Any Way the Wind Blows

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A 2008 report by the Senate Armed Services Committee has confirmed the application of “the methods” at Cuba-based Guantanamo detention facility and prisons in Iraq and Afghanistan run by the Central Intelligence Agency.

The US Secretary of State Hillary Clinton says Washington might impose new sanctions against Iran. The US failed to garner enough support -at the height of its Soviet downfall power in the 1990s- to get enough leverage to administer “crippling sanctions” against Iran. Now a Secretary of United States outdone by an incapacitating recession and two wars still running simultaneously has reassured chairman of the House Foreign Affairs Committee Howard Berman, she is able to get “more leverage” on the Iran issue.

It is logically impossible to imagine the kind of outcome preached by Hillary Clinton. Only a couple of days ago the US troubles went from single files to battalions when the Taliban insurgents stormed into new areas in North West Pakistan and effectively took over control of the districts that lie only around one hundred kilometers from Islamabad.

Thus, with a third front opening in Pakistan the US Secretary of State is proposing opening a fourth front against Iran. She says: “We are also laying the groundwork for the kind of very tough sanctions (against Iran)…that might be necessary in the event that our offers… are inconclusive or unsuccessful.”

There is also the problem of a very active fifth column that is domestically eating away at the Obama administration’s chances of success. The cankerworm in question is called Dick Cheney. He has just torpedoed President Obama’s efforts to present a respectable American face to the international community. Ex-Vice President Dick Cheney has just attempted to publicize the “success” of the American “torture aided interrogation” against “terror suspects.”

A 2008 report by the Senate Armed Services Committee has confirmed the application of “the methods” at Cuba-based Guantanamo detention facility and prisons in Iraq and Afghanistan run by the Central Intelligence Agency.

There other issues eating away at the US ability to make good on its promises.

The proposed Missile defense shield in Eastern Europe has already put the US at odds with Russia. And the planned NATO maneuvers in Georgia will only rub salt into Russia’s injury.

A quietly simmering China, already vexed over extensive financial damage to its economic infrastructure caused by the US corporate misdeeds is the next obstacle. The unresolved Taiwan question is also likely to pop up should an arms deal under discussion on US manufactured advanced medium range surface to surface and surface to air missiles to the Island reach fruition.

The US is very badly overstretched to be able to master the kind of international consensus required to cripple Iran and even at the best of times the US efforts to impose total sanctions has purely provided agreeable grounds for other countries to partake in beneficial business, trade and energy projects in the Islamic Republic.

Obama’s ghost ship is getting blown off course, this way and that, by the curse of the fool’s gold inheritance left over from the Bush administration. And even should the captain and all the shipmates, man all the stations in the call of duty, the sails torn apart by eight years of Bush administration’s neglect can hardly catch the fair winds of change.

Secretary of State Clinton should realistically be contemplating battening down the hatches instead of readying about for a full broadside.

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