atomic_fungus (atomic_fungus) wrote,
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#2419: More TSA asshattery

Leonidas at Eternity Road says that the TSA isn't using the backscatter machines nor the "enhanced" pat-downs (read "groping") on this, the busiest travel weekend of the year.

No grope-a-tron, no protest. No huge backups at the security checkpoints. No complaints. Then come Monday morning the feds can get up before the news cameras and say, "See? There were no problems. Now we'll implement this type of security for trains and buses!"

Leonidas' title, "Evil but not stupid", is an apt one.

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There's a lot more going on in the world than just the TSA perverts. Korea is fixin' to blow up into a major war.

Democrat mismanagement of foreign policy almost always leads to us getting involved in wars we're not allowed to win. (In fact, failure to adhere to conservative principles does it. Yes, I'm looking at you, George W. Bush.)

I say "almost always" only because Carter's mismanagement of foreign policy led Iran to commit an act of war against the United States in 1979, and Carter did nothing about it. If we'd had any kind of President worthy of the name, the US would have declared war on Iran after our embassy was seized.

It would have been very easy to get the "students" out of our embassy: have Carter call up Khomeini and say, "Look here, old son...you have one week to free our embassy from those 'students' of yours. If you refuse, the United States will decide that those 'students' are in fact proxies for your government, and the bombs will start falling. If you're that ineffective at policing your people, maybe we need to reinstall the Shah; it's your choice." But Carter didn't have that kind of spine; if he had, he might have been re-elected. And anyway he agreed with the islamofascists.

So now we have Carter 2.0 in the White House; and he's faced with a serious foreign policy issue. Obama is reportedly furious about North Korea's actions, but what can he do about it? Unless there is an actual war, the US can't get involved; shelling civilians is an act of war but South Korea seems unwilling to rise to the provocation.

NK is spoiling for a fight, though: recall they sank an SK ship not too many months ago. Enough of these attacks will prompt SK to respond, and then we'll have a nice big shooting war.

For Obama and the Democrats, that works very well: first, it gives them something to use to distract the American people from TSA bullshit and Obamanomics.

Second, it pumps money into the economy. If the US goes to a war footing to help SK (as it must, by treaty) it'll mean munitions and airplanes and bombs and bullets and guns and rations and uniforms and-and-and.

Third, no one worries about the deficit when there's a war on.

Fourth, it helps China. NK is a proxy for China, and has been since the 1950s. China ramps up its own production of war materiel, and funnels it into NK. So China's internal economy gets a boost as well.

Fifth, it also could keep the US from responding to China seizing Taiwan. If you think that isn't always figured into their plans, you don't understand the Chi-coms very well. Taiwan represents two things: national pride and loot.

It's been a thumb in the eye of the glorious march of Chinese communism since Chang Kai-shek and his government retreated there in 1950. The communists hate Taiwan's freedom and independence.

And because Taiwan has remained free, and capitalist, it's rich. There's a shitton of advanced manufacturing infrastructure there--including a huge number of IC fabs--and believe me, China salivates over the idea of taking those facilities intact. Expect the general who bombs the shit out of those factories to be arrested for incompetence, because while China wants Taiwan back, it really wants Taiwan back without any unnecessary dents and dings. If the US can't help Taiwan, it's that much more likely that China can seize the place intact.

So--as you can see--war between NK and SK work very well for the left; but the rest of us will suffer for it.

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Vox Day illustrates the sum total of the left's debate technique.

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Well, it's time to get ready to go, I guess. *sigh*
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