Monday, June 11, 2007

Lieberman Suggests That We Should Bomb Iran



The neocons continue the drumbeats for a wider war. Joe explains to us that we can attack Iran, but we will not need to invade that country. His explanation assumes that Iran will not seek retribution for attacks on their homeland. He assumes that we can bomb the crap out of Iranian towns and villages along the border, and Iran will not retaliate.

I agree to some extent, that Iran is likely involved in the war in Iraq. We're subjugating a nation on their doorstep, and our President has announced that Iraq will be property of the USA for fifty years or more. Just as the USA is concerned with and meddles in the politics of Canada and Mexico, Iran is involved in affairs of its neighbors.

In fact, this situation is an obvious outcome to waging war against Iraq. Its one of the principle reasons we gave for the upcoming failure of Rumsfield's plan of waging the war on the cheap, back in 2003. If you're going to control a nation, you must seal its borders. You can't have folks travelling back and forth freely between a soveriegn nation and the one you're trying to crush. Rumsfield was never interested in closing the border between Iran and Iraq, because it would've been costly up front. Rumsfield didn't want to commit the resources needed to control the border. We just didn't have enough troops.

But back in those heady days, the media talked up grand plans for Iraq. We were going to bomb and kill until Iraq became a paradise on Earth. Through war comes peace, through death coems life, or some-such bullshit. Now the administration is finally telling the public what was true all along, that we invaded Iraq to make it a colony, and to make the people of Iraq, slaves to international corporate interests. But most of the public pays no attention. They've heard so many stories, that they can now choose from a smorgasboard of rationalizations, for continuing the slaughter in Iraq.

As I've mentioned before, a good con works from greed, and finds a rationalization that the mark can latch onto. Its important to give the mark an emotional hook. Greed works well, but even better, is to marry greed to some good work. Like making money investing in programs for the poor.

At a gas pump a while back, a woman was complaining about prices. I mentioned that these are the sacrifices that people make in times of war. She said, "They told us that the war would bring prices down!." I said, "Yeah, a lot of people bought that line." Another man at the pump laughed and said, "They sure did!". She actually looked thoughtful and fretful as she got in her car and drove off. I can hope that she was questioning her assumptions.

That was one but one catch for greed. For Christians it was the promise of missionary work in Iraq. We were going to convert all the Iraqis to Christendom. for businesses, it was the promise of turning Iraq into a vibrant economy that would buy American goods. For the peace lovers, there was the promise of a safer and nicer MiddleEast. The war promised something for everyone.

People will believe Joe. They will think that bombing the shit out of Iran will solve our problems.

Iran has shown incredible restraint. We've been taunting them and our own President has made it clear that we've sent spies and sabateuours into Iran in order to destabilize the government. Iran has announced that they've been capturing spies. Joe says that Iran has killed 200 Americans so far. Were they captured, tried and executed on Iranian soil?

Bush has announced in speeches that we are engaging in activities considered historically to be acts of war, against Iran. Yet Iran has not displayed any outward acts of aggression. They are following the US model of supporting rebels behind the scenes. Playing tit for tat.

This is driving the neocons crazy. If they want a war with Iran, it looks like they have no choice but to start it. Bombing the crap out of border towns ought to do it.

Joe knows he's feeding us a line. The war won't get better if we engage the Iranians. If we bomb their border towns, then that act will be their Pearl Harbor.

As I've mentioned before, the logical outcome of this is open war with Iran and a slaughter of our forces in Iraq. Which according to some sources, is the neocon plan. This disaster they believe, will rally the public, who will see Bush's plan of creating peace out of world war, as the true means to accomplish paradise on Earth. A major war, a return of the draft, and open ended conflict in the Middle East will make us safer, and prove that Bush was right about the dangers that the Muslim world presents to the Christian societies.

I know I've said as much as this previously. Perhaps I'm struggling with the need to find a different rationale. A different path through history. But if we attack Iran, I don't see how things could work out any better than this scenario.

