We have to stop the Bu$h Administration from further psy-ops, invective and provocation toward a war against Iran.
I saw more trumped up 'evidence' on a CNN slideshow of Iranian guns & artillery with a baggy-pockets-professor, quasi-military analyst saying over and over, "That's from Iran," "The Iranians made that," etc., etc.
Even our own military is stumped: An army stuffed shirt said we don't know how it got there (into Iraq). Maybe Russia sold it to them. But, could it be we're planting shit? Did the administration finally figure out that they should have planted WMD's in Iraq to 'prove' Saddam was out of control? That must have been a pretty humbling moment for Mr. Hubris himself, Dick Cheney.
Well, Jim Fallows chimes in with an article in The Atlantic.
I think he's actually urging that DEms pass a resolution that says No Expansion of this Iraq War into Iran. You'll have to parse it for yourself, but I would love to see the Senatorial Yeas and Nays etched into a greasy leather parchment that we can wrap around Bush, Cheney and the Republicans when we go to a real war of the Election of 2008. It's going to be pretty colorful.
Herewith, James Fallows:
If we could trust the Administration’s ability to judge America’s rational self-interest, there would be no need to constrain its threatening gestures toward Iran. Everyone would understand that this was part of the negotiation process; no one would worry that the Administration would finally take a step as self-destructive as beginning or inviting a war.
But no one can any longer trust the Administration to recognize and defend America’s rational self-interest — not when the President says he will carry out a policy even if opposed by everyone except his wife and dog, not when the Vice President refuses to concede any mistake or misjudgment in the handling of Iraq. According to the constitutional chain of command, those two men literally have the power to order a strike that would be disastrous for their nation. The Congress has no official way to prevent them from doing so — it is interesting, and alarming, to think that in practice the safety valve might be the professional military, trained to revere the chain of command but faced with what its members would recognize as ruinous instructions.
What the Congress can do is draw the line. It can say that war with Iran is anathema to the interests of the United States and contrary to the will of its elected representatives. And it should do that now.