Thursday, January 25, 2007

Whither Iran?

Who thinks the Bush Administration is planning to attack Iran? For starters, there’s Scott Ritter (photo) and Seymour Hersh.

An in-depth discussion between Ritter and Hersh was presented by Amy Goodman on Democracy Now! on December 21st, 2006, transcript available at Target Iran, and they concluded their discussion on whether or not Bush really intended to attack Iran as follows:

SEYMOUR HERSH: Final question: given all this, are we going to do it?

SCOTT RITTER: Yes, we're going to do it.

Perhaps you’ve been hoping, as I have, that there are signs that the Bush Adminstration is backing down. Scott Ritter doesn’t think so. Yesterday he posted Stop the Iran War Before It Starts at The Nation online. I consider this a “must read.”

Ritter repeats the words used by President Bush in his State of the Union address which clearly warns us in several sentences that Bush considers the Iranian regime a serious enemy and reiterates that it remains “the policy of this government to use…military action…to find these enemies and to protect the American people.”

Comparing the disaster in Iraq, brought on while the Republicans in control with the potential disaster in Iran, Ritter states, “The looming conflict with Iran, however, will be assessed as a product of a Democrat-controlled present and future. If Iraq destroyed the Republican Party, Iran will destroy the Democrats.”

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