How Many Times Must We Go Down The Same Road?
Have you noticed the “chatter” about a full-scale attack on Iran? If not, you haven’t been watching cable news, and good on you for that. I have a bad feeling that Frank Luntz has given the GOP, the Bush administration and Fox News a tutorial on how to wear away at the resistance of the American people to start yet another war. They are testing the waters and using repetition to get people used to the idea that an attack on Iran is an inevitability thereby mitigating the public backlash that would surely come from such a move. I’m done asking if this administration will ever learn from their mistakes, but will the American people? That’s what I want to know.
We’ve seen what Bush’s pre-emptive invasion of Iraq has produced, a bloody occupation, a civil war and the proliferation of radical Islam and anti-Americanism. As bad as things seem now, they will be made exponentially worse if this administration goes neo-con crazy again and orders air strikes on Iran. Any chance we may still have of repairing the damage we’ve done in the Middle East will be blown to bits once the first pictures of dead Iranian civilians are plastered around the region. Anyone that thinks the Iranian government will collapse as fast as Saddam’s is loony beyond help and Iranian resistance will not be contained within their borders, we will see a significant rise in international terrorist acts as a result. But that may be exactly what the Bush administration and their neo-con bat-shit crazy new world order friends are counting on. The fear they love to exploit has lost its punch, better stir the pot and get some real action going again.
If there is one thing the Bush administration is not, it’s creative. They are trotting out the same argument for attacking Iran as they did for invading Iraq and they are doing so without acknowledging in any way that we now know their entire argument was based on lies and manufactured evidence, not to mention that we have seen every single pillar of their case collapse into rubble. We were not greeted as liberators, this war is not paying for itself and it has certainly not made us any safer. How stupid do they think we are? I guess the more important question is how many times will the American people allow their incurious, slow learning, incompetent President to insult their intelligence?
Iran does not pose an imminent threat to us, most experts believe that they are five to ten years away from developing a nuclear weapon, but that doesn’t matter if there is political gain in ratcheting up the fear. The only potential winner in a preemptive strike on Iran is Bushco. George gets to leave office a war President, the war profiteers get to keep raking in the dough and the GOP gets to continue manipulating voters through fear. This administration is not serving the people, so much as serving themselves and their friends. Our money isn’t being spent, it’s being stolen. Our soldiers aren’t defending our country or spreading freedom, they are being sacrificed for profit. Do we really need a repeat performance before we make up our mind? Six years should be long enough for Americans to be able to recognize the pattern. I just hope the slow learners don’t blow it for the rest of us (yet again).