We already know they are willing to abuse national security for partisan politics.

Since long before he was a politician, he’s lied frequently and even written in multiple books about his profound belief in the value of lying as a means to get ahead. And he’s good at it. After his Atlantic City casinos went bust, he successfully duped a bunch of mom-and-pop equity investors out of their money to get out of debt and had them pay him a salary for the privilege. He then got himself elected president and immediately started bullshitting about everything from the size of his inaugural crowds to the way NATO works to Chinese currency manipulation.When someone has proven over and over again that they are not trustworthy, you can, and in important situations should, stop trusting them

Matt Yglesias is right here but the bigger point is that they have shown themselves willing to make this exact kind of lie, as so has the Republican party. The GOP has made it clear they are OK with abusing national security for partisan politics when they lied us into a disastrous Iraq war. They outed Valerie Plame. They lied about the Iran treaty. They pardoned everyone involved in Iran Contra. It just keeps happening.

You can’t trust Trump not to abuse national security for partisan gain because you can not trust the Republican party not to abuse national security for partisan gain.

Source: Trump and Pompeo are untrustworthy on Iran – Vox

Ahmadinejad reelected in Coup

A few thousand Iranian young people demonstrated in Iran on Saturday morning to protest the announcement by that country’s Interior Ministry that President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad had won a second term by an overwhelming margin of 63 percent. The president’s rivals decried ballot fraud and many observers saw the results as a hard-liner coup. If the government really has descended to the level of fixing the presidential elections, it is a sign of deep insecurity and fear of change, as Tehran is challenged by the Obama administration’s outreach and by reformist stirrings among youth and women.

The final vote counts alleged for cities and provinces, even more so than the landslide claimed by the incumbent nationally, strongly suggest a last-minute and clumsy fraud.

Salon.com | Ahmadinejad reelected under cloud of fraud

All of this had the appearance of a well orchestrated strike intended to take its opponents by surprise – the classic definition of a coup. Curiously, this was not a coup of an outside group against the ruling elite; it was a coup of the ruling elite against its own people.

Gary Sick on Iran’s Coup

I talked to my brother who is in Tehran a couple of hours ago. YouTube is apparently down (filtered). The satellite TV and international radio stations (SW) are also jammed. But apparently a VOA satellite TV station has started to broadcast on a new frequency and so they have access to that. They had also lost the cell-phone service. (The phone system is operated by the Ministry of Technology and Communications; so it is state run.) It really is feeling like a coup.

From The Daily Dish | By Andrew Sullivan

Awful. Simply awful. I fear that things will become far more unstable and possibly violent as Ahmadinejad looses what little popularity he has and the scope of the fraud becomes public.

Lieberman Backs Limited U.S. Attacks on Iran

“I think we’ve got to be prepared to take aggressive military action against the Iranians to stop them from killing Americans in Iraq,” Mr. Lieberman said in an interview on the CBS News program “Face the Nation.”
This could be achieved mostly with air attacks, Mr. Lieberman said, adding, “I’m not talking about a massive ground invasion of Iran.”

Lieberman Backs Limited U.S. Attacks on Iran – New York Times

Lieberman’s plan to improve the situation in Iraq is to open another front. Great idea. What could go wrong? And I really hope that Iran respects our decision to keep this military act limited. I would hate to think that Iran would get the wrong idea and think our bombing them should lead to an escalating conflict where they mobilize a couple hundred thousand troops to attack our troops and bases in Iraq or Afghanistan. And yes, I’m being sarcastic.

Londo Mollari on Iran?

The recent saber rattling with Iran has reminded of a quote from Londo Mollari of Babylon 5:

“Only a fool fights a war on two fronts. Only the heir to the kingdom of fools fights a war on twelve fronts!”

There are three classic military blunders.

  • Getting into a land war in Asia.
  • Opening a second front when the first front hasn’t been secured.
  • Going to war with with Italian Army on your side.

Bush went three for three.

Iranian Oil Bourse

The Internet is suddenly alive with chatter about an “Iranian Oil Bourse,” supposedly scheduled to open for business in March 2006. Right now, the two leading oil exchanges in the world are the New York Mercantile Exchange and London’s International Petroleum Exchange. In both exchanges, trades for oil are denominated in U.S. dollars. But in the proposed Iranian exchange, oil trading will be denominated in euros.


This is yet another problem created by the incompetence of the Bush administration. With a large and growing debt, the only thing keeping the nation from an economic collapse the the strength of the dollar. If the world oil market switches to the Euro, then any purchase of US Debt (the treasury bonds used to prop-up the Bush tax cuts, war in Iraq and the GOP pork fest of the past five years) will turn into a risker direvitive investment. If this should happen, nations that sell Oil for Dollars (OPEC) and nations that Dollar trade surpluses to buy oil (China) will have less incentive to purchase US Bonds. If oil is bought and sold for Euros, surplus Dollars held by China would buy less oil every time the Dollar losses value against the Euro. If this happens, Bond will have to be heavily discounted. The % of the budget that is used to service debt will grow every time the dollar weakens against the Euro.

I’ll end this here since this economic rant is boring, even to myself.