Imagination

On this solemn anniversary we look back with horror and gratitude. Horror at lives lost and gratitude for the exceptional courage that risked everything in the attempt to save those lives. It is a deep debt addressed only by the maintenance of spirit and resolve.

September 11th was judged by many to be a failure of imagination within our defense and intelligence communities. That analysis is open to debate but the question remains; has the lesson of imagination been learned? Can we imagine even greater tragedy?

This space has long warned that the ‘we can live with a nuclear Iran’ groupthink in Europe would cross the Atlantic. The proof is in. Bill Keller, Editor in Chief of the New York Times posits that we can in fact live with a nuclear Iran. Mr. Keller sees a nuclear Iran as the lesser of potential evils. He cannot imagine the potential for and acceptance of self destruction exists in the Iranian mind or that we would be incapable of applying a Cold War deterrent.

Mr. Keller’s perceptions are either a failure of imagination on his part or a highly selective engagement of the ‘experts’ he relies on to help him form his opinion. He makes the fundamental error of not engaging the underlying theology that drives Iran. That failure guarantees a failure of imagination by assuming that our values or the values of the Soviet Union during the Cold War apply to a Fascist theology. Mr. Keller’s commitment to a secular mindset makes it unimaginable for him to accept the power of religious belief despite the evidence all around him. Mr. Keller contends that Iranian enrichment can be controlled with “rigorous safeguards”. Those safeguards have been rejected by Iran for nearly a decade!

In my imagination I envision crude devices that are capable of delivering a destructive EMP pulse. No lives lost but imagine waking up tomorrow and nothing works. Nothing that relies on electronics is functional: no computers, power grid, airplanes, financial systems, banks, cars, trucks, signal lights; no water management, no waste management, nothing!

In my imagination I see Hiz’bAllah with suitcase nukes, crossing the border into Israel. In my imagination I see an attack against the Saudi oil fields rendering that oil supply unavailable for who knows how long. In my imagination I see the U.S. Naval fleet in the Persian Gulf subjected to an attack that does not require sophisticated delivery systems. In my imagination I see this and much more.

The basis for this imagination is an understanding of and acceptance of the theology that drives Iranian leadership; the need for chaos as the fulcrum for a religious rite of passage leading to the emergence of the next Messiah. My imagination is driven by the idea that Iran can be taken at their word. Not only the words they offer the West, the words they offer the Islamic world. My imagination is driven by an understanding of a culture that values death in service to theology over life absent that commitment. This is the theocracy that sent young children walking through mine fields to certain death to clear the way for troops to attack Iraqi positions; unimaginable for us, easily accepted by the Mullahs.

Can we defeat what we cannot or will not imagine? NO! We cannot!

  • D.D.Mao
  • The AP reported this today.

    The U.N. atomic agency has received new and significant intelligence over the past month that Iran has moved further toward the ability to build a nuclear weapon, diplomats tell The Associated Press.

  • D.D.Mao

    The photo/humor that I posted earlier is not to be understood that I take the threat of a nuclear armed Iran lightly.I am fully aware of what the consequences are and appreciate Landreaux’s articles on the Middle East.

  • Bill Hedges

    For YEARS NOW D.D.Mao has keep us in stitches with is cartoon links ?!??? Don’t WE ALL remember them ??? Funnies like “LORD OF ALL THINGS REPUBLICAN” even though I am TEA. From “ Capitalism Under Attack? D.D.Mao Jan 31st, 2012 at 1:11 am” __“Billy Flynn” Hedges”__. Why oh way do I call him ASSHOLE ??? Especially considering his street slang vulgarity _ repeated _ remarks. If you could package and sell yourself.

    BESIDES being a plagiarist (like JD) you are a _hyp·o·crite _ AS WELL . I DON’T JUST SAY THOSE TWO THING I prove. _Hyp·o·crite _ telling others to stay on topic and you cracking funning carton on Newt. Nate, Landreaux, you, and I go off topic. You claim I can not go off topic but I am going to.

