“Let’s round up a posse and bring in this vermin,” Sheriff Coffee said to Ben Cartwright last night. By the end of the show, some 40 minutes later, everything was resolved, and the boys went to the Silver Dollar bar to have some beer. The big ox, Hoss was buying.
This, of course, was Bonanza, but seemed similarly equal to the Republican debate last night. I didn’t watch the whole thing, but as far as the “terrorist threat” responses, it sure sounded like cowboy politics.
ISIL is a Middle East problem. It will only be solved through a cooperative effort. You can’t send troops into Syria, and expect to battle both ISIL and the Syrian government. Rand Paul seemed the only one on stage, that wasn’t talking cowboy politics.
I think President Obama’s State of the Union address was perfect in the recognition that ISIL is not a force that can threaten our national existence. ISIL may grab a piece of headline news on a particular day, but they are never going to grab a square inch of US land. Obama was telling ISIL that their efforts and sacrifice are futile, which is very necessary. North Korea with nuclear weapons- now there is a real threat to us. Iran with nuclear weapons- another frightening thought.
Through international efforts, the immediate threat of Iran gaining nuclear weapons has been averted. The destruction of uranium and centrifuges as part of the nuclear agreement, adds to our national security. The inspections will continue as part of the agreement. To pull out of an agreement, when Iran is fulfilling its obligations is totally nuts.
The next president will need to persuade North Korea to give up its nuclear ambitions. It will require some very skillful diplomacy. North Korea is likely looking very closely at Iran as more countries are willing to establish diplomatic relations, as the Iranians abandon their nuclear ambitions. The nuclear deal meant a very rigorous set of inspections- and any deal with North Korea will be just as tough, and snap back provisions will certainly be a part of this.
But cowboy politics means you go it alone, with your mighty six shooter at your side. Your enemy must be obliterated. You blanket bomb cities in Syria to get rid of the vermin, and then go to the Silver Dollar bar, to have a cold one with Hoss.
Of course, your meddling has enrage the entire population of the Middle East against you. Your winning is really your loss.