“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."

Monday, January 11, 2010

Iran can be bombed -General David Petraeus, Head of Central Command

Iran can be bombed says General Petraeus

The US military commander for the Middle East and the Gulf region has confirmed that the United States has developed contingency plans to deal with Iran's nuclear facilities.

By Alex Spillius in Washington
Published: 8:57PM GMT 10 Jan 2010

Gen David Petraeus, head of Central Command or Centcom, did not elaborate on the plans, but said the military has considered the impacts of any action taken there.

Asked about the vulnerability of Iran's nuclear installations, he told CNN: "Well, they certainly can be bombed. The level of effect would vary with who it is that carries it out, what ordnance they have, and what capability they can bring to bear."

He added: "It would be almost literally irresponsible if Centcom were not to have been thinking about the various 'what ifs' and to make plans for a whole variety of different contingencies."

Iran maintains its nuclear programme is for peaceful purposes, but the United States and other Western nations fear Tehran wants to acquire nuclear weapons.

Israel has called Iran's nuclear programme the major threat facing its nation. Gen Petraeus declined to comment about Israel's military capabilities, according to CNN.

Iran had until the end of last year to accept a deal offered five permanent UN Security Council members – Britain, China, France, Russia and the United States, plus Germany.

It did not do so. Instead, Tehran gave the West until the end of January to accept its own proposal.
Petraeus said he thought there was still time for the nations to engage Iran in diplomacy, noting there is no deadline on the enactment of any US contingency plans.

But he added that "there's a period of time, certainly, before all this might come to a head".


  1. Canada can be bombed, too. And, we DO have a plan. Somewhere.

    About the same probablility.

  2. Food Prices DOWN 15% from Last Year

    What was that Maroon predicting? Food Riots?

    Oh, and Ethanol production is at an all-time high. So much for the old food-to-fuel bullshit, eh?

  3. Who was it that said, "Fascism keeps Coming to America, but Landing on Europe?"

  4. Oliver Caesar

    When he was just a kitty
    Not yet a cat
    His muscles forming
    He jumped and played
    As they all do
    Once or twice
    I watched him jump
    Just like a helicopter
    Straight up
    Real fast
    I watched him take
    His first steps outside
    Nose sniffing, eyes wide
    A whole new world to explore
    As he got older, he trained me well
    The door to open when he meowed
    I the butler, he the cat
    The master of the house
    And with another meow or two
    Of his command
    His food and drink
    Was brought him too
    He got clobbered by a car
    Curled up dead by the mailbox
    The Book of Revelation
    St John the Divine
    The Seer of Patmos
    Teaches us all things
    Are made new
    If that's true
    As Christian theology teaches
    Little kitty is made new too
    And doesn't need the nine lives
    Talked about
    In old story

    There Melody, not a sexual reference in it :) I can do it!

    There is a bond between humankind and the animals, though we must eat them all the time, unless we go veggie.

    I don't know why, this bond. It doesn't seem reasonable. Well, I told my wife, she was sad, I've written my daughter too.

    And the cat's in the garbage can.

  5. That's to bad, fer sur, rufus.

    I was pining for Tuesday, at least.

  6. Trying to clean up a cesspool, with a poem, is a hard task to do.

  7. Ya gots to know yer customers, Rat.


  8. By talking about dead kitty-cats?

    I'd jist as soon stay dirty, thanks.

  9. Dead kitty-cats in a "garbage pail?"

  10. That pussy is really going to stink, that's a knowable.

  11. I think we need to talk about the old negro space program. I'm flipping.

  12. PARIS - Heineken said Monday that it would buy the beer operations of Femsa, one of the biggest brewers in Mexico, in an all-share transaction that values the business at $7.6 billion.

  13. Poor MLD will be waiting for Home Depot to open, buying chain, pad locks and plywood to batten down the windows and doors.

  14. Rufus: Oh, and Ethanol production is at an all-time high. So much for the old food-to-fuel bullshit, eh?

    Ethanol production is at an all-time high for the same reason the price of clunkers was at an all-time high last year. Billions in subsidies, and a federal mandate to use a certain percentage of it in fuel. If Obama announced a program to give everyone in the United States a $600 voucher for a bicycle, and mandated that all highways with more than two lanes must be re-striped with a bicycle lane, then bicycle production would soon be at an all time high.

  15. Chinese Auto Sales Jump 46% in 2009

    Now the World's larget Auto Market.

    Also the largest market for Cell Phones, BEER, and Microw Wave Ovens.

  16. The point was, T, . . . . er, Lillith, that ethanol production was supposed to DRIVE UP the cost of food.

  17. You told your wife? Why?

    Cause she raised him, loved him too, in her way.

    Some women are like that.

  18. That pussy is really going to stink, that's a knowable.

    And that's rat for you right there, always going to the ugly and disgusting.

    And no, the cat won't stink, it's too cold here right now.

    He's froze. And the garbage guys come in two days.

    Well, for a break, it beat listening to Rufus belch, and rat bait the Jews.

  19. I tend to not discuss religion, boobie.

    I discuss politics.

    I do not bait any religious group. Seeing as how I despise the organizing principle behind all the Abrahamic religions.

    I am not much of one to support organized thought control and indoctrination.

    It really is not worth the effort of catching them, time and again, in their lies and false statements.

  20. I was not talking about cats, boobie.

    I was talking about your pussy.

    It still stinks.

  21. "a man that beats his ox to wrath, will never be by woman loved"

    In an ideal world.

    Women wouldn't love men that mistreat animals.

  22. You have to be the most gutless, dirt farmer I have ever met.

    Your word is not worth a turd in a bucket. You, unfortunately, can be depended upon to lie to us Bar patroons, time and again.

    Welcome back, sailor.

  23. boobie boobie boobie

    gee that's really smart

    so smart

  24. Not a matter of smart, boobie, but of being descriptive.

    Without 25 lines of gibberish.

    All condensed into a single word, for you.

  25. I have to say it. I agree with rat on religion. I am of christian faith but I don't belong to any religious group.

  26. Bob, I'm sorry to hear about your cat.

  27. If you are of Christian faith, you already belong to the Christian group.

    You're a....Christian.

    And in that outlook, all things are made new.

  28. Thank you, Melody.

    I'd much rather write a short poem about a dead rat.

    Than a cat.

    I could really get into that.

    It did upset my wife, I knew it would. She's just like that.

    She shed a little tear, then went back to sleep.

  29. The hottest September ever, a cat got in my garage and my husband shut the door. I couldn't find the stench anywhere. He checked the garage three times. It must have been over a week and we finally found him in the garage under the tool box. We couldn't even tell what color the cat was. I had to knock on every neighbors door to find out who it belonged to.

  30. Well, if The New Yorker should come calling, and want to buy my poem, which they won't, but if they did, the money is yours, I kinda wrote it for you.

  31. Your may be right, Bob. But Christianity is not practiced as a single orthodoxy. There are different branches. I'm not catholic or protestant or Lutheran, I just am. And since, I don't like to follow rules, I will continue to be just of christian faith.

    The same with Islam they are not a single orthodoxy and maybe that's why I don't think all Muslims are bad.

  32. Nothing will get published unless you submit it.

  33. Christians don't want to enslave anyone, not in the true belief.

    But moslems do, always remeber that.

    I've got to get some sleep, I've been up all night.

    Keep your Christian faith. It's good.

  34. I got published in the Times of India once.

    They called me, through the Wall Street Journal, believe it or not.

    Goodnight, Melody.

  35. Good night Bob. I'm not going to talk about religion just like politics it's an endless conversation.