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Bill Kristol starts off the post-Labor Day drive to Iran - rhetorically of course.

Reported by Chrish - September 4, 2007 -

As Ellen noted yesterday, New Yorker writer George Packer wrote that the White House is reportedly planning a PR blitz to begin right after Labor Day to garner support for a war against Iran. Packer wrote

"[the source’s institution] have “instructions” (yes, that was the word used) from the Office of the Vice-President to roll out a campaign for war with Iran in the week after Labor Day; it will be coordinated with the American Enterprise Institute, the Wall Street Journal, the Weekly Standard, Commentary, Fox, and the usual suspects. It will be heavy sustained assault on the airwaves, designed to knock public sentiment into a position from which a war can be maintained."

FOX and Friends led the charge this morning, with Weekly Standard Editor and PNAC Chairman Bill Kristol telling Steve Doocy that the US will probably have to take action against Iran, not for their nuclear program so much as for their aggressive support of Iraqi insurgents.
With video.

Doocy made an awkward segue from the ostensible topic, North Korea's promise to shut down its nuclear program by year's end, saying that development simultaneously focused people's interest on Iran, where they are "spinning and cooking up the really good uranium stuff."

Kristol enumerated the talking points that Iran has been beliigerent across the board, taking American citizens "hostage," going forward with a nuclear program despite our demands they stop, and are aggressively helping our enemies in Iraq - training Shia sectarian militias and providing weapons. "We may have to do more to stop Iran, at least with respect to Iraq, leave aside the nuclear program."

The nuclear threat must be bombing with the public: fool me once and all, so the Bush administration has a backup excuse. They've learned from the mistakes with Iraq, though, and are rolling out multiple excuses ahead of time rather than changing reasons after the initial ones are found to be false.

Doocy brought up the[ "Optimistic Outlook, Bush: Withdrawal is possible" (chyron)] vague possibility that some troops may be drawn down by the end of the year, but Kristol dampened the cheery outlook: "Let's play this out and not rush to the exits."

Yeah, don't want to rush out of there after only 4.5 YEARS and 3,742 dead, >28,000 wounded. These guys only want to hurry IN, before we know we've been bamboozled. Again.

No opposing view was heard, from liberal OR conservatives who think attacking Iran, with no further planning, would be the worst kind of folly.