Bomb bomb bomb, bomb bomb IranI thought that I was experienced enough and sage enough that I was correct in my view that rumors the Bush administration was considering military strikes against
-- John McCain
There have been a flurry of stories that the White House was flirting with attacking Iran, most recently a front-page New York Times article based on a Niagara of leaks to the effect that Vice President Cheney has been let out of the cellar and is advocating the strikes. (Secretary of State Rice is said to be against them.)
Don’t get me wrong.
is bad ju jus. The malevolent hand of President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad's regime can be seen in practically everything that is screwed up in the region from Iran Gazato Iraqto . Oh, and Afghanistan , too. But the notion that the path to setting the most troubled region in the world to rights is through military action against Iran Lebanon is in-freaking-sane.
* It can be argued that
* An attack on
* Then there is the matter of intelligence -- or lack of. The manifold intelligence failues leading up to Iraq, compounded by the White House's political agenda, is legendary. Why are things suddenly going to be very different with Iran?
Iran is imploding because of a variety of factors, but chief among them is Mahmoud Ahmadinejad’s squandered mandate
I can hear the Oval Office conversation now:
"Okay, Mr. President. You won't pardon Scooter, so you owe me a big one."
"Howz that, Uncle Dick?"
"We're attacking Iran."
"But won't there be a big war?"
"Of course Mr. President. But isn't that what you need?
"Why, Uncle Dick?"
"To divert attention from Iraq."
"Yes, Uncle Dick. You are always right."