I’ve been in a sort of funk for the last ten days or so. I’ve had a bad cold or the flu. As a rule I’m rarely ill (other than the things that trouble me all of the time) so my taking a couple of days off to recover is an indication. For a while I was running an actual fever. When you consider that my normal body temperature is more than a degree below 98.6° going above 98.6 is something of an occasion.
I’m also discouraged about the general state of the world. We seem to hurtling towards war with Iran without any prospects of accomplishing anything by such a war other than getting a lot of people killed. I know that people will point to the threat that a nuclear-armed Iran will present. They should convince the U. S. intelligence agencies which still hold the position that Iran isn’t developing nuclear weapons.
My own view is that the Iranians are, in fact, developing nuclear weapons, we didn’t take the actions necessary to prevent them from doing so when it might have done some good, and there’s very little we can do to prevent their developing them now. Now is the time to develop a good policy for dealing with a nuclear Iran rather than more saber-rattling over a nuclear Iran being unacceptable.
I wish that the Obama Administration were crafting a strategy for a long-term commitment to Afghanistan rather than continuing to delude itself (or us or both) that victory there is within their grasp.
I think our foreign policy, generally, is a mess, neither pragmatic nor idealistic. Just incoherent.
I find the budget that the president has submitted equally incoherent. Many seem to agree, the most extreme characterization that of a Democratic congressman: a nervous breakdown on paper. Some think it’s political theater; a few poor souls think it’s brilliant political theater. The Wall Street Journal editors think it’s doubling down on class warfare. The Washington Post editors, apparently, think it’s a serious policy proposal.
If it’s serious, it’s a serious acknowledgement that the economy won’t right itself for the foreseeable future. More on that later.
I think the economy is a house of cards being built by drunks. It’s not a question of whether it will get knocked down but when and by what. There’s almost no end to the prospective candidates.
I don’t know whether to laugh or cry at contest for the Republican presidential nomination. IMO the final outcome will be that a weakened and decreasingly coherent Mitt Romney will be narrowly defeated by President Obama whose campaign, running against the Congress, ensures Republican majorities in both houses.
Like I say. I’m in a funk.