Posted on 08-11-2009
Filed Under (Foreign Policy) by Rashtrakut

David Ignatius on the Iranian regime’s need to keep America as the Great Satan to survive.  This is also why Barack Obama who is not as easily caricatured and demonized is an existential risk to the regime.  It also reflects the fundamental bankruptcy of the Iranian regime that at present can muster broader support by rallying people around the flag against a real or mythical enemy (Think Wag the Dog or Canadian Bacon).  Another reason why military strikes would be just the medicine the mullahs ordered.

Iran is hardly unique in this.  Ever since the creation of Bangladesh, the strongest glue holding Pakistan together (and used by its army to justify its expenditures) is reflexive anti-India sentiment.  In the United States the military-industrial complex has desperately searched for a new conventional threat to justify America’s obscene military spending, from talking up the Chinese military threat in the mid 1990s, to exaggerating the threat posed by the ramshackle militaries of Saddam Hussein’s Iraq and now Iran.  Sadly the tactic works all too often.

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Posted on 08-11-2009
Filed Under (Politics) by Rashtrakut
  • Frank Rich on the perils to both parties from last week’s elections.
  • In spite of Republican demagogue Michelle Bachmann rbinging a mob to intimidate Congress, the House passes health care reform.
  • The Washington Post sounds off on the Virginia political system that promptly renders each new governor into a lame-duck.
  • A blueprint for how a conservative Republican can win an election by adopting a centrist mask.
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Posted on 08-11-2009
Filed Under (Science) by Rashtrakut

If Turkey did not have enough on its plate in the battle between its secularists and Islamists for the loyalties of the Turkish people, American creationists are now lending a hand by providing support for the opponents of the theory of evolution.  Stymied in their attempts to have their latest god waved a magic wand theory (euphemistically named Intelligent Design) included in American science books instead of philosophy or religion books they are increasingly making contact with science ignorant religious zealots in the Muslim world.  And they have set up a creation museum in Kentucky to promote their literal interpretation of the Bible as science.  Unfortunately, in a country that can sometimes be maddeningly ignorant on a host of issues they have had some success.  Only 39% of the country now believes in evolution and 36% have no opinion, a tribute to the success of their insidious attempts to change state educational curriculums to “teach the controversy” aided by politicians (including those with biology degrees) shamelessly catering to their base .

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