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Month: December 2007 (page 3 of 3)

Now what to do about Iran?

Stephen Hadley looks concerned in this NY Times photo doesn’t he?

Stephen Hadley

People might think that an article titled “U.S. Finds Iran Halted Its Nuclear Arms Effort in 2003” might slow down the rush to go to war with Iran. But I don’t think that will be the case. I think that the administration will make the case for stopping Iran as this critical point before they can realize their ambition to become a nuclear weapon state.

For some reason the administration is bent on going to war with Iran. I personally don’t get it. Afghanistan made sense to me since there were people there that killed almost 3,000 of our citizens.

The war in Iraq never made sense to me. The country was in horrible shape after 12 years of sanctions. The sanctions definitely did not have the desired effect since the big shots in Saddam’s circle got wealthy and the country suffered. But they did not attack us and there were other places in the world that were selling nuclear and ballistic missile technology. Saddam was an evil tyrant alright but there are a lot of those around the world.

I think the case for a war in Iran will be based on similar reasoning as it was for Iraq. I don’t think it matters what the reality is, just that Cheney and President Bush are out to do this. I think they’ll attack and just spend time debating congress about what “Commander in Chief of the Army and Navy of the United States, and of the Militia of the several States” means.

Just now I read that President Bush is still claiming that “Iran was dangerous, Iran is dangerous and Iran will be dangerous if they have the knowledge necessary to make a nuclear weapon,” and I don’t think this National Intelligence Estimate will do anything but embolden the President.

I wonder how it will start? I can picture the Iranians pulling another stunt in the Persian Gulf just to provoke an escalation. This would be really interesting to watch the politics if it were not this country.

Gundam 00 and Dragonaut

Since Darker Than Black and Claymore wrapped up, I’ve been following the new Gundam 00 series as well as Dragonaut the Resonance.

Gundam 00

Gundam 00 is not bad so far. The series is like a combination of Wing Gundam but with elements of the Universal Century Gundam series. This show seems to have Minovsky particles (for at least the Gundams) and Newtypes, but no space colonies. The main character has a disturbing past and serious angst.

I have not seen a Char type yet but I am pretty sure the Ramba Ral character has shown up.

I like how the show draws on current events and it looks like the show is developing nicely. The writers have started with a lot of good threads and the framework is solid. If the show does not suddenly run out of gas then the secret of the Solar Furnace as well as the technology and origin of the Celestial Being group should make for good viewing.

Dragonaut the Resonance (Gio escaping)

The other show I’m following is Dragonaut the Resonance. Dragons exist but they came from outer space. The story revolves around the only survivor of a shuttle accident that was caused by a dragon.

Naturally that dragon Toa is in love with the survivor Jin Kamishina. All the other dragons so far were born on Earth and are bound to their masters. Toa came to Earth on a mission from her mother who is either the rogue planet Thanatos or lives there in the orbit of Pluto (which was destroyed by an impact with Thanatos).

The story is a little over complicated. There are two factions on earth but both sides want to use the dragons to defend against the threat from outer space. The love story is goofy, and the er, proportions of some of the characters is pretty funny. The “bad lady” Major Garnet MacLaine defies gravity but so do a couple of other characters. It’s over the top (ha, I kill me) but the animation is okay so far.