The American Enterprise Institute (AEI), Foundation for Defense of Democracies (FDD), and the Israeli American Council (IAC) are beating the war drums. Each of these groups is composed of neo-cons. Each is funded by people interested foremost in Israel. They want war with Iran a country of 81 million people almost three times the size of one of the last countries we attacked, Iraq, and they are right out front seeking it without any hiding.
Eleven years after the Iraq attack we are heading back into that country because the decade we spent in building up its army was wasted. Our overthrow of the order of things has led to the creation of ISIS whose leaders are former Iraqi prisoners. We are still in the middle of our doomed Iraq adventure and we are being pushed into another encounter.
I have wondered if anyone has thought about what happens when we attack Iran. Iran is no Iraq. Its influence reaches down into Syria, Iraq and Lebanon. One thing for sure you can count on, the attack will unite the Iranian people. (Remember what 9/11 did to us.) Have we prepared ourselves for what will follow after the attack? Has that even been discussed?
I noted that Senator Lindsey Graham in a speech at IAC last week called the Iran situation “the most significant event in modern history.” Graham is one of the Senate leaders acting on behalf of these pro-Israeli groups. He is part of the group we once knew as the three amigos, John McCain, soon to be chairman of the Armed Services Committee, and Joe Lieberman, former senator from Connecticut being the others.
They brought us the Iraq mud hole. They learned no lesson from it. They now seek to double down on it by bringing us to war with Iran. Graham took to the floor of the U.S. Senate last week asking unanimous consent to give the senate the final vote on any deal with Iran. As you know, Iran and the U.S. (along with 5 other nations) are due to finalize a deal on Iran’s use of nuclear power by the end of the week. If the Senate gets into the act any deal will be scuttled.
Senator Chris Murphy stopped the vote noting that it would “send a fairly chilling message” that U.S. officials at the table with Iran did not have full authority to negotiate an agreement.
The Hlll in its report on the issue noted Mark Dubowitz, executive director of FDD, funded by war hawk Sheldon Adelson and quoted in a recent Wall Street Journal Op-ed said “In any negotiation, you need a good cop and a bad cop.” Countering him, Trita Parsi, of the National Iranian American Council, which supports the talks, disagreed stating: “If the U.S. Congress is moving forward with sanctions legislation, it sends a signal that the U.S. is not serious in reaching a deal, and the Iranians are not going to entertain this process. This is good cop and crazy cop.”
Of course chasing the Iranians away from the bargaining table is the other side of the plan of Graham and his allies in the Senate. If they do, then no deal will be forthcoming. No deal almost certainly will lead to war.
The bill on the negotiations contains another part which says if Israel attacks Iran the United States is urged to join in on the battle. In other words our elected leaders will send American soldiers and air force to war if another nation decides that should be done. These leaders are putting the lives of Americans in the hands of another country.
This is a little unlike the entry into the Iraq war. There the pro-Israeli groups were somewhat in the background although their members and associates had prominent positions in the Bush administration. It was as if they wanted to leave no paper trail so that they could suggest the war was for oil or the Iraq people themselves and wash away any trace of an Israeli push for it.
Now the pro-Israeli groups are popping out of the ground demanding the U.S. go to war. It’ll be a little hard to distance themselves from the war with Iran like they did with the war for Iraq. That’s not to say if it turns into a disaster destroying many American lives, devastating the economy, and emboldening our enemies they won’t try to run and hide.