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April 8, 2006

By 2003 it had become clear to many that there were no weapons of mass destruction in Iraq, and that Bush, Blair and Howard had invaded the wrong country for the wrong reason in their long war against international terrorism. The inference is that the Bush administration officials, led by Cheney and Rumsfeld, had systematically misled the US nation into a disastrous war.

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Vince O'Farrell

Of courses, the stated reasons were not the real ones, as the stated reasons kept changing to take account of the shifts in the wind. The American empire required a solid foothold in the Middle East---Iraq would be the anchor for a long-term US military and economic presence in the Persian Gulf region. Americanizing Iraq would be a step in establishing US hegemony in the Gulf.

Alas, as Robert Dreyfuss points out, power in Iraq comes not from acquiescing to US might, but from resisting it. The insurgency is now a Sunni-led resistance of Ba'athists and army veterans and a growing Shi'ite-led, Iranian-linked resistance. What is worse is that 'Iraq has now gone from a country with a shaky US-backed regime fighting a resistance movement to a country in which sectarian killings and ethnic cleansing predominate. '

The neo-con mission has not been completed in the Middle East; not by a long shot.

The target is now Iran. Real men go to Tehran to overturn the Islamic regime, not to fight the insurgency in Baghdad. The civil war in Iraq is the result of the Iranian military and secret service of sponsoring the militias, paramilitary forces and death squads wreaking havoc in Baghdad and across southern Iraq. The US already has clandestine activities inside Iran and its nuclear confrontation with Iran is really about regime change. For the gun totting neo-cons Iran had no choice other than to accede to America’s demands or face a military attack.

The nuclear issue is the public rallying point--just like WMD in Iraq. The real geo-political issue is who is going to control the Middle East and its oil in the next ten years. All the signs are that the doctrine of pre-emptive strike is being rolled out again. Read Seymour Hersh's latest on Iran---THE IRAN PLANS---in the New Yorker. Hirsh says that:

A government consultant with close ties to the civilian leadership in the Pentagon said that Bush was “absolutely convinced that Iran is going to get the bomb” if it is not stopped. He said that the President believes that he must do “what no Democrat or Republican, if elected in the future, would have the courage to do,” and “that saving Iran is going to be his legacy.”

Saving Iran? Saving Iran from what? From their own regime? Hirsh continues:
One former defense official, who still deals with sensitive issues for the Bush Administration, told me that the military planning was premised on a belief that “a sustained bombing campaign in Iran will humiliate the religious leadership and lead the public to rise up and overthrow the government.” He added, “I was shocked when I heard it, and asked myself, ‘What are they smoking?’ ”

The neocon illusions continue. Do read Hirsh, as he places the 'nuking Iran' to destroy the nuclear infrastructure option squarely on the table.


| Posted by Gary Sauer-Thompson at 5:13 PM | | Comments (3)
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Gary,you know what gets up my nose the most about the whole Iraq fiasco?Not the fact that the governments lied about the reasons for the war,hell governments have been doing that since the year dot,I knew it was all bullshit right from the get go.It is the fact that a good percentage of the people believed in this fairy story,and some pundits still believe in it. After the revelations about Viet Nam,the lies, the deciet, the assasinations,and the cost to the families of the combatants and by the way I am one of them.,I find it mind staggering that people still believe the bullshit coming from the Bush administration and Canberra.Look what is happening now with our little spat with Indonesia, I feel I am going to become quite ill listening to the bullshit that is being piled up by Howard.Jesus help me,I must live in another dimension.

Phill.

Phil,
Tis the price of empire isn't it.

Australia has a long history of sacrificing its young men for wars conducted overseas that further the interest of the UK or the US. We have as much reason to be in Afghanistan as we did in South Africa during the Boer war.

Hey Gary,you mention the Boer war!My Grandfather was invalided out of the the very same conflict 1902."Tis the price of empire isn't it" so true.You know it's funny,Bush,Blair,Howard et al all gung ho for a war any time any where,not one of them has smelt cordite before.Tells me all I need to know.
Phill.