The Road to War with Iran

I’m sure that are some Americans that truly wonder how the United States could have attacked a company completely unprovoked and in the absence of any information.  One might have hoped that we would have learned something from this.  But, Bush and his cronies were re-elected, and it looks like it’s time for yet another way.  Alternet reports in Bush-Cheney Really Are Planning to Attack Iran!:

Look out — here they come again! Bush & Buckshot are riding their little stick horses, waving the bloody flag of 9/11, demonizing another Muslim nation, shouting warnings about weapons of mass destruction, bellowing for regime change, and generally trying to whoop up a new war. Having done so well in Iraq, George W and Cheney are pushing feverishly to hype up a national-security threat and commit our nation, our bedraggled military, our depleted treasury, and our country’s already-tarnished name to another of their fantasyland, neocon, preemptive invasions of a sovereign people who are doing no harm to us. Their target this time: Iran.

You might be thinking, oh, come on, Hightower, surely not. You’re paranoid — even the Bushites aren’t that crazy. I wish.

While the title of this article might not seem shocking when compared to Dubya’s other blunders and falsehoods, the facts should be appalling.  Just the fact that the leadership of our nation can suggest another war should be outrageous.  But, Republicans and their flock will definitely follow Bush’s holy war to destroy the Middle East. 

The end of the article offers some suggestions about what people can do:

  • First, connect with our allies in Congress, including the 22 senators who voted against the Kyl-Lieberman surrender to Bush (list available here). Let antiwar lawmakers know you’re behind them, ask them to get still noisier on this, and ask that they develop an inside-outside strategy to rally and focus our national outrage against expanding Bush’s Iraq disaster into Iran.
  • Second, demand that your Congress critters (whatever their stripe) use all their congressional powers (to control spending, launch investigations, declare war, etc.) to say that the president can take no preemptive military action against Iran without a full, constitutionally mandated declaration of war by Congress.
  • Third, connect with any and all of the savvy grassroots groups in this issue’s “Do Something” box. Use their information, sign all of their petitions, spread their materials, and join their actions.
  • Fourth, talk, talk, talk, and talk some more — in church, at school, with your neighbors and coworkers, at town hall meetings, in family phone calls or visits, on talk radio, at candidate forums, in supermarket check-out lines… wherever you can find an ear. The vast majority of Americans have not heard what Bush is up to, and they won’t like it. The most effective way to reach them and activate them is by personal contact — i.e., you. Talk to someone about it every day.
  • Fifth, don’t let Democrats waffle. Iraq was Bush’s war (and his political debacle), but Iran would be a product of a Democratic-controlled Congress, and they will be responsible either for allowing it…or for stopping it.
  • Sixth, come up with your own action idea, and let the rest of us know how we can support and spread it.

Really, I think our only hope is to force Democrats to take action – the Republican Party is too far gone.  Next year’s election might help, but I’m personally not very optimistic based on recent decisions made by U.S. voters.


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