All War All The Time, We Like War
Mandeville, LA – Exclusive Transcript – “What’s really going on here is there has actually been some diplomacy and some negotiation and the war hawks don’t like that. That might lead to peace. We don’t want peace. We like to bomb people. We like to have our constituents and our supporters perpetually on a war footing, perpetually thinking, preaching, living, sleeping, calling talk radio shows, and advocating never-ending war, never-ending conflict.” Check out today’s transcript for the rest….
Begin Mike Church Show Transcript
Mike: Daniel Larison at American Conservative Magazine, in a related story, “The U.S. and Al Qaeda Are on the Same Side in Yemen.” You want to talk about this? Fine, let’s talk about it.
The Wall Street Journal reports that the Saudis’ proxies in Yemen are fighting alongside Al Qaeda in the Arabian Peninsula (AQAP). [Mike: Gee, how convenient.]
“Meanwhile, Saudi-backed militias are spearheading efforts to roll back Houthi gains and reinstate the government that the rebels drove into exile in neighboring Saudi Arabia. But they have turned to Yemen-based al Qaeda in the Arabian Peninsula, or AQAP, for help, according to local residents and a senior Western diplomat. This puts the U.S.-allied Gulf kingdom on the same side as one of the world’s most notorious extremist groups.”
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What’s so hard to understand about this? [mocking] “We didn’t get a perfect deal. We’re not taking it.” Whatever happened to Russell Kirk saying that the perfect should not be the enemy of the good? This used to be Republican mantra. Not anymore, not when it comes to war, baby.
It has always been a fantasy that a “better deal” than what emerges from these negotiations would somehow be possible. The long, arduous, deadline-extending nature of the negotiations that ended in Vienna makes the notion that something “better” could have been wrung out of the Iranians seem all the more phantasmagorical. Awareness that five other countries besides the United States and Iran are parties to this agreement, and that some of the most recent hard negotiations have taken place within the P5+1, ought further to dispel this notion.
The alternative to the agreement—i.e., no agreement—would mean no restrictions on Iran’s nuclear program beyond the basic obligations that apply to Iran as a party to the Nuclear Nonproliferation Treaty. It would mean that Iran could spin as many centrifuges as it wanted. It would mean Iran would be free to enrich as much uranium as it wanted, to whatever level of enrichment it wanted. It would mean Iran could configure nuclear reactors however it wanted no matter how much plutonium this produced. It would mean an end to unprecedented levels of international monitoring and inspection. It would mean discarding the most restrictive regimen that any state had ever negotiated to be placed on its own nuclear program.
Mike: Let me ask you a question. When was the last time the UN weapons inspectors visited our weapons depots? We’re the only ones that have actually ever detonated a nuclear device on a civilian population. We should be suspect number one. [mocking] “Yeah, but Mike, we’re God’s chosen nuclear incinerating innocent people living in monasteries in Nagasaki chosen ones.”
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