Monday, October 09, 2006

Condasleeza Never Read Thomas Schelling



Or else she would know enough about "credible threats" and "strategies of commitment" never to have put her name behind the NSSUS. If anyone in the admin had read Schelling, how could they have believed the U.S. would ever have the capacity to make credible the threat of pre-emptive overthrow of "rogue nations" of more than one at a time?

Jeeze, even the North Koreans knew that, and they haven't even been outside of the country in fifty-some years to pick up one of his books. They win, blow up a missle; the Bush admin loses another one for us (and the rest of the world): speak loudly and carry a flacid, Bob Dole-ED-drug-needing stick. (I think that's a pretty fair depiction of the state of US hard power at this point in the game, what with all our men, women and resources being ritually sacrificed on the altar of the Bush administration's, th Republican's, Joe Lieberman's, Thomas Friedman's, et. al.'s collective Iraq hubris.)

Kim Jong Il ain't bluffing. Look at the dude. He's a rock star. That guy's packing a ballistic missile and is ready to blow.



Meanwhile, Bush and the Republicans are too hopped up about our precious bodily fluids to do anything about it.

News flash, the global security strategy ain't working. Time to let the grown-ups run the country.

So what if Schelling has the blood of countless carpet-bombed North Vietnamese, Laotians, and Cambodians staining his more than theoretical hands? We can still use his theory to stop the lunatics...or at least keep smart enough to know not to jab our stick into hornets nests without considering what the hornets might do back.

P.S. Is it just me, or were Kim Jong Il and Bono separated at birth?

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