October 5, 2007

The Drumbeat for a War against Iran - Introduction

Updated February 02, 2008
This article is a diary, starting january 2007, of the bush regime’s tactics for hyping up support for a war against iran. America’s denunciations of iran go back to 1979 but they increased appreciably in frequency and ferocity in the mid 1990s and dramatically so after the september 2001 new york and pentagon bombings. But the increase has become exponential after bush’s state of the nation address in january 2007. The sheer deceptiveness and recklessness of this propaganda against iran is leading toward only one outcome. The way the bush regime has carefully and incrementally boosted its denunciations of iran during 2007 is a remarkable feat of political engineering. It is as though each denunciation has been carefully calibrated to be slightly more outrageous than the previous one and to act as an easy, logical, and plausible, step to the next outrageous accusation.

This article is not focussed on providing an explanation for the bush regime’s efforts to provoke a war with iran. However, it is based on two assumptions. Firstly, that the jews-only state in palestine and its allies in america, the jews-only lobby, the zionist dominated media, the likudnik dominated congress, and the huge number of jewish likudniks in the bush regime, will push the bush regime into an attack on iran just as it pushed bush into the invasions of afghanistan and iraq. Secondly, that the outcome of america’s attack on iran will parallel the outcome of its invasion of iraq. The invasion of iraq has proved to be a political, economic, and military, disaster for america. But, it has also been a huge strategic benefit to the jews-only state in palestine. This same division of the spoils of war is all too likely to occur as a result of a war with iran. America is all too likely to suffer a political, economic, and military, catastrophe whilst the jews-only state is likely to become even more dominant in the greater middle east.

America’s ruling jewish elite, the jews-only lobby in america, the zionist dominated media, the likudnik dominated congress, and the huge number of jewish likudniks in the bush regime, are willing to sacrifice america for the sake of their beloved jews-only state. In 2007, the jewish likudniks started denouncing iranians for killing american troops but it would be much more accurate to argue that they caused the deaths and injuries of tens of thousands of american troops by manipulating america into the war against iraq. If they succeed in manipulating the bush regime or its successor into what they, and they alone, proudly proclaim as world war three/four the country will suffer a catastrophe which will reduce it to a third world military dictatorship.

Jewish likudniks are willing to sacrifice american lives, treasure, and reputation, for the sake of jewish supremacism in the middle east. They are not merely indifferent to america’s national interests they are traitors to america just like jonathon pollard. They are anti-american whilst boasting of their american patriotism. However, it is all too easy to see beyond their pretense about their loyalty to america. Such is their devotion to the jews-only state, these traitors are demanding that jonathon pollard be set free. So every time a jewish likudnik insists on their loyalty to america, ask them whether they believe that pollard should be set free to live in the jews-only state. "US President George W. Bush on Thursday shook the hand of an Israeli minister barred from entering the United States over his role in a high-profile spy case at an official dinner party. Bush, together with Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice and top White House officials all met with Pensioners Affairs Minister Rafi Eitan at a dinner party hosted by Prime Minister Ehud Olmert in his Jerusalem residence, according to TV footage. All the top ministers in Olmert's coalition government were also present at the event. Olmert introduced Eitan to the president, although they were not shown talking. Eitan was then seen shaking hands with Rice alongside Defence Minister Ehud Barak. The president will on Thursday end a three-day visit to Israel and the Palestinian territories aimed at boosting the Middle East peace talks that were relaunched last November. Eitan, a member of Israel's security cabinet, was the old Mossad handler for Jonathan Pollard, an American Jew sentenced to life in prison for spying on Israel. Pollard had passed thousands of secret documents about US spy activities in the Arab world to Israel between May 1984 and his arrest in November 1985. The issue of Pollard, a US-born Jew who has taken Israeli citizenship while in prison, has been a thorn in the side of relations between Israel and its main ally Washington for years. At the time of the affair, Eitan was head of the Bureau of Scientific Relations, an Israeli secret service which was later broken up. When he was found out, Pollard sought the protection of the Israeli embassy in Washington, but was refused access and later arrested by the FBI. Israel's Trade and Industry Minister Eli Yishai said he intended to petition Bush during his visit for the release of Pollard, considered a national hero by most Israelis. Israel has repeatedly tried in vain to secure Pollard's release." (‘Bush meets Israeli minister banned from US over spy case’ http://rawstory.com/news/afp/Bush_meets_Israeli_minister_banned__01102008.html#cooliris January 10, 2008); "After that, Bush had dinner with Israeli cabinet ministers. He cordially shook the hand of Minister Rafael Eitan, the former spymaster who controlled the Israeli spy in Washington, Jonathan Pollard, whom Bush refuses to pardon. (Eitan would be arrested the moment he set foot on American soil.) He spoke cordially with the ultra-rightist Minister Avigdor Liberman, urging him to support Olmert. Throughout the dinner, he talked and talked, until Condi sent him a discreet note suggesting that he shut up. Bush, in high spirits, read the note out loud." (Uri Avnery ‘Bush Meets Olmert: The Hands of Esau’ http://www.counterpunch.org/avnery01142008.html January 14, 2008).