    Newt balanced budget, reduced taxes, and reduced government size. Mitt helped get similar health plan as obuma in Ma. AND ………. ???. WHAT WAS that DD Mao similar practical joke Mitt performed on fellow College student ? You hang you vote on Ryan who could be maid in oval office. You disliked Newt as well as Mitt. I was willing to give my nod to a candidate BUT NOT YOU. You waited for SURE BET CANDIDATE. You like to bet on sure winner ??? I’ll put my neck ON THE LINE.

    Here you go trying to START A FIGHT OFF TOPIC in previous article. I HAVE REASONS for liking Newt. He and CONTRACT WITH AMERICA.You use Ryan, as your reason/excuse and NOTHING THAT MITT DID. Who could be JUST A MAID in oval office. Landreaux wrote a article listing reasons why vote for Mitt. Most were reasons why not to vote for bum-bum. Between Newt & Mitt there are reasons to vote for Newt.

    YOU are being “tedious” as Landreaux SAYS. GO scare another who dares to write like ___ Double G ___. No _ le·git·i·mate_ reason to question his name ). You can only be the big fish if you are only fish in pond. Don’t try to scare off the competition.

    Trying to be anther Don Knotts…. No success !!!

  • Bill Hedges

    In first line not “is” but “his”…

  • Bill Hedges

    Ignore second to last full paragraph. Is basically a repeat…

  • D.D.Mao

    Actually if you go back to the thread “Education At The DNC” Landreaux’s post of 5th September 2012 @3:51 PM it’s addressed to “Bill” when he says you’re being “TEDIOUS” NOT D.D.MAO

    IF YOU CAN’T GET YOUR FACTS TOGETHER AT LEAST YOU SHOW CONSISTENCY

  • Bill Hedges

    ASSHOLE draws WRONG WRONG CONCLUSION. What a idiot !!!!!:

    “Actually if you go back to the thread “Education At The DNC” Landreaux’s post of 5th September 2012 @3:51 PM it’s addressed to “Bill” when he says you’re being “TEDIOUS” NOT D.D.MAO”

    “IF YOU CAN’T GET YOUR FACTS TOGETHER AT LEAST YOU SHOW CONSISTENCY”

    Your comprehension skills are Z E R O Z E R O Z E R O:

    Landreaux Sep 5th, 2012 at 3:51 pm “Education At The DNC”

    “Bill”,

    “Really????? Is this necessary, cannot we be a bit more civilized in making our points. Perhaps you two could exchange e-mail addresses and reserve that for the histronics.”

    A ROCK IS SMARTER than YOU. YOU wrote “you’re being “TEDIOUS”. NO. Landreaux did not write that LIAR. Landreaux also WROTE “Honestly, it’s tedious.”

    My name isn’t “it’s”

    THE ONE THING from my long comment you thought you could win with YOU FAILED MISERLY… I tear many of your comments from beginning to end…

  • Bill Hedges

    “YOU CAN’T GET YOUR FACTS TOGETHER”…

  • D.D.Mao

    LMAO……….The post was addressed to you.If anyone doubts me all they have to do is go to the thread and time I mentioned.

    Good try pulling a Bill Clinton” with depends on the meaning of “it’s” however !

  • Bill Hedges

    “Good try pulling a Bill Clinton” with depends on the meaning of “it’s” however !”

    Clintton’s word was “IS” not “it’s”

    Landreaux wrote “Honestly, it’s tedious.” Not me

    “YOU CAN’T GET YOUR FACTS TOGETHER”

  • Bill Hedges

    Read my comment to Landreaux after his “tedious” comment. You think I am only one “tedious” according to Landreaux? He wanted us to take it off site in e-mails:

    “Perhaps you two could exchange e-mail addresses and reserve that for the histronics.”
    __

    For YEARS NOW D.D.Mao has keep us in stitches with is cartoon links ?!??? Don’t WE ALL remember them ??? Funnies like “LORD OF ALL THINGS REPUBLICAN” even though I am TEA. From “ Capitalism Under Attack? D.D.Mao Jan 31st, 2012 at 1:11 am” __“Billy Flynn” Hedges”__. Why oh way do I call him ASSHOLE ??? Especially considering his street slang vulgarity _ repeated _ remarks. If you could package and sell yourself.

