hope springs eternal…

Posted on Friday 31 August 2007

I think Glenn Greenwald is right that the Bush/Cheney regime is about to start an aggressive war against Iran. And I agree that the Democrats have foolishly paved the way for this to happen.

We can’t say we weren’t warned. They’ve been telling us for years they want regime change in Iran. They’ve told us that Iran poses a nuclear threat in the Middle East. They’ve told us over and over that it is not acceptable to allow Iran’s government to have its own nuclear program. They have put out one provocative and often exaggerated story after another about Iran’s nuclear intentions or its capabilities, while ignoring or stepping all over stories from the International Atomic Energy Agency that countered their propaganda or described Iran’s efforts to be cooperative. They’ve told us that they would not rule out military strikes against Iran while they’ve dragged their feet when pursuing any of the half-hearted efforts at a diplomatic/negotiated alternative to war. And they’ve told us it is not acceptable to leave this decision to the next Administration.

In the last few weeks, they’ve ratcheted up the inflammatory rhetoric against Iran. Dick Cheney was recently quoted as saying that military strikes against Iran are warranted. Bush has been telling our military in Iraq to pursue Iranians inside Iraq, so our military leaders have been dutifully rounding up Iranians, even diplomatic guests invited by the Iraqi government. This week they arrested Iranian energy officials who had been invited to help restore Iraq’s electricity system. One provocation after another. Now every rumor of war must be taken seriously.

Now Bush has described the Iranian regime as posing the threat of a “nuclear holocaust.” Not just a “mushroom cloud.” This time, it’s a nuclear holocaust — terms reserved for the most heinous of crimes and the most despicable of enemies. No sane government engages in such inflammatory rhetoric. But where is the dissent? Where is the outcry?
You know, I don’t know what to do either. The only thing I can think of is shut down any funding for anything. The only other thing is for Nancy Pelosi to put a double impeachment back on the table, yesterday. And the problem is that it wouldn’t stop them in time nor would the Senate convict them. Our President and Vice President are crazy. The American people elected [and reelected] crazy people – and this is what happens when you have crazy leaders.

Should we have known that they were crazy beforehand? We did, but people voted their agendae, not for the persons. For all we know, it could happen again in 2008. But for the moment, the only thing that I can see that can save us would be a Republican Revolt against the Administration. The Democrats are just not powerful enough to stop them. Sad but true. Is such a thing possible? While I doubt it [like all of the rest of you], I hold out hope that one more exposed scandal might do the trick. Not some goofy bathroom stall, wide stance, embarassment. Something big – similar to Comey’s revelation about the hospital visit to badger Ashcroft, or one really credible whistle blower.

Hope springs eternal…

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