Wednesday, October 11, 2006

Will Iran be Bush's October surprise?

Chris Hedges is worried. The former Middle East bureau chief for The New York Times and author of the bestseller “War Is a Force That Gives Us Meaning” thinks the Bush administration is preparing to attack Iran -- sooner rather than later.
The aircraft carrier Eisenhower, accompanied by the guided-missile cruiser USS Anzio, guided-missile destroyer USS Ramage, guided-missile destroyer USS Mason and the fast-attack submarine USS Newport News, is, as I write, making its way to the Straits of Hormuz off Iran. The ships will be in place to strike Iran by the end of the month. It may be a bluff. It may be a feint. It may be a simple show of American power. But I doubt it.

War with Iran—a war that would unleash an apocalyptic scenario in the Middle East—is probable by the end of the Bush administration. It could begin in as little as three weeks. This administration, claiming to be anointed by a Christian God to reshape the world, and especially the Middle East, defined three states at the start of its reign as “the Axis of Evil.” They were Iraq, now occupied; North Korea, which, because it has nuclear weapons, is untouchable; and Iran. Those who do not take this apocalyptic rhetoric seriously have ignored the twisted pathology of men like Elliott Abrams, who helped orchestrate the disastrous and illegal contra war in Nicaragua, and who now handles the Middle East for the National Security Council. He knew nothing about Central America. He knows nothing about the Middle East. He sees the world through the childish, binary lens of good and evil, us and them, the forces of darkness and the forces of light. And it is this strange, twilight mentality that now grips most of the civilian planners who are barreling us towards a crisis of epic proportions.
Is he being alarmist? Is the carrier group he describes part of a normal rotation? Or is it part of an actual plan to attack Iran? Hard to tell. But it's hardly reassuring to have a journalist with Chris Hedges' experience and track record choose this moment to write an article warning about "Bush’s Nuclear Apocalypse."

1 comment:

tellybelly said...

I can see little that might stop this attack on Iran. I thought the Foley scandal would at least make it more difficult to push any kind of resolution through the Republican-held Congress. But if a Gulf of Tonkin style "incident" can be used to push it through, no doubt it will be. We are not being led by rational individuals and even if Congress were to stand up and say "No", I see no reason to believe that would matter at all to Bush/Cheney/Rumsfeld/Abrams/Rice and the other sick players of this dangerous game.

These people are reckless gamblers with an endgame that is absolutely in the worst possible interest of the citizens of this planet.

And they do not care if they are wrong...