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Freeze Frame: Iran = problem = requires solution. Rant, lather, repeat.

Reported by Chrish - March 2, 2006

Today 3/1/06 on The Big Story John Gibson had guest Gerard Baker, "US Editor at The Times of London and a Fox News Contributor", on to discuss Bush's visit to India and the "situation" with Iran. Baker said that we're so used to seeing Bush these days, as he goes around the world, being met with anti-American protests, so it was very good news that there is a lot of pro-American sentiment in India, the world's largest democracy. They may be pro-American, as many countries are, but Bush is disliked enough to turnout tens of thousands of protesters, as he did today in New Delhi .

Baker wrote several days ago in the Times Of London that the days of military intervention are over. Asked by Gibson why he wrote that, Baker said that the problems with the war in Iraq have been so great, "much greater than anyone expected." Comment: well, maybe a few intelligence agencies expected it, but, you know, this is what happens when people who know nothing first-hand about wars start them.

Baker is disappointed in the US handling of the Iran "situation" and opines that it is being left to the European Union, including Great Britain, to 'handle," and he doesn't think they have the necessary steel to stop Iran from building nuclear weapons. He bemoans what he sees as a softening of American power, attributing it in part to the ascendancy of Condaleezza Rice, and sees a return to multilateralism and cooperation. Oh the horror.

He continues to play up the fear of Iran pursuing nuclear weapons by saying that while many may be happy to see the US looking for multilateral support, he personally worries that the US may be "bending over backward maybe a little too far."

Gibson perpetuates the vague "problem with Iran" meme" Would you think that the solution to the Iran problem is not going to be a military solution? Comment: Like the frame "tax relief" stipulates an oppressive burden to be lightened, this repetition of "solution" and "problem" trains the viewer to believe that action has to be undertaken.
Baker of course thinks the military option should be left open but says there are so many problems in dealing with Iran: we don't know where the military, uh, nuclear sites are, we don't know how many there are, even if our intelligence is good, after what we've seen in Iraq, "you can't be absolutely certain that it's a good option." But, he says, what

"the world needs to understand is that the world cannot tolerate a nuclear-powered Iran. Iran presents a tremendous threat to the world, to the region, to the Middle East, and to the United States, and to Europe. And if we get into a position that we think that the costs of military action is high, as terrible as they are, are so great that we we simply cannot contemplate them, and we must seek peace and a peaceful resolution at all costs, I FEAR that we could end up with the worst os all possible worlds, which is a nuclear powered Iran, and we've done nothing to stop them. "

Gibson thanks him, Gerard Baker of the Times of London and a FOX News Contributor, and ends the segment.

But who is this crazy warmonger, really?

He's Great Britain's answer to Bill Kristol, without the pleasant veneer. In fact, Kristol is one of the signatories, along with Richard Perle and former CIA Director James Woolsey and Dr. Irwin Stelzer (described as Rupert Murdoch's "right-hand man") , on the British version of PNAC. Read the Statement of Principles of The Henry Jackson Society, of which Baker is a founder, here. Familiar?

From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia:

The Henry Jackson Society is a bi-partisan and secretive society which aims to promote 'democratic geopolitics'. It is based at Peterhouse, a college of the University of Cambridge, in the United Kingdom. Named after former U.S. Senator Henry M. Jackson, a Democrat from Washington, the society advocates a proactive approach to the spread of liberal democracy across the world, including, when necessary, by military intervention, and conducts research into questions related to this goal. The society advocates the use of military power in specific situations: to end ethnic cleansing; to remove oppressive dictators when other means fail; and to prevent the breakdown of the rule of law.

Because of this advocacy the society has been called 'neo-conservative' for example in the Guardian newspaper. This charge has been rejected by the society which reaffirmed that it is a bi-parisan society (although the society does have prominent neo-conservative supporters).

(snip)

It has many high-profile signatories to its statement of principles, including the MPs Michael Ancram, Michael Gove, Edward Vaizey, David Willetts, Denis MacShane, Gisela Stuart, as well as Sir Richard Dearlove — former head of the British Secret Intelligence Service, and presently Master of Pembroke College, Cambridge - and Irwin Stelzer, Rupert Murdoch's friend. Notable patrons include Richard Perle and William Kristol — two of the leading lights in the American neoconservative movement, and James Woolsey — former Director of the CIA.

So this man who is presented as a journalist and news contributor is in fact much more than he appears - an extremely well-connected advocate of the very same principles which motivate this administration and its neo-conservative supporters. Fair? Balanced? Oh come on, it's FOX!

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