The Accusations against Iran.
Iran poses a Threat to Europe.
"And Bush has emphasized the need "to defend Europe against the emerging Iranian threat."" (Leon Hadar ‘Outside View: Euro thaw not what it seems’ http://www.upi.com/International_Security/Emerging_Threats/Analysis/2007/11/30/outside_view_euro_thaw_not_what_it_seems/9578/ November 30, 2007).

Iran poses a Threat to America.
"the policies of Iran constitute perhaps the single greatest challenge to American security interests in the Middle East and around the world" (Condoleezza Rice quoted in Ray McGovern ‘Attacking Iran for Israel?’ http://www.antiwar.com/mcgovern/?articleid=11835 October 31, 2007).

Iran poses a Threat to World.
"Iran’s actions threaten the security of nations everywhere," Bush said in his poorly received speech in Abu Dhabi early last week." (Jim Lobe ‘Gates Again Undermines the Hawks’ http://www.ips.org/blog/jimlobe/?p=97 January 19, 2008).

Iran poses no military threat to America, Europe, or the Middle East.
Iran poses no military threat to the middle east. It does not pose a threat to europe even though bush wants to install a missile shield in europe to defend it against iranian missiles. Iran does not pose a military threat to america.

Justin Raimondo - May 16, 2007.
"The reality is quite different from the Podhoretzian Sturm-und-Drang that substitutes for empirical facts. Fact: Iran is a decade away from building a usable nuclear weapon. Fact: Ahmadinejad isn't Hitler, or even Mussolini. He's much closer to a leader of the Moral Majority right here in the United States: after all, students wouldn't dare heckle and mock Hitler, would they? Hitler was the leader of a modern nation with a mighty army and the industrial capacity to dominate Europe and much of the world: Iran is a dilapidated Third World backwater with none of the human, economic, or military resources available to the German Fuehrer." (Justin Raimondo ‘The Wacky World of Norman Podhoretz’ http://www.antiwar.com/justin/?articleid=10973 May 16, 2007).

Patrick J. Buchanan - May 30, 2007.
"But the point is this. Why would Iran, with no air force or navy that can stand up 24 hours against us, no missile that can reach us, no atom bomb, and no ability to withstand U.S. air and sea attack, want a war with us that could mean the end of Iran as a modern nation and the possible breakup of the country, as Iraq is breaking up?" (Patrick J. Buchanan ‘Does 'The Decider' Decide on War?’ http://www.antiwar.com/pat/?articleid=11043 May 30, 2007).

Juan Cole - June 03, 2007.
Juan cole has argued that iran is no more of a threat to america than burma. "Polling shows that the percentage of Americans who view Iran as the number one threat to the United States has risen to 27 percent now. I think it was only 20 percent in December 2006. First of all, how in the world can a developing country with about a fourth of the population of the US, about a $2000 per capita income (in real terms, not local purchasing power), with no intercontinental ballistic missiles, with no weapons of mass destruction (and no proof positive it is trying to get them), with a small army and a small military budget, how is such a country a "threat" to the United States of America? Iranian leaders don't like the US, and they talk dirty about the US, and they do attempt to thwart US interests. The same is true of Venezuela under Chavez. But Tehran is a minor player on the world stage, and trying to build it up to replace the Soviet Union is just the worst sort of fear-mongering, and it is being done on behalf of the US military industrial complex, which wants to do to Iran what it did to Iraq. It is propaganda, and significant numbers of Americans (a 7 percent increase would be like 21 million people!) are buying it. Why have those poll numbers gone up? Because the Bush administration is trying to hang the Sunni Arab insurgency in Iraq on Iran (and even trying to hang the Taliban resurgence in Afghanistan on Iran)." (Juan Cole ‘ Gore on Bush Propaganda’ http://www.juancole.com/2007_06_01_juanricole_archive.html June 03, 2007).

