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A former CIA field officer Bob Baer on Tuesday said the US is "gearing up for a military strike on Iran." Baer has written a column for Time indicating that Washington officials expect an attack within the next six months.

Reports that the Bush Administration will put Iran's Islamic Revolutionary Guard Corps on the terrorism list can be read in one of two ways: it's either more bluster or, ominously, a wind-up for a strike on Iran. Officials I talk to in Washington vote for a hit on the IRGC, maybe within the next six months. And they think that as long as we have bombers and missiles in the air, we will hit Iran's nuclear facilities. An awe and shock campaign, lite, if you will. But frankly they're guessing; after Iraq the White House trusts no one, especially the bureaucracy.

So here we go again ...  This administration is about to launch a surprise attack on another sovereign nation.  They aren't going to even bother "selling" this one.  They are just going to do it.  And why not.  Congress has not held them to account for any other laws they have broken.  

Baer told Fox:  "I've taken an informal poll inside the government,"  "The feeling is we will hit the Islamic Revolutionary Guard Corps." His Time column also suggested that "as long as we have bombers and missiles in the air, we will hit Iran's nuclear facilities."

 Watch it here.  

So what can we do?  Cheney is in charge.  Congress is impotent.  The Corporate Controlled Media is busy feeding our minds with these images.  Meanwhile these people will, in a few months, watch their country turned to hell on earth by Cheney and his madman Puppet.

 I feel so fucking helpless.

Originally posted to Kdoug on Tue Aug 21, 2007 at 11:49 AM PDT.

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    •  Nice Try... (1+ / 0-)
      Recommended by:

      ...but Israel really doesn't want an enraged Iran on their hands, especially after just their proxy army fought Israel to a standstill last summer.

      Gee, I wonder who profits from a perception of Israel as underhanded and aggressive?

      I weigh 666 pounds in zero gravity; COME AND GET ME!

      by thirdnostril on Tue Aug 21, 2007 at 12:13:40 PM PDT

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      •  Bullshit. (8+ / 0-)

        Save your fucking bullshit and not-so-cleverly-veiled hints of anti-semitism:

        Israel Seeks All Clear for Iran Air Strike
        By Con Coughlin
        The Telegraph UK

        Saturday 24 February 2007 Tel Aviv - Israel is negotiating with the United States for permission to fly over Iraq as part of a plan to attack Iran's nuclear facilities, The Daily Telegraph can reveal.

        The Bush administration and the British government are under increasing pressure from the Israelis to conduct an illegal air strike against Iran’s nuclear facilities, according to a number of reports in Europe’s largest newspapers.

        In London, The Sunday Telegraph and the daily Telegraph have reported that war clouds are spreading as Iran continues its nuclear development and Israel reacts to it.

        US, Israel finalise Iran strike plan

        Press Esc | June 20, 2007

        Israeli Prime Minister Ehud Olmert visited Washington yesterday and met with US President George W. Bush to finalise plans for a joint US-Israel strike on Iran's nuclear facilities.

        President Bush hinted that actions against Iran will form the core of their discussion.

        Israel's Bad Influence

        by Charley Reese
        Scott Ritter, a former U.N. arms inspector in Iraq, has written a book, Target Iran, in which he accuses the Israeli government and its American lobby of pushing the U.S. into attacking Iran.

        Ritter writes, "Let there be no doubt: If there is an American war with Iran, it is a war that was made in Israel." He accuses some members of the lobby of dual loyalty and urges that the American Israel Public Affairs Committee be required to register as a foreign agent.

        All these stories - and 1.9 million other hits are fabrications?  Yeah, un-huh.

        "we must guard against the acquisition of unwarranted influence, whether sought or unsought, by the military-industrial complex" Dwight D. Eisenhower

        by bobdevo on Tue Aug 21, 2007 at 12:23:39 PM PDT

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      •  PNAC doesn't care what the Israeli people want. (2+ / 0-)
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        corvo, danmac

        And many of the powerful people in Israel and here in America in the Jewish community (Lieberman) want it out with Iran.

        I'm not sure where you are coming from. My observation of the scene doesn't match up with your assertion.

        Don't let Bloomberg/Lieberman08 "Nader" our Democratic unity.

        by Lieberberg Plan on Tue Aug 21, 2007 at 12:24:58 PM PDT

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      •  ?? (0+ / 0-)

        but Israel really doesn't want an enraged Iran on their hands, especially after just their proxy army fought Israel to a standstill last summer.

