PRESIDENT GEORGE W. BUSH & BILL CLINTON: THE APPEASERS
George Santayana said, "Those who cannot remember the past are condemned to repeat it." If only such a cliché were not true with regard to President George W. Bush. If he believes caving in to Iranian extortion is the way to better his poll numbers, he may be right. But what he's doing is only postponing the problem of Iran's nuclear weapons program for a future presidential administration.
Iran is considering a package of incentives offered by six world powers -- including the United States -- in return for curbing its nuclear program, according to an Associate Press story.
In Tehran, chief nuclear negotiator Ali Larijani described the offer as containing both "positive steps" and "ambiguities."
The big giveaway package okayed by the United States, Britain, France, China, Russia, and Germany in effort to end the growing tension over Iran's nuclear program.
White House spokesman Tony Snow said: "If the Iranians agree to suspend enrichment-related and reprocessing activities, then we'll be able to discuss more openly what the incentives are and we certainly hope that that's the case."
The package of extorted incentives -- which haven't been described to the public yet -- is part of a number of expected rewards presented to the Iranian government by the European Union's foreign policy chief Javier Solana.
According to the AP, the "package" is understood to include help in building light water reactors for a peaceful energy program. Also, the United States has agreed to provide Boeing aircraft parts for Iran's aging civilian fleet. This deal is a decisive break with a 26-year stance towards Iran, by offering direct talks between Washington and Tehran if the Iranian government halts nuclear enrichment.
The buzz within the Washington Beltway is that the deal smacks of the Bill Clinton/Jimmy Carter deal with the North Koreans in 1994. And that's not a good sign. The North Koreans snookered millions of dollars from the Clinton Administration in return for a promise to abandon their nuclear weapons program -- a promise they broke.
Carter met with North Korean leader Kim Jong-il in Pyongyang and returned to America waving a piece of paper and declaring peace in our time. Kim, according to Carter, had agreed to stop his nuclear weapons development.
The Clinton/Carter incentive program for North Korea included hundreds of millions of dollars in aid, food, oil and even a nuclear reactor. However, the agreement was flawed and lacked verification. In return, Kim elected to starve his people while using the American aid to build uranium bombs. The lowest estimate is that Kim starved to death over 1 million of his own people, even with the US aid program.
And while Clinton's flunkies in the mainstream news media blame Bush for North Korea's nuclear bombs -- because he hurt their feelings by including them in the so-called Axis of Evil -- the Marxist-Stalinist regime never intended to honor their agreement.
That plan was a fiasco. And when a liberal's plan becomes a fiasco, they keep using that plan over and over again. It's insanity -- the definition of which is doing the same things over and over again and expecting different results. This time the liberal is George W. Bush.
So within a few months, we've gone from the US preparing a nuclear attack on Iran -- if you believe the story in the leftist New Yorker magazine -- to the US preparing to give a grab-bag full of goodies to a nation that harbors terrorists, trains terrorists and arms terrorists. A nation that contributes to the deaths of America's best and bravest. Apparently to President Bush the options are blowing up the Iranians to kingdom come or giving the Iranians oodles of largesse.
Could this be a result of the Bush family's relationship with Bill Clinton? Could Clinton truly be as charismatic and convincing as the news media say he is? I don't get it. I listen to him and I hear "Flimflam Man." I look at him and I see one of the world's greatest confidence men. Yet, somehow the Bushes, including Dubya, seemed enthralled by the man.
This is merely conjecture on my part, but I believe President Bush wants the Iran crisis to disappear in order to advance his true agenda -- rampant immigration and dissolving of America's borders, more government intrusion into the affairs of individual states and individual Americans, and kissing up to foreign governments to make deals that ultimately hurt Americans, but move closer to globalism.
And why should we be surprised? Like Clinton, Bush is a Globalyst. Like Clinton, he'd rather spend money on domestic and international social programs than on protecting the US. For instance, Bush appropriated under $2 Billion for border security, while he appropriated $12 Billion for HIV/AIDS programs in Africa. The US spends more protecting the Iraq-Iran border than is spent protecting the US-Mexico border.
Like Clinton's poll numbers in 1994, Bush's numbers are in the toilet and this may just cause a shift in power in the House and Senate come November. Clinton's remarks and policies caused an enormous shift in power that benefited the GOP. Bush's remarks and policies may cause a similar shift in power, this time benefiting Democrats.
Bush sold-out conservatives in so many ways that it doesn't take a degree in political science to know conservatives will watch reruns of "I Love Lucy" instead of voting for GOP candidates this November. His interest in a gay marriage amendment is too little, too late.
And now, Bush appears ready to enter a Clintonesque deal with the Iranians. Why bother? Truth be told, the US will never attack Iran. And Iran will work on obtaining nuclear weapons -- incentives or no incentives. Why bother rewarding them with taxpayer money? Bottom-line is that promises from radical Muslims aren't worth a plugged-nickel. To them, their word to the infidels is meaningless.
The answer is to disengage from foreign entanglements. Create a Strategic Defense System to protect the US. Protect our borders with all the resources necessary to protect them. Continue streamlining the military so that it is a leaner, meaner fighting machine that protects Americans, but is not used for foreign adventures such as Haiti, Kosovo and other regions in which we have no interests.
Maintain an intelligence and counterintelligence mechanism that works to protect Americans and doesn't get involved in partisan politics. The primary goal is to protect the homeland, not cut security budgets in order to create pork barrel projects and earmarks to help politicians maintain their power.
© 2006 Jim Kouri- All
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Jim Kouri, CPP is currently fifth vice-president of the National Association of Chiefs of Police. He's former chief at a New York City housing project in Washington Heights nicknamed "Crack City" by reporters covering the drug war in the 1980s. He's also served on the National Drug Task Force and trained police and security officers throughout the country.
He writes for many police and crime magazines including Chief of Police, Police Times, The Narc Officer, Campus Law Enforcement Journal, and others. He's appeared as on-air commentator for over 100 TV and radio news and talk shows including Oprah, McLaughlin Report, CNN Headline News, MTV, Fox News, etc. His book Assume The Position is available at Amazon.Com, Booksamillion.com, and can be ordered at local bookstores.
George Santayana said, "Those who cannot remember the past are condemned to repeat it." If only such a cliché were not true with regard to President George W. Bush.