is silent, Congress is absent, and Americans are distracted as
George W. Bush openly prepares aggression against Iran.
US Navy aircraft
carrier strike forces are deployed off Iran.
US Air Force
jets and missile systems are deployed in bases in countries bordering
or near to Iran.
US B-2 stealth
bombers have been refitted to carry 30,000-pound "bunker buster"
The US government
is financing terrorist and separatist groups within Iran.
Forces teams are conducting terrorist operations inside Iran.
US war doctrine
has been altered to permit first strike nuclear attack on Iran
and other non-nuclear countries.
threats against Iran have intensified during the course of this
year. The American people are being fed a repeat of the lies used
to justify naked aggression against Iraq.
Bush is too
self-righteous to see the dark humor in his denunciations of Iran
for threatening "the security of nations everywhere" and of the
Iraqi resistance for "a vision that rejects tolerance, crushes
all dissent, and justifies the murder of innocent men, women,
and children in the pursuit of political power."
Those are precisely the words that most of the world applies to
Bush and his Brownshirt administration. The Pew Foundation's world
polls show that despite all the American and Israeli propaganda
against Iran, the US and Israel are regarded as no less threats
to world stability than demonized Iran.
discarded habeas corpus and the Geneva Conventions, justified
torture and secret trials, damned critics as anti-American, and
is responsible, according to Information Clearing House, for over
one million deaths of Iraqi civilians, which puts Bush high on
the list of mass murderers of all time. The vast majority of "kills"
by the US military in Iraq and Afghanistan are civilians.
wants to murder more. We have to kill Iranians "over there," Bush
says, "before they come over here." There is no possibility that
Iranians or any Muslims who have no air force, no navy, no modern
military technology are going to "come over here," and no indication
that they plan to do so. The Muslims are disunited and have been
for centuries. That is what makes them vulnerable to colonial
rule. If Muslims were united, the US would already have lost its
army in Iraq. Indeed, it would not have been able to put an army
the US media focuses on whether Republican Senator Larry Craig
is a homosexual or has offended gays by denying to be one of them.
The run-up for the public's attention is why a South Carolina
beauty queen cannot answer a simple question about why her generation
is unable to find the United States on a map.
The war criminal
is in the living room, and no official notice is taken of the
troops with which to invade Iran, the Bush administration has
decided to bomb Iran "back into the stone age." Punishing air
and missile attacks have been designed not merely to destroy Iran's
nuclear energy projects, but also to destroy the public infrastructure,
the economy, and the ability of the government to function.
Bush blocked the attempt
by the rest of the world to halt
the gratuitous murder of Lebanese civilians
and infrastructure destruction.
Clearly, turning the Muslim Middle East
into a wasteland is the Bush policy.
For Bush, civilian casualties are a non-issue.
by the indifference of both the American media and Christian churches
to the massive casualties inflicted on Iraqi civilians, the Bush
administration will not be deterred by the prospect of its air
attacks inflicting massive casualties on Iranian civilians.
Last summer the Bush administration demonstrated
to the entire world its total disdain for Muslim life when Bush
supported Israel's month-long air attack on Lebanese civilian
infrastructure and civilian residences. President Bush blocked
the attempt by the rest of the world to halt the gratuitous murder
of Lebanese civilians and infrastructure destruction. Clearly,
turning the Muslim Middle East into a wasteland is the Bush policy.
For Bush, civilian casualties are a non-issue. Hegemony uber alles.
administration has made its war plans for attacking Iran and positioned
its forces without any prior approval from Congress. The "unitary
executive" obviously doesn't believe that an attack on Iran requires
the approval of Congress. By its absence and quietude, Congress
seems to agree that it has no role in the decision.
In the improbable
event that Congress were to make any fuss about Bush's decision
to attack yet another country, the State Department has devised
legalistic cover: simply declare Iran's military to be a "terrorist
organization" and go to war under the cover of the existing resolution.
issue" has been created by the Bush administration, not by Iran.
Iran, like many other countries, has a nuclear energy program
to which it is entitled as a signatory to the Nuclear Non-Proliferation
Treaty. Inspectors of the International Atomic Energy Agency have
found no evidence of a nuclear weapons program in Iran.
administration has brushed away this fact, which should be determining,
just as the Bush administration brushed away the fact that weapons
inspectors reported, prior to Bush's invasion of Iraq, that there
were no weapons of mass destruction in Iraq.
administration managed to disrupt the work of the pesky IAEA weapons
inspectors in Iran. Iran has been working successfully with the
IAEA and has achieved what a senior IAEA official recently described
as a milestone agreement. The Bush administration instantly went
to work to discredit the agreement and unleashed its new lapdog,
French President Nicolas Sarkozy, to threaten "the bombing of
position is that the
meaning of laws and treaties
varies with his needs of the moment.
administration's position is legally untenable and is really nothing
but a contrived excuse to start another war. Bush claims that
Iran, alone among all the signatories of the Nuclear Non-Proliferation
Treaty, must be denied its right under the pact to develop nuclear
energy, because Iran, along among all the other signatories, will
be the only country able to deceive the IAEA inspectors and develop
nuclear weapons. Therefore, Iran must be denied its rights under
on the Nuclear Non-Proliferation Treaty is as legally untenable
as his position on every other issue - the Geneva Conventions,
the Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Act, habeas corpus, the
constitutional separation of powers, and presidential signing
statements that he cavalierly attaches to new laws in order to
override the legislative power of Congress. Bush's position is
that the meaning of laws and treaties varies with his needs of
has declared himself to be the "decider." The "decider" decides
whether Americans have any rights under the Constitution and whether
has any rights under the Nuclear Non-Proliferation Treaty. As
the "decider" has decided that Iran has no such rights, the "decider"
decides whether to attack Iran. No one else has any say about
it. The people's representatives are just so much chaff in the
form of government Bush is operating under, it is far outside
an accountable constitutional democratic government. Bush has
transitioned America to caesarism, and even if Bush leaves office
in January 2009, the powers he has accumulated in the executive
will remain. Unless Bush and Cheney are impeached and convicted,
there is no prospect of the US Congress and federal judiciary
ever again being co-equal branches of government.
Paul Craig Roberts was Assistant Secretary of the Treasury in
the Reagan administration. He was Associate Editor of the Wall
Street Journal editorial page and Contributing Editor of National
Review. He is coauthor of The
Tyranny of Good Intentions. He can be reached at: PaulCraigRoberts@yahoo.com
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