O! beware, my lord, of jealousy;
It is the green-eyed monster which doth mock
The meat it feeds on.
--Othello, William Shakespeare
No diet will remove all the fat from your body
because the brain is entirely fat.
Without a brain, you might look good,
but all you could do is run for public office.
--George Bernard Shaw
JILL: I'm upset you are upset
JACK: I'm not upset
JILL: I'm upset that you're not upset
that I'm upset that you're upset.
--Knots, R. D. Laing
Ranger often ponders: why is U.S. policy always anti-Iranian, anti-Russian, anti-North Korean and anti-Cuban? Is the U.S. jealous?
All of the evil empires have commonalities, among them:
- They all go their own way, without regard for or guidance from Washington. For better or worse, they keep their own counsel.
- They care little for nor do they request foreign aid from the U.S. In fact, they could care less if they ever have to deal with Washington.
- The Russians have oil and nuclear weapons. Iran has oil and wants nuclear weapons. Have both denies U.S. hegemony on the world scene.
It looks like we are jealous because they are not jealous of our (once) jealously guarded values. Imagine the emptiness which must be felt by evil empires that lack for gangsta rap, Britney Spears, Tomkat, Brangelina, Paris Hilton, Victoria's Secret, NFL, NBA and Reality t.v.
This self-containment - contentment is clearly anti-American.