    BESIDES being a plagiarist (like JD) you are a _hyp·o·crite _ AS WELL . I DON’T JUST SAY THOSE TWO THING I prove. _Hyp·o·crite _ telling others to stay on topic and you cracking funning carton on Newt. Nate, Landreaux, you, and I go off topic. You claim I can not go off topic but I am going to.

    Newt balanced budget, reduced taxes, and reduced government size. Mitt helped get similar health plan as obuma in Ma. AND ………. ???. WHAT WAS that DD Mao similar practical joke Mitt performed on fellow College student ? You hang you vote on Ryan who could be maid in oval office. You disliked Newt as well as Mitt. I was willing to give my nod to a candidate BUT NOT YOU. You waited for SURE BET CANDIDATE. You like to bet on sure winner ??? I’ll put my neck ON THE LINE.

    Here you go trying to START A FIGHT OFF TOPIC in previous article. I HAVE REASONS for liking Newt. He and CONTRACT WITH AMERICA.You use Ryan, as your reason/excuse and NOTHING THAT MITT DID. Who could be JUST A MAID in oval office. Landreaux wrote a article listing reasons why vote for Mitt. Most were reasons why not to vote for bum-bum. Between Newt & Mitt there are reasons to vote for Newt.

    YOU are being “tedious” as Landreaux SAYS. GO scare another who dares to write like ___ Double G ___. No _ le·git·i·mate_ reason to question his name ). You can only be the big fish if you are only fish in pond. Don’t try to scare off the competition.

    Trying to be another Don Knotts…. WITH No success !!!

  • Bill Hedges

    ” __“Billy Flynn” Hedges”__. “LORD OF ALL THINGS REPUBLICAN”

    Ah “histronics.” Ah “te·di·ous”

  • Bill Hedges

    “Landreaux /08/23 at 9:04amSpringtime In Egypt”

    “Not a referree guys. Your behaviors are your own affair. But….it does get a little tedious.”

  • Bill Hedges

    D.D.Mao Sep 11th, 2012 at 10:15 pm

    “LMAO……….The post was addressed to you.If anyone doubts me all they have to do is go to the thread and time I mentioned.”

    THEY DON’T HAVE TO GO THERE. BIG SURPRISE. READ QUOTE I GAVE:

    Landreaux Sep 5th, 2012 at 3:51 pm “Education At The DNC”

    “Bill”,

    YES. Addressed to me. SOOOOOOOOOOO ??? In TEXT OF COMMENT HE TALKS TO BOTH OF US:

    “Perhaps you two could exchange e-mail addresses and reserve that for the histronics.”

    I knew of Landreaux previous comment. Took me short time to find:

    “Landreaux /08/23 at 9:04amSpringtime In Egypt”

    “Not a referree guys. Your behaviors are your own affair. But….it does get a little tedious.”

  • Bill Hedges

    Was a pleasure putting you DOWN. I REALLY should have produced:

    “Landreaux /08/23 at 9:04amSpringtime In Egypt”

    “Not a referree guys. Your behaviors are your own affair. But….it does get a little tedious.”

    from the get go. But I like to get your HOPES UP HIGH that you GOT ME. Then remove the chair & let you dangle until you are pronounced DEAD. A GOOD HANGING is SOOO entertaining even though not physical but just symbolic.

    You told Landreaux you would not write me. That lasted WHAT 3-4 days ??? You were going to STOP BEING “tedious”. Go ahead & deny. I will find (do I already have your quotes ???) that and post. FOOL looks good on you. It really does. So easy too…

  • Bill Hedges

    On 911 author begins his article with “On this solemn anniversary we look back with horror and gratitude”. Comment person goes FOR THE JOKE (CLASSY ?). Only thing worse MIGHT be blaming the airplane crash on the passengers for rushing the terrorist by the commenter. His second comment was attempt to mediate damages. Better he dunk his head in a dirty toilet for all the good his second comment resolved his BAD judgment of first comment.

    I made the FOOL of this JERK. DOUBT he will return to THIS scene of his crime. When put down THIS bad this _ comic _ usually stays away until next article.

