I know. I don’t care. I’m going to post it anyway.
With apologies to the
late, great Gary Larsen.
UPDATE: He’s not dead!
Jeremy Boreing at BigGovernment gave us a tour de force this weekend on why we should stop worrying and learn to love the bomb. He directly addressed President Obama’s speech at the United Nations and in just over a dozen paragraphs, Mr. Boreing managed to demolish a few of the Left’s most cherished notions, e.g., that nuclear weapons are evil, and that a world without nuclear weapons will be a utopia where billions of lives are no longer under threat of annhiliation.
It seems lost on the American President that he was not elected to create or perfect a world order, but to elevate the interests of the United States. He was not selected by a world assembly but by Americans, who extracted from him a sworn oath to defend the Constitution of the United States from all enemies, foreign or domestic. That same Constitution calls the president the Chief Executive of the Untied States. Imagine if the chief executive of Wal-Mart attended an economic forum and suggested a willingness to make his company less successful in the interest of promoting the perceived success of his competitors. It is unlikely that he would remain CEO for long…
Boreing also tags a zinger in there about socialism:
Utopian dreams rarely have any connection to reality. The socialist ideal of transferring power and wealth from the few to the many is proven a delusion once one realizes that the method socialists use to accomplish this goal is powerful government, thus making the true reality of socialism the transfer of power and wealth from the few to the far fewer. It is the same with this pre-adolescent belief that a world without nuclear weapons would be a better or more peaceful one. In actuality, nuclear weapons have maintained the closest thing the world has ever known to global peace for over sixty years.
And on the absolute necessity for the major powers to retain their nuclear arsenals, he has this to say:
…War is no longer sustainable, but it never-the-less still exists. The reason they are not fought between the large powers, the reason they cannot be, is that the nuclear weapon makes them unwinnable. For that reason, the major powers, America, Britain, France, Russia, and China do well to maintain their weapons. They do no harm, and yet they do great, great good. They have already saved perhaps hundreds of millions of lives, and even if one is one day used surreptitiously by a terrorist organization to kill tens of thousands of people, they still will have been a net gain to society of a thousand times that number of lives saved. Why then would the President of the United States, the country that has, armed with these devices, kept so great a peace for so long, seek to eliminate them?
Mr. Boreinger makes some excellent points, and I urge you to read the whole article.
But before you despair that Obama might actually achieve such a world-changing and potentially disastrous goal, ask yourself this: Isn’t it likely that Obama’s U.N. rhetoric is yet another instance of the President’s seeming inability to close the deal on myriad initiatives he has been pushing (health care, cap and tax, closing Guantanamo Bay, etc.)?
We can only hope so, as the alternative scenario is too grim to imagine.
Is He Coming Back For More?
Mahmoud Ahmadinejad’s return to New York City to speak at the opening of the United Nations General Assembly this week marks the fifth visit in five years for the Iranian President.
In a Fox News article by Claudia Rosett, she reports that it has been discovered that a brazen Ahmadinejad grossly abused his diplomatic privileges in his past visits and personally recruited one of his party guests (a 65-year-old Iranian-American businessman named Ali Amirnazmi) to commit a felony of violating US sanctions against Iran.
In her article, Rosett writes:
The details come from evidence introduced in a federal trial in Philadelphia earlier this year of a 65-year-old Iranian-American businessman named Ali Amirnazmi… But court documents show a web of sanctions-busting intrigue, involving not only Ahmadinejad, but also including communications running through the Iranian mission to the U.N. in New York City, as well as Iran’s de facto consular service in the U.S. — the Iranian Interests Section housed at the Embassy of Pakistan in Washington, D.C.
The plan was to transfer “advanced technology and expertise in the chemical manufacturing industry.”
Oh, goody. Ahmadinejad blatantly thumbs his nose at our laws and restrictions using his diplomatic immunity and does whatever he wants to.
Not to put too fine a point on it, but I don’t think this is the kind of guy President Obama should be sucking up to as he did during his World Apology Tour earlier this year. You may recall that this quickly came back to bite Obama in the butt shortly afterwards when Ahmadinejad demanded Obama apologize “for meddling into Iran’s internal affairs.” This occurred after Obama made a long-delayed criticism of the Iranian government for brutally beating down protesters following Ahmadinejad questionable victory in what seemed to be a rigged election.
The brutal reaction of Ahmadinejad’s troops injured hundreds and killed 13 including the highly publicized death of young Neda Agha-Soltan whose murder in the streets of Tehran made her a symbol of the Iranian protest of the elections. Even then, Obama waited until he saw which way the public support was going before he made any kind of statement. It was a delay that was seen by many as one made by a political neophyte who simply waited to be led by the people’s reaction rather than actually being a decisive leader himself. This apparently did not go unnoticed by Ahmadinejad.
The fact that Ahmadinejad is being allowed back into this country is bad enough. But the world will be watching to see just how President Obama handles this diplomatic adventure. Any corner Obama may find himself in will be one of his own making. Once again, his inexperience has bubbled to the surface.
Obama has already given Ahmadinejad what Amir Taheri writing in today’s Asharq Alawsat calls “9 months of tranquility” during which time Iran has raced forward with its goal of enriched uranium. Ahmadinejad is an old pro at manipulating world politicians. Sucking in political neophyte Barack Obama hasn’t caused Ahmadinejad to even break a sweat.
It will be interesting to see what Ahmadinejad has to say at the UN. But more likely, the more interesting observations will be how Obama responds, and what extracurricular activities Ahmadinejad gets involved in this time around.
Oh how I miss having a President with the common sense of Ronald Wilson Reagan at times like this.
This is just shameful.
TimesOnline is reporting that workers from U.N ‘s World Food Programme (WFP), an effort to get food to millions starving in Somalia, are selling emergency foodstuffs right out of the U.N warehouses to blackmarketers. These are staples (wheat, corn, oil) intended to be distributed free, and yet U.N. personnel are turning a tidy profit by selling the emergency goods to traders who also make a profit by selling the goods in marketplaces in Mogadishu. According to one trader, the scam is blatant:
“They take us to the warehouses used by the WFP and let us load our lorries. The goods are freely available and you can buy as much as you like, but we usually buy no more than 500 to 1,000 sacks at a time. Just a tonne or half a tonne a day can be shifted more discreetly.”
Of course, this is food that is desperately needed by refugees–those for whom it was initially intended. With civil war and drought, Somalia is one of the worst humanitarian emergencies in the world, ranking right beside Darfur. The WFP is supposed to be feeding 3.5 million Somalis (almost half the Somali population). Instead, it seems U.N workers are selling these supplies, making an already dire situation that much worse.
Sadly, many of the supply bags being black-marketed, are, in fact marked:
Many of the sacks for sale are marked: “A gift from the American people”, with the US government’s aid agency, USAID, providing $274 million last year in food and in humanitarian assistance for Somalia.
Some gift. This, of course, also reflects poorly on the United States. How many starving folks see that and wonder why the U.S. is forcing them to pay for something they thought would be freely given?
However, for the United Nations, it’s the same old same old. It seems to be the culture of corruption under which the U.N. operates:
The United States spends tens of billions of dollars (taxpayers’ dollars) on U.N. activities each year, subsidizing 22% of the U.N.’s regular budget, and 25% of its peacekeeping budget. Most nations (including the billion dollar oil-rich Arab states) pay between .0001% and 3%.
With the all the corruption, all the waste, all the crime, all the stupidity… why are we still a member of this organization?