Is there anything worse than a President launching
a War of Aggression to "remove" what he knows to be a non-existent
threat to Americans?
Well, how about a President launching a war of aggression to "remove"
what he knows to be a non-existent threat to non-Americans?
We all now know that our President did launch a
war of aggression against Iraq, allegedly to remove what our President knew
to be a non-existent "nuclear threat" to Americans.
What we don’t yet know is whether our President will launch in the near
future a war of aggression against Iran, allegedly to remove what our President
certainly must know is also a non-existent "nuclear threat"
to anyone, Americans or non-Americans.
Why would President Bush (or President McCain-Romney-Clinton-Obama)
do such a crazy thing?
Well, perhaps because he or she somehow concludes that to be elected or re-elected
President, he or she must somehow see to it that the heart-felt prayers of the
neo-crazies are answered.
And what might those prayers be?
Well, this is how Norman Podhorertz – neo-crazy Grand Pooh-Bah and editor-at-large
of Commentary magazine – concluded a recent op-ed piece entitled "The
Case for Bombing Iran";
"In some of European countries, Holocaust denial is a crime, and the
European Union only recently endorsed that position. Yet for all their retrospective
remorse over the wholesale slaughter of Jews back then, the Europeans seem no
readier to lift a finger to prevent a second Holocaust than they were the first
"Not so George W. Bush, a man who knows evil when he sees it and who
has demonstrated an unfailingly courageous willingness to endure vilification
and contumely in setting his face against it. It now remains to be seen whether
this president, battered more mercilessly and with less justification than any
other in living memory, and weakened politically by the enemies of his policy
in the Middle East in general and Iraq in particular, will find it possible
to take the only action that can stop Iran from following through on its evil
intentions both toward us and toward Israel.
"As an American and as a Jew, I pray with all my heart that he will."
Even before George W. Bush became our President, the neo-crazies – here and
abroad – had been attempting to implement their long gestating plan to remake
the Middle East to their peculiar liking, to effect "regime change" in Iraq,
Iran and elsewhere, by force if necessary.
Of course, the Best Congress Money Can Buy had long been perfectly willing
to be complicit in the neo-crazy regime change plan, but there was a problem.
Not many of you were willing to spend thousands of American lives and zillions
of Yankee dollars on the neo-crazy political remake of the Middle East.
But then, terrorists – most of them Saudis, expressing extreme unhappiness
with our continued military presence in Saudi Arabia – succeeded in bringing
down the great American icons, the Twin Towers of the World Trade Center, on
live TV, killing thousands of Americans in the process.
Almost immediately Congress gave Bush a "blank
check," authorizing the President to "use all necessary and appropriate
force against those nations, organizations, or persons he determines planned,
authorized, committed, or aided the terrorists attacks that occurred on September
11, 2001," in order "to prevent any future acts of international terrorism against
the United States."
Now, all Bush had to do before launching a pre-emptive attack against any country
was to tell us poor sods he had determined that it had somehow aided the 9/11
terrorists, was developing nukes and intended to give them to terrorists
for use against the United States.
Well, what about Israel?
Did we give Bush the authority to launch a pre-emptive attack on Iran if he
"determined" that Iran was developing – subject to a Safeguards
Agreement with the International Atomic Energy Agency required of Iran by
the Treaty on Non-Proliferation
of Nuclear Weapons – the capacity to enrich uranium with the intention
of withdrawing from the NPT, throwing out the IAEA inspectors, re-configuring
their uranium-enrichment cascades, producing weapons-grade HEU and giving it
to terrorists for use against Israel?
It has to be use "against the United States."
What to do?
Well, have John Bolton – first, as Under Secretary of State for Arms Control
and later, as Acting Ambassador to the United Nations –
(a) refuse to honor our obligations under the NPT and the IAEA Statute
to "facilitate" attempts by Iran to "enjoy" the full benefits
of the peaceful use of nuclear energy,
(b) falsely accuse Iran of failure to comply with its NPT
(c) falsely accuse Iran of non-compliance with its IAEA Safeguards Agreement,
(d) sabotage the negotiations undertaken by Iran with the European Union under
the so-called "Paris Accords,"
(e) attempt to re-write the NPT so that Iran could not enjoy any of the benefits
the NPT acknowledges to be Iran’s "inalienable rights,"
(f) corrupt the IAEA Board of Governors, forcing the Board to violate the trust
placed upon them by the IAEA Statute and finally
(g) corrupt the UN Security Council, forcing the Council to violate the UN
Bolton’s crowning achievement was UNSC
Resolution 1747, declaring Iran’s IAEA safeguarded programs to be a "threat
to peace in the region," and imposing sanctions which Bolton hoped would
prove to be so onerous that Iran would be provoked into withdrawing from the
Bolton, the IAEA Board and the Security Council to the contrary, IAEA Director-General
Mohamed ElBaradei has just submitted report GOV/2007/22
[.pdf], verifying to all NPT signatories that Iran continues to be in complete
compliance with its NPT Safeguards Agreement.
As for UNSCR 1747, private citizen Bolton recently made this
report on his stewardship to the America Israel Public Affairs Committee
"I think the Iranian reaction to the sanctions resolution [UNSCR 1747]
has been very telling in that respect. Although they've passed a resolution
in parliament to re-evaluate their relation with the International Atomic Energy
Agency, they have not rejected the sanctions resolution, they have not done
anything more dramatic, such as withdrawing from the nonproliferation treaty,
or throwing out inspectors of the International Atomic Energy Agency. Which
I actually hoped they would do. That kind of reaction would produce a counter-reaction
that actually would be more beneficial to us."
What kind of counter-reaction?
Well, an answer to Podhoretz’s prayers.