Saturday, April 08, 2006
A "Messianic Complex" and a Nuke-ular Bomb
When it was revealed that George Bush violated the FISA, I couldn't fathom that he'd have the gall to claim he had the right to violate the law for "national security" but he did.
When it was revealed that, according to a top secret British official communication in America "the facts were being fixed around the policy" of invading Iraq, I thought there would be a public outcry or at least some widespread press coverage and follow-up questioning, but there wasn't.
When it was revealed that, while Bush said that if the person who leaked Valerie Plame's name were discovered he or she "would no longer be in this administration," and then Bush's spokesman confirmed that it was actually Bush himself who authorized Scooter Libby to reveal her name and her identity as a CIA agent, I thought people would take rise up en masse, but they haven't, at least not yet.
But now, now that Yahoo News, via Seymour Hersch (the guy who broke the Abu Ghraib story) is running a story about Bush administration plans to bomb Iranian nuclear facilities, possibly using a bunker buster atomic bomb , it dawns on me that these Neocons will stop at nothing, not law, not the popular vote, not approval ratings around 33%.
[Here is a link to Hersch's story, where he quotes an unnamed House member who remarks that "this guy has a Messianic complex."]
The phrase "Machiavellian Mayberrys" has always struck me as funny, but now we're talking about an unprovoked nuclear strike in an area that's already volatile.
A quote from the article:
One former defense official said the military planning was premised on a belief that "a sustained bombing campaign in Iran will humiliate the religious leadership and lead the public to rise up and overthrow the government," The New Yorker pointed out...One of the options under consideration involves the possible use of a bunker-buster tactical nuclear weapon, such as the B61-11, to insure the destruction of Iran's main centrifuge plant at Natanz, Hersh writes.
In the comedy, "Canadian Bacon" that suddenly doesn't seem so far fetched or funny, Alan Alda's character decides that a little war will bring up his approval ratings. Could it be that Rove's next move, to deflect attention from Bush's leaks, lies and domestic spying on citizens, is to start a "little" war (like Iraq was billed!), to rally at least 51% of us around the flag again.
Let's face it: the Mayberry Machievellis are now looking a lot more like Slim Pickins in Dr. Strangelove, cowboy hat in hand, and oblivious to the long-term consequences of their actions.
Let's hope Seymour Hirsch got this one wrong. It's really hard to overstate how terrifying this is, given how Iraq looks years after George claimed "Mission Accomplished."
They've already ignored the law, the Constitution, and the popular vote. Now they're ready to exercise "the Nuclear option."
God help us.