Bomb Bomb Bomb, Bomb Bomb Iran

There is roughly a little under a year and a half before this abomination of a president is ousted from office. A quicky impeachment would be nice, but unlikely, so we’re stuck until January of 2009.

What more damage could Bush possibly do between now and then? A whole helluva lot.

Basing their assertions on open source analysis, British scholars Dan Plesch and Martin Butcher believe that “the US has prepared its military for a “massive” attack against Iran, requiring little contingency planning and without a ground invasion.”

The study concludes that the US has made military preparations to destroy Iran’s WMD, nuclear energy, regime, armed forces, state apparatus and economic infrastructure within days if not hours of President George W. Bush giving the order. The US is not publicising the scale of these preparations to deter Iran, tending to make confrontation more likely. The US retains the option of avoiding war, but using its forces as part of an overall strategy of shaping Iran’s actions.

What makes matters worse is the effect that the American political climate is having on the entire situation. With the 2008 elections around the corner, the necessities of the campaign trail are leading candidates to postulate in such a way as to make our situation in the Middle East, specifically that with Iran, all the more precarious.

This debate is bleeding over into the 2008 Presidential election, with evidence mounting that despite the public unpopularity of the war in Iraq, Iran is emerging as an issue over which Presidential candidates in both major American parties can show their strong national security bona fides. …

The debate on how to deal with Iran is thus occurring in a political context in the US that is hard for those in Europe or the Middle East to understand. A context that may seem to some to be divorced from reality, but with the US ability to project military power across the globe, the reality of Washington DC is one that matters perhaps above all else. …

We should not underestimate the Bush administration’s ability to convince itself that an “Iran of the regions” will emerge from a post-rubble Iran. So, do not be in the least surprised if the United States attacks Iran. Timing is an open question, but it is hard to find convincing arguments that war will be avoided, or at least ones that are convincing in Washington.

Just great. Can’t you just feel our standing among Middle Eastern nations soaring into the stratosphere?

I can… atop an effing mushroom cloud.

3 Responses to “Bomb Bomb Bomb, Bomb Bomb Iran”

  1. Man, I was having a good day and you had too…

  2. Yeah, well, it gets worse.

  3. I think there is little doubt that CENTCOM has been preparing a wide spectrum of options regarding an attack on Iran, and updating them on a regular basis.

    One of those options is going to be a massive conventional strike, but limited use of conventional ground forces.

    That’s been true since, oh, about 1979 or so.

    This is an interesting analysis. But it’s hardly news.

    You don’t think General Zinni had a planning cell working this up and keeping it updated throughout his tenure as CENTCOM commander, just to have on the shelf and ready to pull on the order from the President?

    If not, he was derelict in his duty. As was Cohen and Clinton, if that’s the case.

    Were Zinni, Cohen and Clinton derelict in their duty?


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