I do recall
speaking once with a wise American, probably the only one that I would like to call wise anyway, an ex CIA project manager that I had the pleasure
of working with many years ago, who described to me his own country in the following
'America is the only nation on earth, that has gone
from infancy to senility, with no period of maturity'.
The events of the
past few days have certainly reinforced that view in my mind.
Dubya was giving his all in front of the nation, with the entire press corp
focused on the words coming out of his mouth in disbelief, another lesser known
group was having a press conference of its own across town, with a briefing
called – How to make the Military Surge Work – A complimentary Political Plan
Who is this other
group? The Iran
The Iran Policy
Committee, formed in January 2005, set up and run by Dick Cheney is a pressure
group meant to influence US government policy towards Iran, and is made up of former White House,
State Department, Pentagon and CIA officials.
said “President Bush is suggesting a surge of U.S. Forces in Iraq and corresponding political
benchmarks for the government of Iraq to become more inclusive.
Yet, the government of Prime Minister Maliki has failed to meet such milestones
in the past and is unlikely to do so in the future because of the influence of Tehran on Baghdad. As the Iranian regime works
to increase sectarian strife in Iraq, new analysis by the Iran
Policy Committee suggests a role for the Iranian opposition in Iraq to build a national compact
among the Iraqi factions.”
said a lot more as well, you can read the Press release here
So, why would the
“Iran Policy Committee” be making public statements about Iraq? And commenting that Prime Minister
Maliki won’t be able to meet milestones in the future?
Because Iran is now the new enemy.
Recall how I
mentioned in an earlier blog that an ‘event’ would occur, in response to Sir
Ian Blair’s comments about internment. I
suggested that these ‘events’ would happen both here and in the US.
As part of George
Bush’s plan, he has given overall command of the land forces to a Naval
officer, which people could not immediately appreciate or understand, and in
addition to the 22,500 troops there
would be extra carrier task forces deployed.
Two US carrier task forces will certainly make
the Persian Gulf a very congested place, which it is
already, even before the new arrivals get there. We have already seen a US nuclear sub collide with a Japanese
tanker this week.
seems that such congestion will be for a reason. Either to provide the means
for a massive hit on Iran or to serve as sitting ducks for a new Pearl Harbour type of sacrifice that would rally
Americans behind the new war.
Such an ‘event’
would certainly galvanise the American public to support U.S. troops going into Iran.
Having already provoked
Iran by storming their Consulate in Irbil, seeing the build-up of US forces in the
region, hearing an escalation of rhetoric from the White House, the Iranian
government must be aware that there is an underlying plan to attack them.
opportunity, in just the same way that the Argentines were presented with the
British Fleet moored in San Carlos water….. if Iran were to strike the first blow, this would
provide the only justification that George Bush is looking for.
For Tony Blair, I
have to say that his body language and presentation over the past week has been
somewhat out of kilter to the normally confident and determined man we are used
to seeing, confident in the mission that was Afghanistan and Iraq.
His delay in
making a comment about Saddam. His delay
in giving a very weak comment about Bush’s speech.
He now has the
appearance of a frightened rabbit caught in the headlights, probably having
just dawned on him that up until now he has been the willing accomplice of
probably the maddest man on earth, and he is now way out of his depth.