Monday, June 30, 2008

Hersch Says US Attacking Iran Now as Tensions Escalate

In a report that appears in this week's issue of The New Yorker, political journalist Seymour Hersch [pictured: right] says that the U.S. is already on the ground in Iran - preparing the battlefield for the war to come before Bush leaves office. Read a news report on the story and the ensuing denials, here.

In response, Iran's generals have announced that their troops are digging several hundred thousand graves, to provide respectful burial for enemy soldiers killed in any attack; and, targeting their Shahab's for retaliation. And to up-the-ante even more, Iranian generals are threatening to close the Straits of Hormuz and squeeze the world's already perilous oil supply. Just today an American Vice-Admiral returned fire, saying we wouldn't let that happen. Just great. As Sabre-rattling goes, this is some high-decibel stuff. We are clearly locked in developing hostile situation in the Middle East that could dwarf our already disastrous efforts in Iraq and those of NATO in Afghanistan. Don't forget that Iran is five-times the size of Iraq with several million men under arms and modern weaponry. It is also important to remind our policy makers that Syria, Hezbollah and Hamas can be counted as Iranian front-line supporters - each capable of igniting firestorms in the region. And of course, U.S. policy makers and military strategists have not proved effective or successful in this arena - quite the opposite.

The Author has raved about this issue before, with equal trepidation and disbelief. How can we allow this threatening and unrealistic escalation to continue? How can it possibly serve our interests and not compound an already difficult situation? Is the U.S. returning to brinksmanship as a tool of foreign policy? Or is the Bush administration so clueless and out-of-control that they would dig the hole we're in even deeper? I think we all know the answer.

Congress simply must act now to avert this doomsday scenario. It seems to The Author that Representative Dennis Kucinich's articles of impeachment might be the correct path forward at this point. Would a president facing imminent impeachment commit the country to yet another costly and ill-advised war? He might, but the uproar would be deafening.

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