Thursday, November 02, 2006

A Reminder on Bush's Possible Intentions towards Iran

President Bush has so badly bungled our foreign policy that his ambition to start a war with Iran has been somewhat boxed in by events. But the possibility remains real and if Americans want to avoid yet a third Bush war led by his team of reckless incompetents, they need to voice their objections Nov. 7th.

Steve Clemons of The Washington Note offers this reminder:
Reminder to Voters: Bush's Neocons Want to Bomb Iran

In the latest issue of Foreign Policy, Joshua Muravchik -- a neoconservative fellow traveler -- has published a remarkable article, "Operation Comeback" that combines an offering of a mea culpa for much of the neocon-generated foreign policy mess America is in and then stunning bravado with encouragement that the President initiate a third war against a Muslim nation.

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There are a lot of disturbing zingers in the piece, but here is the part that every voter should be made aware of:
Prepare to Bomb Iran.

Make no mistake, President Bush will need to bomb Iran's nuclear facilities before leaving office. It is all but inconceivable that Iran will accept any peaceful inducements to abandon its drive for the bomb. Its rulers are religio-ideological fanatics who will not trade what they believe is their birthright to great power status for a mess of pottage. Even if things in Iraq get better, a nuclear-armed Iran will negate any progress there. Nothing will embolden terrorists and jihadists more than a nuclear-armed Iran.
We badly need a responsible Congress that will insist that Bush put diplomacy back on the table front and center and then rebuild our foreign policy and get our military back in shape so that it isn't tied down by two wars (let alone three, if Bush gets his way). We also need a more critical press that stops giving Bush credit for meaningless foreign policy photo ops. And then we need to nail the door shut on Bush-style preemptive unilateralism once and for all while we rebuild our ability to lead other nations on a wide range of issues. No more free rides for George W. Bush and his radical agenda.

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