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Michael Tee

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What if?
« on: September 25, 2006, 10:05:38 PM »
What if a bunch of conservative billionaires started to worry about the growing power of China and India, and the future demand for and supplies of oil?  And what if they figured out there might not be enough to go around?  And what if they figured out that they had better grab some while they still could, before China and India got strong enough to stop them?  Because otherwise they all might lose shitloads of money and the American economy might go down the tubes and the people might want to look for new ways of governing themselves and distributing the wealth, kind of like in the 1930s.  And this wouldn't be good.  For anybody.

So for the good of everybody (everybody in America, anyway) they might want to occupy Iraq and then Iran.  And of course they couldn't tell the people of the U.S.A. "Hey let's go to war and secure us a  long-term supply of oil," so of course they would have thought of other reasons to put to the American people as to why they were going to Iraq and Iran.  For the sake of argument, say they came up with "WMD" and then later with "democracy."

Well, I'd say that in that case, Phase I of the plan was a success.  A big success.  They're in Iraq and they've got the oil fields.   The cost in human life is (in their frame of reference) negligible - - 40,000 Iraqis (who are only technically human) and a couple thousand Americans, the lowest of the low, the unemployables, the drop-outs, the un-connected, 30% of them not even citizens, just desperate Hispanics from some Latin American shit-hole or other, risking their poor pathetic lives in the hope of surviving and being rewarded with citizenship and finally, escape from the shit-hole.  (No, it isn't Cuba the Communist hell-hole that we're talking about, but the free-enterprise paradises of El Salvador, Honduras, Mexico, etc. that these folks are literally "dying" to escape from.)
2600 American soldiers are NOTHING to these billionaires.  They blew off twenty times that number in Nam before finally pulling the plug on that one.  But maybe you think the price in dollars (half a trillion) is too high?  NOTHING could be further from the truth.  You see the half-trillion comes out of the public purse.  It's EVERYBODY'S money so in a sense it's nobody's money.  The PROFITS that will come out of this little escapade - - that is definitely NOT "everybody's money."  What's Halliburton's is Halliburton's and what's KBR's is KBR's, and so on - - less a small cut (and I MEAN a small cut) for Uncle Sam and another slice to grease a few choice Republocrat palms.  Big Oil (I just LOVE using that phrase!!!) is not one to share gladly.  But - - but what if the "terrorists" prevent them from getting as much oil out of the ground there as they used to?  Oy.  You just don't get it, do you?  Who gives a shit if THEY can't get it out of the ground?  At least their Chinese and Indian competitors won't be getting any more of that stuff than they will, and if or when it finally DOES start to flow, just exactly where do you think it'll be flowing to?

The hell of it is, the Republicans can't TELL anyone that Iraq is a success.  Not in terms that don't excite ridicule and disbelief.  The Republicans, unfortunately, are now the prisoners of their own bullshit.  Since they lied to the American people TWICE - - once, that they were going in for WMD, then that they were there to establish democracy and justice - - they can only evaluate the project in terms of its stated goals - - yet to do so only invites ridicule and disbelief for obvious reasons.

What's a self-respecting crypto-fascist to do?  Fortunately, they don't give a shit.  They don't have to.  They don't need to WIN elections any more.  Stealing them is good enough, and they have THAT down to a science.

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Re: What if?
« Reply #1 on: September 25, 2006, 10:10:00 PM »
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Re: What if?
« Reply #2 on: September 25, 2006, 10:14:01 PM »
The more I see of conservative debate tactics, the more similiarities appear.  When faced with inconvenient questions, Chris Wallace simpers and giggles amd sits back in his chair,  you OTOH post a "Do not feed" sign.  Really not so different after all.

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Re: What if?
« Reply #3 on: September 25, 2006, 10:17:03 PM »
The more I see of conservative debate tactics, the more similiarities appear.  When faced with inconvenient questions, Chris Wallace simpers and giggles amd sits back in his chair,  you OTOH post a "Do not feed" sign.  Really not so different after all.

I thought you said you didn't see Wallace's show?

As far as your post goes, it wasn't worth responding to. Just a load of BS, which is about all you can post in the last 6 months or so. Strawman arguments and such.
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Re: What if?
« Reply #4 on: September 25, 2006, 10:30:45 PM »
I said I read the written accounts of the show (which included partial transcripts) on Huffington Post.