    Keep trying to smell the roses through your garbage. You showed you were LACKING IN GOOD COMMON SENSE in this article . Showing NO regard for those senselessly murdered on 911. Was a pleasure showing you THE FOOL that you earned…

  • D.D.Mao

    My critic should be the last one to mention class.In the last 50 post or more he hasn’t covered the subject of the article but a couple of times.In fact out of the 18 post on this thread (13 by Bill)the only time he mentions the subject matter of the thread is briefly in his last post.Every opportunity he gets he’s objective is to correct me or tear apart my character usually laced with a tirade of 7 or 8 curses.

    The author of this articles subject wasn’t a solemn rememberence of 9/11 but Mr.Bill Keller of the New York Times and the dangerous group think of a “we can live with a nuclear Iran” thus my cartoon. Landreaux then goes on to describe what he envisions could happen if Iran goes nuclear……thats why it’s entitled “Imagination”. But then my opponent wouldn’t recognize this when he is blind to everything and his only purpose is aimed at belittlling me and my opinions.The only one “lacking in common sense” and class seems to be my perpetual critic.

    I write when I want to stress a point.My opponent writes in order to hear his own voice and stress self importance.If I have something to say you’ll hear from me.

  • Bill Hedges

    WHEN DID YOU DISCUSS on topic ? A IMMATURE PERSON COMIC LINK and you trying to say you are sorry…

    On 911 author begins his article with “On this solemn anniversary we look back with horror and gratitude”.

    Since Nate, Landreaux, you, and I write OFF TOPIC. Deal with it. Frankly I see little by you ON SUBJECT OF ARTICLE.

    THE FOOL you are:

    “Landreaux /08/23 at 9:04amSpringtime In Egypt”

    “Not a referree guys. Your behaviors are your own affair. But….it does get a little tedious.”

    his is subject of most of the comments. I won that battle.

    HOLD ON PAL:

    “Every opportunity he gets he’s objective is to correct me or tear apart my character usually laced with a tirade of 7 or 8 curses.

    YOU started the street slang vulgarity. I warned and reported you. Have you been lobotomised ? YOU START & I finish it.

  • Bill Hedges

    Verify the numbers you provided. Let’s see the PROOF…

  • Bill Hedges

    “In fact out of the 18 post on this thread (13 by Bill)the only time he mentions the subject matter of the thread is briefly in his last post.”

    How many on article subject by you ???

  • Bill Hedges

    I wrote:

    On 911 author begins his article with “On this solemn anniversary we look back with horror and gratitude”. Comment person goes FOR THE JOKE (CLASSY ?). In his 2nd comment tries to loosen the noose AROUND HIS NECK he placed there.

    Commenter wrote:

    “My critic should be the last one to mention class.In the last 50 post or more he hasn’t covered the subject of the article but a couple of times”

    Numbers you used are made up except for this article. Waiting for PROOF for 50 post or more.

    Your comic link was insult to 911 folks who died, live through 911, and their families.

    Each one of us write OFF TOPIC INCLUDING owner of site and YOU. NOT HAVING Class has nothing to do in following in Nate’s SHOES and going off topic. IF IT DOES none of us HAVE CLASS.

    Just ONCE prove me wrong !!!

    Most of comments were on “tedious” by both of us. With 2nd quote I WON…

  • Bill Hedges

    “Landreaux /08/23 at 9:04amSpringtime In Egypt”

    “Not a referree guys. Your behaviors are your own affair. But….it does get a little tedious.”

  • D.D.Mao

    If you poke someone often enough with a stick they will lose their temper.That is what happened when I referred to you as a “jerkweed” and “putz”.Unless you grew up in NYC or know yiddish you wouldn’t even know the meaning of these terms.Your tirades however everyone knows what M***** F***** and A*****e means.

    I have no idea where you assume I am trying to say I’m sorry.You can report me till your blue in the face for all I care.I have dealt with face to face and been called worst by people badder than you.

  • Bill Hedges

    I looked up your terms and you even agreed that was what “jerkweed” means. We live in a wonderful world where meanings of words can be looked up.

    If proving you wrong is “sticking you” tooooooo Badddddd.

