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Monday, January 17, 2005

Who? Us?

posted by Jazz at 1/17/2005 06:46:00 AM


I realize that most of us are confident in the fact that President George W. Bush isn't the sort of guy who would just randomly launch an attack against a sovereign Middle East nation who hadn't attacked us first. But even so, the news coming out from CNN and the Boston Globe could almost get you to wondering.

"US Planning for Possible Attack on Iran"

"US Conducting Secret Missions Inside Iran"
The Bush administration has been carrying out secret reconnaissance missions to learn about nuclear, chemical and missile sites in Iran in preparation for possible airstrikes there, journalist Seymour Hersh said Sunday.

The effort has been under way at least since last summer, Hersh said on CNN's "Late Edition."

"The goal is to identify and isolate three dozen, and perhaps more, such targets that could be destroyed by precision strikes and short-term commando raids," he wrote in "The New Yorker" magazine, which published his article in editions that will be on newsstands Monday.

Hersh is a veteran journalist who was the first to write about many details of the abuses of prisoners Abu Ghraib in Baghdad.

One former high-level intelligence official told The New Yorker, "This is a war against terrorism, and Iraq is just one campaign. The Bush administration is looking at this as a huge war zone. Next, we're going to have the Iranian campaign."

To keep this in context, Hersh has often been attacked by right wing pundits as an "alarmist" but then turns out to have had some of the best insider information in Washington. Abu Ghraib was only one of his many coups. When this man reports something, it's generally worth listening to him.

I'd like to say that nobody warned us about this, but it's simply not true. No longer restricted by the need to run for election, there really is nothing holding Bush back from playing with his toy soldiers. And if you've already got a massive army staged within a day's drive of the Iranian border...

Thanks again to all of you Bush voters. I'm sure your stock in the body bag industry will push you up into that coveted next tax bracket any day now.

Some others folks are already looking over this story.

Trent Telenko thinks it's because Pakistan is providing evidence of Iranian nuke development.

Lambert tries to find a snarky upside to all of this. "Death squads in Iraq, Special Forces operations all over the Middle East?looks like the Bush Dirty War is going to make for a very exciting 2005!"

Outside the Beltway thinks the fact that White House spokesman Dan Bartlett didn't come right out and deny it may indicate there's more truth to this than we'd like to believe.

TalkLeft doesn't think much of the Bushies' attempts at "denial" either.

Of course, no report would be complete without hearing from some of Bush's supporters.

McQ feels that this is just all business as usual.

The Brothers Judd, rather than debating the actual information, choose to simply discredit Hersh and assume it must be part of the liberal conspiracy. (*sigh*)