Tuesday, January 26, 2016

Unintended but Realistic and Acceptable Consequences

Mere Honesty: The man just wants to be honest with us.
 John Kerry: Some sanctions relief money for Iran will go to terrorism. "I think that some of it will end up in the hands of the IRGC or other entities, some of which are labeled terrorists," he said in the interview in Davos, referring to Iran's Revolutionary Guard Corps. "You know, to some degree, I'm not going to sit here and tell you that every component of that can be prevented.

Now, that’s a very realistic assessment, and is an accurate reflection of the realistic spirit with which the talks with Iran were handled. Allowing for Syria conflict to devolve into a quagmire in order not to upset the Iranians, then, giving them access to dozens of billions of dollars knowing that some of it will be used to fund terrorist activities, all this can fall under the category of unintended yet acceptable consequences. Because, at end of the day, the world will be safer, goddamn it! It will be safer. Add a little bit more realism to the mix, and America’s current leaders might discover, on their own, the wisdom of nuking the country into oblivion by their own hands. Because, let’s be realistic, if we don’t deserve it, why are so many people wishing for it?

Now, Kerry and the administration “are confident this will not result in an increase somehow in the threat to any partner, any friend in the region.” But Kerry is so very silent on the issue of likely disastrous fallouts in regard to Syria. For despite leading the Friends of Syria Group on the international stage, the administration never really thought of Syria and its people in such terms. The Syrians were only pawns in a new realist game to make this world of ours “a safer place.” 

Realists seem to define Realism as: the acceptance of fuckery not simply as “a natural part of life,” or a “necessary evil,” but as the legitimate norm! Such definition, however, seems to me too delirious for inclusion in the Deliricon.

Democratic Realists speaking causally of the eventuality of funding terrorism as part of their “successful” diplomacy! Republican politicians and presidential candidates stoking the fires of fascism in their own country! What the hell is happening to America?  

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