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Thursday, May 04, 2006

 

YELLOW ELEPHANT ON A RAMPAGE


For the record I don't care what Ryan Silberstein thinks about Jan Ting. What bothers me is that he is a dangerous wack job who thinks it would be a good idea for the US to invade Venezuela "purely for their oil".

In that way he is a typical Republican who lives in a cartoon land of his own imagination where wars are more pastime than tragedy. Even with the unfolding debacle that is IRAQ, he confidently asserts that an American invasion of Venzeuela (and/or Mexico and/or Iran) would magically cure a whole range of economic and social ills. This is the spawn of George Bush. A generation of conservatives who have even less regard for cause and effect than they have for the Constitution. Everything is ideology and theory for them. Practical reality will be given no quarter.

I don't think maniacs and morons like Ryan Silberstein and Glenn Reynolds are new to American politics, but what is new is the fact that they are treated as legitimate voices. There was a time in America when the unhinged and clearly uniformed members of the GOP were marginalized and shunned. Now they are the heroes.

Comments:
I usually don't comment on the nutty emanations coming from the far right blogosphere, but I couldn't believe anyone could write this with a straight face:

"If Bush went on TV tonight and said that we were going to take over Venezuala [sic], Mexico, and Iran, purely for their oil, and promised lower gas prices, he would probably begin tomorrow morning with approval ratings in the high 70s."

Actually, if Bush went on TV and said we are going to embark on three more Iraq-style occupations, he would find himself nostalgic for the days of approval ratings in the mid 30s.

I was skeptical of the slogan "No blood for oil" because I didn't think oil was the reason for the invasion, and found it hard to believe that anyone could take the idea seriously.

And by the way, how well has the Iraq occupation worked in terms of world oil prices?
 
In the neo-con world, a country that nationalizes its own oil interests is dangerously leftist and subject to overthrow, but when the US invades to take over those same oil fields we are standing tall.

I don't hold Ryan's statement against him, callow and wrong though it was. I think he was playing with a moral extreme as a hypothetical to illustrate his point. Of course his point was dumb-ass and wrong, but that's just because he hasn't bought enough tanks of gas yet in his life.
 
he was playing with a moral extreme as a hypothetical to illustrate his point.

This is a common neocon ploy and I'm sure that he will run to take cover under this stained and threadbare bedspread.
 
I didn't take Ryan's comment seriously in the first place. I think he has come out since and said it was meant as hyperbole. Maybe you guys shouldn't take it so seriously, either???
 
I did not take Bush seriously and look where that got us. These nuts need to be dealt with head-on.

They (not Ryan - but people like him) control the GOP which would like to invade IRAN in order to win the mid-term elections.

We simply can't afford to laugh off these maniacs.
 
mike m,

The other part of this is the fact that these neocons are all gung-ho militarists when it means sending someone else to fight.

Hell will freeze over befor chickenshits like Ryan sign up to participate in the wars that they all think are so neato.
 
Jason, do ever read anything that people write, or are you actually illiterate?
 
"If Bush went on TV tonight and said that we were going to take over Venezuala [sic], Mexico, and Iran, purely for their oil, and promised lower gas prices, he would probably begin tomorrow morning with approval ratings in the high 70s."

Now you are going to say that you did not mean it right? Just kidding eh?
 
Seriously. Because as I stated in my original post, "This is besides that it might not have the desrired effect wouldn't allow production to be increased and prices to fall, unless we subsidized or taxed other oil somehow, nor could we pull this off militarily."

Dumbass.
 
I glad you have decided to sign your comments.

It is a fitting nickname for you. Or for anyone who thinks "approval ratings in the high 70s" would naturally flow from something that a) would not work and b) impossible to accomplished anyway.

By the way, when are you headed down to the recruiting office? Any day now right?
 
Jason saw how Dana picked on Ryan and got a lot of attention, so now he wants some of the action.

Don't expect him to "get" your post. He just wants to use you as an entry to bash Bush some more.

But leave me out of this one.
 
I saw how insane Ryan's post was and wanted to turn a spotlight on the little creep.

Mission Accomplished!


What I wonder about is why old school conservatives like you put up with the bloodthirsty neocon freaks who think the world is some oversized Risk board.
 
Can someone find a pink jackass logo for Jason? It would be fitting for him and the other neocom freaks who think the world is a happy little debating society, and that the UN is an effective playground monitor.
 
Sorry G,

I thought it was clear to everyone that the "kill 'em all and let God sort them out" model was not working.
 
Would that be the LBJ/McNamara model? You know, Rolling Thunder? Oh sorry, LBJ's approval rating merely dropped to 35%, and that's the only score that counts.
 
"Of course his point was dumb-ass and wrong, but that's just because he hasn't bought enough tanks of gas yet in his life."

Anonymous, you have just insulted every Republican college student in the universe w/ that statement, even those who actually agree w/ you and might have bought a few tanks of gas in their day.

If you wonder how that could possibly be logical, don't ask me. I don't get it either. Ask Ryan himself or better yet ask his little dog DT. He's got that sophistry down pat.

But down ask DT to find letters or was it an e-mail or maybe tarot card reading he claims he possesses as evidence of his claims. It's missing
 
Even the dumbass must see that the gas tank was a joking reference to the Protack letter morass we have all been suffering from lately???

DT take a breather and lighten up.

Mike was right in that Ryan was being "creative" (even though the humor's sick), the cola of "tongue firmly in cheek" may be necessary for readers to keep their panties on straight.
 
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