Batten down the hatches, folks. It’s about to get even crazier up in here…
This from The Raw Story:
Fox News asked former CIA field officer Bob Baer on Tuesday whether the US is “gearing up for a military strike on Iran.” Baer has written a column for Time indicating that Washington officials expect an attack within the next six months.”I’ve taken an informal poll inside the government,” Baer told Fox. “The feeling is we will hit the Islamic Revolutionary Guard Corps.” His Time column also suggested that “as long as we have bombers and missiles in the air, we will hit Iran’s nuclear facilities.”
The war drums have been beating for an attack on Iran for years now. It probably would have happened a lot sooner if the nation’s misadventure in Iraq had worked more in the NeoCon’s favor. Even if Baer’s six month time line is ambitious, odds are Bush will make the strike well before the November 2008 elections.
But as Michael Rivera of WhatReallyHappened.com asked:
And what do these officials “expect” Iran to do when attacked by the US?Hold hands with the invading forces and sing “Kumbyah”?
And how will Russia and China react to such an attack?
Iran is in a much better position to strike back than Iraq was in 2003. Make no mistake about it. They won’t take this lying down.
Even if they don’t attack on the military front (which they will), Iran will fight with the most effective weapon in their arsenal – oil. The U.S. economy is in no condition to combat the Iranians on that field of battle.
But has the U.S. learned from its colossal failure in Iraq? No. Before completing the invasion and occupation of Afghanistan, Bush and Cheney started another war with limited resources, telling the American people that a raid on Iraq’s oil reserves would pay for the invasion itself.
We’re fighting a losing battle in Iraq and in Afghanistan. Our forces are overstretched. Targeted strikes against Iran’s nuclear facilities will only serve to piss off the Iranians, their allies and the rest of the world. Especially since Iran DOESN’T HAVE NUCLEAR WEAPONS!!!
What are you really attacking? The religion of Islam?
The biggest problem for the American and Iranian people here is that many in the Democratic Party are in favor of an attack on Iran. The Dems have offered only flaccid opposition to the Iraqi invasion and several were famously in favor of that incursion. Hawks like Barack Obama and John Kerry feel that Iraq was “the wrong war“, perhaps implying that we should have gone after Iran instead.
Unfortunately, with the U.S. economy tanking, and the U.S. military petered out, even a limited attack on Iran is a very bad idea. You’d think we would have learned this lesson already.
In this article Iran’s repressive president (even more repressive than Bush) claims that the US will *NOT* attack. He tells this to his political adversaries who want him to make concessions to the US in order to avert an attack.
I suppose that I could support Bush attacking Iran to destroy nuclear facilities or to counter Iranian excursions into Iraq to combat US troops. But the experience of Bush in Iraq and Afghanistan as returned me to my libertarian roots of believing that although the US did buildup free, prosperous, and independent states in Europe, Japan, and South Korea (even with permanent US military bases!), such can’t work anymore anywhere else.