Ray McGovern - October 31 2007.
"Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice is at her mushroom-cloud hyperbolic best, and this time Iran is the target. Her claim last week that "the policies of Iran constitute perhaps the single greatest challenge to American security interests in the Middle East and around the world" is simply too much of a stretch." (Ray McGovern ‘Attacking Iran for Israel?’ http://www.antiwar.com/mcgovern/?articleid=11835 October 31, 2007).

Doug Bandow - November 2, 2007.
"But forget the U.S. government's past mistakes. "It still is not clear how Iran could gain "hegemony." Presumably even the vice president doesn't believe Tehran thinks it can supplant America as the globe's strongest power. Last year the U.S. GDP was estimated at $13.2 trillion, number one in the world. Iran came in at number 31 with $212 billion. It ranked just behind Argentina and slightly ahead of Finland. America's per capita GDP is 15 times as great as that in Iran. The U.S. population is more than 300 million, compared to about 70 million for Iran. President Bush opined on the need "to defend Europe against the emerging Iranian threat." Not the revived Russian threat. Not the possible future Chinese threat. But "the emerging Iranian threat." Egads. Does he really believe Iran is aspiring to European hegemony? The Europeans had a collective GDP of $14.5 trillion last year, more than a trillion dollars above that of America. Europe's total population runs about 535 million, almost 80 percent more than that of the U.S. The Europeans do spend less on the military than does Washington, but even so, the IISS figures the collective EU expenditure at about $212 billion. And two European states, France and Great Britain, possess nuclear weapons. The Europeans might be wimps compared to America, but they aren't likely to fall to an Iranian invasion any time soon." (Doug Bandow ‘Iran, World War III, and the Madness of President George’ http://www.antiwar.com/bandow/?articleid=11845 November 2, 2007).

Patrick J. Buchanan - November 9, 2007.
"He (Ahmadinejad) runs a regime with 2 percent of U.S. gross domestic product, no nukes and no navy or air force to rival ours. He is a Shi'ite in a Sunni world. How is this 5 foot, 4 inch Persian going to strong-arm the United States, Russia and China, not to mention an Israel with 300 nukes, into his "new order"?" (Patrick J. Buchanan ‘Is a Vote for Rudy a Vote for War?’ http://www.antiwar.com/pat/?articleid=11880 November 9, 2007).

The Bush regime blames Iran for Al Qaeda, Afghanistan, Iraq, Syria, Lebanon, Palestine, and Europe’s Missile Defence.
The bush regime seems to believe that if it blames iran for all of the world’s problems then politically illiterate americans are bound to be duped by some of this nonsense and thus condone an attack on iran. "Today the administration is casting Iran as America's biggest bogeyman on every front. National missile defense? Once Kim Jong Il of North Korea was identified as the target of this expensive project. No longer. In a speech Tuesday at National Defense University, Bush declared that "the need for missile defense in Europe … is urgent" because "Iran is pursuing the technology that could be used to produce nuclear weapons and ballistic missiles." Mideast peace? Never mind that the Palestinians are mixed up in a civil war of their own making and blaming the Israelis. Much of it is really the fault of "Iranian aggression," as Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice declared on Wednesday. "To see Iranian actual penetration now of these more radical elements of the Palestinian terrorist groups is really quite troubling," she told the House Foreign Affairs Committee. U.S. generals are now routinely trotted out to blame Iranian interference and arms shipments for the continuing Islamist insurgencies in Iraq and Afghanistan, though Tehran plays at best a minor role there." (Michael Hirsh ‘The Road to War, Part II’ http://www.newsweek.com/id/62031/page/1 October 25, 2007). Even moderates in the bush regime seem afflicted by this likudnik insanity. "Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice is at her mushroom-cloud hyperbolic best, and this time Iran is the target. Her claim last week that "the policies of Iran constitute perhaps the single greatest challenge to American security interests in the Middle East and around the world" is simply too much of a stretch." (Ray McGovern ‘Attacking Iran for Israel?’ http://www.antiwar.com/mcgovern/?articleid=11835 October 31, 2007).

