"Israel is even today pushing Bush into a pre-emptive war with a
naked threat to attack Iran itself should Bush refuse the cup..."
Brigade -- Pat hammers it home with this one! Feel free to
forward it to all on your lists.
For the Cause, Linda
Who's Planning Our Next War?
By Patrick Buchanan
Friday, June 27, 2008
Of the Axis-of-Evil nations named in his State of the Union in
2002, President Bush has often
said, "The United States will not
permit the world's most dangerous regimes to threaten us with the
world's most destructive weapons."
He failed with North Korea. Will he accept failure in Iran, though
there is no hard evidence Iran has an active nuclear weapons program?
William Kristol of The Weekly Standard said Sunday a U.S. attack on
Iran after the election is more likely should Barack Obama win.
Presumably, Bush would trust John McCain to keep Iran nuclear free.
Yet, to start a third war in the Middle East against a nation three
times as large as Iraq, and leave it to a new president to fight,
would be a daylight hijacking of the congressional war power and a
criminally irresponsible act. For Congress alone has the power to
Yet Israel is even today pushing Bush into a pre-emptive war with a
naked threat to attack Iran itself should Bush refuse the cup.
In April, Israel
held a five-day civil defense drill. In June,
Israel sent 100 F-15s and F-16s, with refueling tankers and
helicopters to pick up downed pilots, toward Greece in a simulated
attack, a dress rehearsal for war. The planes flew 1,400
kilometers, the distance to Iran's uranium enrichment facility at
Ehud Olmert came home from a June meeting with Bush to tell
Israelis: "We reached agreement on the need to take care of the
Iranian threat. ... I left with a lot less question marks regarding
the means, the timetable restrictions and American resoluteness. ...
"George Bush understands the severity of the Iranian threat and the
need to vanquish it, and intends to act on the matter before the
end of his term. ... The Iranian problem requires urgent attention,
and I see no reason to delay this just because there will be a new
president in the White House seven and a half months from now."
If Bush is
discussing war on Iran with Ehud Olmert, why is he not
discussing it with Congress or the nation?
On June 6, Deputy Prime Minister Shaul Mofaz threatened, "If Iran
continues its nuclear weapons program, we will attack it." The
price of oil shot up 9 percent.
Is Israel bluffing -- or planning to attack Iran if America balks?
Previous air strikes on the PLO command in Tunis, on the Osirak
reactor in Iraq and on the presumed nuclear reactor site in Syria
last September give Israel a high degree of credibility.
Still, attacking Iran would be no piece of cake.
Israel lacks the stealth and cruise-missile capacity to degrade
Iran's air defenses systematically and no longer has the element of
surprise. Israeli planes and pilots would likely be lost.
Israel also lacks the ability to stay over the target or conduct
follow-up strikes. The U.S. Air Force bombed Iraq for five weeks
with hundreds of
daily runs in 1991 before Gen. Schwarzkopf moved.
Moreover, if Iran has achieved the capacity to enrich uranium, she
has surely moved centrifuges to parts of the country that Israel
cannot reach -- and can probably replicate anything lost.
Israel would also have to over-fly Turkey, or Syria and
U.S.-occupied Iraq, or Saudi Arabia to reach Natanz. Turks, Syrians
and Saudis would deny Israel permission and might resist. For the
U.S. military to let Israel over-fly Iraq would make us an
accomplice. How would that sit with the Europeans who are
supporting our sanctions on Iran and want the nuclear issue settled
And who can predict with certitude how Iran would respond?
Would Iran attack Israel with rockets, inviting retaliation with
Jericho and cruise missiles from Israeli submarines? Would she
close the Gulf with suicide-boat attacks on tankers and U.S.
at $135 a barrel, Israeli air strikes on Iran would seem
to ensure a 2,000-point drop in the Dow and a world recession.
What would Hamas, Hezbollah and Syria do? All three are now in
indirect negotiations with Israel. U.S. forces in Afghanistan and
Iraq could be made by Iran to pay a high price in blood that could
force the United States to initiate its own air war in retaliation,
and to finish a war Israel had begun. But a U.S. war on Iran is not
a decision Bush can outsource to Ehud Olmert.
Tuesday, Chairman of the Joint Chiefs Adm. Michael Mullins left for
Israel. CBS News cited U.S. officials as conceding the trip comes
"just as the Israelis are mounting a full court press to get the
Bush administration to strike Iran's nuclear complex."
Vice President Cheney is said to favor U.S. strikes. Secretary of
Defense Robert Gates and Mullins are said to be opposed.
Moving through Congress, powered
by the Israeli lobby, is House
Resolution 362, which demands that President Bush impose a U.S.
blockade of Iran, an act of war.
Is it not time the American people were consulted on the next war
that is being planned for us?
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