Bush offers to bomb Iraq to prevent it from being invaded? The situation in the Middle East gets weirder by the day.
It just gets weirder every day in the strange new Middle East that our liberating adventures have created. OK, now we’re offering to bomb the Kurds in Iraq in order to prevent the Turks from invading the country? Remember the Kurds? They were the people Saddam gassed back in the eighties, giving us endless reason to hate Saddam and justify invading Iraq. Of course at the time we were supplying Saddam with WMDs to use against the Iranians, but that usually gets overlooked in the shuffle. And here we are today, just a few short years after “Mission Accomplished,” offering to fire missiles at the people we saved from Saddam.
Our response to the Turkish threat to invade Iraq? More sanctions on Iran for purportedly developing nuclear weapons and supporting terrorism! So on the one hand we are sheltering and supporting Kurdish guerrillas (The PKK) in Northern Iraq who have been making incursions into Turkey and killing Turkish soldiers. Turkish soldiers are our NATO ally, though one has to wonder for how long if we keep this up. On the other hand, we are blaming Iran for sheltering and supporting “terrorists” who are attacking our troops! Pot…meet kettle.
It gets more absurd. Bush has declared that Iran getting the bomb would result in “World War Three.” He neglected to mention how a country getting a few fifties era nuclear weapons was going to start World War Three when far more powerful and aggressive countries have had thousands of nuclear weapons for decades. And of course no evidence that Iran is even pursuing nuclear weapons has ever been brought forth. Our so called “diplomatic solution” is to tell the Iranians if they stop doing their perfectly legal peaceful nuclear program then we will consider negotiating with them. Um, when your offer to negotiate involves your enemy agreeing to your demands before talking…it’s not negotiation. It’s an ultimatum.
I’m frankly having a hard time keeping up with it all, so after this post I will get back to blogging about mud volcanoes and such, but here is my theory du jour. (OK, that’s probably not true, impending war has a way of focusing one’s attention.) I don’t think the Bush administration’s foreign policy is quite as reactive and lost in space as it appears. I think they are in fact setting up for war. War just before the election, starting sometime next summer. They are setting up all their ducks in a row so that when it comes, they can claim they “tried” diplomacy.
And I’m not just talking Iran, I think the upcoming “peace conference” about the Israeli occupied territories is part and parcel of the same plan. So when the time comes Israel and the US can claim that “see, we tried diplomacy” before they launch a “final solution” on Iran, Syria, Hamas, and Hezbollah in the name of the “War on Terror.” This would include the long sought “transfer” of Palestinians out of the occupied territories. The timing just before the election is so that they can get the maximum mileage out of the “victory” over the terrorists. I know it still must rankle in the Bush family that just a year after Bush Senior’s glorious victory in Gulf War One the American public ungratefully refused to re-elect him.
So on the plus side, I think an attack on Iran in the immediate future is not in the cards. On the down side, the whole plan is based on so many bad assumptions and even outright lies that it will be nothing short of disastrous if put into play. Heck, it could even result in World War Three. That would make the End Times folks happy and put concerns about global warming and the economy on the back burner, perfect for that run up to the election.
Of course maybe the Bush administration is just frantically trying to contain the mess they made and really doesn’t have a plan other than “make it look good until the election.” If so the whole region could unravel at any time. In either case, I plan to party a lot until next fall. That and stocking up on canned goods is probably the best way to survive the next year.
Have a great weekend everyone.
(The above image of one of Saddam’s MIG jets being unburied is believed to have been taken by a US government employee in the course of their duties, and is thus pubic domain under US copyright law. Saddam apparently had the planes buried to protect them from US air strikes, though for all practical purposes planes so interred we so damaged that it is hard to understand how they planned to use them in the future. These jets were discovered shortly after the US occupation, it’s gotten weirder since then.)