Monday, July 03, 2006

Did Bush Almost Start a Third War?

Sy Hersh has an important article in The New Yorker. It looks like the Bush Administration almost went to war in Iran and they were serious about a nuclear option (hat tip to Steve Soto of The Left Coaster); here's a very brief excerpt where Hersh is quoting a senior military official:
Secretary of Defense Donald Rumsfeld and his senior aides “really think they can do this on the cheap, and they underestimate the capability of the adversary,” he said.

Didn't Rumsfeld underestimate the cost of the Iraq war by almost $1 trillion? And he wants a third war? With a much larger country? To accomplish what again?

I'll have more on this later in the week when I've had time to absorb all of this. But I'll say one thing: if the Bush Administration is serious about negotiating with Iran, they need to do more than just posturing and that is apparently all we're seeing.


Anonymous S.W. Anderson said...

Maybe it's because I'm so thoroughly suspicious of everything Bush & Co. does, but it appears to me what's going on with Iran is window dressing. They're going through the motions so if they haul off and stage an attack they can claim they tried diplomacy.

As has been pointed out, Bush's (Cheney's) idea of diplomacy is to demand capitulation on the main matter at issue before talks can get under way.

That should be something out of a "Saturday Night Live" skit or a bad movie about organized crime, but the reality is that it's what we can expect from we've got for national leadership right now.

I can easily imagine people who know what they're doing — peope like Madeleine Albright, Joe Biden, Richard Holbrooke, etc. — banging their heads against the wall out of frustration when they read about Bush & Co.'s latest outrage.

11:21 PM  

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