If Germany had won World War II, they would control the continent of Europe.
If I were President…
1. We get less than 20% of our oil from the Middle East. I’d halt this immediately.
2. That oil shortfall would be sourced from our own reserves and Canada. I’d even throw a bone to Venezuela in exchange for their withdrawal from OPEC.
3. I’d close all bases in the Middle East.
4. I’d place a base in Israel and Egypt. Keep the base in Turkey.
5. I’d tell Egypt and Turkey that they have choice. Either they’re with the West or their with the Muslim world. If they decide that they’re with the Muslim World, then we withdraw all support and all bases from those countries.
6. I’d tell Europe and Asia that America is no longer responsible and will no longer take action in the Middle East except in the case of defense of our allies.
7. The Allies in the Middle East would be designated as Israel because they are a Democracy as well as Egypt, Turkey and Jordan.
8. Our alliance with Egypt, Turkey and Jordan would be predicated upon Democratic reforms and their renunciation of a foreign policy based upon Islamic Internationalism. These countries can keep their Islamic Nationalism, if they chose to do so. That choice would mean our pulling all resources and support from their nations.
9. Support of Jordan and Egypt would also be predicated upon an agreement to assimilation all Palestinian refugees. All refugee camps would have to be closed down. Those refugees would have to be given full rights in the countries in which they are located. The US would assist with funding for housing and job training for these refugees at 50% of the cost. This Aid Package would be closely guided by a contractual auditor to ensure that the monies were being used to build infrastructure and not lining the pockets of corrupt officials. If bribes are insisted upon, funding would be withdrawn.
10. Continued support of Israel would be predicated upon a real peace plan with the Palestinians.
a. Israel would either permanently partition the West Bank and Gaza as sovereign nations and pull out completely leaving the Palestinians to their own fate.
b. Israel would annex the Palestinian areas and alter their constitution making Israel an officially and legally secular nation. Part of that constitutional reconstruction would be safeguards for all religions, creeds, ethnicities from persecution, etc.
There would be a ten year time frame to effect these changes with specific milestones in place. If these milestones are not met, we would pull all support for any or all of these nations.
We would offer the new Palestine Nation, if created, a package of aid in return for a turning away from Islamism. The US would provide financial and expert support in building a nation from the ground up. A referendum from the Palestinian people would be required to receive this Aid Package. In essence, the Palestinian people would be required to request it via said referendum and the leaders of Hamas, Fatah as well as members of any other quasi-governmental group recognized by the people. If the people did not vote for our assistance, the offer would be withdrawn. This Aid Package would also be closely guided by a contractual auditor to ensure that the monies were being used to build infrastructure and not lining the pockets of corrupt officials. If bribes are insisted upon, funding would be withdrawn.
The onus would then be on these nations. If they decided to go along with us, they would have our support. If not, we would withdraw from them and leave them to their collective fates.
I would have these treaties ratified by the US Congress and the United Nations.
There would be no military solutions offered. Either they come on line with us or we no longer have a reason to be associated with them. End of discussion.
As for the Gulf and their oil, that would be the responsibility of whomever wishes to continue to purchase oil from those nations. China, France, Germany…whomever it may be.
We would continue to patrol the ocean lanes for support of international trade. The Straits of Hormuz — no longer our problem. Saudi Arabia — keep with your Wahhabism/Salafism on your own shores or risk offending more nations.
Egypt seems to be progressing towards Democracy. This surprised me as I thought that the Muslim Brotherhood would take them in the direction of Islamic Sharia. This is a positive development. Jordan would need to step away from Monarchy and join the rest of the world in Democratic reforms.
Over the short term, these initiatives would seem expensive. Over the long term, these initiatives would save America and the Globe much in terms of blood and treasure.
This would be my solution.
In effect, we would be saying; “Join the World and we will support you. Remain in the Dark Ages and we will abandon you.”
I want out of the business of supporting corrupt and/or stubborn regimes. Whether that regime be Israel, Egypt, Saudi Arabia or Western Europe.
The next thing that I would do would be to withdraw all forces from Europe. The only way we would keep US troops stationed in Europe would be if at least 50% of the costs were funded by the country that wished for us to be there. All real estate used by the forces stationed in those countries would need to be loaned permanently at a cost free basis for the duration of the deployment to that country. A Status of Forces Agreement would have to be met whereby our Servicemembers would be subject to US Law and the UCMJ only while in country. All services for our Servicemembers would be provided without interference by the United States. All Servicemembers would be on a Tax Free Status in that country. That nation would also have to be a member in good standing of the Democratic Nations of the World.
If they are not willing to do this. No problem. We will simply not have a need to act in defense of their Nation.
