More War on the Horizon
By Paul Craig Roberts
--- -- No pullout from Iraq while I’m president,
declares George W. Bush.
On to Iran, declares Vice President Cheney.
Israel is a “peace-seeking state” that needs $30
billion of US taxpayers’ money for war, declares
State Department official Nicholas Burns.
The Democratic Congress, if not fully behind the
Iraqi war, at least no longer is in the way of it.
Nor are the Democrats in the way of the Bush
regime’s build up for initiating war with Iran.
The Bush regime says it is going to designate part
of Iran’s military--the Revolutionary Guards--a
terrorist organization, whose bases and facilities
Bush intends to bomb along with Iran’s nuclear
energy sites. Three US aircraft carrier strike
forces are deployed off Iran. B-2 Stealth Bombers
are being fitted to carry 30,000 pound
“bunker-buster” bombs to use against hardened sites.
Politicized US generals assert that Iran is
providing arms and aid to the Iraqi resistance to
the US occupation. The media is feeding the US
population the same propaganda about nonexistent
Iranian weapons of mass destruction that they fed us
about nonexistent Iraqi weapons of mass destruction.
A former CIA Middle East field officer, Robert Baer,
has written in Time magazine that the Bush regime
has decided to attack the Revolutionary Guards
within the next 6 months. Remember the “cakewalk
war”? Well, this time the neocons think that an
attack on the Revolutionary Guards will free Iran
from Islamic influence and cause Iranians to back
the US against their own government.
Lies, unprovoked aggression, and delusional
expectations--the same ingredients that produced the
Iraq catastrophe--all over again. The entire Bush
regime and both political parties are complicit,
along with the media and US allies.
According to Baer, the Bush regime has given no
consideration to whether Iran’s response to a US
attack might be different than to welcome it as
liberation. What if Iran really were to arm the
Iraqi resistance and/or to sink our aircraft
carriers? How can any government, even one as
incompetent, delusional and unaccountable as the
Bush regime, initiate war without any thought to the
The Bush regime’s planned war against Iran casts
light on the large increase in military armaments
that the US is supplying to Israel. With Iraq in
chaos and civil war, an attack on Iran leaves as
opposition to Israel only Syria and Hezbollah in
southern Lebanon. Israel cannot finish off the
Palestinians until Hezbollah is destroyed. An
Israeli attack on Syria while the US attacks Iran
would leave Hezbollah without supplies in the face
of a new Israeli attack.
The agenda unfolding before our eyes may be the
neoconservative/ Israeli/Cheney plan to rid the
Middle East of any check to Israeli territorial
Nicholas Burns said that the $30 billion in military
aid was not conditional on any Israeli concessions
or progress toward resolving the conflict with the
Palestinians. Israel’s ghettoizing and ethnic
cleansing of the Palestinian West Bank proceeds
Meanwhile in America, while more money is poured
into more war, condemned bridges collapse killing
Americans who trusted their government to provide
safe infrastructure. Devastated residents of New
Orleans remain unaided. Financial difficulties
deepen for more Americans as falling home prices and
jobs lost to offshoring push more Americans into
desperate straits. The US dollar continues to fall
as the government’s war debts build up abroad.
Except for the armaments industry, where is the gain
to America in Bush’s wars? Before Bush invaded
Afghanistan, the Taliban had stamped out drug
production. The US invasion has brought it back.
On August 22 Bush told the Veterans of Foreign Wars
that US troops are the “greatest force for human
liberation the world has ever known.” Tell that to
the 650,000 dead Iraqis and the 4 million displaced
Iraqis, and the tens of thousands of slaughtered
Afghans, and the coming civilian deaths in Iran.
Tell that to all the bombed civilians from Serbia to
Africa who are blown to pieces in order that a US
president can make a point. Bush goes far beyond
George Orwell’s “Newspeak” in his novel, 1984, when
Bush equates US hegemony with liberation.
America’s hegemonic hubris is a sickness. A country
that tolerates a war criminal while he openly plans
to attack yet another country is definitely not a
light unto the world.