Is Bush’s War Winding Down
or Heating Up?
The Coming Attack on Iran
Paul Craig Roberts
Clearing House" -- -- Most Americans believe that Bush’s
Iraqi misadventure is over. The occupation has lost the
support of the electorate, the Congress, the generals
and the troops. The Democrats are sitting back waiting
for Bush to come to terms with reality. They don’t want
to be accused of losing the war by forcing Bush out of
Iraq. There are no more troops to commit, and when the
“surge” fails, Bush will have no recourse but to
withdraw. A little longer, everyone figures, and the
senseless killing will be over.
Recent news reports indicate that this conclusion could
be an even bigger miscalculation than the original
On January 7 the London Times reported that it has
learned from “several Israeli military sources” that
“Israel has drawn up secret plans to destroy Iran’s
uranium enrichment facilities with tactical nuclear
The Israeli Foreign Ministry denied the report.
The Times reports that “Israeli and American officials
have met several times to consider military action.
Military analysts said the disclosure of the plans could
be intended to put pressure on Tehran to halt
enrichment, cajole America into action or soften up
world opinion in advance of an Israeli attack.”
In other news reports (http://www.today.az/news/politics/34565.html)
Israeli General Oded Tira is quoted as follows:
“President Bush lacks the political power to attack
Iran. As an American strike in Iran is essential for our
existence, we must help him pave the way by lobbying the
Democratic Party (which is conducting itself foolishly)
and US newspaper editors. We need to do this in order to
turn the Iranian issue to a bipartisan one and unrelated
to the Iraq failure.”
General Tira gives the Israel Lobby the following tasks:
(1) “turn to Hilary Clinton and other potential
presidential candidates in the Democratic Party so that
they support immediate action by Bush against Iran,” (2)
exert influence on European countries so that “Bush will
not be isolated in the international arena again,” and
(3) “clandestinely cooperate with Saudi Arabia so that
it also persuades the US to strike Iran.”
Israel’s part, General Tira says, is to “prepare an
independent military strike by coordinating flights in
Iraqi airspace with the US. We should also coordinate
with Azerbaijan the use of air bases in its territory
and also enlist the support of the Azeri minority in
British commentators report that “the British media
appears to be softening us up for an attack on Iran.”
Robert Fox writing in The First Post (January 6) says,
“Suddenly the smell of Britons being prepared for an
attack on Iran is all pervasive.”
On January 7 the Jerusalem Post reported that Democratic
House Majority Leader Steny Hoyer told the Israeli
newspaper that “iran with nuclear weapons is
unacceptable” and that “the use of force against Teheran
remained an option.” The Jerusalem Post notes that
“Hoyer is considered close to the Jewish community and
many Israeli supporters have hailed his elevation in the
House.” Hoyer was the Israel Lobby’s first victory over
House Speaker Nancy Pelosi who preferred Rep. John
Murtha for the post. Murtha was the first important
Democrat to call for withdrawal of US troops from Iraq.
On November 20 the Israeli newspaper, Haaretz, reported
that President Bush said he would understand if Israel
chose to attack Iran.
Bush showed that he was in Israel’s pocket when he
blocked the world’s attempt to stop Israel’s bombing of
Lebanese civilians and civilian infrastructure.
Many commentators believe that the failure of the
neoconservatives’ “cakewalk war” has destroyed their
influence. This is a mistaken conclusion. The
neoconservatives are long time allies of Israel’s
right-wing Likud Party and are part of the Israel Lobby
in the US. The Israel Lobby represents the views of only
a minority of American Jews but nevertheless essentially
owns both political parties and most of the US media. As
the neoconservatives are an important part of this
powerful lobby, they remain extremely influential.
The Lobby works to increase the neoconservatives’
influence. To appreciate the Lobby’s influence, try to
find columnists in the major print media and TV
commentators who are not apologists for Israel, who do
not favor attacking Iran, and who support withdrawing
from Iraq. Recently, Billy “One-Note” Kristol, a rabid
propagandist for war against Muslims, was given a column
in Time magazine. Why would Time think its readers want
to read a war propagandist? Could the reason be that the
Israel Lobby arranged for Time to receive lucrative
advertising contracts in exchange for a column for
Neoconservatives have called for World War IV against
Islam. In Commentary magazine Norman Podhoretz called
for the cultural genocide of Islamic peoples. The war is
already opened on four fronts: Iraq, Afghanistan,
Somalia, and Iran.
