America takes another step towards war with Iran, towards the dark side of its soul
Summary: All we need do is to strike Iran with all our hatred, and our journey towards the dark side will be complete.
After years of propaganda the US population has become eager for war, much like the people of Europe were in 1914. The wars of the 20th century and the first decade of the 21st barely touched America, leaving most of us ignorant of war’s terrible consequences. We cannot even see the rising fear of the US among the world’s peoples, shown in this June 2006 poll by the Pew Research Center — including supposed allies like Pakistan (see details here).
We’re at a point like early 2003 when our geopolitical experts casually discuss the likelihood of war, in a by-now familiar delusional way. No matter how good, card-carrying US geopolitical experts must shill for the next war (see examples for the Iraq war here). As in this report by George Friedman of Stratfor: “Rethinking American Options on Iran“, 31 August 2010 (logical and well-written, as usual). It has many levels worth examining. Note the three key elements.
(1) Our grasping at straws, such as Friedman’s belief that following a massive US strike at Iran …
- the US military can reliably take down Iran’s military and keep the Strait of Hormuz open.
- the risk of reprisals by Hezbollah has been “mitigated.”
- a Iraq government will be ”quickly formed and Iranian influence quickly curtailed” (before or immediately after a strike).
(2) Our myopia concerning Iran’s retaliatory options. Friedman discusses the 3 mentioned above, but Iran is not limited by our lack of imagination.
A massive strike like Friedman describe means war. For nine years the US government has circulated poorly sourced (often baseless) stories of serious Iranian support for insurgents in Iran and Afghanistan. Following a US strike Iran might show what real support means. For example, by distributing modern MANPADS to their allies. Commercial traffic interdicted and US helicopters falling from the sky, like we did to the Russians. (see here for more about the MANPAD threat)
(3) Our blindness about the direction of US strategy, to large and dark for Friedman to mention.
- First we assassinate our enemies (as opposed to killing them on a battlefield). We become like our enemies, terrorists, who consider the world our battlefield.
- Then we assassinate US citizens, trashing our most important rights: arrest, trial by our peers, and then sentence.
- Then Friedman describes (as so many neocons have proposed) a US attack on Iran like the Japanese did at Pearl Harbor. A date which will live in infamy. Then our transformation will be complete.
Posts about a strike by the US at Iran
- 4GW at work in a community near you , 19 October 2007 — Propaganda warming us up for war with Iran.
- Stratfor’s analysis of US reasons for invading and occupying Iraq , 4 March 2008
- Will we bomb Iran, now that Admiral Fallon is gone? , 17 March 2008
- More post-Fallon overheating: “6 signs the US may be headed for war in Iran” , 18 March 2008
- A militant America, ready for war with Iran , 6 May 2008
- Another step towards war with Iran?, 7 May 2008 — About Andrew Cockburn’s article in Counterpunch.
- “War With Iran Might Be Closer Than You Think”, 13 May 2008 — About Philip Giraldi’s 9 May story in The American Conservative (see below).
- The most expensive psy-war campaign - ever!, 13 July 2008
- ISIS: “Can Military Strikes Destroy Iran’s Gas Centrifuge Program? Probably Not.”, 8 August 2008
- Will trade sanctions work against Iran, as they did against Japan in 1941?, 27 August 2008
- Is the War on Terror over (because there are no longer two sides)? Part 1, 3 September 2008 — Rumors of covert ops by us against Iran.
- Update on the prospects of war with Iran, from Stratfor, 6 September 2008
- Psywar, a core skill of the US Military (used most often on us), 26 November 2008
- Iran’s getting the bomb, or so we’re told. Can they fool us twice?, 16 February 2009
- Another general advocating war with Iran, 18 August 2009
- “Iraq Endgame” by George Friedman, 22 August 2009
- Stratfor: “Two Leaks and the Deepening Iran Crisis”, 7 October 2009
- Follow-up on America’s latest wetting our pants episode: Iran’s secret atomic facility, 13 November 2009
- Iran will have the bomb in 5 years (again), 21 January 2010
- Will Obama attack Iran?, 18 March 2010
- This is how a nation thoughtlessly slides into stupid wars, 25 July 2010