BBC unsurprisingly reports US plans to attack Iran, though the US denies that the Iran attack plans mean we are planning any attack on Iran. All clear now? Well of course we have plans to attack Iran. Hopefully better thought-out than our “plan” to invade Iraq was. Doesn’t mean we’ll actually do it but it makes sense to have a plan.
In some ways, this all seems like a dance in which everyone knows their steps. Need proof Iran is messing around in Iraq, or that they’re building nukes? I don’t, because that’s exactly what I’d do in their place. Just look at Iran on a map, and notice the location of the last two countries the US has invaded. What would you do if you were Ahmadinejad?
If I were him, I’d work on destabilizing the Americans and tying them down on the other side of the border. And I’d get my scientists into a room and tell them; “Your vacations are cancelled – we need nukes, and we need ‘em now!”
Yes, I do blame the latest debacle on Bush. We had a legitimate reason to invade Afghanistan, and the world’s backing to do it, but we left that job unfinished to go off on a side-trip where we got stuck. Afghanistan is slipping back to the Taliban and we’re losing in Iraq. It’s all over but blaming it on the liberals.
Leave now, or leave later, there won’t be a good end to the Iraq situation. If you screw something up badly enough, it just can’t be fixed no matter how many corrupt murderous allies you recruit or how much high-explosive you use.
But Bush can’t shoulder the blame all himself. Iran’s revolution ran on hatreds fanned by our old friend, that murderous dictator Mohammad Reza Shah Pahlavi. But he said he was our friend, he said he was against communism, and he was a check against the power of Iraq, where we were cultivating similar mistakes in similar ways.
This catastrophe has been a long time in the making. Anyone who thinks they have the solution – more forces, less forces, a redeployment, a pullout, an all-out invasion of the whole region, whatever… feel free to leave a comment explaining how your mistaken idea will fix everything.
(One party in control of our government… never again).