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The Best Laid Plans of Rice,
Don & Chen
|by Gaurang Bhatt, MD|
There is a strongly held, but publicly unsubstantiated belief within this administration, that when we go to war, a number of things will fall in place like the non-energy requiring transformation of an inducing protein structure turning on a gene transcription.
If, as is most likely, the above highly improbable combination of favorable developments do not occur, then there will be high casualties, ours and civilians, destruction of oil assets with soaring prices, a depression in the US and we will be bogged down in Iraq and have to give military support to governments in the Middle East, falling faster than a row of dominoes. There will be terrorists crawling out of the woodwork. Psychopathic, power hungry, arrogant rogues like Saddam can be restrained by a straitjacket, tranquilized and quarantined by force. Euthanasia is not the only inevitable prescription. We did encourage his misadventures and he miscalculated and was unlucky and inept. We are stronger, more adept, but with the new security doctrine, no less power hungry and arrogant, though much stronger militarily. I fervently hope we don't miscalculate and are not unlucky.
Saddam is an ideal villain to make an example of. Even if there is a temporarily increased flow of chemical and biological weapons in the hands of terrorists, delivery systems and route of entry are very difficult and can be guarded against. This will intimidate other possible terrorism inclined renegade states like Syria and Iran. Saudi Arabia, Kuwait and Gulf States will roll over and willingly play dead. Funding for terrorists will dry up. Whether the victory is clean or pyrrhic, the potential benefits are influencing upcoming elections and diversion of attention from a sinking economy and stock market. Potential executive and crony capitalism scandals and Cheney and Bush financial shenanigans will be forgotten in the euphoria of patriotic hoopla or mourning. No one will worry about deficit spending and cuts in Social Security, Medicare can be demanded as necessary sacrifice for national safety and pride. Extra spending will stimulate the economy and enrich defense and other businesses contributing to the party. We are currently rich and strong enough and Europe still feels beholden. Russia and China are weak and need our aid and trade respectively. All that may not last forever as Germany has started refusing to kowtow, so strike while the iron is hot enough to be pliant and malleable!
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