not if - Osama bin Laden atom bombs Washington DC, WHO is really to blame?
[edit on 1/9/2009 by donwhite]