Oil prices, sliding. I've always contended that Adam Smith is the Tooth Fairy of capitalism: paraded around to when convenient. There're apparently mysterious patterns pre-election: upticks in the US economy every time a White House GOP incumbent is up for re-election and foreign policy "dangers" in contested years. We learned our lesson (some of us) and cut demand for oil. We're trying to go "green." Will we keep on this track? Hmmm--maybe not, and there's always room for more market manipulation and propaganda, per Foreign Policy magazine.
Then there's Ossetia. I blame Bush. A bait and switch war? Oh, we'll see what happens over the next month regarding the Iranians, or the terrorists who are supposedly on the run (by way of plain ol' flatfoot sleuthing and police work--not military adventures, spying on regular folks, shredding the Constitution, torture, or uber-high tech bullshit. I can say this: Bush has signed a pact with Satan...Vlad Putin...in this so-called War on Terror. Hand and hand with his, the GOP's and American businesses and bankers mortgaging our nation to Red China, we have given this vampire-looking scumbag a blank check. Now, of course this war makes the European Union look fairly limp-dicked, but come on, I think it was reasonable for Georgia, a more pro-American, pro-Western former Soviet republic than any in the region, to expect someon had their back. Russia or Urkraine (the primary sources of gangster identity fraud, organized crime and rancid porn in the world) are not our pals. Neither is China. Neither was Musharraf in Pakistan. But hey, expect the script to flipped...if we can't foment some mess with Iran, perhaps with the help of Rupert Murdoch we can re-cast this pals (maybe just Russia; as blogger jackandjillpolitics mused, you can't piss off your banker, so I suppose we'll forever be kissing China's ass) as dire threats and still increase the fear factor.
Time to speak, Barack. On oil, on this stuff. Turn the other cheek, all you get is slapped again...
I also would say they'll find Bin Laden, too, but Bush says he not important anymore, right?
I believe there will be another terrorist attack. Al Qaeda isn't the sinister empire Bush makes them out to be but they have a stake in seeing McCain president. You have pointed out before that extremists need an enemy to stay in power. An Obama presidency does them no good
When you write about international politics you sound SO right-winged!
Wall Street, with all it's frail facade of mortgage securitizations, will go back to business as usual soon too, with no lessons learned except that the average American can be used and abused, and not do a damn thing about it as long as someone waves the flag (or cross) in front of their noses. ;-(
(1) i'm sure we'll see evidence of price manipulation in the crude oil industry by some croney of dick cheney when all is said and done (after the election in november).
(2) soviet georgia is too small and too new to take on the big boys (like russia). BEFORE launching rockets into south ossetia, they should've lined up some support from the US and NATO... trying to do it AFTER the fact gets you what they got... NOTHING!
they better hope NATO pressure keeps those russian tanks from rumbling on into tbilisi later this week!
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