Sunday, March 13, 2011

It's Too Late, Qaddafi Has Won, Robert Gates As GOP Candidate?

Wesley Clark
James Traub
Bruce Riedel

"In a new interview, Newt Ginrich says he cheated on two of his wives because he was too consumed with love for his country. Yeah, apparently he misunderstood the phrase, 'Please rise for the pledge of allegiance.'" – Conan O'Brien
"The Libyan rebels this week kind of hinted to the United States that they could use a little help. Right. Like, America would just blunder around the Middle East killing people without all the facts. That doesn't sound like the America I know." – Bill Maher
"The Mexican president was in town and said he wants more American tourists to visit his country. Which explains their new tourism slogan: 'Mexico. Come to us or we’ll come to you.'" – Jimmy Fallon

Top Ten Surprises In Muammar Qaddafi's First United States Interview

10.Neither he nor Chrstiane Amanpour could pronounce each other's names
9.Asked for Lady Gaga's cell number
8.Condemned the Academy for not giving Best Actor Oscar to Jesse Eisenberg
7.Wanted to plug his latest project, "Big Muammar's House"
6.Left early to attend Justin Bieber's 17th birthday party
5.Kept stopping to phone Mike Francesa at WFAN
4.Explained how to do a hassle-free home perm
3.The freestyle rapping
2.Livid he wasn't chosen for next season of "Dancing with the Stars"
1.Claimed to be a "rockstar from Mars riding a Mercury surfboard"

The awful devastation in Japan overshadows all other news stories, making them seem trivial and small. There are a total of six nuclear reactors on the verge of meltdown, and could make northern Japan uninhabitable for years to come, much worse than Chernobyl, which is still poisonous to its local inhabitants. Using seawater to try and cool the reactors down should give countries like Iran pause, who plan on building some more reactors up in the remote mountains, which, unfortunately, also are prone to violent earthquakes...

And Libya is posing quite a problem for bleeding heart democracies like the US. It would be so easy to surround Tripoli with warships and shoot down Qaddafi's planes as they take off, or shell his palace compound, you know, as a favor to the rebels. The ships are already in the area. The opinion pieces by Gen Wesley Clark and James Traub show both sides of the argument whether to interfere or not. Of course, John McCain and Joe Lieberman are all set to invade. I'm beginning to wonder how much McCain was brainwashed by the North Vietnamese when he was a prisoner of war, and if Joe isn't his secret handler... For me, the largest reason I know not to go into Libya is that Paul Wolfowitz is endorsing that we intervene. I can't believe that anyone still gives Paul a platform to puff himself out on, much less pay attention to anything the lying bastard has to say. Anyone besides Rupert Murdoch?

It's all a moot point, anyway. Syria is sending money, guns and munitions to Qaddafi, who has already gotten the rebel forces in retreat. I don't know if these are the same munitions that Syria claimed to have intercepted in trucks from Iraq; if so, then it's not costing them a dime to rearm Moammar. So, it's over, and it will get very surrealistic to see how every other Arab leader will treat Qaddafi. It's still possible that he will be assassinated a couple of years down the road, if his children don't do it first. Otherwise, they may not be allowed to visit and live in Europe anymore, who can stand to live in Libya except for short periods of time?

Because the Republicans don't seem to have any normal, sane people that can pass of as the next presidential candidate, I asked my brother-in-law who he felt they should run. Without hesitation, he replied "Colin Powell. If he ran, I'd vote for him."

Colin may still have some luster for a candidate, but I don't know if he wants to undergo the backstabbing from the white establishment. His wife is very liberal, and was against him taking the job in the Bush administration, so I don't see her supporting him for something more grueling... But these is one Republican that we know has Obama's trust and that of many Democrats, and may influence the independent vote in his favor, and that is Defense Secretary Robert Gates, who is currently visiting with the King of Bahrain. He has the integrity, and a proven track record for responsible leadership, we know he can handle those ditzy Pentagon generals, might in fact, retire a few if he were elected. He is strong in places where Obama seems to be a rookie and too easily influenced. People would trust national security to Gates, and he may be a better pick to end the war in Afghanistan than Obama. all in all, I think that robert Gates is by far the best candidate the GOP can come up with, and has the best chance of winning in 2012...

Just remember, if it happens, you read it here, first. A few days from now it will be posited in the Daily Beast or Washington Post, which I take as a compliment...

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