Blind Spot

2 comments April 5th, 2007at 11:37am Posted by Eli

Vali Nasr and Ray Takeyh have a fine and convincing op-ed piece in today’s NYT about the effectiveness of diplomacy vs. engagement. However, being men of good faith, they make the common error of misunderstanding the Bush administration’s objectives.

Bush does not actually want to reach a diplomatic accord with Iran wherein they agree to give up their nuclear aspirations and stop meddling in Iraq; quite the opposite. They want another war.

But Iraq has been such a complete disaster that they realize they can’t just say Iran is a threat and start dropping bombs on them – America has seen that act before. No, what they need is for Iran to attack first, or to do something so outrageous that war seems the only reasonable response.

Seen through this prism, the administration’s strategy of ever-ratcheting confrontation and provocation makes perfect sense. They’re trying to pick a fight so Dubya can reclaim his Shane-like mantle of aggrieved, reluctant hero and protector of the faith. I don’t think Iran is very interested in obliging, but that may not matter.

Entry Filed under: Bush,Cheney,Iran,Republicans,War


  • 1. PoliShifter  |  April 5th, 2007 at 11:52 am

    You nailed it. Bush has taken us back to a war time economy. Bush has shifted our borrowed tax dollars away from domestic spending and more toward the military industrial complex.

    BushCo doesn’t want peace as you say. They want more and never ending war. In war they can steal not just our money but also our rights and freedom.

    So naturally, there will be no negotiations; no diplomacy.

    It’s hard to know exactly what their objectives are as well as their long term goals. But whatever it is, it can’t be good. I suspect the Bushies would prefer a corporate oligarchy to a Democracy hence Bush’s drive to privatize as much of government as possible before he leaves office. Last I heard I think there is abot 70,000 private military contractors in Iraq.

    How convenient. A private army with no allegiance except to the highest bidder.

  • 2. Eli  |  April 5th, 2007 at 12:26 pm

    War is good for business, but it’s also good for politics, provided you can cast yourself as the hero. That was where Gulf War II hit a snag – after the Heroic Codpiece Moment, people began to realize that the war was a huge mistake, and that BushCo. was willing to do whatever they had to do to ensure it happened.

    BushCo. can’t risk that situation again, so they need to arrange events so that war with Iran is inevitable and unavoidable. The trick is making sure that the Iranians do their part… or appear to (which would be considerably riskier – imagine the fallout if it came out that the Bushies staged an Iranian attack so they could get their war on).

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