[Here is the first segment of Roberts warning that Bush is preparing an attack on Iran.
Paul Craig Roberts was Assistant Secretary of the Treasury in the Reagan administration. He was Associate Editor of the Wall Street Journal editorial page and Contributing Editor of National Review. He is coauthor of The Tyranny of Good Intentions.He can be reached at: PaulCraigRoberts@yahoo.com
He is presumably to be taken seriously with this review of Bush actions to date.Â Many of us did not believe that Bush would be so stupid as to invade Iraq.Â We were wrong and we may be wrong again here.Â Such an attack would be disastrous.Â It would further disenchant a world already disgusted with our clumsy intervention in Iraq. The Iranian Republican Guard is running loose now anyway and has the wherewithal both to attack our fleet and to block passage of materials into Iraq and the exit of oil from Saudi Arabia, Iraq, etc. which would set off a major global financial panic.
One hopes that Bush is bluffing, but that assumes that we have an intelligent, rational president who does not have his back up against the wall.Â Ed Kent]
August 31, 2007
The War Criminal in the Living Room
By PAUL CRAIG ROBERTS
The media is silent, Congress is absent, and Americans are distracted as George W. Bush openly prepares aggression against Iran.
US Navy aircraft carrier strike forces are deployed off Iran.
US Air Force jets and missile systems are deployed in bases in countries bordering or near to Iran.
US B-2 stealth bombers have been refitted to carry 30,000 pound “bunker buster” bombs.
The US government is financing terrorist and separatist groups within Iran.
US Special Forces teams are conducting terrorist operations inside Iran.
US war doctrine has been altered to permit first strike nuclear attack on Iran and other non-nuclear countries.
Bush’s war threats against Iran have intensified during the course of this year. The American people are being fed a repeat of the lies used to justify naked aggression against Iraq.
Bush is too self-righteous to see the dark humor in his denunciations of Iran for threatening “the security of nations everywhere” and of the Iraqi resistance for “a vision that rejects tolerance, crushes all dissent, and justifies the murder of innocent men, women, and children in the pursuit of political power.” Those are precisely the words that most of the world applies to Bush and his Brownshirt administration. The Pew Foundation’s world polls show that despite all the American and Israeli propaganda against Iran, the US and Israel are regarded as no less threats to world stability than demonized Iran.
[snip] — remainder here: http://www.counterpunch.com/roberts08312007.html
“A war is just if there is no alternative, and the resort to arms is legitimate if they represent your last hope.” (Livy cited by Machiavelli)
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