        Sounds like all the more reason to desire a neutralized Iran.

  •  Tips to contact Congress and please recommend ... (21+ / 0-)

    We need to contact our representatives NOW and try to derail this madness.

    "We pushed the party so far left that we positioned it squarely in the American mainstream" - SusanG & Markos 8/11/07

    by Kdoug on Tue Aug 21, 2007 at 11:50:40 AM PDT

  •  The way the Democrats in Congress (5+ / 0-)
    have been behaving lately, I have little hope that they have the will to stop Cheney..because this is Cheney's wet dream.

    I think, therefore, I snark. Anon.

    by byteb on Tue Aug 21, 2007 at 11:52:53 AM PDT

  •  Haven't we been down this road before? (6+ / 0-)
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    sarac, ablington, dvo, Catte Nappe, Kdoug, dennisl

    Oh yes, 2 1/2 years ago:

    On Iran, [ex-Marine turned UNSCOM weapons inspector Scott] Ritter said that President George W. Bush has received and signed off on orders for an aerial attack on Iran planned for June 2005. Its purported goal is the destruction of Iran’s alleged program to develop nuclear weapons, but Ritter said neoconservatives in the administration also expected that the attack would set in motion a chain of events leading to regime change in the oil-rich nation of 70 million -- a possibility Ritter regards with the greatest skepticism.

    "All tyranny needs to gain a foothold is for people of good conscience to remain silent." -- Thomas Jefferson [-4.25, -5.33]

    by GTPinNJ on Tue Aug 21, 2007 at 11:54:48 AM PDT

    •  Yes, I have heard something along these (3+ / 0-)
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      Catte Nappe, lgmcp, borkitekt

      lines approximately every six months for the past 3 years.

      I'm just a simple hyperchicken from a backwoods asteroid. Relentless!

      by ablington on Tue Aug 21, 2007 at 12:00:07 PM PDT

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      •  Yes there have been many premature alarms (1+ / 0-)
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        but that doesn't mean they won't get around to it.  They've consistently talked up how much they want to attack Iran, and the fact that it's very bad idea has hardly prevented them in the past.  

        "The extinction of the human race will come from its inability to EMOTIONALLY comprehend the exponential function." -- Edward Teller

        by lgmcp on Tue Aug 21, 2007 at 12:12:08 PM PDT

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      •  I'm beginning to wonder if there isn't some sort (1+ / 0-)
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        of  "Look over there!  A blimp!"  strategy going on.  

        We freak out over Iran for a few weeks and shift focus from Iraq.  Coming in advance of the White House's report on the surge, I can't help but feel that the intent is not to actually attack Iran, but to change the focus from how poorly we are doing in proividing security and basic services to Iraq.

        As long as Iran and al Qaeda are in the Iraq picture, the Iraqis are lost.

        "A problem has been detected and Bush has been shut down to prevent damage to your country."

        by ArgusRun on Tue Aug 21, 2007 at 12:35:27 PM PDT

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  •  What's Dick gonna fight 'em with? (2+ / 0-)
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    forbodyandmind, MadGeorgiaDem

    He's broken the military. Another great idea, Dick.

    This ain't no party. This ain't no disco. This ain't no foolin' around!

    by Snud on Tue Aug 21, 2007 at 11:55:07 AM PDT

    •  He's itching to use the BIG guns (3+ / 0-)
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      corvo, Snud, chesapeake

      This person should be committed.  He is just salivating to use "his" nuclear arsenal ..

      "We pushed the party so far left that we positioned it squarely in the American mainstream" - SusanG & Markos 8/11/07

      by Kdoug on Tue Aug 21, 2007 at 11:57:32 AM PDT

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      •  Some of the nukes have been re-classified (5+ / 0-)
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        elmo, rmx2630, corvo, Snud, doingbusinessas
        •  Well that warmed the cockles of my heart! (2+ / 0-)
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          corvo, dantyrant

          Nice, safe, nukes! Mmm-mmm good! There's fortunately a bit of disagreement about their "safety" when they only penetrate 20 feet into the ground when dropped from 40,000 feet:

          If used in North Korea, the radioactive fallout could drift over nearby countries such as Japan

          Hell, I thought a marble would go deeper than that if dropped from 40K feet.