I would also pull out of South Korea. On the way out, I’d tell China that if North Korea attacks, we would bomb the North into the dark ages. That would be my final and only dealing with North Korea. If the people of the North are too brainwashed, too stupid or too weak to fight for change, this is not the problem of the United States of America. Let China feed North Korea or South Korea if that be their desire.
I would pull all of our forces out of Japan. Japan doesn’t need us there and many of the people don’t want us there. Next, I would enter a treaty with the Philippines wherein we purchase land from them to station our Pacific Forces. I would base a Marine Expeditionary Unit and an Army Mechanized Infantry/Stryker Division there along with a Carrier Fleet being on Station at all times.
China would be warned that Japan is still our ally. Taiwan would be told to work out their differences with China. If China became bellicose and threatened invasion, we would act in defense of Taiwan. Unless the threat is based on Taiwanese provocation. In that case, Taiwan is on their own.
I would also make an alliance of mutual support with India. Our Armed Forces would conduct joint operations/exercises with India. If possible, I would allow for a treaty whereby US Forces would be permanently stationed in Southern India. This would hinge upon Indian acquiescence on the Kashmir debate.
I would withdraw all forces and support from Pakistan and Afghanistan. If Pakistan wanted our support, they would have to oust the Saudi Wahhabis and the Deobandi. Pakistan would also be required to sweep the FATA and NWFP of taliban influences. They would also be required to withdraw from the Kashmir debate. This would be the price of assistance from the US. No debate. No equivocation. If they want our support, they give up their dispute with India over Kashmir and halt support of all terrorism directed towards India.
India and Kashmir would be required to allow a full vote by the Kashmiri people. 1. Independence 2. Annexation by Pakistan 3. Retention by India
International Election Officials would oversee the vote. Any monkey business by either side and no deal. Kashmir should be able to decide it’s fate. Their fate should not be decided by Muslim terrorists or Indian Soldiers.
We would withdraw all support from Pakistan if this is not followed through to completion. With regards to India, we go to a neutral stance. India has no need of our support. They’re a viable nation in their own right.
Aside from moving away from the Defense of Europe, I would do nothing in Europe. They’re sovereign nations that can navigate their way through the world in their own rite. We should not be providing defense for them unless they are willing to subsidize it.
On patrolling the commercial sea lanes, I would require that other nations either subsidize fleet operations or provide support in the form of personnel and equipment. Either that or we protect only US shipping.
It’s time for the free ride to end. The Nations of the World (especially Europe) have enjoyed peace at the expense of the American tax payer for far too long. They decry our every move. It’s time for them to step up. The World doesn’t want Team America — World Police or so they say. Let them have their desire.
These actions would save American Tax dollars. They would remove us from the Middle East conflicts. They would place the onus on other nations to conduct their own defense and improve the lot of their own citizenry.
After these offers, blame for the sorry affairs of the world could no longer be placed at the feet of America. The primary sources of conflict would have been given a viable alternative. If they chose the path to peace, it would be with our leadership. If they chose the path to war, it would be at their own behest. The blame would lie with themselves.
Another thing that I think would be a positive is for an exchange program wherein a Battalion of another Nations forces would be given the opportunity to come to Fort Irwin, Texas to train with US Forces. I’d rotate the Nation on a regular basis. 6 Month rotations. This would be a tremendous opportunity for our Armed Forces and theirs. I’d offer this opportunity to India, Romania, South Korea, Hungary, Egypt, Russia, Thailand, Iraq, Jordan, Israel and other Nations with whom we would engage in treaties of mutual defense or with whom we wish to improve relations.
The last item on my agenda would be reforming the UN. That, though, is a whole other post.
Along with legislation mandating a Declaration of War in order to commit forces to a Ground Invasion of another country. I have no problem with bombing a perpetrating country into the stone ages. If there are viable targets. I would also work to repeal the prohibition against assassination of World Leaders. We could have saved a lot of money and lives by simply putting a .99$ bullet through the forehead of Saddam Hussein. We could save a bit more by spreading about 200 USD worth of lead throughout the Iranian, Hezbollah and Syrian power structures.
So! You head on over to Thailand. You land at Bhumi Airport. You’re in Bangkok. Krung thep. City of Angels. All there is left to do is jump in a Taxi and head on down to Khaosarn Road or Sukhumvit Road. Ya check into your hotel room. Ya take a nap to prepare for the parties that are surely to be roaring up and down KSR and the Suk later that night.
You’ve heard all about the parties and clubs around Bangkok, but, it’s your first time there.
You get up. Get showered. Dressed and are out on the town. Ready to get it on.
You meet the lady of your dreams.
But…something seems a little off.
She’s tall. You heard that Thai ladies are too short.
