Tuesday, August 21, 2007

Bush's New War Drums for Iran

By Ray McGovern
August 21, 2007

It is as though I’m back as an analyst at the CIA, trying to estimate the chances of an attack on Iran. The putative attacker, though, happens to be our own president.

It is precisely the work we analysts used to do. And, while it is still a bit jarring to be turning our analytical tools on the U.S. leadership, it is by no means entirely new. For, of necessity, we Veteran Intelligence Professionals for Sanity (VIPS) have been doing that for almost six years now—ever since 9/11, when “everything changed.”

Read on.

1 comment:

Sam Thornton said...

There seem to be so many indicators of an impending Bush strike on Iran that the only two questions remaining are the exact timing and whether or not tactical nukes will be employed.

The calculation on timing is most likely driven primarily by Bush insider perceptions of domestic political ramifications, perhaps including advance planning on implementing the recently enhanced "Continuity of Government" powers the Administration has granted itself through Executive Order so as to preempt public pushback.

The internal arguments on the use of tactical nuclear weapons is probably being waged along the same lines as the Iraq WMD arguments, likely with similar outcomes given the levels of self-delusion Bush and his enablers have demonstrated so far.

Osama must be laughing his ass off.