Wednesday, May 28, 2008

War Pigs

Here is another report (an earlier one here) that these fools plan more war on their way out the door.
The George W Bush administration plans to launch an air strike against Iran within the next two months, an informed source tells Asia Times Online, echoing other reports that have surfaced in the media in the United States recently.

Two key US senators briefed on the attack planned to go public with their opposition to the move, according to the source, but their projected New York Times op-ed piece has yet to appear.

The source, a retired US career diplomat and former assistant secretary of state still active in the foreign affairs community, speaking anonymously, said last week that the US plans an air strike against the Iranian Revolutionary Guards Corps (IRGC). The air strike would target the headquarters of the IRGC's elite Quds force.
I’ve thought about why the administration would do something so insane just before leaving office, and all I can come up with is that they are once again doing the bidding of The Base: Creating another rally-around-the-president moment shortly before the November elections that would strengthen the candidate whose hawkish policies most resemble the current office holder (guess whom that would be). In that environment, criticism of the attack wouldn’t play well and would come off sounding cowardly and/or traitorous, the status-quo candidate would ride a wave of patriotism/xenophobia into the White House and Viola! It’s at least four more years of well-heeled private interests raping the poor and depleting the national treasury. At least four more years of no national healthcare, at least four more years of ignoring environmental regulations and pretending that global warming isn’t happening, at least four more years of delaying development of alternative fuel sources, at least four more years of unsafe work conditions in mines, at least four more years of tainted beef recalls, at least four more years of lead paint on children’s toys, at least four more years of solving all of our international problems with bombs, at least four more years of government spies eavesdropping on our calls and reading our e-mail, at least four more years of crumbling national infrastructure, at least four more years of screwing our veterans out of medical and education benefits, at least four more years of jerkoff justices and veto threats that favor of Corporate America at every turn, at least four more years of explanations that SCHIP is bad for the country but social security privatization is good, at least four more years of Pentagon propaganda programs, at least four more years of the Justice Department being used as a weapon against political opponents, at least four more years of not hearing the word “homeless” uttered in the White House, at least four more years of lobbyists writing legislation, and at least four more years of explanations of how deregulation and tax breaks for the rich are the answer to all of our problems.

And all we have to do to protect the positions of people in power is start another war, because the Republican style of governing has once again proved to be such a miserable failure that people have to be either frightened or fooled into supporting its failed policies. But that’s OK, because the people in power don’t mind if a few hundred thousand people have to die so they can keep the party going.

But look on the bright side: Rich people will get even richer.

Ain’t the status quo great?

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