Let’s face it – Iran is next

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While Seymour Hersh has a very interesting point about the marketing of an attack on Iran, there are some more signs, that there are massive attempts to get an attack going soon. Neo con guru Podhoretz freely admits he is pushing action in his talks with President Bush about Iran and John Bolton is working the British Tories. Meanwhile Iran has been given a new deadline, which ends by end of November.

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16 thoughts on “Let’s face it – Iran is next

  1. It really freaks me out that someone like Seymour Hersh now considers the coming attack on Iran a foregone conclusion. I had been comforting myself with the notion that these guys in the WH really wanted to do it but cooler, wiser, less insane heads and voices would prevail – like maybe Congress or the military. Now I am really starting to wonder if anything will stop this.

  2. I had a friend say to me that this attack should work since Iran is too “weak” to hit back at us. I told him to look at a map of the Persian Gulf and note that the passage into it, the Straits of Hormuz can be closed easily by Iran.
    All they would have to do is sink a couple of Super Tankers and thats it. Iran wouldn’t have to hit us directly, they could bring us to our knees by cutting off the flow of oil.
    I wonder, have any of the Idiots in Washington thought of this?

  3. “I wonder, have any of the Idiots in Washington thought of this?”

    The ones who have close friends and associates in the oil industry who will then be able to charge $200+/barrel.

    Do they honestly think China and Russia will just roll over and do nothing? (China and Russia get much of their oil from Iran).

  4. The other thing also, is that Congress has essentially given a green light to Bush to make this happen. With the help of the Democrats in the Senate, a Sense of the Senate concerning Iran was passed Wednesday that, in a nutshell, gives
    Bush the cover he needs to do whatever he wants to Iran. He won’t even need to go to Congress this time for the autorization.
    God Help Us All.

  5. Thats what I wonder about. What will be the reaction of the World? The Administration thinks they can package this in such a way that there won’t be a major outcry from the EU, Russia, and China. I beg to differ. There is no way that what we do won’t have an impact on the World at large. There will be a reaction. Just not the one that the Bushites (incredibly) are expecting.

  6. Another aspect to this is the petrodollars being switched from US dollars to euros:

    http://www.thirdworldtraveler.com/Iraq/Iraq_dollar_vs_euro.html
    “OPEC member countries and the euro-zone have strong trade links, with more than 45 percent of total merchandize imports of OPEC member countries coming from the countries of the euro-zone, while OPEC members are the main suppliers of oil and crude oil products to Europe. The EU has a bigger share of global trade than the U.S. and, while the U.S. has a huge current account deficit, the EU has a more balanced external accounts position. The EU plans to enlarge in May 2004 with ten new members. It will have a population of 450 million; it will have an oil consuming-purchasing population 33 percent larger than the U.S., and over half of OPEC crude oil will be sold to the EU as of mid-2004. In order to reduce currency risks, Europeans will pressure OPEC to trade oil in euros. Countries such as Algeria, Iran, Iraq, and Russia-which export oil and natural gas to European countries and in turn import goods and services from them-will have an interest in reducing their currency risk and hence, pricing oil and gas in euros. Thus momentum is building toward at least the dual use of euro and dollar pricing.
    The unprovoked “shock and awe” attack on Iraq was to serve several economic purposes: (1) Safeguard the U.S. economy by re-denominating Iraqi oil in U.S. dollars, instead of the euro, to try to lock the world back into dollar oil trading so the U.S. would remain the dominant world power-militarily and economically. (2) Send a clear message to other oil producers as to what will happen to them if they abandon the dollar matrix. (3) Place the second largest oil reserve under direct U.S. control. (4) Create a subject state where the U.S. can maintain a huge force to dominate the Middle East and its oil. (5) Create a severe setback to the European Union and its euro, the only trading block and currency strong enough to attack U.S. dominance of the world through trade. (6) Free its forces (ultimately) so that it can begin operations against those countries that are trying to disengage themselves from U.S. dollar imperialism-such as Venezuela, where the U.S. has supported the attempted overthrow of a democratic government by a junta more friendly to U. S. business/oil interests.”

    Saddam started switching oil dollars to euros in 2000. After we took him out they were quietly switched back to dollars. We have ‘demonized’ Iran and Venezuela’s Chavez.
    Iran has been switching from dollars to euros. Why do you think the urgency urgency to bomb?

    There are plenty of articles on this. Just Google Iraq or Iran and dollars to euros.

  7. So what will China do when we bomb Iran which will then threaten their oil supply? Will they call in their debt and watch our stock market crash? Will they send more toxic and more deadly products to our markets? What would happen if China retaliated by taking out a few of our satellites? The Bushite’s don’t have answers to these questions. All they see is oil, pipelines and profits.

    Does anyone else feel a draft coming on?

  8. Since 2002, Bush named Iran as part of the Axis of Evil. Bush’s invasion of Iraq sent a clear message to Iran… start preparing for an invasion by the US. Only a fool would believe that Iran has not prepared itself for a US attack. Iran had 4 years to get ready and Armedinajad is no fool so he has probably prepared his nation for a US attack.

    I just spent the weekend with my beautiful grandchildren and I wish that I could leave a better world for them. One would think that Bush would want to leave a better world for his daughters. To the boy Bush, it’s too bad, too sad for everyone but himself.

  9. A quote from the PNAC’s “Rebuilding America’s Defenses”:
    We cannot allow North Korea, Iran, Iraq or similar states to undermine American leadership, intimidate American allies or threaten the American homeland itself.

    Of course, there is no mention as to how exactly the largest military in the world could ever allow any other country to threaten the “American homeland itself”.

    Here is another interesting quote:
    Over the long term, Iran may well prove as large a threat to U.S. interests in the Gulf as Iraq has. And even should U.S.-Iranian relations improve, retaining forward-based forces in the region would still be an essential element in U.S. security strategy given the longstanding American interests in the region.

    Note the caveat “threat to U.S. interest in the Gulf”. They are not talking about a threat to the US but to its interest in the Middle East; which is really the driving motive behind the invasion and occupation of Iraq. Hussein’s regime had become a political liability and had to be removed.

    Iran is another thorn in the side of the American hegemon: The Mullahs refuse to play ball with American rules.

    The so-called American policy in the Middle East is actually a grab for oil.

    In case you don’t already have it, you can find the entire document here.

  10. which is really the driving motive behind the invasion and occupation of Iraq.

    Errr…behind the invasion and occupation of Iraq, Cuba, Haiti, Nicaragua, Vietnam, Japan, East Timor, Korea, etc.

  11. So what will China do when we bomb Iran which will then threaten their oil supply? Will they call in their debt and watch our stock market crash? Will they send more toxic and more deadly products to our markets? What would happen if China retaliated by taking out a few of our satellites? The Bushite’s don’t have answers to these questions. All they see is oil, pipelines and profits.

    All the Chinese see are oil, pipelines, and profits as well. I don’t see them responding militarily to one of their best customers. If anything they’ll lend us more money to take out Iran and raise the interest rates (with the weak dollar our credit score is probably lower, after all)

  12. toasterhead – do you think that China would encourage the US to take over Iran’s oil? That would give US control of more oil resources. I’m not so sure that China would support this. China has the largest military in the world, they have WMDs and they are patient. Somehow, I don’t trust that China would not do something to put the squeeze on the US economy if the US threatens their oil supplies.

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