2 – USA. Brain Activity before the election
BSSB.BE foreignpolicyjournal.com 04.11.2016
We’ve evolved a capacity to circumvent rational and independent thinking to maintain social bonds, which explains core support for Trump and Clinton.
What a choice! More than 150 million natural-born citizens old enough to be President of the United States and we winnowed it down to these two extraordinary candidates—extraordinary in so many important ways. Donald Peaches Trump vs. Hillary Cream Clinton … how did we get so lucky?
And Cream? Core supporters tout her intelligence, her knowledge of international politics, and her inside-the-beltway political savvy. Her religious advisor adds her religiosity: “Mrs. Clinton is far more religious than many understand, and always has been, carrying a Bible in her purse, joining a prayer group in the Senate and making time every day to digest scripture.” But according to Peaches, “This is the legacy of Hillary Clinton: death, destruction and weakness.” Unfortunately, intelligence, knowledge of international politics and inside-the-beltway political savvy—the ability to get things done both here and abroad—are as compatible with death and destruction as they are with religiosity.
Did she miss-take a bad decision for a good decision? Or did she miss-take a popular-at-the-time decision for a popular-for-a-long-time decision? The fact that she was subsequently the #1 perpetrator of death and destruction in Libya, and in consequence the insinuation of ISIS in North Africa, points to the latter miss-take. And when asked by Judy Woodruff about her role in the Libya catastrophe, Clinton dissembled as follows:
- Well, first of all, it’s important to remember where we were and why the president made the decision he did, because this was a presidential decision. I have advised the president. Sometimes, he follows my advice. Sometimes, he doesn’t. Sometimes, he uses a combination of what he hears from his advisers.
- We were looking at a potential disaster, as Gadhafi threatened to massacre large numbers of his population. The Europeans, our Arab allies were urging us to help them to try to prevent that. After due diligence, we came up with a way of supporting their efforts that didn’t cost a single American life. And we saved a lot of Libyan lives.
- Now, could we have done more after the Gadhafi regime was ended? Well, that’s always second-guessing. And I’m sure that there’s more we could have done, but let’s look at what we did do. We, along with the U.N. and others, helped to superintend two free and fair elections, something that is still quite an accomplishment by the Libyan people.
- They chose moderate leaders. Unfortunately, preexisting rivalries within the country has prevented the government from really being able to act on behalf of the nation. So, of course, if there were more things to be done that we could have influenced, I think that’s something we should be looking at and evaluating, because Libya still is a country that is struggling to be successful.
Unfortunately, Cream’s attitude toward Iran is “distrust and verify” and she is itching to bomb Irans’s nuclear reactors. Anyone who doesn’t know that she is a bomb-first-ask-questions-later hawk, and an it’s-OK-to-make-Palestinians-pay-for-what-Germans-did-to-Jews Zionist, should keep their prefrontal cortices active while reading her recent “How I Would Reaffirm Unbreakable Bond With Israel—and Benjamin Netanyahu.” Indeed, as argued by Asher Schecter in Haaretz, both Clintons’ retro-Zionism is deadhead strong and is ultimately bad for Israel (notice the button that Bill wore during the Democratic Convention).
The issue isn’t whether she can get things done. The issue is what she is likely to do.
“Distrust and verify” could lead to an inspection regimen so intrusive that Iran would refuse to cooperate. That refusal would, in turn, bolster a charge that Iran is ‘again’ pursuing nuclear weapons (and this time it would be ‘nuclear’ weapons, as distinct from Bush junior’s ‘nuculer’ weapons, which will make the charge more convincing).
The Iranian counterpart of Iraq’s Tariq Aziz would then appear to be sincere and honest because, like Aziz, he would be sincere and honest when asserting that Iran is not pursuing nuclear weapons—but like Aziz, he will be pilloried as a propagandist while Cream beats the drums for a war that will help her secure a second term.
She will even try to hide her hawkishness by claiming that she was a foundational force behind the Iran agreement, and so came to the realization that we must destroy Iran’s nuclear potential only after Herculean soul-searching. All that will work because her core supporters will silence their prefrontal cortices in order to overlook the reality that Clinton’s disagreement with then-Senator Kerry over Iran policy is why Obama went with Kerry as Secretary of State for his second term. Yes, Cream is intelligent, knowledgeable and savvy. The issue isn’t whether she can get things done. The issue is what she is likely to do.
War crimes aside, the practical problem with bombing Iran’s nuclear facilities is that Iran would respond by firing all of its non-nuclear missiles at Israel (Iran does not have nuclear bombs and they are a long way from being able to build a nuke small enough to be delivered by a missile). That, in turn, would unleash the balance of the U.S. arsenal stationed on Diego Garcia … stationed on Diego Garcia for the purpose of bombing Iran.
Unlike Libya and Iraq, Iran was not an imperialist/colonialist fabrication that forced groups with “preexisting rivalries” to live together. Iran is an ancient, powerful nation that we used to call Persia … and it has substantive, long-term allies, namely China (since 200 B.C.) and Russia (since 1521).
My take on Hillary Clinton is that the decision-making and action-taking components her executive function work well. Unfortunately, however, her religiously inspired, knee-jerk, hair-trigger self-righteous indignation toward dictators who criticize Israel and voice support for Palestinians (as distinct from Muslim dictators who keep their mouths shut about that issue) overrides the objective-evaluation-of-information component of her executive function. So she reverts to her Methodist upbringing autopilot mode when it comes to thinking about the consequences of destroying anti-Zionist governments, in turn destroying the people that she soldiers forth to help, and so further desecrates any moral standing that the United States may have recovered since devastating Vietnam, Laos, Cambodia, Iraq, Afghanistan and Libya.
Because they know that money is infinitely fungible, people on the streets of the Muslim world will never align with a Judeo-Christian world that scolds Israel while handing him (Israel is a ‘he’ nation) a YUGE allowance along with the admonition:
“Now don’t spend any of this on West Bank settlements … we don’t approve of that … you do that with your own money.” Fortunately, Dr. Jill Stein is running for president with Ajamu Baraka. By making American support contingent upon Israel dealing justly with Palestinians, Stein and Baraka could remove the tumor that generates the metastases that create the clash of civilizations that most elevates the threat of World War III: the Israel/Palestine conflict.
Keeping in mind that WWIII would be the ultimate environmental disaster, I recommend voting for Stein/Baraka (the Green Party ticket) because Stein’s policy toward Israel and Palestine is the antithesis of biblical Zionism and Baraka has the right perspective on Syria. The Trump and Clinton candidacies are a consequence of inside-the-box thinking on an epidemiological scale. For the sake of world peace and the human prospect for existence, we desperately need to keep our dorsolateral prefrontal cortices active enough to think outside the box. Better to send a message than to soil one’s conscience by supporting a Zionist hawk or a testosterone poisoned blowhard.
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