Wednesday, January 31, 2007

Bush has moved onto Iran; we must get ahead of him

Right now we're seeing serious efforts to oppose increasing troops in Iraq. Tomorrow, MoveOn's Virtual March on Washington will flood the Senate with hundreds of thousands (hopefully a million plus) petition signatures and phone calls to urge them to oppose the escalation.

I'll be calling Boxer and Feinstein early tomorrow, and I recommend you do too.

However, the administration is way past the troop "surge", and is on to something else much worse than that.
BAGHDAD, Iraq - [from the AP] Citing Iranian involvement with Iraqi militias and Tehran's nuclear ambitions, the Bush administration has shifted to offense in its confrontation with Iran — building up the U.S. military in the Persian Gulf and promising more aggressive moves against Iranian operatives in Iraq and Lebanon

Recall that these guys have already admitted this is their modus operandi:
The [Bush] aide said that guys like me were ''in what we call the reality-based community,'' which he defined as people who ''believe that solutions emerge from your judicious study of discernible reality.'' I nodded and murmured something about enlightenment principles and empiricism. He cut me off. ''That's not the way the world really works anymore,'' he continued. ''We're an empire now, and when we act, we create our own reality. And while you're studying that reality -- judiciously, as you will -- we'll act again, creating other new realities, which you can study too, and that's how things will sort out. We're history's actors . . . and you, all of you, will be left to just study what we do.'' (Faith, Certainty and the Presidency of George W. Bush, NYT Magazine 10/17/2004, by Ron Suskind)

We can't wait to oppose an attack on Iran until it's already a done deal. Jim Webb has kept up with the Admin on this and is pushing back in an effective way. Thank goodness for him. But Democrats in congress including Jane Harman need to also start making a stink about the falseness of how, all of a sudden, Iran is doing all these bad things in Iraq. This should be noted every time the issue comes up.

The admin's all-too-convenient claims about Iran need to be examined closely and de-bunked before they get laundered through the right wing's media outlets and become accepted facts.

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