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Seymour Hersh, in the New Yorker, starts out pretty normal (for these times) with mildly awful crap like this:

There is a growing conviction among members of the United States military, and in the international community, that President Bush’s ultimate goal in the nuclear confrontation with Iran is regime change.

Then, he slides into the creepier but still fairly standard administration pap (that always ends up tasting like vomit):

One former defense official, who still deals with sensitive issues for the Bush Administration, told me that the military planning was premised on a belief that “a sustained bombing campaign in Iran will humiliate the religious leadership and lead the public to rise up and overthrow the government.” He added, “I was shocked when I heard it, and asked myself, ‘What are they smoking?’ ”

Reminds you of the theories before we invaded Iraq, don't it? When everyone who knew anything about the country was saying, "Well, even if they welcome us, and we, the experts, can't say they will -- you know, there's still several factions that despise (and like to kill) each other. Plus, guys, have you noticed, we don't have enough troops there to secure the place, much less keep out foreign insurgents, make plans to rebuild the infrastructure, and then actually rebuild the infrastructure "

The criminals that run our country banked on the fact that most Americans didn't know squat about the Middle East. And they diverted attention from their junior high plots by implying and insisting repeatedly and undeniably (because no one else had seen the so-called "intelligence") that the hijackers were in league with Hussein. And, now, they're still banking on the fact that Americans know diddly about Iran.

So, Hersh goes on for a while with a lot of references to how to intimidate a Middle Eastern country and whatnot. It's not enough to make you lose it, but it's really not getting any less creepy, is it?

[Iran Expert Patrick] Clawson said that he fears that [Iran's president Mahmoud] Ahmadinejad “sees the West as wimps and thinks we will eventually cave in. We have to be ready to deal with Iran if the crisis escalates.” Clawson said that he would prefer to rely on sabotage and other clandestine activities, such as “industrial accidents.” But, he said, it would be prudent to prepare for a wider war, “given the way the Iranians are acting. This is not like planning to invade Quebec.”

How are you feeling now? He writes a while longer about all the ways to be sure to completely dismantle Iran's nuclear capability. And, gee, it seems there really isn't any. A "former Defense Department official" is then quoted:

“Every other option, in the view of the nuclear weaponeers, would leave a gap,” the former senior intelligence official said. “ ‘Decisive’ is the key word of the Air Force’s planning. It’s a tough decision. But we made it in Japan.”

He went on, “Nuclear planners go through extensive training and learn the technical details of damage and fallout—we’re talking about mushroom clouds, radiation, mass casualties, and contamination over years. This is not an underground nuclear test, where all you see is the earth raised a little bit. These politicians don’t have a clue, and whenever anybody tries to get it out”—remove the nuclear option—“they’re shouted down.”

Shouted down, eh? Shouted down. Interesting choice of words. Maybe, this anonymous Defense Department official is say, like me, a little, you know, like prone to exaggerate, perhaps? We hope? Dream on, sucker.

The attention given to the nuclear option has created serious misgivings inside the offices of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, he added, and some officers have talked about resigning.

And there's more. A pentagon adviser on the war on terror said when asked about plans to nuke a country conveniently not upwind of the continental US:

He called it “a juggernaut that has to be stopped.” He also confirmed that some senior officers and officials were considering resigning over the issue.

so, that's two sources on the "Considering resigning over the issue." And I'm not too fond of the word "juggernaut" in this context, are you?

Okay, my urethra is spasming a little and I've already read this stuff once. Plenty of time for me to slip into a little denial. But my stomach hurts, too. How's your tummy doing? Oh, I forgot. We're wimps. We're peaceniks. We just can't handle it. Right. We're not macho enough. That's why I feel so bad. Can't have anything to do with the fact that these people make plans that are insane and motivated by bizarre dreams of world domination while we sit back, get lied to, pay them for reaming us both ways at once, and end up arguing with our neighbors who think everything is fine and ask why are we so angry?

You know, if it was the truth that we need to invade Iran, we could handle it. We could handle it fine. Our military is filled with incredible people. Amazing people. And, I'd be happy to play my part in any way I could.

But, if invading Iran is the right thing to do, how will we ever know? The media can't/won't tell us any truths. We now know that beyond any shadow of a doubt. Bob Woodward and Judy Miller aren't exceptions, they simply headline the long lists of compromised journalists, editors, and publishers.

