Thursday, February 9, 2012
Joseph Foster: The Drums of War for Iran!
By Joseph Foster, Author ‘’Seeing Red’’ ‘How
is losing the future’ America
: War Drums Beating Iran
Washington's political class is apparently counting on the short memory of the electorate: it is barely a month and a half since we withdrew the last combat forces from Iraq, and already we have incessant agitation over . Iran America's Iraq adventure took seven years, cost 4,500 military deaths, likely well over 100,000 Iraqi civilian deaths, and sent a trillion dollars down the drain. And that one was going to be a cakewalk, remember? U.S.
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The Drums of War Prodded by the Military Industrial Complex
American obsession with war is glorified on the movie screen in such acting personalities as "John Wayne “and Sylvester Stallone "Rambo". Soon you think they have enough of
Korea, Vietnam, Iraq and , there comes a new set of politicians worse than the prior one George W. Bush. Just take a look at the new cast of characters running most are calling for more military spending except Ron Paul. Afghanistan
In 1961, John Kennedy said, "man must put an end to war or war will put an end to mankind", as to the US, Russia and China these three super powers will in time be able to put an end to mankind if one of its leaders develop a form of in sanity. The world is becoming more and more dangerous we now have a country of
bent on developing WMD. What the world needs is more understanding amongst countries and learn how we shall all share the fruits of a peaceful world without any form of WMD. The excellent Article below written by Michael Lofgren gives us an insight as to the current tension in the World some based on unfounded fear. Iran
On the Republican ticket. Michael S. Lofgren in his article put it in these words and I quote "During this presidential campaign season, there is on the GOP side the most toxic political dynamic imaginable: one that makes Bush look like a pacifist in retrospect." -Joe
Former Republican Congressional Staffer
For most of my three-decade career handling national security budgets in Congress, Iran was away from obtaining a nuclear weapon. The idea of an Islamic bomb exerts a peculiar fascination on American political culture and shines a searchlight on how the gross dysfunctionality of American politics emerges synergistically from the individual dysfunctions of its component parts: the military-industrial complex; oil addiction; the power of foreign-based lobbies; the apocalyptic fixation on the holy land by millions of fundamentalist Americans; U.S. elected officials' neurotic need to show toughness, especially in an election year. The rational calculus of nuclear deterrence which had guided
U.S. policy during the cold war, and which the U.S. government still applies to plainly despotic and bellicose nuclear states like North Korea, has gone out the window with respect to . Iran
It is curious that the world already has Islamic bombs: those possessed by the Islamic Republic of Pakistan. It is even more curious that
Pakistan may have had a maximum of 30 to 50 such weapons at the time of the September 11, 2001 terrorist attacks on this country which resulted in a shotgun marriage between Washington and . A decade of partnership with the United States netted Pakistan about in aid money and at least 50 more nuclear devices; anyone who knows anything about the fungibility of money will conclude that the United States partially funded Pakistan's nuclear buildup, knowingly or not. Islamabad 's government has also been credibly linked to sponsorship of terrorist organizations that have operated outside its territory. But Pakistan , we are told, is different. A window is closing, and it is closing not in two years but in . And we had better leap through it before it is too late. Iran
In the past, I have been skeptical about imminent war, e.g., in 2003-06, when the neo-conservative chickenhawks around President Bush were crowing about how "real men want to ," meaning somebody else's husband or son should suit up and invade
. At the same time Seymour Hersh was churning out in the about the possibility of an attack on Iran . After about the third article, I began discounting the possibility of war. But present circumstances have a different quality. Iran
During this presidential campaign season, there is on the GOP side the most toxic political dynamic imaginable: one that makes Bush look like a pacifist in retrospect. President Obama for his part is trying to triangulate Bill Clinton between the GOP, a Democratic base that is mostly antiwar but politically ineffectual,
, the military-industrial complex, and his polling numbers. Obama may feel he can slide through the next nine months with ever-tightening sanctions and a strategy of tension short of war, but the government of Israel is attempting to force the pace with increasingly hyperbolic predictions. It is also evidently manipulating Congress (e.g., the director of Mossad with the chairman of the Senate Intelligence Committee last week). Whether it is sources in Tel Aviv, sources in Israel Washington, or both, that are feeding Iran stories to the news media is unclear. Whoever they may be, they are playing much of the press -- the and are standout examples -- like a Stradivarius. In Pentagon-speak, this is known as "prepping the psychological battlefield." U.S.
No historical analogy is remotely close to being perfect, but in terms of the psychology of the actors, this circumstance resembles the July Crisis of 1914 and the blank check
Berlin issued to its client in . Vienna Germany (per 's previous statecraft) was a sated, status quo world power that would gain nothing by war, regardless of what its neurotic and impetuous Kaiser thought. Its weaker client, Bismarck , was always fretting about its relative demographic decline amid a hostile Slavic sea -- does that sound ? Accordingly, it was constantly egging on Austria Berlin about the "Slavic menace" that was around (and within) 's borders. The assassination of the Austrian Archduke Ferdinand in Austria was like the Iranian nuclear program -- a red line that the Slavic (read: "Iranian") menace had crossed. Something "had" to be done, and Sarajevo gave its client a blank check to issue an ultimatum so extreme as to force war, a "preventive" war whose scope snowballed because of an unbroken chain of miscalculations into the First World War. Berlin
Fast forward to the present: we have roiling instability in the Middle East because of the Arab Spring (see: Egypt); an unreliable Shiite-run U.S. client state in Iraq; a borderline civil war in Syria; and U.S ambassador to the U.N. Susan Rice hectoring two world powers, China and Russia, over their Syria policy (regardless of how heinous the Syrian government's behavior is, it is not obvious that the United States will better secure the future cooperation of two permanent U.N. Security Council members by having its ambassador publicly saying these two powers' votes "" her. For that matter, how eager will
Russia and China be to pull America's chestnuts out of the fire if our brinkmanship over gets us into unforeseen difficulties?). And finally,the Iran U.S. and Iran are reprising the Gulf of Tonkin in the Strait of Hormuz. All these factors compose a a brew potentially so toxic that one would think it would give even the most belligerent chickenhawk pause before quaffing it.