The Bush administration has used its Ethiopian proxies
to overthrow the Somalian Muslims who overthrew the
warlords who drove the US from Somalia. The US Navy and
US intelligence are actively engaged with the Ethiopian
troops in efforts to hunt down and capture or kill the
Somalian Muslims. US Embasy spokesman Robert Kerr in
Nairobi said that the US has the right to pursue
Somalia’s Islamists as part of the war on terror.
For at least a year the Bush administration has been
fomenting and financing terrorist groups within Iran.
Seymour Hersh and former CIA officials have exposed the
Bush administration’s support of ethnic-minority groups
within Iran that are on the US State Department’s list
of terrorist organizations. Last April US Representative
Dennis Kucinich wrote a detailed letter to President
Bush about US interference in Iran’s internal affairs.
He received no reply.
The Israeli/neoconservative plan, of which Bush may be a
part or simply be a manipulated element, is to provoke a
crisis with Iran in which the US Congress will have to
support Israel. Both the Israeli government and the
American neoconservatives are fanatical. It is a mistake
to believe that either will be guided by reason or any
appreciation of the potentially catastrophic
consequences of an attack on Iran.
US aircraft carriers sitting off Iran’s coast are
sitting ducks for Iran’s Russian missiles. The
neoconservatives would welcome another “new Pearl
The US media is totally unreliable. It cannot go against
Israel, and it will wrap itself in the flag just as it
did for the invasion of Iraq. The American public has
been deceived (again) and believes that Iran is on the
verge of possessing nuclear armaments to be used to wipe
Israel off the map. The fact that Americans are such
saps for propaganda makes effective opposition to the
neoconsevatives’ plan for WW IV practically impossible.
Large percentages of Americans still believe that Saddam
Hussein was responsible for the 9/11 attack. Recent
polls show that 32% still believe that Iraq gave
substantial support to al-Qaeda, and 18% believe that
Saddam Hussein was directly involved in the 9/11 attack.
WXIA-TV in Atlanta posted viewers comments about
Hussein’s execution on its web site. Atlantan Janet
Wesselhoft was confident that Saddam Hussein is “the one
who started terrorism in this country, he needs to be
put to rest.”
Even the London Times is in the grip of Israeli
propaganda. In its report of Israel’s plan to attack
Iran with nuclear weapons, the Times says that Iranian
president “Mahmoud Ahmadinejad has declared that ‘Israel
must be wiped off the map.’” It has been shown by a
number of credible experts that this quote is a made-up
concoction taken completely out of context. Ahmadinejad
said no such thing.
In a world ruled by propaganda, lies become truths. The
power of the Israel Lobby is so great that it has turned
former President Jimmy Carter, probably the most decent
man ever to occupy the Oval Office and certainly the
president who did the most in behalf of peace in the
Middle East, into an anti-semite, an enemy of Israel.
The American media, from its “conservative” end to its
“liberal” end did its best to turn Carter into a pariah
for telling a few truths about Israel’s mistreatment of
the Palestinians in his book, Palestine Peace Not
If truth be known, there is nothing to stop the
Israeli/neoconservative cabal from widening the war in
the Middle East.
As I previously reported, the neoconservatives believe
that the use of nuclear weapons against Iran would force
Muslims to realize that they have no recourse but to
submit to the Isreali/US will. The use of nuclear
weapons is being rationalized as necessary to destroy
Iran’s underground facilities, but the real purpose is
to terrorize Islam and to bring it to heel.
Until the US finds the courage to acquire a Middle East
policy of its own, Americans will continue to reap the
evil sowed by the Israel Lobby.
Paul Craig Roberts was Assistant Secretary of the
Treasury in the Reagan administration. He was Associate
Editor of the Wall Street Journal editorial page and
Contributing Editor of National Review. He is coauthor
of The Tyranny of Good Intentions.