Attacking Iran: What’s In It
Paul Craig Roberts
Clearing House" -- -- Initially, the Bush Regime denied
that Bush’s surge speech on January 10 signaled that the
Regime intends to attack Iran. Now a number of Regime
officials have made it clear that Iran, not Iraq, is the
focus of the Regime’s war planning. Robert Gates, the
new Defense Secretary and member of the Iraq Study
Group, was supposedly brought into the Pentagon to
de-escalate the war. Gates now says that Iran is the
target of US military moves in the Persian Gulf
Suddenly the media is full of Bush Regime propagandistic
assertions designed to make the American public believe
that Iran is the enemy that is fighting against our
troops in Iraq. To facilitate this deception, the Bush
Regime staged a propaganda event by invading an Iranian
government liaison office in Northern Iraq, kidnapping
the Iranian officials and declaring them to be involved
in plans to kill US troops.
The Bush Regime’s latest big lie is that the US is not
winning in Iraq because of Iran. “The Iranians are
acting in a very negative way,” alleges the “moderate”
Gates. Iraq, the target for the surge in US troop
levels, has dimmed in importance. In the few days since
Bush’s “surge” speech, Bush, Cheney, Gates, Rice, and
national security advisor Hadley have said far more
about Iran than about Iraq. In 2003, the same technique
was used by the Bush Regime to shift the public’s
attention from Osama bin Laden to Saddam Hussein. The
technique succeeded to the extent that even today a
significant percentage of Americans believe that Saddam
Hussein was responsible for the 9/11 attacks.
Clearly, the Bush Regime expects that it can again
deceive the American public. There is no doubt that Iran
will be attacked. The Israeli government and the
neoconservatives have been demanding it.
The question is: why is Bush, who is confronted with
failure in Iraq, willing to compound his problems by
attacking a more powerful Muslim state that the US has
no prospect of being able to occupy?
A former member of the National Security Council gave me
a possible answer. Bush can bury his defeat in Iraq with
a “victory” in Iran.
Here is the victory scenario: Bush and Cheney will claim
that their air attack on Iran succeeded in destroying
Iran’s (non-existent) nuclear weapons program. The
victory claimed by the Bush Regime and the
propagandistic US media will “make America safe from
nuclear attack.” This will restore Bush’s popularity and
move the US back to a 50-50 political split in time for
Karl Rove to steal the 2008 election with the fraudulent
electronic voting machines built and programmed by
The former national security official believes that Bush
will be able to claim victory over Iran, because Iran
will avoid responding militarily. Iran will not use its
Russian missiles to sink our aircraft carriers, to shut
down oil facilities throughout the Middle East, or to
destroy US headquarters in the “green zone” in Baghdad.
Instead, Iran will adopt the posture of another Muslim
victim of US/ Israeli aggression and let the anger seep
throughout the Muslim world until no pro-US government
is safe in the Middle East.
Bush needs a short-run victory, and Iran will let him
have it in order to gain the long-run victory.
The consequences for the US, Israel, and the US puppet
regimes in the Middle East will be catastrophic, but
they will not occur in the short-run.
This explanation solves the dilemma of why Bush would
get deeper into the quagmire for the sake of the Israel
Lobby. A US attack on Iran allows Bush both to satisfy
the powerful Israel Lobby and to claim to have destroyed
Iran’s (non-existent) weapons of mass destruction.
Some patriotic Americans, who believe it is still
possible to save America from war and a police state,
see cause for hope in the upcoming trial of “Scooter”
Libby, the former chief operative of VP Cheney. Libby is
accused of lying about his role in leaking a covert CIA
agent’s name to the press in an effort to discredit
damaging evidence that Bush had lied about Iraq
possessing WMD. The patriots believe that Libby’s trial
will damage the Bush Regime and, thereby, reduce the
Regime’s danger to freedom and democracy in America.
At this delicate point in time, the Bush Regime would
not allow the Libby trial to go forward unless the
Regime had arranged with the media shills it uses to
control the explanation of the news (with insider leaks)
to testify in a manner that lets Libby off the hook. If
Libby is exonerated, expect Cheney and the neocon nazis
to attack Joe Wilson as a terrorist sympathizer who
tried to discredit Bush’s invasion of Iraq and war on
terror. The attack on Wilson will lead into an
all-out-assault on the antiwar movement.
If the Regime overcomes its defeat in Iraq with a
“victory” in Iran, “you are with us or against us” will
take on new life, and we will find out who are those
intended for the Halliburton-built detention camps
constructed in the US at great cost with our tax