The Bush regime blames Al Qaeda, the Taliban, Palestinians, Saddam, and Iran, for 9/11.
As a means of further illuminating the insane world inhabited by many in the bush regime, it has to be suggested that the likudniks seem to have formed their own 9/11 truth movement. This wacky movement holds that the 9/11 attacks were carried out by a vast conspiracy of islamofascists. The first conspirator that the bush regime exposed was al qaeda. The taliban were soon thrown in for harbouring and conspiring with al qaeda and this was used to justify the invasion of afghanistan. Palestinians were also blamed for having some involvement. The bush regime also went out of its way to fabricate evidence of saddam’s involvement in the conspiracy. "Both Petraeus and Hume repeatedly referred to the Enemy in Iraq as "Al Qaeda." The NYT/CBS poll yesterday revealed that 40% of Republicans in this country, 40%, still believe that Saddam personally planned the 9/11 attacks. With wretched, unchallenged propaganda like this being fed to them, is it any wonder why?" (Glenn Greenwald ‘Brit Hume and the Bush administration take propaganda to a new level’ http://www.salon.com/opinion/greenwald/2007/09/11/petraeus_interview/index.html September 11, 2007); "The years of constantly repeating this theme, that Iraq planned and carried out the 9/11 terrorist attacks, either implicitly or explicitly took their toll on the truth: until very recently, substantial majorities believed Iraq had been behind the attacks. Forty-one percent, according to a Newsweek poll taken this past summer, still believe it. In spite of persistent debunkings by the reality-based community, the narrative that places Saddam at the epicenter of 9/11 survives to this day." (Justin Raimondo ‘How Did We Get Here? http://www.antiwar.com/justin/?articleid=11803 October 24, 2007).

The likudniks in the bush regime also believe iran is involved in this global conspiracy. "Indeed, to claim that a country "supports international terrorism" is the most inflammatory accusation that can be made, as it will be understood by many Americans to designate specifically that the accused "participated in the 9/11 attacks," or more generally that they are close allies of Al Qaeda. Even with Americans' growing emotional distance from the 2001 attacks, many Americans will reflexively, one could even say understandably, support military action against not just anyone who directly participated in the 9/11 attacks but anyone who seems to have close proximity to those responsible. This same manipulative tactic, accusing the Iranians of "supporting international terrorism" as a means of implicitly persuading Americans that Iran bears some responsibility for, or at least connection to, the 9/11 attacks, so therefore it, too, must be attacked, is the principal one on which the president and his supporters are relying to justify antagonism toward Iran. And the tactic is no less honest than it was when employed against Iraq. If anything, it is far more dishonest. The evidence that Iran sponsors or in any way abets terrorist attacks on the U.S. is nonexistent." (Glenn Greenwald ‘A Confederation of War-Seeking Factions’ http://www.antiwar.com/orig/greenwald.php?articleid=11193 June 26, 2007); "Ledeen who asserted through a press release on his new book, The Iranian Time Bomb, put out by his American Enterprise Institute (AEI) Tuesday, "that it is difficult today not to conclude that Iran was involved in the 9/11 attacks."" (Jim Lobe ‘Gates in the Lion’s Den’ http://www.ips.org/blog/jimlobe/?p=73 October 17th, 2007).

So the list of islamofascist conspirators involved in the attacks on america currently consists of al qaeda. the taliban, palestinians, saddam, and iran, despite the fact that these groups have often been at war with each other more than they have with america. Where did all these people meet in order to plan the attacks on america? At the rate at which countries are being added to this list, the conspirators would have needed to hire an american football stadium in order to keep everyone up to date with the latest plans.

Diary of Drumbeat for a War against Iran:

The Drumbeat for a War against Iran - January-June 2007

The Drumbeat for a War against Iran - July-August 2007

The Drumbeat for a War against Iran - September 2007

The Drumbeat for a War against Iran - October 2007

The Drumbeat for a War against Iran - November 2007

The Drumbeat for a War against Iran - December 2007

The Drumbeat for a War against Iran - January 2008

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