Wednesday, July 16, 2008

Vote for John McCain OR ELSE!!!

A good friend sent me a op-ed piece that said, in a nutshell, if we don't all vote for John McCain, Iran will end up selling nukes to terrorists and little mushrooms will start popping up all across America.

To that I said:

Interesting yes, but the principle is wrong. Basically, fear is still being used to make us choose who to vote for. Now could we solve the fear problem another way? The current bounty for Osama Bin Laden is $50 million dollars. How many “BILLIONS” have we spent looking for him? If the bounty were $1 Billion dollars, could he hide? And if he couldn’t, how much would that have saved us in lives and the near 1 TRILLION dollars of expense from it all? If we simply offered a $1 Billion Dollar bounty on any entity responsible for causing an event that results in the loss of more than 500 lives, who could hide?

I think there is a tragic loss in efficiency when cash is converted into military action for the purpose of accomplishing change. If the cash was simply used to make the change, how many times would this have proven cheaper in time, cost and lives? Imagine how quickly the problems in Vietnam could have been solved with the proper application of a fraction of the cash that our military action actually cost. Also, any leader who goes through the trouble to develop nuclear weapons and then decides to wholesale them terrorists just debased his own power he fought to get. I think most corrupt leaders will figure that out before they get there.

I still plan on voting for Bob Barr myself, unless Ron Paul magically appears on the ballot. There will always be a big scare that can be used against the voter, always. Time to quit being afraid and do what's right. If you're afraid, you're just a tool for someone who controls the fear.

He responded, "well I just might encourage a terrorist to do something if I know I could rat him out later". To that I say, yes, and if I was the terrorist, I just might kill you first knowing that you might rat me out later.

Bounties are very successful, look at the "X Prizes" which are awarded for ingenuity and ground breaking accomplishments. Before we had a cop on every corner, we had bounties and we still do. It's an old idea whose time has come and remains.

Think about it folks. The US military is good at war. But whatever label you put on the "war against terrorism", it's not a real war - that's just a metaphor. And, if it's not a real war, then using the US military to deal with it is simply using the wrong tool for the job. A bounty creates an army of entrepreneurs and it's also a deterrent for the bad guys. And, guess what, a bounty doesn't cost ANYTHING until the task is accomplished! Now who's better at getting a job done for the least amount of money in the quickest time possible, the US government or entrepreneurs?

1 comment:

Danny Vice said...

Although McCain leans further left than I would personally like, I believe that he'll provide better wisdom on war issues than we've had during the previous 7 years.

The worst of Iraq may appear to be behind us, but that's misleading I think..

I think it's going to get more complex as we balance troop withdrawal while keeping a hammer held over Iran's head. We absolutely cannot just vacate the entire area.

Obama has tried several times to acknowledge this fact - and keeps getting hammered by his base over it. But fact is fact. You cannot just abandon the region in any sense of the word.

There's just no getting around the fact that had McCain's suggestion been followed years earlier - there would have been fewer casualties and I think we would have been much further along

I disagree with McCain on a great many things, however foreign policy prowess is going to be absolutely critical over the next 4 years in comparison to everything else. IMHO.

I think foreign policy will consume most of the next president's term, regardless of who is in the White House. And for that, nothing matters more to me than foreign policy capability.

Danny Vice