Who is planning our next
By Patrick J. Buchanan
WorldNetDaily" -- -- As George Bush reflects
on his legacy, an urgent question must be pressing in
upon him each day.
Will I leave here as the man who launched failed wars in
Iraq and Afghanistan that cost thousands of U.S. dead,
to no avail? Or can I yet enter history as the
Churchillian statesman who used U.S. power to save
America and Israel from the mortal threat of atomic
weapons in the hands of the Iranian mullahs?
Which legacy would Bush prefer? Or Cheney?
As Americans await Bush's address announcing a "surge"
of 20,000 to 30,000 U.S. troops to Iraq, we may be
missing the larger picture. The War Party is turning its
attention from Iraq – to Iran.
Nor is it simply an analysis of the character of George
Bush that causes one to so conclude.
Tehran is now two weeks into a 60-day deadline to answer
a Security Council resolution directing it to cease
enriching uranium. While the sanctions are mild, the
resolution passed unanimously and gives Bush the U.N.
cover he used to wage war on Iraq. If Iran defies the
United Nations, Bush will demand further sanctions. Up
the escalator we go.
Moreover, a second U.S. carrier battle group is heading
for the Gulf. More interesting, the new CentCom
commander, replacing Gen. John Abizaid, is no soldier,
but Adm. William J. Fallon, commander in chief of U.S.
forces in the Pacific. What Fallon does not know about
securing streets, he does know about taking out targets
from the air and keeping sea lanes open in a time of
Bush may be sending signals, but the Israelis are
preparing for war. The London Sunday Times reports that
Israeli pilots have been making the 2,000-mile run to
Gibraltar to train for strikes with bunker-busting
nuclear bombs on Iran's heavy water plant at Arak, the
uranium hexaflouride facility at Isfahan and the
centrifuge cascade at Natanz.
Israel angrily denies the report. But, on Dec. 30,
retired Gen. Oded Tira, who headed up all Israeli
artillery units, burst into print with this admonition:
"As an American air strike in Iran is essential for our
existence, we must help (Bush) pave the way by lobbying
the Democratic Party (which is conducting itself
foolishly) and U.S. newspaper editors. We need to do
this in order to turn the Iranian issue to a bipartisan
one and unrelated to the Iraq failure."
"Bush lacks the political power to attack Iran," writes
Tira. Thus, Israel and its U.S. lobbying arm "must turn
to Hillary Clinton and other potential presidential
candidates in the Democratic Party so that they publicly
support immediate action by Bush against Iran."
"The Americans must act," Tira concludes. "If they
don't, we'll do it ourselves ... (and) we must
immediately start preparing for an Iranian response to
According to UPI editor-at-large Arnaud De Borchgrave,
Tira's line tracks the New Year's Day message of Likud
superhawk "Bibi" Netanyahu, the former prime minister.
Said Netanyahu, Israel "must immediately launch an
intense, international public relations front first and
foremost on the U.S. The goal being to encourage
President Bush to live up to specific pledges he would
not allow Iran to arm itself with nuclear weapons. We
must make clear to the (U.S.) government, the Congress
and the American public that a nuclear Iran is a threat
to the U.S. and the entire world, not only Israel."
Israel's war, says Bibi, must be sold as America's war.
We are thus forewarned. A propaganda campaign, using
Israeli agents and their neocon auxiliaries and
sympathizers, who stampeded us into war in Iraq, is
being prepared to stampede us into war on Iran.
We are to be convinced that Iran, with no air force or
navy to speak of, an economy not 2 percent of ours,
which has not started a single war since the revolution,
27 years ago, is about to give to terrorists, to use on
us, a nuclear bomb it may be 10 years away from even
being able to build.
Will Congress be duped again into giving Bush a blank
check for war? Or will this new Congress summon the
courage to take the war option out of Bush's hands, to
decide itself, for the nation, when, where and whether
America should ever go to war against Iran?
Every presidential candidate should be asked: Does
President Bush have the authority to attack Iran without
specific congressional authorization? And would you
support giving him that authority?
Needed today are courageous men and women of both
parties who will introduce and pass a congressional
resolution stating, "In the absence of a direct Iranian
attack on U.S. forces or personnel, or an imminent
threat of such an attack, President Bush has no
authority to launch a pre-emptive strike or a preventive
war on Iran."
If we are going to war, let us do it constitutionally,
for once, and not leave it up solely to George W. Bush
and Brother Cheney.
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