Nightmare

Mitt Romney, former governor of Massachusetts,...

Mitt Romney, former governor of Massachusetts, 2008 US presidential candidate. (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

Last night I dreamed that Mitt Romney was President.

As President, Mitt really has no domestic agenda. I believe that he will sign into law anything that a Republican Congress may pass. Of course, that will include the repeal of Romneycare. Whoops, I mean Obamacare. All of us, except the 1% can look forward to austerity leading to the Great Depression 2.

I am more concerned with Romney as commander-in-chief. Some of his advisers are the same people who gave us Iraq and are now advocating military action against Iran. Iran will not be the pushover, militarily, that Iraq was. If Iran closes the Strait of Hormuz, the world economy will grind to a halt. The only button I want Mitt’s finger on is the buttons on a TV remote in one of his many homes.

Really scared myself with that dream. I hope that it never becomes reality because a Romney presidency would be a true nightmare.

Please see Strait of Hormuz |  Strait of Hormuz part 2 |  Strait of Hormuz part 3

 

Torture

Torture Museum

Torture Museum (Photo credit: Travis S.)

Does torture work, does it produce actionable information? Some experts contend that it does, some say it does not. Those who say it does not work contend that better information can be obtained by kindness than by torture and pain. Who should we believe?

I think that most of us would trust the answer from the group of experts that supports our preconceived ideas. Certainly I have no desire to torture nor would I want to be tortured. Only a few Americans, that I am aware of, have been tortured. John McCain is one such person, and he opposes torture.

In the final analysis, I believe that it boils down to how we want to be identified as a nation. Do we want to be on a list of those who don’t torture, or do we want to be on the list of history’s villains who did torture: like Saddam’s Iraq,  Stalin’s USSR, Hitler’s Germany, Mubarak‘s Egypt, Mao’s China, Zia’s Pakistan, the Spanish Inquisition and so forth. It does come down to morality in the end. And is the US an exceptional nation or are we not?

Gun deaths in America

American Broadcasting Company

American Broadcasting Company (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

I haven’t watched This Week on ABC on Sunday morning in quite a while. If I remember correctly, they had a roll call honoring American dead in Iraq each week listing those who died in a seven-day period. The number of fallen usually numbered between 20 and 30. Just imagine if the daily network news were required to list the names and ages of the 100 or so American who die each day here in the peaceful USA. Quite a contrast with war-torn Iraq or Afghanistan. Probably safer to be an American over there than here in the US. Please think about it.

Please see Guns and cigarettes | Gun control

Iraqi oil

Offshore platform located in the Gulf of Mexic...

Offshore platform located in the Gulf of Mexico, port location Cd. Del Carmen. (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

Iraqi oil is abundant and cheap to drill since deposits are near the surface. If supplies of petroleum exceed demand, the oil companies will maximize their profits by producing oil that is cheap to produce. That will be Iraqi oil rather oil in the US in Alaska or the Gulf of Mexico that is more costly to produce. That’s how capitalism works and the oil companies will work to maximize their profits even if that means producing oil in Iraq rather than in the US.

Blue Angels

Today the 31st Test and Evaluation Squadron fl...

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The US Navy Blue Angels are in Saint George today and tomorrow, weather permitting, for an airshow at our new airport. I will not attend because my hearing loss will not tolerate loud noise. However, the pilots have been practicing in pairs over my home so that I have had a good look. They are flying the F-22 Raptor which is a sleekly futuristic aircraft. It is very impressive, but do we really need it in today’s or tomorrow’s world? No longer in production, we have 187 in our arsenal at a cost of $150 million each. The Blue Angel team consists of 6 aircraft, at least here in Saint George.

No other nation has a comparable airplane. Airforces that we might face in opposition have vastly inferior aircraft. To use these airplanes to deliver bombs against adversaries would be a waste in my opinion. If we are to bomb a small opponent like Iran, Iraq , Libya or Syria, there is a better, cheaper alternative in my opinion. There are hundreds of mothballed commercial airliners sitting in the Arizona desert. Some of them could be retrofitted to deliver bombs much less expensively than the F-22. A bomb needs to be delivered accurately to its target; it does not need to be delivered at high-speed by the latest technological marvel. An aging 747 could be fitted with the latest anti-missile capability to defend itself and a few F-22 or other could fly escort to add an additional layer of protection. I think that this way would be an effective defense force at a much lower cost.