Will the Bush administration order the US military to attack Iran or Syria? Most Americans consider this
unlikely. The Iraq invasion and occupation has gone poorly and continues to strain
the US military and economy. President Bush's approval rating is at an all-time
low. American allies would not support the action, and may even denounce
it. Oil prices would double overnight to $100 a barrel. Invading
Iran would only make problems worse in Iraq, so few
think the Bush administration will take action.
However, common sense has eluded the Bush administration on many occasions,
not only in Iraq but also the recent plan to "reform" Social Security.
Pulitzer prize winning investigative journalist Seymour Hersh has decades of
experience in Washington DC and hundreds of high-level contacts. He said
last January that, "We've
been taken over by a cult" of eight or nine neocons who are
now in political positions to expand the war to Iran over strong objections
from allies, career diplomats, the US Congress, and American Generals.
Keep in mind that Iran has three times the population of Iraq, a somewhat popular
central government, and a military not decimated like Iraq's by a 1991 war followed
by an arms embargo.
Will this cult expand the "war on terror" soon? Several open
sources hint that military action against Iran may occur this Summer.
Last January, the Pentagon awarded contracts to improve
airbases in Afghanistan, including two near the Iranian border.
Former Marine Corps intelligence officer Scott Ritter has extensive contacts
in the Middle East. He was attacked by the corporate press in early 2001
for announcing that Iraq had no weapons of mass destruction, yet the Bush administration
had decided to invade anyway. Ritter announced
last February that his sources say the USA will attack Iran in June 2005. In
addition, the US Army has sent
missile defense units to Israel while the US Navy has a
large number of ships underway. This has generated excitement
among influential American warmongers
and Muslim haters. Despite promises of a reduction in US troops
after the Iraqi elections last January, all units remain. The Army will
begin its fourth annual unit rotation in June when 17
combat brigades arrive to replace those now on duty in Iraq and Afghanistan.
This will double the number of US ground combat forces in Persian Gulf area.
Perhaps this is all a coincidence, or perhaps Bush plans a temporary show of
power to alarm Iran into granting concessions. Or perhaps the USA will
attack Iran or Syria. Bush has said that Iran is part of an "axis
of evil," and it seems unlikely that he will do nothing during his last
four years in office while insisting the nation is at war. Presidential
approval ratings rise whenever the USA attacks another nation. Combat
video can fill television screens and distract the American people from a dying
economy and the problems in Iraq. Congressmen can excitedly plan another
massive supplemental spending bill, and drop the issue of fiscal discipline
and pending national bankruptcy.
Nevertheless, President Bush needs an excuse to attack Iran. Outright lying
was used to justify the conquest of Iraq. There was criticism when the
truth was exposed, yet no one in the Bush administration was pressured to resign,
most were promoted to higher posts. A Clinton appointee, CIA director
George Tenet, became the fall guy. In addition, half of Americans are
so poorly informed by the corporate media that they still believe Iraq had weapons
of mass destruction and was involved in terrorism. Nevertheless, America's
allies will dismiss lies, and given America's dependence on foreign credit for
economic survival, a better option is required.
US President Franklin Roosevelt faced a
similar problem in 1940. He wanted to go to war against the Germans to
aid the British. However, 70% of Americans were against
another foreign war, having been duped into World War I by President
Wilson. So Roosevelt developed a plan to provoke the Japanese to commit the
first "overt act" to shock and enrage the gullible American
people to support war. There is much evidence of this conspiracy.
For example, many people know the Pentagon opened
during World War II to run the huge US military. However, the prime
contract was awarded on 11
August 1941, four months before America was "thrust" into
World War II after a "surprise" attack on Pearl Harbor. A day
after the Japanese attack, the USA declared war on Japan AND Germany, then made the defeat of
Germany a greater priority.
Few Americans know that the US Pacific Fleet was not based at Pearl
Harbor in 1941, but
San Diego. Roosevelt ordered it deployed to Hawaii for
"training" in 1940 and kept it there as bait for over a year, prompting the
Pacific Fleet Admiral to resign in protest. Then he organized an oil
embargo against Japan, which resulted in the attack on Pearl Harbor, which
Roosevelt and a few others knew about in advance since the Japanese code had
been broken. This is why the valuable American aircraft carriers slipped out of
Pearl Harbor a few days before the attack, leaving behind some World War I era
battleships as targets. This is documented in a recent book, Day of
by a World War II US Navy officer.
Neocons would love for Iran to commit a
dastardly surprise attack. It has been suggested that Iran's response
to a major bombing attack would be immediate
retaliation by firing missiles at US bases and ships in the Persian Gulf. It would be easy for the USA to shut off telecommunications
to Iran to prevent word of secret bombings to leak out until Iranian missiles
responded. The problem is how to keep this secret.
One option is to allow the Israelis to launch secret nighttime bombing
strikes. Only a few US Generals would need to know and issue orders to ground US
aircraft overnight for a "safety stand-down" and shut down radars for
"repair." Another option
is to strike with a
dozen stealthy B-2s bombers from their base in Missouri. A more
complex plan would penetrate Iran's military command and control system electronically,
and send false messages that American bombers had hit targets so Iranian
missiles should be launched.
American GIs in the region would be
surprised by a sudden Iranian missile attack and will attest that it was
unprovoked. There would be many GI casualties and perhaps a Navy ship sunk, but Roosevelt sacrificed 2000 GIs at Pearl Harbor
for his cause.
This will enrage the American people and ensure
strong support for crushing the Muslim devils. In addition, President Bush
can demand support from NATO allies since the USA was attacked, and insist that friendly
Arab nations send troops to help defeat the Persian evildoers.
This may seem bizarre, but no one should doubt that
neocon warmongers are dreaming up justifications to attack Iran.
Not only was Pearl Harbor a conspiracy, but the Gulf of Tonkin incident, which
justified sending US troops into combat in Vietnam, was a lie as well.
More recently, genocide claims used to justify the 1999 attack on Yugoslavia
proved false, and Saddam's
Hussein's "Weapons of Mass Destruction" were never found. Therefore,
one should be skeptical of news of a "surprise" Iranian attack.
No one will offer a rational explanation, except that Iranians are "evil,"
part of the "axis of evil" President Bush warned about. Anyone
who questions whether Iran attacked first will be labeled a traitor who doesn't
"support the troops." Coincidentally, American warplanes and
forces will be ready to quickly respond, extra aircraft carriers will be offshore
and extra Army units just arrived. Americans will rally around the President
and America's perpetual war for perpetual peace will continue.
An attack or invasion of Iran would prove disastrous for the average American,
although profitable for defense contractors and oil companies. It may
be the final straw that breaks the dollar, causing it to fall rapidly as the
USA borrows hundreds of billions more from aboard to fund another war, money
to be allocated by corrupt Congressmen led by Senator Ted Stevens. Inflation
will soar to double digits while the economy sinks into a recession. Finally,
an attack or invasion of Iran may stall, leaving US troops scattered around
the Middle East vulnerable to counterattacks. Hopefully, this nightmare
will never happen. However, there is a cult of neocons thinking up justifications
to attack Iran. Engineering a "surprise" Iranian attack is the
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