She’s got perfect breasts, but, they’re surgically enhanced. There are other things that hit you as odd, but, you keep blowing it off as paranoia. You might also notice other Thai gals looking at you occasionally with what seems like a knowing glance and other Western men glancing in y our direction and chuckling or outright pointing and laughing at ya.
You figure you’re just paranoid. You spend the night drinking and dancing with your new lady friend. She seems friendly, shy, reserved. She’s polite. Doesn’t talk a lot.
As the night goes on, your drinking and feeling your buzz.
Suddenly, you seem to notice that her shoulders seem a bit too wide for a lady.
A hazy memory comes to you. Something you read in a travel book or in a blog before you flew to Bangkok.
KATOOEY! pops into your head. LADYBOYS! The blog said to watch out for Bangkoks many transexuals.
You start to freak out a bit. You might even lose your cool.
Don’t. Just calm down and ask her. If she is, she’ll probably tell you. If she’s not, you might get smacked or she might laugh at you and you just broke the ice with a hot, unusually tall Thai chic.
Katooey or Ladyboys are just a part of life in Thailand. Much of Asia actually. It’s no big deal to them. If you make it a big deal, Thais will look at you like you’re a fool.
The way I see it is that they’re just another group of God’s creatures. I don’t understand it. Probably never will. I don’t need to understand it. It’s their life. Not mine. As long as they’ve been truthful with me and not tried to trick me into anything that is not for me, I’ve got no problem with it. To each his own. Some men like it.
I’ve noticed that Brits, Aussies and Japanese tend to be the big group that gets into the transgender dating/sex scene. If you sit in a bar on the street on Walking Street in Pattaya or Bang La Road in Phuket or off Nana Plaza on Suk Soi 4, it seems that most of the guys talking to the Katooey are from those islands. I may be off on that assessment, but, I noticed it during my first trip to Thailand back in 2004. Since then, I’ve paid attention when I see a dude with a Ladyboy. Almost without fail, they’re from one of the aforementioned island nations. Don’t know why and it may just be a string of coincidences over a five year period. Who cares.
I’ve met a few and they seem nice. Normal. Outside of the fact that they are women who used to be men. Chances are, if you’ve been to Bangkok for a while, you’ve met one and didn’t know it.
When I was traveling with my friend Becca, I was pretty good at spotting them. So we made a game out of it. If we wer out and about and I saw one, I’d rub the back of my neck as I passed her so that Becca could spot her too. It was pretty funny. About half of the time, Becca couldn’t tell.
What’s that tell you about your chances. lol
Like I said earlier, it’s no big deal. If it’s not your thing, don’t freak out. Just tell her and leave gracefully. If it’s your thing, well, that’s between you and her.
In Thailand, it’s so normal that they have Miss Thai LadyBoy Beauty Pageants in the larger, mainstream shopping malls. Everyone gathers around and watches them in their gowns and bikinis and everyone applauds them. I saw one beauty pageant with a talent show. One of the girls was belting out Whitney Houston and sounded damn good. It’s remarkable only for how unremarkable that the ladyboys are for Thais. It was the same in Cambodia, Malaysia and, though a bit more subdued, it was the same for Vietnam. I saw them in India as well.
Like I said, if you meet one of these ladies and you’re not comfortable around them, just depart the scene gracefully. Otherwise, you’ll look like the ass. No reason for it to ruin your evening or your trip. After a few days, you’ll be able to spot them and know which ladies to talk to and which ladies to avoid.
Almost everything can be surgically altered. Hips, voice box, Adam’s apple, derriere, breats, jaw structure. I mean everything.
Well almost. First things first.
Height. If they are taller than 5′ 6″, it’s almost certain.
If you want to be certain, check out the feet. Big feet. A sure sign. Never met a Thai lady with big feet.
Last thing that is almost always a dead give away is the shoulders. If they’re rail skinny and still have wide shoulders, they’re probably a Katooey.
That will probably save you.
Now. All that said, they’re still just people. No reason to be disrespectful to them or treat them badly. Just as you don’t know them or their interests until you meet them and get to know them, they don’t know you and don’t know if you are interested or not until you tell them that you are or are not.
If you aren’t, no need for a scene. Some of them are nice folks just like anyone else. Some of them are scamps just like anyone else. You’ll find transgender and transvestite all over the social strata of Thailand. They work at 7Eleven, they work as bartenders, wait persons, Executive, Mall Store Clerks, Government Office personnel. All over. That gal whom you cursed out or spat on or belted the night before may be your bartender the next night. She might be the customs clerk that handles your Visa. Don’t get yourself in a bind and make a fool of yourself. It’s just as easy to politely excuse yourself and walk away. After all, you’re in Thailand to have fun. You’re not there to cast social judgments. By demurring gracefully, you might impress that beautiful little Thai girl standing next to you enough that she approaches YOU. It happens.
And then, who knows…