Atlas Shrugged: The Mocking

Thursday, October 1, 2009

Work Day

Too much work today to post further.

Arthur Silber says war is always a choice and the decision is always based on politics, not "intelligence." It's clear that war with Iran is unnecessary, even if they do get nukes. Iran has pointed out that countries without nukes are invaded by the US and countries with nukes are not, so it seems entirely sane for them to pursue nukes--whether or not they are doing so now. Also, they have no desire to be The Country Formerly Known As Iran And Currently Known As A Sheet Of Nuclear-Blast Glass, which is what would happen if they actually obtained and used a nuke.

Megan McArdle seems to be dialing down the stupidity a little of late. (She'd have a hard time increasing the stupidity from her current level and it's something she should have thought about a very long time ago.) But don't worry, she's still Our Megan.
I'm not sure we can fix this problem without knowing the answer to the question we've been asking for a year now: why did the ratings agencies underestimate the tail risk, and is that reason fixable?

For money. That is rather obvious.

2 comments:

Downpuppy said...

I'm more worried about an attack against Iran now than ever under the Bush administration.

Whenever the Bush gang started rattling the sabers on Iran, you could pretty much assume it was just playacting. I always reminded people of the 30 year history of cooperation between the Republicans & the Ayatollahs, going back to the Baker/Casey deals. Seriously, does anyone think Republicans have something against patriatrchal fundamentalist theocrats?

Even if Gates explains the game to the rest of them, they're not invested in it.

And Megan is about 3 years late on having anything to say about ratings agencies.

Susan of Texas said...

I hope we are too poor and messed up to start another war, but the underlying situation still remains. We need oil, we need to control the Middle East, and Obama will do whatever is necessary to attain those goals. One of the first things he did as president was bomb Pakistan and kill Pakistanis.