Next Up: Iran

It is becoming more and more evident that Iran is next on Bush's To Do list. According to CNN's report, Seymour Hersh claims that inside sources tell him that 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. Hersh claimed his information came from "inside" sources who divulged it in the hope that publicity would force the administration to reconsider.

Hm. First of all, who hasn't heard about these Iran plans? There have been hints and insinuations for months, starting with the suggestion that Iraq might "possibly" have illegal nuclear weapons and that they "refused" to stop their program. I even personally know someone in the know who basically confirmed that invading Iran was a foregone conclusion. And the reasoning sure sounds familiar doesn't it? It's charming that Bush even still bothers to sort of come up with a reason to invade new countries. But why mess with a winning formula, I guess. And contrary to what Hersh says, I think the information about Iran has seeped out slowly and steadily on purpose - to get the public used to the idea of invading Iran. Remember the buildup to Iraq? We saw that one coming a mile away. Did any of us really think there would be a last-minute settlement that would prevent us from going to war? No, Bushco were determined to blast Saddam the minute they stepped into the White House.

You can bet that in the coming weeks and months, we will see a slow steady publicity campaign build up to support the idea of bombing Iran. They're harboring nuclear weapons. They're dangerous. They support terrorism. On and on. And will the public buy it again like they bought Iraq? Excuse me while I suppress a snicker. Did they re-elect a moron who got us into a mess called Iraq which still has no sign of being cleaned up, even with the upcoming charade of a forced democratic "election"? Are 60% quoted as being "hopeful" about the next four years under Bush? Have many of them gladly given up civil liberties to a governement that is very clearly NOT protecting them from terrorism? Will any of them stand up and cry out when Bush once again sidesteps Congress and the rest of the world to carry out a new mission that will never be "accomplished"? I think you can guess the answer.

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