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Bush Wants Power to Bomb Iran on 24 Hours' Notice

Reported by Marie Therese - February 27, 2007 -

A few hours ago the cast of Red Eye joked about a report that states that President Bush has authorized military experts to prepare a plan that would allow him to bomb the nation of Iran on twenty-fours hours' notice. Earlier on Monday, a FOX News guest casually reported that Israel has asked for and received safe passage across Iraqi air space. Two of our our aircraft carriers - the Eisenhower and the Stennis - are in the Arabian Sea. Vice President Dick Cheney just happens to be - conveniently - on a surprise trip to the Middle East at a time when - wonder of wonders! - a cache of armaments is discovered that oh-so-neatly supplies the Bush administration with "evidence" that Iran is involved in aiding and abetting the Iraqi insurgents. It would seem that the Veep's trip drew some unwanted attention. The cable networks are reporting that a suicide bomber killed himself and two others at Bagram AFB as Cheney was preparing to leave. The V-P was unharmed.

Bill O'Reilly wagged his finger last night at retired General Wesley Clark all but calling him a coward because the General does not support bombing Iran. (The two were discussing Clark's website StopIranWar.com. If you haven't sent your protest letter to George Bush and the powers that be, why not mosey on over there right now and do it?)

In fall 2006 Seymour Hersh reported that "a former senior intelligence official" told him that the administration is "afraid that Congress is going to vote a binding resolution to stop a hit on Iran, à la Nicaragua in the Contra war."

In late 1982, Edward P. Boland, a Democratic representative, introduced the first in a series of “Boland amendments,” which limited the Reagan Administration’s ability to support the Contras, who were working to overthrow Nicaragua’s left-wing Sandinista government. The Boland restrictions led White House officials to orchestrate illegal fund-raising activities for the Contras, including the sale of American weapons, via Israel, to Iran. The result was the Iran-Contra scandal of the mid-eighties. Cheney’s story, according to the source, was his way of saying that, whatever a Democratic Congress might do next year to limit the President’s authority, the Administration would find a way to work around it. (In response to a request for comment, the Vice-President’s office said that it had no record of the discussion.)" (Source: Seymour Hersh, The New Yorker)

In the same article Hersh goes on to say that BushCo wants nothing less than victory in Iraq. Well, the Vice-President told Chris Wallace that that "victory" will take 20, 30 or 40 years! In other words, Cheney's plan for America is prolonged, extended, bloody war as far as the eye can see! (For more on this interview, click here.)

In the most recent edition of the New Yorker, Hersh states:

To undermine Iran, which is predominantly Shiite, the Bush Administration has decided, in effect, to reconfigure its priorities in the Middle East. In Lebanon, the Administration has coöperated with Saudi Arabia’s government, which is Sunni, in clandestine operations that are intended to weaken Hezbollah, the Shiite organization that is backed by Iran. The U.S. has also taken part in clandestine operations aimed at Iran and its ally Syria. A by-product of these activities has been the bolstering of Sunni extremist groups that espouse a militant vision of Islam and are hostile to America and sympathetic to Al Qaeda. (emphasis mine)

One contradictory aspect of the new strategy is that, in Iraq, most of the insurgent violence directed at the American military has come from Sunni forces, and not from Shiites. But, from the Administration’s perspective, the most profound—and unintended—strategic consequence of the Iraq war is the empowerment of Iran.

The Economic Times reports that the administration's latest fast dance in the slow lane has been devised to deflect blame from itself and onto Iran.

Simply put, Dubya's decided it's time to "blame Iran", despite the fact that as early as September 2003 Iran was offering to recognize Israel and the mental giants in the White House ignored them.

It never ceases to amaze me how easy it is for chichenhawks like Bill O'Reilly to demand that we escalate this war by bombing Iran's alleged nuclear sites which have consistently been built near large, populated civilian areas. By my own informal count, over 2 million Iranians leave near six reactors we would bomb.

Incinerating them would only harden the hearts of the average person on the Arab street.

Should the United States or our surrogate Israel further decide to use nuclear bunker busters, the situation could easily become an environmental nightmare.

Just where would all that radioactive sand go?

Perhaps the delusional religious nut warmongers in Washington actually believe that free-floating radioactive sand would magically be guided by God only into the lungs of Muslim men, women and children, but not into the lungs of our American GIs?

What gets me so angry is the utter callous disregard for the lives of innocent civilians demonstrated by the FOX News armchair warriors and warriorettes.

From the pathetically unfunny crew on Red Eye to the sad-sack Brit Hume to the forced perkiness of Megyn Kelly, the denizens of FOX News Channel just can't seem to wrap their minds around the concept that talking to one's "enemies" is a TRADITIONAL value, one established by far wiser minds thabn ours thousands of years ago.

"Negotiation" is not a dirty word.

On the other hand "war" is the dirtiest word in the human lexicon.

The administration’s efforts to contain Iran ... complicated its strategy for victory in Iraq, which depends on a Shiite-dominated government whose leaders have ties to Iran. But increasingly, it said, the administration’s message is that “the bleak situation in Iraq was the result not of its own failures of planning and execution but of Iran interference”. (Source: Economic Times)

Only scared little bullies stamp their feet and tell everyone to obey them or else.

Grown-ups understand that "talk-talk" is always better than "war-war".