Wednesday, September 05, 2007

Bush Plans Strike Against Iran: 1200 Sites in the Plan

Though Iran is years away from possessing nuclear weapons, Bush stepped up the rhetoric against Iran last week.

According to the Times of London:

President George Bush intensified the rhetoric against Iran last week, accusing Tehran of putting the Middle East “under the shadow of a nuclear holocaust”. He warned that the US and its allies would confront Iran “before it is too late”.

The question is is it too late for George Bush to come to his senses? In the same article, The Times also reported that Pentagon plans are drawn for the US to strike Iran. Read about it here.

THE Pentagon has drawn up plans for massive airstrikes against 1,200 targets in Iran, designed to annihilate the Iranians’ military capability in three days, according to a national security expert.

Alexis Debat, director of terrorism and national security at the Nixon Center, said last week that US military planners were not preparing for “pinprick strikes” against Iran’s nuclear facilities. “They’re about taking out the entire Iranian military,” he said.

Surely there is room to resolve this deadlock with Iran over nuclear development without acting too precipitously. Nuclear proliferation is a significant problem. But Bush has lost his way in trying to minimize it. And while castigating Iran, the administration ignores that it was a US B-2 bomber which "erroneously" carried nuclear weapons across the US this very week. Does he not see the irony?

But Bush has been escalating his war of words concerning Iran for some time. It is increasingly clear that Bush is trying to provoke Iran to say or do something so Bush can finally justify going into yet another country. This is madness.

The eagerness of this administration's looking for more and more enemies to attack is putting us at heightened risk. The biggest risk could come if Iran perceives it has nothing to lose. And the news from the Nixon Center suggests that Bush may be cornering them.

Why are not Democrats calling the administration out on such belligerent talk and preparation? Do they really think this is the time for silence on the most important issue before us today? How many wars do they think the US can wage? We have actions in more places than are commonly talked about -- even in the Philipines.

Are the "muscular" Dems so weak that they think there is only bombing Iran to solve the thorny problems surrounding US-Iran relations? Are they so weak that they must fall into line over this too. We need to once again bring the world community together to act on the Iran problem. But Bush is alienating allies quicker than he can say, as he did in Australia, "we're kicking ass." Bush's cowboy "diplomacy" is getting old and getting America into a heap of trouble. Our nation and the world should not be toyed with so recklessly. The time to speak out is now, Democratic officials and leaders. Where are you?

A new book about George Bush is entitled "Dead Certain." What's certain is that George W. Bush is wrong -- about everything.