Please, Louise

I can never figure out if these Gary Brecher things are real or if it’s some weird sort of Onion-ish thing, but this quote is worth noting:

The kids in Iran are pissed off at the way the old Mullahs won’t let ’em rock and roll, but the idea that they’ll support an American invasion because they’re bored is totally insane. It’s like imagining that the kids in Footloose would’ve backed a Soviet invasion of Nebraska because John Lithgow wouldn’t let them hold school dances.

The truth is that Footloose would have turned into Red Dawn pretty quickly. And, for that very reason, I don’t support the idea of a general ground war in Iran. Air strikes? Probably. Commando raids? Maybe. But a massive invasion at this point seems absurd. And I’m not sure who thinks that’s what’s possible.

Comments

  1. I can never figure out if these Gary Brecher things are real or if it’s some weird sort of Onion-ish thing, I’m of the opinion that it’s a genuine column in an alternative paper, but the writer is a Russian who is very literate in American English. I can’t point out what it is exactly – verbage perhaps, idiom .. something. He ain’t from Fresno. Some of what he writes about military stuff doesn’t ring true either. If I’d read his in the 80s I’d suspect that it was sophisticated KGB propaganda. But the Wall is gone, so is the KGB. They don’t do that anymore …

  2. If I’d read his in the 80s I’d suspect that it was sophisticated KGB propaganda. But the Wall is gone, so is the KGB. They don’t do that anymore … – Do not count on that… Wall may be gone (I have a piece of it), FSB may not have section three anymore (internal), but Russia knows they are one of two countries that can render world uninhabitable in 30 minutes. And they do what they can to keep the other (US) in check…

  3. Iran is Europe’s problem. Europe says negotiations can work. Hey, we’ll just wait and see. During the rest of Bush’s presidency, the U.S. will busy enough with the other points on the Axis of Evil: Iraq and North Korea. (And of course, there’s Afghanistan and the Pakistan spill-over.) If Europe fails to talk Iran out of its nuclear program (ha!), that will be the next U.S. president’s problem, as will China’s plan to invade Taiwan. But invade Iran? I doubt even the next president would consider that. There are lots of other actions that might turn Iran in the right direction. You can count on Europe to try none of them.