    You completely ignore My MOTHER FUCKER & MORE WAS retaliation FOR YOUR NASTY STREET VULGARITY which I made a point of saying in the beginning. EACH OF YOUR WORDS I gave definition for. TOO much of something by you have given you no memory.
    __

    Bill Hedges Aug 23rd, 2012 at 1:00 am “Springtime In Egypt”

    Landreaux

    In previous article DD Mao uses nasty word:

    “Cojones (Spanish pronunciation: [ko?xones]) is a vulgar Spanish word for testicles or, denoting courage when used in the phrase “tener cojones” (equivalent to English “have the balls to”). It is considered a curse word when used by itself as an expletive in Spanish. In English, as a loanword, it means courage, brazenness, “nerve”, “guts”, etc.”

    http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Cojones

    _
    What was mostly discussed in this article you wish to ignore this:
    __

    “Landreaux /08/23 at 9:04amSpringtime In Egypt”

    “Not a referree guys. Your behaviors are your own affair. But….it does get a little tedious.”

    Don’t tell me how tough you are. What does report on site have to do with “I have dealt with face to face and been called worst by people badder than you”
    __

    You talk dirty then I will. You don’t then I don’t. Just following in your footsteps

  • Bill Hedges

    Once you talk NASTY I don’t STOP for awhile. If you don’t want to read it don’t write it yourself first..

    Suppose to wear big boy pants here…

    Waiting for proof on your numbers you gave…

    Waiting for a lot that you JUST DROP…

  • Bill Hedges

    WHAT WAS THAT YOUR WROTE:

    “Unless you grew up in NYC or know yiddish you wouldn’t even know the meaning of these terms.”

    L I A R…

  • Bill Hedges

    YOU NOT YOUR in last comment…

  • D.D.Mao

    “I made a fool of this jerk”….B.Hedges 12 Sept @2:52 PM

    “I won the battle”…….B.Hedges 12 Sept @ 6:24 PM

    ” With 2nd quote I won”…..B.Hedges 12 Sept.@6:53

    I WRITE TO STRESS A POINT.MY OPPONENT WRITES IN ORDER TO HEAR HIS OWN VOICE AND STRESS HIS OWN SELF IMPORTANCE.THESE ARE JUST QUOTES BY MY OPPONENT THIS AFTERNOON

    For proof of his tearing apart my character all you have to do is read his post over the past few months yourself.There are to many to list and they are just to “TEDIOUS” FOR ME TO BORE YOU WITH.

  • Bill Hedges

    “tearing apart my character”. Disprove you day & noght.

    I WANT TO.

    Especially:

    WHAT WAS THAT YOUR WROTE:

    “Unless you grew up in NYC or know yiddish you wouldn’t even know the meaning of these terms.”

    L I A R… I gave definition.

    “Landreaux /08/23 at 9:04amSpringtime In Egypt”

    “Not a referree guys. Your behaviors are your own affair. But….it does get a little tedious.”

  • Bill Hedges

    night

  • Bill Hedges

    Still waiting for proof for those numbers you gave other than this article…

  • Bill Hedges

    11:27 pm yesterday I POINTED OUT your:

    ” __“Billy Flynn” Hedges”__. “LORD OF ALL THINGS REPUBLICAN”

    Your street slang vulgarities that I do know the meaning of because I can go online and look up meaning.

    You have imbued my character for LONG TIME. YOU DISH IT OUT & YOU GET IT BACK. Don’t CRY on my shoulder…

  • Bill Hedges

    “they are just to “TEDIOUS” FOR ME TO BORE YOU WITH.”

    You to “tedious”:

    “Landreaux /08/23 at 9:04amSpringtime In Egypt”

    “Not a referree guys. Your behaviors are your own affair. But….it does get a little tedious.”

  • Bill Hedges

    If you think your hands (not “tedious”) are clean then have you been lobotomised ?

    Read Landreaux quote above…

  • Bill Hedges

    I have shown you lied, disproved you, etc..

    You try to hang your hat on I am “tedious.”

    Landreaux quote above says we are both “tedious.” Not going to argue anymore who is more so. Is impossible to prove without months of study and documentation.

    I’m not changing. You don’t get vulgar I won’t. You do then so will I for extended time.

    Will disprove you any chance I get….

  • Bill Hedges

    You wrote:

    “Unless you grew up in NYC or know yiddish you wouldn’t even know the meaning of these terms.”

    I obvious have access to Internet:

    Proof:

    Ayin Kafin Yan

    You are a FOOL…