Wednesday, August 13, 2008

Russia and why Obama is dangerously naive, no JFK

Like they used to say in the 60s, "You can always trust a commie to be a commie". Today it is reported that Russia has broken the truce. This is no different from Hitler's fight for the Sudetenland and other inch by inch demands. Next Russia will start putting demands on Ukraine if they get away with Osetia and placing a puppet regime in Georgia. Ukraine is their real goal, the slow recovery of the USSR under another name. And Russia will not tolerate its former satellites becoming part of NATO.
One can suspect that Russia believes that Obama will win the elections and they are testing the waters. Months before the North Koreans invaded the South, American politicians, including Dean Acheson, spoke publicly that the US had "no interests in Asia". Before Saddam invaded Kuwait he was given the wrong impression that the US would look the other way. JFK implied the same attitude toward Laos, Vietnam and Cuba. What politicians and candidates say does matter.

Now compare these statements:
"This pattern of attack appears aimed not at restoring any status quo ante in South Osetia, but rather toppling the democratically elected governor of the republic of Georgia. This would be unacceptable to all the democratic countries of the world and should draw us together in universal condemnation of Russian aggression." -- John McCain

"There's evidence that Russian forces may soon begin bombing the civilian airport in the capital city. These reports are accurate. These Russian actions would represent a dramatic and brutal escalation of the conflict in Georgia. These actions would be inconsistent with assurances we have received from Russia that its objectives were limited to restoring the status quo in South Osetia that existed before fighting began on August the 6th. These actions have substantially damaged Russia's standing in the world. And these actions jeopardize Russia's relations with the United States and Europe. It's time for Russia to be true to its word and to act to end this crisis." --President Bush

"We should continue to push for a United Nations Security Council resolution..It's a clear violation of the sovereignty and internationally recognized borders of Georgia (Duh?). This action is wholly inconsistent with the Olympic ideal." -- Sen. Obama

The Olympics?!!!! Resolutions? Like 18 resolutions and 12 years of the UN demanding that Saddam comply with his responsibilities from 1991?

Obama also said, "The UN must stand up for the sovereignty of its members and for peace in the world." Excuse me, but any teenager beauty queen can do better than that! Didn't standing up "for the sovereignty of its members" lead to Gulf War part 1, of which the present involvement in Iraq is part 2, due to 12 years of "talking to Saddam"?

This is how Tim Kaine, Democrat governor of Virginia and certified Obamaniac explains the words of the phenObamanon: "The Senator's goal was to be tough and smart, and so when the action happened on Thursday, he immediately called for a ceasefire, condemned the unwarranted use of force by Russia. It was a bad crisis for the world. It required tough words, but also a smart approach to call on the international community to step in -- and I'm very, very happy that the senator's request for a ceasefire has been complied with." REALLY? Putin stopped because Obama asked him? Well, I have also been saying that Obasms can lead to serious delusions.

We have been saying for a long time that the real, backstage, strategic geopolitical reason we went to Iraq to establish a presence there was for this that we are seeing today: Russia. But how can any president explain that to the geopolitically illiterate, "American Idol" watching, MTV raised,, Pink Panties for Peace public?

The Europeans are all but mentally and morally castrated, and "politically correct" impotent enough to begin with, not to realize that an attack on Georgia is a threat to Europe, especially with the looming threat from Iran's growing long range missile capabilities. (On a side, but not disconnected, Iran has established great inroads into Latin America through Venezuela. And just recently, Chavez has punished Spain by nationalizing the Banco Santander (a major Spanish bank) and confiscating its assets; while Russia has been selling military hardware to Iran which in turn sells it to Venezuela. It was Russia also which provided Saddam's army with night vision and signal scrambling equipment.)

At some other time of peril these words were also said:

"Let the word go forth from this time and place, to friend and foe alike, that the torch has been passed to a new generation of Americans—born in this century, tempered by war, disciplined by a hard and bitter peace, proud of our ancient heritage—and unwilling to witness or permit the slow undoing of those human rights to which this Nation has always been committed, and to which we are committed today at home and around the world.

Let every nation know, whether it wishes us well or ill, that we shall pay any price, bear any burden, meet any hardship, support any friend, oppose any foe, in order to assure the survival and the success of liberty."

And now.."This action is wholly inconsistent with the Olympic ideal."? Which statements will cause the Russian bear to blink this time?

Excuse me again MTVers, but so far the coming of the Obamessiah doesn't look like the ushering of the age of Aquarius.

If he wants to resemble JFK, Sen. Obama may want to keep these words from JFK himself: “This is a dangerous and uncertain world…No one expects our lives to be easy, not in this decade, not in this century”. It looks like not in this one either.

Friday, August 01, 2008


Puerto Rico is a place where stereotypes of a welfare society or better yet, “social dependency”, are common and can be seen daily in public. It is very common to see a young woman followed by a cortege of children stocked with foodstuffs of little nutritional value at the cash register line in your average supermarket.

It is common to see a public employee working alone in some ditch while three or four “supervisors” or co-workers hang around drinking coffee or talking on their cell phones. It is not uncommon to see in neighborhoods known as “poor”, such as La Perla, new cars and satellite dishes in almost every roof.

Closed government institutions and museums, when tourist guides say they are open, are also common. In those institutions, the sense of service to clients, and even in the best hotels, is a sense of service in reverse. That is, the employee is not at the service of the consumer but the service is at the service of the employee. In other words, the goal is not the satisfaction of the consumer but a means, a bother that needs to be put up with in order to keep the job.

The welfare system completes itself in a cycle of elections, government, partisan unions and economic dependence on the federal system of the United States, or better said dependency on North American taxpayers.

That system makes possible that those who could have more children do not and those that shouldn’t do so at the expense of those that can. Even if you plan your family you end up paying for the rearing of children that are not yours. The responsible citizen ends up with a family known to him and an extended family he doesn’t know and yet supports financially.

This system is a vicious circle without apparent end and logic, except for that of self-preservation which leads to the irrational impression that a third of the employed population works in government, a third are retired from government and the last third lives from the first two. In reality, the portion that works and lives paying taxes to upkeep this system in the island, is growing smaller while employment in the private sector decreases with an increase in the closings and flight of large businesses.

The social fabric suffers when a large part of the population grows under a system of values which holds a notion that they are equally entitled to what others obtain by their own efforts. New generations growing under that system remain straggling in dependence, partly due to cycles of bad nutrition, poor education and self-expectations.

That system provokes a general sense of social insecurity, violent crimes, lack of civism, lack of care for public property and public spaces, trash everywhere, brain drain and flight of talents, employment and government inefficiency based on jobs distributed according to politics and not merit, lassitude and indolence.

Recently, while the national historical archives were closed for lack of maintenance in the air conditioning system, the greatest debate on the radio waves was the “debacle” of not having won “Miss Puerto Rico”. Notable exceptions to the carelessness of the cultural patrimony by the government are those efforts by private citizens such as The Conservation Trust of Puerto Rico, and the historical reenactment group the Fixed Regiment of Puerto Rico.

What is the future? In recent visits to Puerto Rico candidates Clinton and Obama offered Puerto Ricans more entitlements and the local politicians, who have become the dominant class administering that system, rejoice. What about the government? In bankruptcy.

The people of Puerto Rico are strong, hardworking, resistant, diverse, its graduates and professionals and their talents are highly valued. Its lineage has synthesized the best of three races and four cultures. But whoever wants to see what a welfare state does to a people must study “Puerto Rico Welfare USA, and its new extended family.

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