          Besides, I'm sure the Japanese wouldn't mind. It's not like they've already lived through some nuclear holocaust or anything.

          Glad to know Dick's thinking is clear as a bell. The guy needs a straightjacket.

          This ain't no party. This ain't no disco. This ain't no foolin' around!

          by Snud on Tue Aug 21, 2007 at 12:57:10 PM PDT

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    •  Only the Army is broken (3+ / 0-)
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      Christopher Day, corvo, Snud

      The Air Force is still plenty capable of raining death down upon 'our' 'enemies.'

      Be careful of the things you do; the everyday words you speak.

      by VeganMilitia on Tue Aug 21, 2007 at 11:59:09 AM PDT

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    •  "Official" Talk of an Iraq Drawdown (2+ / 0-)
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      corvo, Snud

      When I heard this unlikely headline the other day my first reaction was it had to be in preparation for a ramp-up of a new war with Iran.

      The thing is, Cheney doesn't necessarily want to win the war in Iraq or a war in Iran. He wants instability in the region.

      Our government started destabilizing that region 54 years ago, this is just the latest effort.

      "The best way to determine what a person wants is by surveying what he gets." -Erle Stanley Gardner

      by KOTCrum on Tue Aug 21, 2007 at 12:28:25 PM PDT

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  •  I had occasion a while back to speak to a young (7+ / 0-)

    Azerbaijani whose father works in the Az. government. The idea of the US invading Iran absolutely horrifies them. He kept saying, "it won't be like Iraq. It will be the end of the world."

    What's so hard about Peace, Love, and Truth and Progress?

    by melvin on Tue Aug 21, 2007 at 11:56:14 AM PDT

  •  Scenario (5+ / 0-)

    Okay I guess it's scenario time

    • September. Iran is terrorist report. Media pump, preparation to attack Iran.
    • October, they hit the button
    • Market collapses, Iran declare war and closed down persian gulf.
    • Oil hit $200 by late October.
    • economy crashes in November, as corporation reduces holiday sale estimate.
    • January, campaign in full swing. On top of massive economic recession sign.
    • Casualty in Iran/Iraq war is now in 10-12,000. 1/3 of global oil supply is disrupted.
    • Iran launches ground war in December. Start blowing up all oil pipelines in the middle east. Specially Saudi.
    • Oil price hits $280.


    Use Tor and PGP on the net. (google it)

    by fugue on Tue Aug 21, 2007 at 11:58:57 AM PDT

  •  This is insanity. (8+ / 0-)

    As of last week, Iran has been effectively accepted into the Shanghai Cooperation Organization.

    An attack on Iran would further strain relations with Russia and China.

    The timing of the SCO decision appears to be significant. By the end of April the director general of the International Atomic Energy Agency is expected to report to the United Nations Security Council in New York regarding Iran's compliance with the IAEA resolutions and the Security Council's presidential statement, which stresses the importance of Iran "reestablishing full, sustained suspension of uranium-enrichment activities".

    The SCO membership is therefore a lifeline for Iran in political and economic terms. The SCO is not a military bloc but is nonetheless a security organization committed to countering terrorism, religious extremism and separatism. SCO membership would debunk the US propaganda about Iran being part of an "axis of evil".

    From another editorial:

    On Aug. 17, some 6,000 troops from Russia and China, with a handful from the other SCO members, conducted their first ever joint military exercises on Russian soil. The war games coincided with a massive Russian Air Force exercise in which dozens of Russian strategic bombers were dispatched over the Atlantic, Pacific and Arctic oceans. What that had to do with fighting terrorists escapes us.

    Putin, Chinese leader Hu Jintao and other leaders of the SCO nations attended the exercise, which followed the Thursday summit. A statement issued by the group advised: "Stability and security in Central Asia are best ensured primarily through efforts taken by the nations of the region on the basis of the existing regional associations." In other words: Keep off the grass.

    •  Inaccurate (3+ / 0-)
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      Catte Nappe, corvo, dantyrant

      Your article saying that Iran had been accepted into the SCO "last week" is dated April 18, 2006.  That is 16 months ago, with no evidence of any action taken since then (Iran is still an observer).  It is not an accurate source.

      •  Oops, thanks for pointing that out... (0+ / 0-)

        I should check the information i cite more carefully.

        But Ahmadinejad was a 'guest of honor' at last week's SCO summit, no? Surely that's meant to send some sort of message.

