Monday, April 10, 2006

Pouring Gasoline on the Flames

Seymour Hersch and others are reporting that the Bush administration is involved in “extensive planning” for an attack on Iran. Apparently a military invasion is not contemplated, extensive bombing is preferred, including the possible use of tactical nuclear weapons. Bush apparently believes he is fulfilling a “mission”.


Blogger skipper said...

My view is that Bush acxcords with that of the Iranain President: Bush is playing mind games. There is no way, given the over-extension in Iraq he would invade Iran. Especially with approval ratings, at 36 per cent, at a record low. Maybe he thinks the nuclear option, which does not involve manpower is a credible alternative to the option he hasn't got.

8:12 pm  
Blogger politaholic said...

Skipper, I agree that a US invasion of Iran is unlikely for the reasons you give (although neither Bush nor Cheney will be Presidential candidates in 2008), but bombing Iran is another matter (and more likely). Hersch suggests that the "nuclear option" is being resisted by the Joint Chiefs of Staff.The pressure is coming from the chickenhawks. He reports "a resurgence of interest in tactical nuclear weapons among Pentagon civilians and in policy circles". They apparently believe that bombing could produce regime change, which is, it seems, Bush's goal. A regime change in Iran is, of course, much to be desired but bombing will strengthen position of the fundamentalist fruitcakes.

10:53 am  

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