And you have absolutely no idea of the difference between a strawman argument and a reductio ad absurdum

And while I agree that the "What If?" post definitely had some trollish points embedded in it, you never seem to recognize or comment that just about every cartoon posted here by sirs is pure troll, as are many of the articles.

The serious point of my what-if post was that it is OBVIOUS that the invasion was about oil, as will be the coming invasion of Iran, and for good, solid geopolitical reasons requiring only total amorality and inhumanity on the part of the proponents.  (which they possess in abundance)  It's a hypothesis that relies more upon logic and circumstance than "smoking gun" proof (which is difficult to find and rarely unequivocal) but a hypothesis which fits the facts as well as any other and better than most.

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Re: What if?
« Reply #5 on: September 25, 2006, 10:37:46 PM »
And you have absolutely no idea of the difference between a strawman argument and a reductio ad absurdum

Sure I do.

And, like most liberals, the "meat" of your argument is insulting your opponent, and sometimes your friends for good measure.
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Re: What if?
« Reply #6 on: September 25, 2006, 11:59:37 PM »


No one who is a member or a guest here is a troll. 
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Re: What if?
« Reply #7 on: September 26, 2006, 12:21:22 AM »
No one who is a member or a guest here is a troll. 

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Re: What if?
« Reply #8 on: September 26, 2006, 12:22:40 AM »
<<And, like most liberals, the "meat" of your argument is insulting your opponent, and sometimes your friends for good measure.>>

Hilarious.  Considering your sole response to my post was a "Do not feed the troll" sign.

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Re: What if?
« Reply #9 on: September 26, 2006, 12:26:40 AM »
Hilarious.  Considering your sole response to my post was a "Do not feed the troll" sign.

Because your post was an obvious troll. In that context, my sign was appropriate.
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Re: What if?
« Reply #10 on: September 26, 2006, 12:27:27 AM »
Hilarious.  Considering your sole response to my post was a "Do not feed the troll" sign.

That's because that was about all it was worth, in the manner of debate substance.  Perhaps you should go back to your hypothetical of what if the President knew about 911 in advance, and did nothing.  That'd make more entertaining Docufiction fodder than your current what-if
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Re: What if?
« Reply #11 on: September 26, 2006, 01:07:12 AM »
<<Because your post was an obvious troll. In that context, my sign was appropriate>>

That's complete bullshit.  It had some "troll" nuggets, sure, but in substance it postulated a serious explanation of the administration's persistence in an apparently disastrous policy.

You didn't want to deal with it for whatever reason, which is OK with me, but the reason had absolutely nothing to do with trolling.  You never once gratuitously commented on ANY of sirs' cartoons posted to this site which were almost invariably 100% troll, with no substantive content, that's how I know what hypocritical bullshit your "troll" comment really is.

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Re: What if?
« Reply #12 on: September 26, 2006, 01:10:17 AM »
That's complete bullshit.  It had some "troll" nuggets, sure, but in substance it postulated a serious explanation of the administration's persistence in an apparently disastrous policy.

The definition of a troll post includes quotes that are of the form "my opinion is better than your opinion" - which your post contained in spades.

It was, therefore, a troll. As are a significant number of your postings - and virtually all of Domer's.
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Re: What if?
« Reply #13 on: September 26, 2006, 01:11:29 AM »
You didn't want to deal with it for whatever reason, which is OK with me, but the reason had absolutely nothing to do with trolling.

Sure it did. The fact that it was nothing more than a troll post is the entire reason why I didn't deal with it.
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Re: What if?
« Reply #14 on: September 26, 2006, 01:21:47 AM »
<<The definition of a troll post includes quotes that are of the form "my opinion is better than your opinion" - which your post contained in spades.>>

That's also bullshit.  A troll post is one that consists only of provocative or insulting comments that are meant to elicit outrage and provoke hostile comments in return.  The author is trolling for flames. It has nothing to do with "my opinion is better than yours" or anything of that sort.

Mine might have contained some provocative jibes (what I referred to as troll-like elements or something like that) but in substance it was what I said it was in my last post.  Unlike a troll post, this had plenty to debate in it.