      •  Iran and the SCO (0+ / 0-)

        From the Daily Telegraph:

        Yet the SCO has wider ambitions. Pakistan, India and Mongolia all want to join - as does Iran, whose president, Mahmoud Ahmedinejad, attended the summit as guest of honour, a title bound to rile Washington. Iranian membership of the SCO would pose an enormous headache for the United States. Like Nato, its treaty states that an attack on one member is regarded as an attack on all, raising the prospect that the United States could find itself aligned against both Russia and China if it invaded Iran.

        •  Let's hope someone is paying attention (1+ / 0-)
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          Perhaps "deer in the headlights" Laura or the betrothed Jenna can talk some sense into the Sociopath in Chief.

        •  Keep reading (0+ / 0-)

          The second half of the article goes into many of the reasons why the hullaballoo from the first half isn't all that accurate.


          Yet, for all Mr Putin's posturing, most analysts believe that an underlying antagonism between the member states means that the SCO is far from cohesive, a charge that reduces its chances to be effective.

          •  China and Russia (0+ / 0-)

            have historically been mistrustful of each other, and their long-term goals will, as you point out, likely involve some conflict, over energy resources or whatever else.

            But they're willing to work together in the short-term(read: at least a few years), and this is what we were seeing in last week's exercises, IMO. Neither Russia nor China likes what our armed forces doing in the Middle East/Central Asia, and the expansion of this coalition could represent a challenge to American strategy. That certainly is the intent, anyway.

  •  Tags fixed (4+ / 0-)

    The "Bush" tag does not distinguish between the current George, his father George, his wife and kids and siblings, or his corrupt administration. From now on, please use "George W. Bush" as a tag for this man. "Cheney" also fixed.

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    by sardonyx on Tue Aug 21, 2007 at 12:01:09 PM PDT

  •  Sociopaths (4+ / 0-)
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    snacksandpop, chesapeake, jessical, Shaviv

    There are one or two that fit.

    Profile of the Sociopath
    This website summarizes some of the common features of descriptions of the behavior of sociopaths.

    Glibness and Superficial Charm

    Manipulative and Conning
    They never recognize the rights of others and see their self-serving behaviors as permissible. They appear to be charming, yet are covertly hostile and domineering, seeing their victim as merely an instrument to be used. They may dominate and humiliate their victims.

    Grandiose Sense of Self
    Feels entitled to certain things as "their right."

    Pathological Lying
    Has no problem lying coolly and easily and it is almost impossible for them to be truthful on a consistent basis. Can create, and get caught up in, a complex belief about their own powers and abilities. Extremely convincing and even able to pass lie detector tests.

    Lack of Remorse, Shame or Guilt
    A deep seated rage, which is split off and repressed, is at their core. Does not see others around them as people, but only as targets and opportunities. Instead of friends, they have victims and accomplices who end up as victims. The end always justifies the means and they let nothing stand in their way.

    Shallow Emotions
    When they show what seems to be warmth, joy, love and compassion it is more feigned than experienced and serves an ulterior motive. Outraged by insignificant matters, yet remaining unmoved and cold by what would upset a normal person. Since they are not genuine, neither are their promises.

    Incapacity for Love

    Need for Stimulation
    Living on the edge. Verbal outbursts and physical punishments are normal. Promiscuity and gambling are common.

    Callousness/Lack of Empathy
    Unable to empathize with the pain of their victims, having only contempt for others' feelings of distress and readily taking advantage of them.

    Poor Behavioral Controls/Impulsive Nature
    Rage and abuse, alternating with small expressions of love and approval produce an addictive cycle for abuser and abused, as well as creating hopelessness in the victim. Believe they are all-powerful, all-knowing, entitled to every wish, no sense of personal boundaries, no concern for their impact on others.

    Early Behavior Problems/Juvenile Delinquency
    Usually has a history of behavioral and academic difficulties, yet "gets by" by conning others. Problems in making and keeping friends; aberrant behaviors such as cruelty to people or animals, stealing, etc.

    Not concerned about wrecking others' lives and dreams. Oblivious or indifferent to the devastation they cause. Does not accept blame themselves, but blames others, even for acts they obviously committed.

    Lack of Realistic Life Plan/Parasitic Lifestyle
    Tends to move around a lot or makes all encompassing promises for the future, poor work ethic but exploits others effectively.

