Two articles from the Atlantic today do a little tickling of the funny bone and only somewhat unintentionally. The first is about the “paradox of second amendment hardliners” and is summed up in the sub header from the piece:
Conservatives say armed citizens are an essential guard against government tyranny. They also support massive military spending. How is that supposed to work?
This is a humorous paradox for gun rights advocates. I suppose the answer to the gun control debate is to disarm the military so everyone is safer domestically. When that happens, I’m sure there will be plenty of compromise and warmth between the two sides when it comes to banning military style weapons for civilian sale.
But then again, we do have North Korea to worry about. Which brings us to the second article of the day. It appears the fearsome prowess of their military was on display, literally, as their maps show they are going to shoot missiles at American cities. Just one problem. Their projections on the map imply the planet they live on is flat. Someone might want to inform Mr. Kim of his planners’ mistake (assuming, of course, he didn’t draw the lines himself or have his good friend Dennis Rodman do it). Heads will roll!
The hypocrisy the United States government can show at times is appalling and this decision was no exception. The justification given for the countries being waived from these sanction is, at best, loosely understandable and really unacceptable no matter how we look at it from a moral perspective.
When it boils down to the real excuse for this action, it is simple: the military industrial complex. The U.S. military has become (and probably has been for a long time) the biggest export for the United States from an economic point of view. The likelihood this changes anytime in the near or even distant future is the same as the proverbial snowball’s chance in hell.
It should be noted that the sanctions did not go into effect until 2010 so only one party has had the chance to waive these. If we have a Republican in office next year, the result will be the same and the rhetorical justification will be the same. The actual justification is to use our military, whether it is through training, selling arms, or strategic interests, and to continue bloating that aspect of the government’s budget.
The U. S. government cannot claim to be an example of morality and freedom to the rest of the world while choosing policy decisions such as these. It is decisions like these that give people around the world a reason to hate us before they make the choice to attack us in whatever way they can. We should be better than this, yet are not.