By: Rowan Wolf of Uncommon Thought Journal
As the Democrats promise to turn their attention immediately to Iraq, we have a legislative lull in place. It has been widely written that Bush and the neocons want to add Iran (and possibly Syria) to their “successful” regime changes. It is unlikely that Bush will get the approval for such a move from a Democrat-controlled Congress. That makes this a very dangerous time. A move by Israel against Iran would likely bring the U.S. into the fray.
The AP report yesterday that an Israeli strike on Iran was possible raised the hair on the back of my neck:
The deputy defense minister suggested Friday that Israel might be forced to launch a military strike against Iran’s disputed nuclear program — the clearest statement yet of such a possibility from a high-ranking official.
”I am not advocating an Israeli pre-emptive military action against Iran and I am aware of its possible repercussions,” Deputy Defense Minister Ephraim Sneh, a former general, said in comments published Friday in The Jerusalem Post. ”I consider it a last resort. But even the last resort is sometimes the only resort.”
How dangerous a time this is largely depends on how badly the neocons want to pursue this agenda. This is not to say that a US strike on Iran is blocked by default under a Democrat controlled Congress – particularly given the influence of Israel on both parties. However, it raises the threat very much with a lame duck Congress and a lame duck president.