Herman Cain and the Perfect Storm of 2012

Herman Cain and the Perfect Storm of 2012

By James
Lewis

In 2012 the world will see a perfect storm. This is
one of those few times in history when a year of crisis is
predictable.

Short-term outlook: big ups and
downs.

Long-term outlook: much better.

Why?

1. The Biggest Presidential Election of the 21st
Century:
Will
America pick socialism or freedom?

Uncertainty: max.  Outcomes: huge.

2. Iran
gets nukes and missiles.

What will they do with them?  Nobody knows.

Uncertainty: max.  Outcomes: huge.

Solution: massively accelerate missile
defenses.

Question: will missile defense be an election issue?
(If not, what are elections for?)

3. Saudis prepare for the end of the oil cartel.
OPEC’s demise can be predicted from huge
shale discoveries

around the world from Poland to Montana.  No oil spigot, no cartel.  If the
ecomaniacs manage to hobble U.S. shale development, we’ll get it from Poland and
Canada.  Not even the most radical ecofanatics can stop this development around
the world.  Just think what China will do.  The result: no Hugo Chávez with
Venezuelan oil, and a steep loss of income for Gulf Arabs.  They might even stop
all that hate propaganda against the Wicked West.  In 2012 the markets will
predict lower energy prices without strategic bottlenecks like the Persian
Gulf.

Uncertainty: minimal.  Outcomes: good for the rest of
us.

4. Dictatorships rise
in the Muslim world. 
The phony “Arab Spring” will pop like the bubble it
always was.  Muslim nations have always gone back to dictatorships after
turmoil.  The only question is: will it be a modernizing military dictatorship
or the radical Moos?  Or both?  Pakistan is run by an unstable mixture.  That
system is sometimes called “fascism.”

5. If
the US pulls out of Iraq
, the Iranians will attack and/or sabotage
the third-biggest country in the Middle East.

Uncertainty: max.  Outcomes:
terrible.

Prediction: Obama won’t pull out.

6. The
Eurosocialist stress test
.  Historic socialist budget crises in
Greece, Spain, Italy, and Ireland will pull down German, French, British, U.S.,
and worldwide government budgets.  U.N. funding may be at
risk.

Uncertainty: low.  Outcomes: bad at
first.

7. Federal and state budgets run
dry
ObamaCare gets major surgery, possibly
lethal.  Failure of the European socialist model will affect the United
States.

Uncertainty: moderate.  Outcomes: bad, then good.
(After a bubble, reality sets in.)

Welcome to 2012!  At least the predictable
parts.

So whom do you want to be president during the perfect
storm?

I mean real tornado-speed winds, worse than we’ve seen
since the fall of the Soviet Empire.

If you answered “Obama,” take a cold shower and try
again.  I think “Herman Cain” is more like it.  The reasons are obvious.  (If
they’re not, go here.)

Don’t get me wrong.  I’m in love with Sarah Palin,
personally, and I could go for Anybody But O.  My dream ticket is Cain/Palin or
Palin/Cain.  But both will be under pressure to pick a good foreign policy head
for veep.

How about Palin/Rummy?

That would be a kick.

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