Wright Enough

Ok haterz, my latest thoughts on the US presidential election are these: most likely scenario is that John McCain is going to win and Iran will get bombed. Second most likely scenario is that Hillary Clinton will win, after some sort of about turn among Democratic party superdelegates, and Iran will get bombed. The third most likely scenario is that John McCain is going to win and Iran will not get bombed. It is hard to see any circumstances under which Obama might win, since his campaign will be overshadowed by intense media focus on his relationship with Rev. Jeremiah Wright.

The best possible outcome, for people who don’t want to see another catastrophic war, would be the third scenario outlined*. I have no doubt that Clinton would bomb Iran without blinking, and would be just as aggressive as an unrestrained McCain in the pursuit of what is often described as ‘protecting US interests abroad’. The third scenario would be achieved by Obama running an unsuccessful campaign, during which Jeremiah Wright appears on every news show imaginable, speaking at length about US foreign policy, race, class, and any other subject that takes his fancy.

A letter to the Washington Post illustrates the sort of effect he might have:

Like millions of Americans, I watched clips from the Rev. Jeremiah A. Wright Jr.‘s sermons and thought the man was just another demagogue. But then I listened to his recent speech before the NAACP in Detroit and got the opportunity for the first time to hear a full expression of his ideas and opinions.

He is being mischaracterized by the media and others. He is a great and thoughtful speaker whose views on history, religion and race make perfect sense to me, a patriotic white American.

As he himself notes, Wright is unencumbered by the need to get elected, and could use the platform provided to denounce the blind racist imperial arrogance of the US system. He could make a series of increasingly strident accusations that Obama in fact shares his view that US shouldn’t drop bombs from a great height on civilian populations, and so on. Obama would then have to come out and denounce these outrageous views every night on prime time TV. At some stage, after a couple of months of listening to media pundits raking over every detail of Obama’s failure to call full-bloodedly and unequivocally for the bombing of everyone everywhere, the penny would drop for hundreds of millions of people in the US, who would begin to realise the need to dismantle the US military industrial complex and its TV channels, and by the time McCain got elected he wouldn’t be able to bomb Iran because it’d be ‘politically impossible’, as the saying goes.

*I never said it was a likely scenario.

Update: Dennis Perrin on liberal hatred of the Wright. I liked this:

Digs wasn’t the only lib throwing spitballs at Wright; nor was she alone in denouncing Wright’s “egomania” and “self-aggrandizement” (some added that Wright “envies” Obama’s success, and thus wants to tear him down, because, you know how certain brothers get when another begins to rise). These epithets are swiftly employed when liberals sense that their worldview is being challenged. Ralph Nader was and remains a selfish egomaniac, while Al Gore just wanted to serve his country. Jeremiah Wright borders on the sociopathic, while Obama and Hillary are merely exploring ways to save this great nation. And of course, there’s nothing egomaniacal about liberal bloggers and commentators sliming Wright while telling Obama what he must do and when he needs to do it. They’re simply humble patriots, heads held high under fluttering flags, doing their bit for the US of A.


6 Responses to “Wright Enough”

  1. 1 truthteller May 1, 2008 at 4:47 am

    I was looking for something entirely non-political when I stumbled upon your blog. I don’t usually leave comments, but since I am a history freak, I thought it might be a good time to set the record straight. World history is rarely understood by about 40% of Americans.

    You mention; ‘the need to dismantle the US military industrial complex’. This view often assumes that we, the United States, have been an aggressive invader of other countries, terrorizing them with the brute force of our military. Most countries that do this do so to take land or resources from the victim country.

    In the history of the United States, we have never gone to war to make a land grab, nor have we stolen other countries resources. In the current Iraq war, we went to the U.N. at the very start and contractually promised that all oil revenues would be returned to the Iraqi people. Funny how the media never reminds anyone of this.

    When Hitler was on his campaign to take over all of Europe and then other continents, we fought him and liberated Europe with no reward of land or resources for ourselves. We are the only country that is unselfish enough to do this. Check your history, from a reliable source.

    We are presently at war with people who learn from childhood that their life ambition is to kill us…….all of us. It doesn’t matter your political party, ideology, race or social status. If you live in America, they are determined to eventually kill you and me. There are governments who support these people and believe in their mission. If that is what Iran is determined to do, do you want to make nice with them?

    McCain has walked across the aisle and co-sponsored numerous bills with the Democrats. He has had legislation that he has authored or co-authored pass into law. He has accomplished a lot. I am not a big fan of his, but if you want someone who really represents the largest contingency of people, then he is the only candidate who really does. Obama was found, in a study of Senate voting records, to have the most liberal voting record in Senate history. Does he represent moderates? Hillary carries a lot of baggage.

    In the end, America still gives more of itself to the rest of the world in the form of loans, food, charity and knowledge than any other country. The office of the President is still the most powerful in the world. You have to have someone with a history of management, making decisions and getting things done in that important office.

    This is not the time to make flip decisions about candidates or the perception of America as a bully. We need to face some realities, and we need to look at history….real history.

  2. 2 Marian Quinn May 1, 2008 at 10:08 am

    It is so reassuring to learn that the US military when abroad has acted only with altruism.

  3. 3 dav May 1, 2008 at 4:31 pm

    Hmmm, what about Texas, or maybe California?

  4. 4 Hugh Green May 2, 2008 at 6:54 am


    Thank you for the earnest comment.

    We need to face some realities, and we need to look at history….real history.

    Here is a wonderful phrase that should help you in your reading of history and your idea of America: There is no Santa Claus.

  5. 5 truthteller May 11, 2008 at 8:41 am

    I noticed that you were not able to respond with a set of contradictory facts………….typical.

    The right knows history, the left knows insults.

  6. 6 Hugh Green May 11, 2008 at 9:18 pm


    I counted at least 14 assertions in your first post that were complete drivel, but I have better things to do -like cutting my toenails- than going through by them one by one in order to put you right. If the price of not responding is simply that you get to chalk up another victory for ‘the right’, then it’s a price I’m more than willing to accept.

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