Posts tagged ‘Iran’

January 13, 2010

Middle East diplomacy

by thoughtfulconservative

OK, this is not meant to be exhaustive, but just some thoughts that have run through my mind over the years. It seems to me, the United States has been reactive rather than proactive in dealing with situations in the Middle East. Some falls under the law of unintended consequences.

Anti-communism drove much of our policy in the Middle East until Communism fell in Russia, but the results linger into the present.

Because of his proximity to the former USSR, we propped up the Shah of Iran, breeding unrest in the country that eventually caused the overthrow and the taking of the Americans hostages. Our poor relationship with Iran caused us to to back Saddam Hussein in the Iran-Iraq conflict. That more than likely led Saddam to think that he could invade Kuwait and we would look the other way.

The US support for Israel, meanwhile, has caused problems all with the rest of the Arab world.

We backed Pakistan and India went to the Soviet side. India has the (slightly) more stable government.

When the Soviets invaded Afghanistan, we backed the Taliban, only to have to fight them after 9/11.

Anyone seeing a pattern here?

Any way just my view of things.

December 19, 2008

Iran mulls financial bailout as stock market falls

by thoughtfulconservative

From the Los Angeles Times,

A key index has fallen more than 2,000 points as businesses are hit by flagging oil and commodities prices. An ailing economy could hamper President Ahmadinejad’s prospects in June elections.

Poor Ahmadinejad. NOT.

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November 24, 2008

Waukesha Carnival – 1,000th post edition

by thoughtfulconservative

Yes, this is my 1,000th post–on WordPress. Combine that with 278 on Tripod and 1,000 or so on Google (I don’t know how many since I have no access to it).

Enough nostalgia. Let’s get on with the posts.

In posts dealing with national issues, we have The Asian Badger, a pilot who flies many places, shares his thoughts on the FAA lowering the security of David Ben Gurion Airport.

Dad29 informs of another possible indicator of the economy’s “health”–something called The Baltic Dry.

Huckleberry Dumbell spent some time at the library looking at the Waukesha Freeman archives reading about the Great Depression. He shares his findings with us at Spring City Chronicle.

Alexander at A Little off Main gives his scenario of how a war between Israel and Iran takes place.

Turning local, Scott Berg gives a report on the Brookfield Common Council meeting of Nov. 18 at 359 Degrees.

Waukesha mayor Larry Nelson shares another Mayor’s Memo with us.

Jeff at Five Points Blog notes his lack of posting lately and “Sweeps the streets of Waukesha.”

Leaf riots in Waukesha. James Wigderson reports at Wigderson Library & Pub with not one but two posts.

Over at Conservatively Speaking, Wisconsin state senator Mary Lazich (aide Kevin Fischer?) posts on Wisconsin and the New Economy.

In miscellaneous posts, Josh at Blog Waukesha reviews some of the Digital conversion boxes on the market.

MommaBlogger at Homemaker’s Guide to the Galaxy lists blogs she reads. Let’s see. Nope. Not on the list.

At Practically Speakng, Kyle Prast looks at class sizes then and now.

Scott Feldstein says don’t look at the calendar. It’s winter.

That completes this week’s post. If you have a post you would like to nominate, whether yours or someone else’s, just put a link in the comment of this post.

December 4, 2007

WWIII is on hold?

by thoughtfulconservative

Dan at The Still Spinnin Blog raises a good point,

Iran stopped it’s nuke program in 2003? What happened on March 20, 2003 that may have made Iran think twice about continuing it’s nuke weapons program? Anyone? Anyone? Bueller?? Reid? Pelosi? Clinton? Kerry?

Indeed.

September 24, 2007

Ahmadinejad, moveon.org and others

by thoughtfulconservative

I haven’t spent much time posting about these guaranteed-to-get-you-hits topics, because, frankly, they don’t bother me that much.

I’m one of those people who believe that our beliefs as Americans and as conservatives can survive in the battleground of ideas.

I frankly want Ahmadinejad, moveon.org and the rest to get as wide as publicity as possible, because I think, eventually, people will see them for what they are.

So what if Ahmadinejad uses his appearance for propaganda? If he was not permitted to speak, don’t you think he’d use that for propaganda purposes also?

My observation has been, the more press something gets, good or bad, the more people want to see what all the fuss is.

Admanedinejad is going to do what he’s going to do. Moveon.org are who they are.

We can apply this to liberals, too. What about Ann Coulter? Or locally, Jessica McBride has been a target. Charlie Sykes and Mark Belling do, too.

Can your ideas compete? Why be worried, then? Tell me your ideas.

September 23, 2007

It’s a Waukesha Carnival 9/23/2007

by thoughtfulconservative

Jeff at Five Points blog says that Rep. Bill Kramer should get some facts before he speaks. Of course, maybe Mr. Kramer already has all the facts he needs.

Continuing the regional transit theme, Fox Head agrees with Kramer in not one, but two posts on mass transit.

Sancho at Hobo Springs has some questions about the blogger at Prosqtor’s Progress being pressured to quit blogging.

Dad29 is on budget matters as he dissects the Republican $600 million double dare.

David at Carrick Bend demonstrates how a nuclear armed Iran would be a threat.

Tim at The Other Side of My Mouth publishes a nice enchilada recipe (which will go into the Thoughtful Conservative cookbook).

Jessica McBride points out a memorably dull video on YouTube designed to enlist support for the West Bend school board’s $119 million referendum.

Scott Feldstein engenders a discussion when he points out how little taxes corporations pay.

Silent e comments on the much-viewed and well-known video of the head-butting incident at a local football game.

Spring City Chronicle, in addition to his excellent posts on daily news in Waukesha, took time to do an extended commentary on the hearing of the sex offender being released to 1216 Buena Vista in Waukesha.

Jim at Water Blogged in Waukesha remembers the Milwaukee 14 of 39 years ago.

James Wigderson has a resolution for consideration.

Yorick thinks some of what he is learning is crap.

New Berlin NOW features New Berlin politics, full body armor required.

Again, if I’ve missed someone, my apologies. Let me know and I’ll add it to the main post.