Wednesday, December 2, 2009

Looking for Buster While Shedding Light on the Middle East

Billy Roy said that Obama's speech to the poor West Point Cadets reminded him of a recent conversation between a local rancher and a young boy in that it was just too mushy when clear communications were needed. It seems an anonymous rancher (you will see why) got in his pickup and drove to a neighboring ranch outside of Hubbard and knocked at the door. A young boy, about 9, opened the door. "Is your Dad home?" the rancher asked. "No sir, he isn't," the boy replied. "He went into town." "Well," said the rancher, "Is your Mother here?" "No sir, she's not here either. She went into town with Dad."

"How about your brother, (let's call him Buster)? Is he here?" The youngster responded,"no sir, he went with Mom and Dad." The rancher stood there for a few minutes, shifting from one foot to the other and mumbling to himself. "Is there anything I can do for you?" the boy asked politely. "I know where all the tools are, if you want to borrow one. Or maybe I could take a message for Dad." "Well," said the rancher uncomfortably, "I really wanted to talk to your Dad. It's about your brother Buster getting my daughter, (let's call her Sally), pregnant."
The boy considered for a moment. "You would have to talk to Pa about that," he finally conceded. "If it helps you any, I know that Pa charges $200 for the bull and $50 for the hog, but I really don't know how much he gets for Buster."

Joe Frank Dell, a veteran, who sees things in fairly simple terms took the floor. "The Middle East is all about bad guys, under the names of Al Qaeda, the Taliban, and other Islamist Extremist like the Iranians. The bad guys want three main things: oil, nuclear weapons, and to kill the infidels (USA) that stand between them and the first two things. The Middle East has 70% of the world's oil reserves with the Saudis #1 and Iran/Iraq ranked #2 and #3. Pakistan has nuclear weapons and Iran is getting close. The bad guys have control of Iran and want control of the Saudis, the Iraqis, and Pakistan. Afghanistan and Iraq had been a safe haven for the bad guys until Bush ran the Taliban and Saddam Hussein out."

With the situation fairly well described Joe Frank went into editorial mode, "anybody with half a slug's brain knows that George Bush stifled the bad guy's plans across the board and has kept them on the run for 7 years without any attacks on the US. He has these guys fighting as guerrillas in the mountains and a long way from obtaining nuclear weapons and oil. Meanwhile Obama doesn't even know why we are there. He wants to get out asap leaving the Middle East to the bad guys. Most folks are still trying to figure out which side he is on. Hell, we may have to stay there forever unless the rest of the world wakes up."

By now the Cafe audience had thinned out pretty good so Joe Frank wrapped up, "So what should our strategy be? Kill the bad guys, bomb Iran's nuclear facilities, and force what are supposed to be 'good Muslims' to help us kill the bad ones. As Bush said after 911, you are either with us or against us."

Think about it,