Posts Tagged ‘war’

Time-Limited Small Arms for Revolutions

The “civil” war in Libya has me thinking about what’s going to happen to all those weapons that have been provided to the rebels by NATO.  Here’s an advertisement from the near future…

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Weapons of Great Depression: We are down, and we’re about to be kicked.

So we’re giving a $700 billion check to somebody to try and get out of this economic crisis.  I don’t know where that money is going, and frankly the complexity of the situation overloads my brain and forces me info my default state, which is apathy.  What I am concerned about is that we (meaning the United States or Western Civilization in general) are down and we’re ripe for a good kicking.

Al Qaeda (which is not so much an organization as a mindset, kind of like “Flintstones Kids” – 10 million strong and growing, by the way) is probably looking at us and going nuts trying to figure out the best ways to take advantage of our misfortune collective stupidity.

I can tell you a couple of targets that are definitely not on the short list of terrorists-in-the-know: the New York Stock Exchange and any public building in Washington, DC.  Whereas back in the day you had the Red Brigade targeting politicians and people in high finance, your modern asymmetrical warfighter understands that the best way to defeat us is to let bankers and our government give us the slow, gentle, yet unlubricated butt-screwing they think we deserve.  All they had to do was set the tone, and our fear was enough to give too much power to idiot politicians and completely lose faith in our system of fake money.

$700 billion is about the size of a decent modern war budget.  So I’m thinking that right now we’re fighting a war on three fronts – Iraq, Afghanistan/Pakistan, and now we’re fighting to save companies that specialize in promising to give people money that they don’t have if something bad happens.  Which brings up an interesting point:  Who acts as the insurance companies’ safety net if something bad (as in, “people no longer believe your bullshit.”) happens to them?  Oh, that’s right – the US government – you and me, the American Taxpayer.  So they insure us, and in a Turkish bath-worthy reacharound kinda way, we insure them.  As if we weren’t racking up enough debt, I hear Mr. Ponzi would like royalties for the use of his scheme.

What I’d like to know is what slice of these companies we’re bailing out is foreign-owned, and can we get some of that money back?  Can we invade those countries who don’t put up their shares of the bailout?  Will we need to borrow money from them in order to invade them?