Maybe Another War Will Save Bush’s Legacy

I was lucky enough to spend some time at last night’s Pittsburgh Blogfest 11 chatting with a small group of rather influential blogging and media types. As you might expect from the company, the conversation inevitably turned toward the relationship between bloggers and traditional media. After much debate over whether bloggers were secretly crafting a coup d etat aimed at the main stream media, a meme we all found comical on it’s face, we progressed to discussing what is wrong with journalism and which journalists are actually still deserving of the title. While I racked my alcohol soaked brain trying to remember the name of Greg Palast, another more deserving name entered the discussion, Seymour M. Hersh.

Funny how things happen in life. Not more than a few hours later I found myself reading this piece from McClatchy,

Behind the scenes, however, the president’s top aides have been engaged in an intensive internal debate over how to respond to Iran’s support for Shiite Muslim groups in Iraq and its nuclear program. Vice President Dick Cheney several weeks ago proposed launching airstrikes at suspected training camps in Iran run by the Quds force, a special unit of the Iranian Revolutionary Guard Corps, according to two U.S. officials who are involved in Iran policy.

The debate has been accompanied by a growing drumbeat of allegations about Iranian meddling in Iraq from U.S. military officers, administration officials and administration allies outside government and in the news media. It isn’t clear whether the media campaign is intended to build support for limited military action against Iran, to pressure the Iranians to curb their support for Shiite groups in Iraq or both.

and scratching my head at the eerie similarities to an article published a little over a year ago in The New Yorker by none other than Mr. Hersh.

A government consultant with close ties to the civilian leadership in the Pentagon said that Bush was “absolutely convinced that Iran is going to get the bomb” if it is not stopped. He said that the President believes that he must do “what no Democrat or Republican, if elected in the future, would have the courage to do,” and “that saving Iran is going to be his legacy.”

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?’ ”

So the question begs to be asked, are they seriously planning on attacking Iran with the hopes of embarrassing the Iranian people into overthrowing their government all to save Bush’s legacy?

UPDATE: I have to say that I misread the quote above regarding Bush’s legacy. He is not saying that attacking Iran would save his legacy, rather that saving Iran would BE HIS LEGACY. Much better. How about saving the U.S. from the legacy you have already left us for starters.

Cenk Uygur tells it like it is.

Hat tip to memeorandum.

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