“Soft despotism is a term coined by Alexis de Tocqueville describing the state into which a country overrun by "a network of small complicated rules" might degrade. Soft despotism is different from despotism (also called 'hard despotism') in the sense that it is not obvious to the people."
Friday, January 12, 2007
Let's spend the week-end with Ahmadinejad in Caracas.
Ahmadinejad is going to visit his "brother", Hugo Chavez. It is a little week-end jaunt that will include visits to Venezuela, Nicaragua and planned meetings with the presidents of Venezuela and Ecuador. They are the leftist rat pack of Latin America. Their collective policies will bring misery and increased poverty to their unfortunate countries. That misery will translate to more difficulties and future problems for the United States. That should be of interest to The United States. It should be a big deal.
Iran is scant on friends in the Middle East. Iran pursues a constant policy of resisting American policy. The US and Iran have an obsessive compulsive animosity with each other. That and that alone can be the only reason for the four-day trip by Mr Ahmadinejad. It is an incredibly inexpensive way for Iran to slap the face of the US to what will be adoring audiences. Iran prefers to do things on the cheap while the US likes to go big time.
Take the removal of Saddam. If you boil the Iraqi venture down to basics, it was all about removing Saddam. Prior to the invasion, we tried to bribe him out of Iraq. Remember the offer to let him roll up a few billion and go to some nice island for retirement? It is true. We did make the offer. Saddam did not bite and, well things did not work out well for him.
The next step was regime decapitation. We tried targeting Saddam with every arrow in our high-tech quiver. That did not work out well for us either. But as Ambassador L. Paul Bremer III, Presidential Envoy to Iraq said,"we got him." We got rid of Saddam for $400 billion and a whole lot of misery and future costs.
I usually support the removal of obvious enemies, after I turn against them. We did that nice little snatch and grab of Noriega and have done it with a few narco-lords. I think it would be a good week-end to snatch and grab Ahmadinejad and try him for his part in the hostage taking of the US embassy in Iran. It would not be very multi-lateral, but hell why not? No one likes us anyway. So let's grab the little skunk, try him in an American court and see what happens.