As you probably already know, everyone’s favorite stormy petrel, Seymour Hersh, reports in the current New Yorker that the Bush administration and its unchastened neocon lunatic friends in the Pentagon and elsewhere are busily planning an attack against and regime change in Iran. (n.b. that’s IraN, not IraQ.) You’ll be pleased to learn that we are once again going with the tried and true method of obtaining “useful intelligence” from “Iranian exiles”.
As Joseph Cirincione notes in Foreign Policy, the building frenzy of war-talk is depressingly familiar:
Does this story line sound familiar? The vice president of the United States gives a major speech focused on the threat from an oil-rich nation in the Middle East. The U.S. secretary of state tells congress that the same nation is our most serious global challenge. The secretary of defense calls that nation the leading supporter of global terrorism. The president blames it for attacks on U.S. troops. The intelligence agencies say the nuclear threat from this nation is 10 years away, but the director of intelligence paints a more ominous picture. A new U.S. national security strategy trumpets preemptive attacks and highlights the country as a major threat. And neoconservatives beat the war drums, as the cable media banner their stories with words like “countdown” and “showdown.””Fool Me Twice”
But hold on a sec, I hear the objectors say, hasn’t our wise leader dismissed talk of an attack against Iran as “wild speculation”? Oh, that’s right. This is the same upright and noble leader who promised us that he would find out who was behind the Valerie Plame leak. And he did do that, didn’t he?
It’s incredible that we’re in this situation, and I have little faith that we’re not going to end up dropping bombs on Iran. Bush believes he’s on a mission from God. Rumsfeld is clearly deranged. These guys just do not give a rat's ass -- they are ready to say the words that will cause thousands of other people they don't know and couldn't care less about to RUMBLE! And now, with their popularity in the tank, they have nothing to lose. Hell, a good fiery war with some burning A-rabs may be just what the doctor ordered for Bush and the Grand Ol’ Party. Oh, I see, you sissy-ass Democrats would prefer that the ol’ Ayatollah had some nucular weapons to give to Saddam Hussein who would give to Osama who would give them to illegal Mexican immigrants? That's fine. But tell me, why do you hate America so much?