A number of neocons take glee that predictions of war with Iran so far, haven't come true. I find that a strange position to hear from the same camp that's cheerleading for war with Iran. I hope that the war does not escalate, but I don't fool myself into believing that time has run out on this scenario.

I've always thought that Bush has the sort of personality of folks that trash a place when their lease runs out. That he'll leave us with a surprise mess when his term is up. A mess that says 'Fuck You', in a way that only Bush can say it. We still have plenty of time to start a war with Iran. What worries me more is that he may start it with plenty of time to enjoy it while still in office, while still saving an even bigger surprise for his legacy when he exits.

7 Comments:

At 12:42 PM, Blogger http://www.baileyalexander.typepad.com/europhile said...

Wease,

My understanding of the necons and their message/following is that we need to lay pavement through the middle east.

I think this plays into my fellow american's lack of patience and lazy attitude towards diplomacy and the complications/ramifications of globalization.

This is a tricky, wacky, unpleasant world.

I just spent a long weekend in Valencia....the English are doing their own version of colonialization by ruining the environs of a port of Spain...it's all built out, peculiarly awful, crisps et al, just like our working villa in Malta, just like when we docked in Gibraltar after our translatlantic journey....it's just the way it is, and the way it is not very nice, indeed.

I luv the English, but in ENGLAND, not their crap culture and anti-european sentiment abroad...they so bitch, daily about the Germans...gawd...they resent the Germans buying up as many bad built villas as they do....

The Israeli's are always crying fowl, helping the world keep our eye off the ball so they can continue with their cruel, pathetic, political solution, a solution that has not worked for 40 yrs and will never work...

 
At 12:48 PM, Blogger http://www.baileyalexander.typepad.com/europhile said...

note bene...i'm referring to the english crisps and pinto of lager after lager kinda culture...
bay/paris...

 
At 1:42 PM, Blogger Weaseldog said...

Yes Bailey Alexander, taking control of the Middle East is the gold ring that they are grasping for.

The turnover in the last election sent the neocons a message. Though their plans aren't in danger at the moment, their message isn't winning through.

They are desperate. If they don't find some renewed vigor in the war in Iraq, then they risk losing it all. And the Dems are planning to let them take credit for starting it and failing.

9/11 got the Bush administration widespread media and public support. The public was guaranteed and easy victory and a short war. They were told over and over that this would be nothing like Vietnam.

The neocons believe that they can recapture this spirit and regain support if only we had another 9/11 style disaster. Some are saying that an Iranian attack on our forces in Iraq would be the sort of tragedy that would elevate them in the public eye.

Then they could scream that the Iranians are the reason that the war in Iraq is going badly, and the airwaves would be filled with media personalities falling all over themselves with hero worship and apologies for doubting them.

As Dennis Milligan Chairman of the GOP in Arkansas puts it:
"At the end of the day, I believe fully the president is doing the right thing, and I think all we need is some attacks on American soil like we had on [Sept. 11, 2001], and the naysayers will come around very quickly to appreciate not only the commitment for President Bush, but the sacrifice that has been made by men and women to protect this country,"

 
At 1:46 PM, Blogger http://www.baileyalexander.typepad.com/europhile said...

Wease. Might you call me Bay or Bailey. It's a bit disconcerting having you refer to me by my full name.

Note Bene. I'm a fan ;)

Bay....

 
At 2:08 PM, Blogger Weaseldog said...

Hehe, ok Bailey. :)

 
At 3:27 PM, Blogger Mort said...

And yet they keep sending these azzhole neo-cons back up to D.C..

 
At 11:11 PM, Blogger http://www.baileyalexander.typepad.com/europhile said...

Yeah, they keep sending up those neocons because they have a lot of dosh and they will support their campaigns....isn't that part of the reason you see Liebrman supporting the bombing of Iran...it's such a vicious circle...
bay

 

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