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““The real damage is done by those millions who want to ’survive.’ The honest men who just want to be left in peace. Those who don’t want their little lives disturbed by anything bigger than themselves. Those with no sides and no causes. Those who won’t take measure of their own strength, for fear of antagonizing their own weakness. Those who don’t like to make waves or enemies. Those for whom freedom, honour, truth, and principles are only literature. Those who live small, mate small, die small. It’s the reductionist approach to life: if you keep it small, you’ll keep it under control. If you don’t make any noise, the bogeyman won’t find you. But it’s all an illusion, because they die too, those people who roll up their spirits into tiny little balls so as to be safe. Safe?! From what? Life is always on the edge of death; narrow streets lead to the same place as wide avenues, and a little candle burns itself out just like a flaming torch does. I choose my own way to burn.””     Sophie Scholl

January 10, 2008

The Lame Duck Period Officially Starts

by UCrawford

You can often tell the exact point at which the President of the United States has accepted that his term is coming to an end…when he suddenly starts focusing on foreign policy red herrings like the Israeli-Palestinian conflict.  I’ve always found it a rather amusing time when our presidents have gone down that road and started lecturing both sides about how they must come to an agreement, considering that a) the President of the U.S. doesn’t have any legitimate authority to be dictating terms to another country on their internal affairs, b) our government’s continued involvement in Israel’s internal affairs and financial support of the Israeli government gives us few tangible positives, ample tangible negatives, and isn’t necessary to the survival of the Israeli state, c) foreign intervention had a large role in starting the conflict, d) our attempts at mediating the dispute have usually been doomed to failure because one or both sides are either incapable of or unwilling to meet the terms of any compromises we broker, and e) our continued involvement there tends to bite us in the ass everywhere else in the Middle East. 

But I suppose that presidents with questionable foreign policy legacies feel compelled to do something, kind of like how poor people with bad financial planning skills feel compelled to buy 30 lottery tickets a week in hopes of digging out from under.  All things considered, though, I guess I’d rather Dubya spent the rest of his term wasting time in the Israeli-Palestinian morass instead of threatening Iran.

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2 Comments

  1. He probably plans to do both. I bet he campaigns for attacking Iran while over there.

    Comment by uhm — January 10, 2008 @ 9:42 am
  2. Sadly, it wouldn’t surprise me. But as long as the anti-Iran rhetoric stays rhetoric and he chooses to waste his time on issues where he’s not going to get anything accomplished I think we can survive the final 12 months of the Bush administration.

    Comment by UCrawford — January 10, 2008 @ 10:15 am

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