from Iraq while I'm president, declares George W. Bush.
On to Iran,
declares Vice President Cheney.
a "peace-seeking state" that needs US$30 billion of US taxpayers'
money for war, declares State Department official Nicholas Burns.
Congress, if not fully behind the Iraqi war, at least no longer
is in the way of it.
Nor are the
Democrats in the way of the Bush regime's build up for initiating
war with Iran.
regime says it is going to designate part of Iran's military -
the Revolutionary Guards - a terrorist organization, whose bases
and facilities Bush intends to bomb along with Iran's nuclear
energy sites. Three US aircraft carrier strike forces are deployed
off Iran. B-2 Stealth bombers are being fitted to carry 30,000
pound "bunker-buster" bombs to use against hardened sites.
Politicized US generals assert that Iran is providing arms and
aid to the Iraqi resistance to the US occupation. The media are
feeding the US population the same propaganda about nonexistent
Iranian weapons of mass destruction that they fed us about nonexistent
Iraqi weapons of mass destruction. A former CIA Middle East field
officer, Robert Baer, has written in Time magazine that the Bush
regime has decided to attack the Revolutionary Guards within the
next six months. Remember the "cakewalk war"? Well, this time
the neocons think that an attack on the Revolutionary Guards will
free Iran from Islamic influence and cause Iranians to back the
US against their own government.
aggression, and delusional expectations - the same ingredients
that produced the Iraq catastrophe - all over again. The entire
Bush regime and both political parties are complicit, along with
the media and US allies.
to Baer, the Bush regime has given no consideration to whether
Iran's response to a US attack might be different than to welcome
it as liberation. What if Iran really were to arm the Iraqi resistance
and/or to sink our aircraft carriers? How can any government,
even one as incompetent, delusional and unaccountable as the Bush
regime, initiate war without any thought to the consequences?
August 22 Bush told the Veterans
of Foreign Wars that US troops are
the "greatest force for human liberation
the world has ever known." Tell that
to the 650,000 dead Iraqis and the
four million displaced Iraqis, and the
tens of thousands of slaughtered Afghans,
and the coming civilian deaths in Iran.
Tell that to all the bombed civilians
from Serbia to Africa who are blown
to pieces in order that a US president
can make a point. Bush goes far beyond
George Orwell's "Newspeak" in his novel,
1984, when Bush equates US hegemony
regime's planned war against Iran casts light on the large increase
in military armaments that the US is supplying to Israel. With
Iraq in chaos and civil war, an attack on Iran leaves as opposition
to Israel only Syria and Hezbollah in southern Lebanon. Israel
cannot finish off the Palestinians until Hezbollah is destroyed.
An Israeli attack on Syria while the US attacks Iran would leave
Hezbollah without supplies in the face of a new Israeli attack.
agenda unfolding before our eyes may be the neoconservative/Israeli/Cheney
plan to rid the Middle East of any check to Israeli territorial
Burns said that the US$30 billion in military aid was not conditional
on any Israeli concessions or progress toward resolving the conflict
with the Palestinians. Israel's ghettoizing and ethnic cleansing
of the Palestinian West Bank proceeds apace.
in America, while more money is poured into more war, condemned
bridges collapse killing Americans who trusted their government
to provide safe infrastructure. Devastated residents of New Orleans
remain unaided. Financial difficulties deepen for more Americans
as falling home prices and jobs lost to offshoring push more Americans
into desperate straits. The US dollar continues to fall as the
government's war debts build up abroad.
the armaments industry, where is the gain to America in Bush's
wars? Before Bush invaded Afghanistan, the Taliban had stamped
out drug production. The US invasion has brought it back.
22 Bush told the Veterans of Foreign Wars that US troops are the
"greatest force for human liberation the world has ever known."
Tell that to the 650,000 dead Iraqis and the four million displaced
Iraqis, and the tens of thousands of slaughtered Afghans, and
the coming civilian deaths in Iran. Tell that to all the bombed
civilians from Serbia to Africa who are blown to pieces in order
that a US president can make a point. Bush goes far beyond George
Orwell's "Newspeak" in his novel, 1984, when Bush equates US hegemony
hegemonic hubris is a sickness. A country that tolerates a war
criminal while he openly plans to attack yet another country is
definitely not a light unto the world.
Paul Craig Roberts was Assistant Secretary of the Treasury in
the Reagan administration. He was Associate Editor of the Wall
Street Journal editorial page and Contributing Editor of National
Review. He is coauthor of The
Tyranny of Good Intentions. He can be reached at: [email protected]
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