Wednesday, March 02, 2005

Attacking Iran: I Know It Sounds Crazy, But...

"'This notion that the United States is getting ready to attack Iran is simply ridiculous.' (Short pause)
"'And having said that, all options are on the table.'
-The Washington Post's Dan Froomkin on George Bush's February 22 press conference.

"The crazies" are not finished. And we do well not to let their ultimate folly obscure their current ambition, and the further trouble that ambition is bound to bring in the four years ahead. In an immediate sense, with U.S. military power unrivaled, they can be seen as "crazy like a fox," with a value system in which "might makes right." Operating out of that value system, and now sporting the more respectable misnomer/moniker "neoconservative," they are convinced that they know exactly what they are doing. They have a clear ideology and a geopolitical strategy, which leap from papers they put out at the Project for the New American Century over recent years.

The very same men who, acting out of that paradigm, brought us the war in Iraq are now focusing on Iran, which they view as the only remaining obstacle to American domination of the entire oil-rich Middle East. They calculate that, with a docile, corporate-owned press, a co-opted mainstream church, and a still-trusting populace, the United States and/or the Israelis can launch a successful air offensive to disrupt any Iranian nuclear weapons programs -- with the added bonus of possibly causing the regime in power in Iran to crumble."

Ray McGovern served as a CIA analyst for 27 years -- from the administration of John F. Kennedy to that of George H. W. Bush. During the early 1980s, he was one of the writers/editors of the President's Daily Brief and briefed it one-on-one to the president's most senior advisers. He also chaired National Intelligence Estimates. In January 2003, he and four former colleagues founded Veteran Intelligence Professionals for Sanity.


At Wednesday, March 02, 2005 10:30:00 PM, Blogger mquest said...

I think we are going to cook up a reason to attack Iran on a moments notice. Something along the lines of Isreal being under siege and our blanketing Iran in missle fire as self defence. I think there will be no public debate. But, I only speculate.


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