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Tuesday, March 14, 2006

Bush, Iraq policy, evil Iran

Okay, now you all know I have my issues with President Bush, and his foreign policy. But I had been listening to him recently, and he seemed on a more "thoughtful" path, with a bit more consideration for the intelligence of his people in his speeches, and some rationality in the discourse. And then there is this:
Aljazeera.Net | Bush defends Iraq policy, slams Iran

" Bush on Monday delivered the first in a series of planned speeches aimed at convincing Americans he has a strategy for victory, days before the third anniversary of the US-led invasion of Iraq.

Bush spoke amid a wave of sectarian strife in Iraq that has raised fears of civil war, dampening US hopes for a troop drawdown soon. "

" While blaming Iraq's sectarian violence on the "enemies of freedom" in the country, Bush on Monday also pointed the finger at Iran, saying some of the homemade bombs that are wreaking havoc in Iraq came from its eastern neighbour.

Locked in a test of wills with Iran over its nuclear ambitions, Bush said during his speech that "some of the most powerful IEDs (improvised explosive devices) we are seeing in Iraq today include components that came from Iran". "

Is it just me, or is this a deja-vu from the pre-Iraq war? I mean it was the same arguments, insiduously embedded in every national security/war on terror speech, against Saddam's regime. Not that Iran is not much more poweful, and more aggressive than Saddam was. But I find it eye-opening that the same build-up to war strategy is being employed here.

In light of the above, The Salon II is therefore predicting that, unless there is some major unforseen change in the current stand-off, the US will be fighting Iran by the end of 2007.


  • It is quite possible that Iran is a major threat to international and/or regional security. But the Bush administration's lack of credibility means that no one takes its warnings seriously anymore thanks to the flood of erroneous information (and I'm being extremely generous here) that was the foundation of the aggression against Iraq. The administration is the boy who cried wolf.

    And it's no surprise that they are using the same insidious rhetoric again and again. All you need to do is replace Communist with terrorist and their rhetoric and their manner of thinking is IDENTICAL to that of the Cold War. The difference is that the enemy isn't nearly as easily identifiable and that there isn't anyone to negotiate with.

    By Blogger Brian, at 12:21 PM  

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