And, it's not like there is anyone new in this adminstration who can assure us that this time the intelligence isn't cooked, this time no one has a secret agenda, this time everyone is playing fair and square. That this time, if every American knew what they know, we would agree this is the right and proper thing to do.

There's much much more to the article. I've only skimmed the surface. Read it, if you can. The only hope I have is that Seymour Hersh is also corrupted, that he wrote this article to boost some corporate stock we'll never know about.

The bottom line seems to be that while this administration wrecked any hope of doing some good in Afghanistan by diverting attention, troops and funding to Iraq, North Korea took off on us.

And, for some reason these complete nutjobs cum "evil doers" that are running our country seriously postulate that we could attack Iran and all hell wouldn't break out in the Middle East (and across the entire Muslim world). We could spread our military that thin and China wouldn't invade Taiwan, and North Korea wouldn't bomb Tokyo or Anchorage or Honolulu. And I'm not even getting into what would happen if we used a nuclear weapon.

That Pentagon advisers told Hersh: “If we go [into Iran], the southern half of Iraq will light up like a candle.”

A high-ranking European diplomat interviewed in Vienna said, quite reasonably, I thought: "You [Washington] must bite the bullet and sit down with the Iranians.” He continued:

“There are people in Washington who would be unhappy if we found a solution. They are still banking on isolation and regime change. This is wishful thinking.”

Wishful thinking? Wishful thinking? Yeah, it's wishful thinking because that's exactly what they are wishing for. Why, you ask? Don't you get it? They truly are banking on this. This isn't about oil as much as it is about robbing us. Stealing from the middle class to make the rich richer, but also to incapacitate the only ones with the education and perception and ability to stop it. We're too busy trying to keep our health insurance benefits and make our house payments (and keep off that ano-fly list!) to risk attending any protest rallies.

Yes, that's right, they're banking on this. Sure, they are. Banking, as in their own personal Swiss bank accounts. That will do just fine when the dollar tanks and the Chinese have moved in because our defenses are shot and our economy is in shambles.

Thank you, Republicans and Unaffiliated who voted these people into power for second term not only with control of the White House, but also Congress and the Supreme Court. I feel so much safer now than I did before they were running things.

If Democrats don't impeach these guys, I think we need to start a third party. If not now, when?


You go Queen.

I read the Hersch article and know in my heart that he's got this right. The neocon cabal sees war as good for bidness and good for bidness means they get richer and richer and richer. I was so mad about it I told my wife that I'm tempted to go postal. Not that I'd ever actually do violence to human beings (well maybe some), but it sure is tempting.

The worst thing for me really isn't the assholes in the White House, it's the lemmings in Congress. And I am with you 1000%. If we manage to win control of the House and George Bush isn't hung out to dry with swift and sure impeachment, I can honestly say I will walk away from the Democratic party without even one glance back. They may be just fine without the big bucks I contribute each year, because I suspect there are plenty of suckers standing in the wings to make up for my departure.

the postal party!

Yeah, I was so upset the only thing to do was write a ridiculously long post. What I hate is how, as a citizen, I am comlicit in these crimes. How can I face an Iraqi woman who's children are hopelessly maimed and not do everything I can to stop it. How can I face the spouse of a dead or wounded American and not do for them what I feel is right even if they don't understand me.

So, I fight my little battles for the congressional candidates. Because that's what I can do.

But you wouldn't believe how many progressives don't like this candidate because s/he isn't feminist enough or the conservatives dems don't like that candidate because s/he's too liberal or 'didn't pay their dues.' It's like the building is in flames all around them and they're still talking about which fireman they would or wouldn't like to carry them out the door. AAAARRRRRGGGGGGHHHH!!!!


I used to be all over tons of issues. Choice, death penalty, green, etc., etc., but the war on Iraq trumps everything else for me right now. No litany of excuses or explanations or lies makes any difference to me whatsoever. Bush is a flat-out war criminal and should be jailed for the rest of his life. It's a shame I'm against the death penalty, because I really really really would like to see him fried.

NOTICE TO SS: This is not a threat to anyone in any way shape or form. It is an expression of frustration . . . more along the lines of wishful thinking.

I hear ya

But, if it helps, (and with these crimes, I'm not sure anything can "help") I've seen some really really bad people never ever pay for their crimes in any conventional way but, lo and behold, mother nature or circumstance or karma puts them in situations i wouldn't have wished on them. They would have been better off to confess, pay the price, and move on -- than to deny, "get away with it," and pay later. There is justice out there, believe it or not. At least, over time, in my experience.