"You took Bhagdad, why can't we take Tablisi?" said the Russian General to the NPR Reporter. (he shivered*)
Now who could have anticipated that?
Since our neocons, or oligarchs, who never met a Constitutional principal they could stomach, nor a treaty for that matter, nor a simple human right that didn't need violating, who might have seen that coming?
When you take the world to school, or shall we say, establish a rationale, might that CUT TWO-WAYS? Who could anticipate that others would take advantage of a "new" paradigm? Nearly everybody. Pre-emptive War sounds good in the ears of the thoughtless, without a sense of the inevitability that such a "practice" would migrate, and maybe others might also use such theories?
Regime change,. pre-emptive war, enemy combatants, prisoners held indefinitely beyond HABEAS, beyond the RED CRESCENT/CROSS? The failure to respect international treaties and boundaries? The New? or OLD reflexive posture, that if country X isn't doing precisely as you wish, to hell with it's sovereignty, and so, you're hell bent for leather and OUT for REGIME CHANGE!
Like the Russian General said, "REGIME CHANGE, worked for you"...and the reporter got shivers**?
And now our brush clearing, off road biking, historically illiterate, head of the "largest polluter on the planet," is dissatisfied with IRAN's behavior. And doesn't particularly cotton to it's weapons of massed-destruction? He wants to take some wind out of it's sails too and let out a little gas*** from it's bag o tricks?
What'dya say we fast forward, half a century or two, when BRAZIL is the BIG DOG, or INDIA gets another spin at the elder statesman spot on this tiny blue dot?
What if they don't like missile silos in Kansas with those antique ICBMS? Or what if they decide, the old big dog, (the US) won't behave responsibly in some CIA lab in Reston VA?
And they decide that... that little light of mine, has been shining on Nuclear Scientists in ALAMAGORDA a little too brightly, and based on the well established principle of REGIME CHANGE and PREEMPTIVE WAR, like the decider and his gang thought up?
They decide that the old big dog needs a taste of it's own JUNK YARD medicine? How's pre-emptive WAR taste then?
.... like the Russian General said, with his tanks and "peace-keepers" in GORI'... a little PRE-EMPTIVE WAR, worked for you?
* wasn't that just humane.
** it was very humane.
*** not an oil war neither