Bush Siding With Cheney On Iran

In the administration there has been a troubling undercurrent of friction recently over Iran. On one side, you had Condie Rice championing a diplomatic solution, one without military action, while on the other side, the Cheney side, there can only be one true course; war.

While last year Bush seemed content to humor Condie, displaying possibly the only wise choice this president has ever made, it looks like even that little nugget of wisdom has just taken a header right out of an Oval Office window:

The balance in the internal White House debate over Iran has shifted back in favour of military action before President George Bush leaves office in 18 months, the Guardian has learned.
The shift follows an internal review involving the White House, the Pentagon and the state department over the last month. Although the Bush administration is in deep trouble over Iraq, it remains focused on Iran. A well-placed source in Washington said: “Bush is not going to leave office with Iran still in limbo.”

We’ve made this decision before, preemptive war. Without solid and convincing evidence to prove it, we invaded a country on the mere possibility that they could be a threat to us, and we have seen the disastrous effects of that. Without an overt act of war, we were unable to round up a significant coalition, without a viable post war plan, we were unable to secure the country and leave it in a peaceful state with a functioning government. Without the wisdom to end our participation we still are waging that war, stretching our military thin, and if this administration has its way, we’ll be there for another half century.

And before that conflict comes to a conclusion, apparently we’re willing to do it again. At some point, having the term “ill-advised” defined in real time in real life right before your eyes stops being funny.

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