Thursday, April 20, 2006


Bush Talks Crazy Talk About Iran, Drops Six Points In A Month...

...and that's in the FOX News poll, people. President Bush’s job approval rating slipped this week and stands at a new low of 33 percent approve, down from 36 percent two weeks ago and 39 percent in mid-March. A year ago this time, 47 percent approved and two years ago 50 percent approved (April 2004). Six points in four weeks? Mid-March would be around the time they ramped up the "nuke Iran" nonsense, right? The RNC leadership is probably chugging Maalox and whiskey by the boatload right now. I imagine they're sending emissaries over to the Bunker to quietly suggest to Bush that he belay the Iran crazy talk until after this November -- or better yet, until after February of 2009, by which time he'll be safely out of office.

The RNC leadership is probably chugging Maalox and whiskey by the boatload right now.

This could be the reason that Secretary Rice, while not exactly making pacifist noises, is beginning at least to make somewhat soothing sounds.

"Taking the Bush administration's foreign policy defense to the heartland, Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice in Chicago on Wednesday cautioned against assuming that the White House is keen on military intervention in Iran.

Although President Bush said again this week that all options, including the use of force, remain on the table to stop Iran from producing nuclear warheads, Rice maintained in an appearance before the Chicago Council on Foreign Relations that diplomatic measures must first be exhausted."

Frankly, I can't believe The Decider is so bereft of ideas that he thought he could bang the war drum again as a means of boosting his support with the public. How he couldn't have understood what a total non-starter that would be is beyond me. The American people have war-fatigue, pure and simple. The sooner Bush accepts that, the better off he and his party will be.

Of course, once he accepts that, he will come to realize that he has nothing left. Who knows what he'll do then.
While I agree with much of what you say, I think the public has nut fatigue, UC. Glenn Greenwald posted an excerpt of General Gonzales's testimony in which he plainly states that war was never declared:

GONZALES: There was not a war declaration, either in connection with Al Qaida or in Iraq. It was an authorization to use military force.

I only want to clarify that, because there are implications. Obviously, when you talk about a war declaration, you're possibly talking about affecting treaties, diplomatic relations. And so there is a distinction in law and in practice. And we're not talking about a war declaration. This is an authorization only to use military force.

We aren't at war with Oceania and never have been. We are at... well, don't worry, just go shopping.
Bush and Co. are getting desperate to get the public's attention away from the ongoing Iraqi debacle by opening up another clusterf**k right next door in Iran.

They figure they can do another "Shock-and-Awe" quickie war, garner more "support the troops" feelings from the American people, and basically distract the public's attention away from Iraq.

The problem with this is that there's this pesky little thing called "reality" which the Bushies have at best a passing acquaintence with and at worst aren't connected to at any level in any universe I'm familiar with.

1)The Iranians haven't been subject to 12 years of crippling economic sanctions, decimating their military, economy, and people,

2)We don't have an army capable of successfully attacking, invading, and occupying Iran (cf. Iraq at the moment) and even if we did, that army is already stretched far enough that this might break it for a long time to come and,

3)The Iranians are good and ready for us.

Would that the Bushies might appreciate those three facts.
There have been attempts to curb Iran's power with sanctions, but as China in particular is increasingly dependent on Iran for its oil, those attempts have been less efficaceous with each passing day.
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