    Criminal or Entrepreneurial Versatility
    Changes their image as needed to avoid prosecution. Changes life story readily.

    I removed the words about sex..because we just don't know about his sex life.

    The Hague is a great retirement place.

    by ohcanada on Tue Aug 21, 2007 at 12:01:48 PM PDT

  • (6+ / 0-)

    To God: Please stop talking to George Bush. Too much is being lost in translation.

    by miriam on Tue Aug 21, 2007 at 12:02:15 PM PDT

  •  A shiny new war to rally their base (3+ / 0-)
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    snacksandpop, chesapeake, jessical

    and a whole lot of the jingoistic middle, is pretty much the ONLY thing that can give them a shot at the Presidency in 2008.  So that makes war pretty darn attractive for them.  Wouldn't do to let a few hundred thousand dead soldiers, not to mention the future of the planet, interfere with the gravy train.

    Oh - or a major terrorist incident on home soil.  That would also boost their electoral standing significantly. Even if it happens "on their watch" they'll still be able to make hay out of it. Incidents averted through their great wisdom aren't quite juicy enough, though.  There would have to be blood.

    "The extinction of the human race will come from its inability to EMOTIONALLY comprehend the exponential function." -- Edward Teller

    by lgmcp on Tue Aug 21, 2007 at 12:05:12 PM PDT

  •  "Some say" (3+ / 0-)

    This is even worse than an anonymous source.  The guy says:

    Officials I talk to in Washington vote for a hit on the IRGC, maybe within the next six months.

    I'm surprised that Time would even print that.  The situation is bad, no doubt, and we've got crazies in Washington who want to attack Iran, but that's a really irresponsible statement, IMHO.

    "It is time to stop looking for an accomodation with the right. They want none for us." -- Steve Gilliard

    by joanneleon on Tue Aug 21, 2007 at 12:18:06 PM PDT

  •  I just want my son home (5+ / 0-)
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    joanneleon, corvo, Kdoug, Ky DEM, dantyrant

    before all the bush crazies start dropping crap on the Iranians...

    It was a time of desperate need for heroes - any kind of heroes. "Twice Upon a Time"

    by doingbusinessas on Tue Aug 21, 2007 at 12:50:40 PM PDT

    •  Yeah, me too (1+ / 0-)
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      I am soooo sick of this shit...we know damn well if we attack Iran, they'll hit our bases. Sure wish I could afford to go to Washington to protest...I have a few novel ideas on how to get attention peacefully.

      "War is good for business...invest your son" --unknown

      by stentor196 on Tue Aug 21, 2007 at 01:26:41 PM PDT

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      •  "if we attack Iran, they'll hit our bases" (1+ / 0-)
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        ... and Saudi Arabia, Israel ... you name it.  These guys are NOT the broken army the Sadham had.  I could get real ugly real quick.

        "We pushed the party so far left that we positioned it squarely in the American mainstream" - SusanG & Markos 8/11/07

        by Kdoug on Tue Aug 21, 2007 at 01:35:07 PM PDT

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  •  We've been hearing Iran in the next six months... (0+ / 0-)

    For three years now.
    Has anyone paid any attention to what China and Russia have been doing and saying?
    We would have America and Israel fighting against Russia, China, Iran, al queida, while Europe sits by and watches.
    All while the world economy sinks into the sunset.
    There would be no place on earth that Bush and Cheney could hide.

    •  Well, Russia for one (0+ / 0-)

      has cooled considerably toward Iran in the past several months.  Some strongly worded diplomatic admonitions, and -- more to the point -- it's no longer sending Iran the good stuff, claiming that Iran has stopped paying for it.

      China isn't in a position to aid Iran in any serious way except by attacking us, say, by dumping Treasurys.    Which China will never do, because that would hurt them even more than it would hurt us.

      Russia and China both have large and restive Islamic minorities, and tend to see Iran as a potential source of trouble in this regard.

      Neither country is likely to defend Iran.  Both would be eager to watch us fail, and help pick up the oily pieces, I'm sure.

  •  Mass civil disobedience if it happens. The (0+ / 0-)

    country is on a hair trigger, and the only thing keeping the people under control is the thought of running out the clock without catastrophic damage.

    Be bold, and mighty forces will come to your aid.
    --Basil King, Canadian novelist, 1859-1928

    by dallasdave on Tue Aug 21, 2007 at 03:33:12 PM PDT

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