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Wednesday, September 4, 2013

Senator McCain—"Catastrophic"

For John, BLUFOverheated rhetoric regarding Syria.  Nothing to see here; just move along.

Senator McCain's comment, "it would be 'catastrophic' if Congress rejected a use-of-force resolution", reminds me of this line from The Princes Bride.
Inigo Montoya:  You keep using that word.  I do not think it means what you think it means.
It would be catastrophic if we got into a nuclear exchange, or a 9.5 earthquake hit California or a tsunami swept over Florida or two hurricanes hit New York City within a 7 day period.  Congress voting "No" on dope-slapping Syria would not be catastrophic.

We welshed on the Peace Treaty and abandoned the Republic of Viet-nam and we left the Cambodians to their own devices.  Not to mention Rwanda and Darfur.  Those didn't turn out to be "catastrophic", so I don't see why turning our back on the victims of a (limited) gas attack in Syria would be [catastrophic].

What could turn out to be catastrophic would be us firing a hundred Cruise Missiles and Syria over their use of chemical weapons and then having Syria again use chemical weapons.  What would we do then?

Regards  —  Cliff


Jack Mitchell said...

Appropriate "Princess Bride" reference: Point, Cliff!

Craig H said...

"Welshed"? It's funny how our ears are tuned to certain slurs and not others...

C R Krieger said...

Taffey was a Welshman
Taffey was a thief
Taffey came to my house
And stole a leg of beef.

My family is from Merthyr Tydfil.

At least I am not of Scottish or Dutch extraction.  They take the big hits in the English Language.

Regards  —  Cliff