Friday, January 12, 2007


Russ Feingold, bless his heart, has called for Congress to put a halt to the war by cutting off funding. This is good news.

Bush's escalation speech has proven about as popular as a pizza with cat turd topping. Even Republicans have dissed it. This is good news.

So why am I so worried?

I'm worried because events conspire to force the administration to stage a provocation. Politically, nothing short of such an event will allow Dubya to continue to prosecute this war and the wider war he seeks. Just as flashing lights at a railroad crossing signal a coming train, many stories in today's papers herald the disaster to come.

(To read the rest, click "Permalink" below)

In his now-notorious speech, Bush charged Iran and Syria with aiding the Iraqi insurgents -- even though Iran is Shi'ite and the insurgents are largely Sunni. From the Washington Post of last October, we learned that a British team on the Iran/Iraq border has been trying to verify Bush's charges -- without success. We've cited this piece in a previous post, but it bears another look:
Britain, whose forces have had responsibility for security in southeastern Iraq since the war began, has found nothing to support the Americans' contention that Iran is providing weapons and training in Iraq, several senior military officials said.
"It's a question of intelligence versus evidence," Labouchere's commander, Brig. James Everard of Britain's 20th Armored Brigade, said last month at his base in the southern region's capital, Basra. "One hears word of mouth, but one has to see it with one's own eyes. These are serious consequences, aren't they?"
Just where, I wonder, is this "intelligence" coming from? Chalabi's shop?

Incidentally, this story gives us one reason not to welcome a British withdrawal. Without the U.K., who will double-check Bush's claims?

Dennis Kucinich:
President Bush appears to be setting the stage for a wider war in the region. He has blamed Iran for attacks on America. The President is vowing to disrupt Iran. He is going to add an aircraft carrier to the shores off the coast of Iran. He has promised to give Patriot missiles to 'our friends and allies.' Isn't one war enough for this President?
As you know, American forces raided an Iranian consulate in Ibril (northern Iraq), thereby enraging the Kurds, the de facto rulers of the region and our only allies in this mess. The Peshmerga (the Kurdish army) may have been receiving aid from the Iranians.
One Iranian news agency with a correspondent in Irbil says five US helicopters were used to land troops on the roof of the Iranian consulate.

It reports that a number of vehicles cordoned off the streets around the building, while US soldiers warned the occupants in three different languages that they should surrender or be killed.
What intelligence "haul" could possibly justify an attack on a consulate? A consulate in a region previously friendly to us?

There was another incident that same day -- an attempted kidnapping which few have noted:
Later Thursday, U.S. forces staged a second raid, attempting to enter Irbil airport and abduct a group of unidentified individuals, he said.

Members of a Kurdish paramilitary force known as peshmerga confronted the Americans when they refused to identify themselves, and a gun battle was narrowly averted "at the 11th hour," said Zebari.
Bottom line: Someone is trying to start a fight.

Bush hopes that his outrageous actions will force the Iranians to retaliate. Even if Iran's leadership keeps cool, any new terrorist incident can now be portrayed as Iranian retaliation, regardless of the act's true authors.

Steve Clemons
and Larisa Alexandrovna both say that, according to their sources, Bush has directed the CIA and the Pentagon to prosecute a "secret war" with Iran and Syria. Bush's speech indicates that he hopes to transform a secret thing into an open thing.

To do that he needs a provocation. A bit of theater. Something nasty.

Many stories vying for your attention this morning speak to extreme danger of this moment. I have cited but a few indicators.
Do you remember that article that was suppose to appear in The New York Times by Flynt Leverett and his wife Hillary Mann which was mostly censored by the CIA and banned from publication back in Dec. 2006?
They were trying to tell us what was to come.
Truthdig had a article about it on December 19th (on truthdog site go to search and put in Leverett and you'll get the article under Ear to The Ground). Apparently both Mr. Leverett and his wife are ME experts and had been involved with major policy issues regarding Iran in the recent past and both resigned after becoming dis-inchanted with the Bush adminstration and wanted to warn the citizens about this secret war with Iran that had already started last year and the CIA accused them of revealing State secrets or some such a thing.
anyone remember sy hersch's piece in the New Yorker last spring? it's clear this administration (at least Cheney) has lusted to go to war with Iran for some time now...hell we've got war already on two fronts, to these morons we might as well open up another on a third one.
Yes, another provocation like the “new pearl harbor” that brought Afghanistan and Iraq , so glibly discounted by your sidebar of cointelpro agents called “science vs. bull” .

You seem pretty on the ball until that load of establishment horseshit is viewed.
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