Saturday, September 10, 2005

Assassinations happen

Reagan was shot, but survived. JFK was not so lucky. W., too, if my memory is correct, has been fired at (or someone threw a dud grenade at him when he was speaking). Anyway, with the news that President Bush's job approval rating is at an all-time low of 39%, he and his secret service men should be worried for his life. Now, don't get me wrong, I'm not saying that anything is afoot. But history tells us a lot about extremely unpopular political leaders: they are especially vulnerable to assassination attempts.

Why? Machiavelli said it best. The most powerful remedy a prince has against those who would conspire to kill him is "not to be hated by the people generally" (The Prince, Chapter 19). Now, 39% approval is not exactly hatred, but Mr. Bush doesn't exactly have the good-will of the electorate either. According to Machiavelli, conspiracies are entertained in the minds of mad men when they believe they will satisfy the people with the death of the ruler. Because the difficulties on the side of conspiracy are so enormous, and because the protection of the ruler is so great, only the prospect of being praised by the people will motive assassins. Dick Cheney got a big "F--- You" on television—which was met with much applause on Comedy Central. It is not inconceivable that the President will receive a much more deadly message. Again, I don't support such crimes, but history is laden with assassination attempts. This is a warning, not a threat: the President ignores the potentials of the situation to his own peril.

6 comments:

PiedPiper said...

That's great, Ilya. Now we're going to have the FBI, ATF, NSC and god knows who else all up in our blog.

Perhaps we should just start calling you Pat Robertson.

archduke f. f. said...

At least then your blog would have readers other than me and anonymous, pieper.

PiedPiper said...

zing...

xtrachromosomeconservative said...

Yes, Ilya, assasination talk definitely not cool unless you want to pad that FBI file.

Ilya said...

Clearly none of you read past the title of the post.

-=Topper=- said...

The thing I find is, the irony of assassination.

Reagan for all intrinsic purposes was well liked, and shot at. Kennedy was in my opinion a President with the best intentions. Killed.

Had Kennedy had the shot, the relationship with Cuba would have improved. The cold war we faced with Russia wouldn't have been so close, and Fidel Castro wouldn't be such the enemy as he is now thought of.

Fidel was beginning to think he had a better economical partner with the US, than Russia. Setting aside the Bay of Pigs for a minute, Fidel may have been more forgiving than us.

Another slice of American history. The Pentagon of that era suggested to Kennedy the use of the A-bomb as a pre-emptive measure, a more level head prevailed and said no.

Which brings us to today and The Doctrine for Joint Nuclear Operations. Where Rummie will suggest as the Pentagon did then, the authorized use of a Weapon of Mass Destruction as a pre-emptive measure by executive dicision. The danger today
is, we do not have the luxury of a level head.

-=topper=- aka Dave