"No matter how paranoid or conspiracy-minded you are, what the government is actually doing is worse than you imagine." - - - William Blum

July 26, 2006

Well, well, well. This post taken from The Left Coaster makes a lot of sense:

Cheney Is Ready To Roll Through Condi Into Damascus And Tehran
by Steve Soto

Well, here is your latest installment from the “Most Dangerous Foreign Policy Team Ever.”

Ken Silverstein of Harper’s Magazine reports today that despite Condi’s public claims to the contrary, the Bush Administration is actively considering using thousands of American troops for the multinational force in southern Lebanon, over the objections of the Pentagon brass. This is how it works in Bush’s Washington: you jettison active engagement in a region, and when it goes to hell, your fascist cabal uses the military like toy Army pieces to carry out their implausible fantasies. To insert US ground forces into southern Lebanon just because the PNAC cabal thinks it is a great stage-setter for going after Syria at a time when we don’t have enough troops to even get out of Iraq is beyond the pale for even this crew.

But wait. It all becomes clear now. We set up military bases in southern Lebanon to go after Syria as the perfect midterm election distraction, and then pivot from that to the real deal: a post-election attack against Iran. James Bamford in Rolling Stone magazine reports, and Sam Gardiner has confirmed, that there seems to be active planning by the Administration for an attack against Iran after the midterm elections. And if any of us still think that this campaign against Lebanon by Israel is over the kidnapping of their two soldiers, we (including me) are wrong. This appears to have been the plan since at least last year. The question is whether or not the Pentagon brass will stand up to Rummy and Cheney over this suicidal insertion of American ground forces into Hezbollah territory and an attack against Iran with 130,000 targets still tied down inside Iraq.

But to do these things, it appears that the Rummy and Cheney cabal want Condi out of the way. In what is clearly a frontal swipe at Bush to let him know who is in charge, Cheney’s kitchen cabinet of the usual suspects has started a campaign against Rice’s handling of foreign policy. This will get messy real soon, as W has his Veep and SecDef openly giving him and his personally selected Secretary of State the finger. Somewhere, Colin Powell is laughing his ass off now. The story in Insight magazine predicts that Condi’s approach and stewardship will be scuttled in the coming months, just in time for the PNAC plans to be implemented.

There's a C-Note from me to any 2008 Democratic candidate that will start beating the drum that a dangerous cabal has taken over this country's foreign policy.

See, a clean, unprovoked attack of Iran (which many of us thought was to happen earlier this year) wouldn't have come across looking very nice. But, throw some nearby fighting into the mix, make sure everyone "knows" Iran is involved and on the "wrong" side, and voilá, Bush-war has an excuse (albeit wrong) to engage the Iranians directly. We'd better step up the military recruitment activities, because we're going to need a lot more young, poor Americans to go over there and die needlessly. Anyone feel a draft yet?

The situation is just going to get worse before it gets worse. It will never get better, not as long as these subhumans stay in the White House.

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