UPDATED: FEBRUARY 14, 2007 The Political Junkies.net
Column No. 137, by Steven Jonas, MD, MPH
Author’s Note. As I have been noting for the last few weeks (and will stop doing shortly, much to the relief of most readers, I am sure) from now through the balance of this year and possibly into 2008, on TPJ we will be publishing an original SJ column for the most part every third week. For the second of each three week cycle we will be publishing, in re-run, the set of columns written since the outset of my appearance on TPJ in 2004 that focus on George Bush. In the third week of the cycle, for the most part we will be re-running a column or two of mine from BuzzFlash [www.buzzflash.com]. This column, made up of two BuzzFlash pieces plus some original commentary, is the second of those efforts.
I have been writing about the potential for a BushCheney attack on Iran for some time now, as have many other observers much more intimately informed about the possibility than I. A couple of weeks ago, I thought that indeed the increasing number of forewarnings of imminent war were indeed true. It looked indeed that BushCheney were on their way to manufacturing one or more fake “incidents” with Iran, like those the Japanese set up to start the invasions, respectively, of Chinese-controlled Manchuria in 1931 and China proper in 1937, respectively “The Kwantung [Guandong] Incident” and the “Marco Polo Bridge Incident.”
Several weeks ago there occurred the abduction of the Iranian diplomats in Kurdistan and the claims of “direct Iranian involvement” in the “killing of American service personnel” (supported only by indirect evidence as it turned out) and other, similar efforts and claims. In response, there has apparently been an enormous mobilization of power elites in various countries around the world, including that of the US, and of putative American allied nations like Saudi Arabia (and France as well among the non-American-allied Western powers) to prevent this from happening, most of it occurring behind the scenes. It is particularly interesting to see and infer the moves being made by the power elite in Iran, among both the clerical over-seers and major business interests, to rein in their seemingly impetuous President.
Even those hand-picked military commanders that Bush put in place in Iran may be balking. His general-on-the-ground has already said that the “surge” is too big. Surely, there is much complaining from lower-level commanders who forces are being over-stretched even to meet the commitments required by the “surge.” The Admiral put in charge of all theatre-forces, supposedly chosen because he knows how to handle naval air campaigns (Iran, anyone?), may now find himself chosen only because he knows how to let go an anchor, in Iraq. (Note that that’s “let go the anchor,” in naval parlance, not the landlubber’s “drop the anchor.” Doing the latter, especially from above a deck, something the totally untrained Bush might do, can easily puncture it.) He would at least have a sandy bottom.
Then there is the Democratic Congress, moving (and here I disagree with many of my colleagues on the Left) at just about the right pace in mobilizing the opposition both to the Iraq War and to any further expansions, such as Iran. And so, I have recently come to the conclusion that with their massive mobilization of naval and naval-air forces in the Arabian Sea and the Persian Gulf. BushCheney will in the end have accomplished nothing more than wasting yet more billions of US taxpayer dollars. I think that the time for such an attack, which I am certain from all of the evidence that I have seen in the active planning stage up to very recently, has come and gone. (I am sure we all hope that I will not be proved wrong.) Nevertheless, just to hedge my bet just a bit, if the threat from BushCheney does appear on the table, I would like to share with you selections from a piece I published on BuzzFlash on January 24, 2007. It was called “Iran – The Top Ten Questions.”
Even though the threat seems to be receding, desperate men take desperate measures, and BushCheney are increasingly desperate men. Therefore it might be a good idea for, at some time in the reasonable future, the Democrats to start hearings, in the Armed Services, Foreign Relations, and Appropriations Committees of both Houses. The media should also be asking questions of Snow, et al (you won’t see Bush at a press conference for a very long time, if ever again). In aid of such an effort, here are 10 of the myriad of questions that could be asked (admittedly not all of which would be asked by any reporter with a White House press pass or member of Congress).
1. The whole world knows, in some detail even of your plans to attack Iran with a massive aerial assault that may include nuclear weapons delivered by the U.S. or the Israelis. When are you going to let the American public in on the matter?
2. You say that you are very concerned about the prospect of Iran obtaining nuclear weapons. There already is a “Muslim Bomb” in a country you may have heard of, our sometimes ally, Pakistan. It happens to share a common border with Iran. Pakistan is one bullet in Pervez Musharraf’s head away from becoming an “Islamic Republic,” which would be only too happy to share its bomb with Iran. So why bother bombing Iran when they don’t even have The Bomb yet and may be as much as 10 years away from getting one?
3. How are you planning to pay for the war? Which taxes are you proposing to raise?
4. Why have you failed to enter into diplomatic discussion with Iran to solve the problems you have with that nation, before attempting to bomb it to smithereens?
5. North Korea (apparently) already has The Bomb. You are negotiating with it. Why not with Iran?
6. Our armed forces are already stretched to the breaking point in Iraq. Exactly which land forces are you planning to use in Iran, or are your air war plans of such magnitude that you figure land forces will not be necessary?
7. You did an atrocious job of post-war planning for Iraq. How have you dealt with those catastrophic failures to make sure that nothing similar happens after you achieve “victory” in Iran?
8. And speaking of “victory,” while you define it for us clearly for Iran, would you mind also doing that for Iraq?
9. When are you planning to reintroduce the draft, just in case your air war just doesn’t go as planned?
10. Could you please share with us now the details of your “Gulf of Tonkin Incident” equivalent for the Persian Gulf, so that we can be prepared for it? And while you’re at it, giving some advance warning of the next 9/11 you likely have up your sleeves would help protect American citizens, a task that you have so often told us is number one for you.
11. And an extra: is your primary reason for nuking Iran to solve the global warming problem, which some members even of your administration are beginning to publicly recognize as real, by creating a Nuclear Winter?
Now, if such efforts seem to be leading nowhere, perhaps the following, published on BuzzFlash on February 2, 2007, could be tried. It was entitled “Pres. Ahmadinejad and Pres. Bush: Connecting through God,” and it read:
“Both U.S. President Bush and Iranian President Ahmadinejad are shooting off their respective mouths at each other and each other’s nations. Major elements of their respective power elites are more and more nervous that such shooting off may lead to real shooting between the two countries, in the worst interests of both. There is common ground between the countries. First and foremost, a shooting war between them would bring immense harm to both. Further, it would have the potential for bringing even more immense harm to the world at large, especially should the U.S. use nuclear weapons, an idea that apparently has been bruited about, at least, it is rumored, about the office of the U.S. Vice President.
“I have a suggestion for cooling off the situation: let the two presidents meet and jointly explore the lines of connection they have both told us they have to God. Surely in such a meeting of the minds, He or She should be able to help them sort things out, don’t you think?
“Back in 2004, then Palestinian Prime Minister Mahmoud Abbas reported on a very interesting conversation he had with George Bush. Referring to the ‘War on Terrorism,’ Bush told Abbas that: ‘God told me to strike at al Qaeda and I struck them, and then he instructed me to strike at Saddam, which I did, and now I am determined to solve the problem in the Middle East. If you help me I will act, and if not, the U.S. elections will come and I will have to focus on them.’ On October 19, 2006, President Ahmadinejad told us that: ‘I Have a Connection with God, Since God Said That the Infidels Will Have No Way to Harm the Believers (MEMRI, Special Dispatch – Iran, as reported by Iran News, 10-19-06).’ ”
“And so there we have it, a solution to the ‘Iran Crisis.’ Both national leaders talk with the one God. Hopefully, the one God they talk to is the same one. Hopefully He/She will now tell both of them: ‘Cool it, brothers. You have got to talk this thing out.’ And then hopefully, since Bush will now know that he and Ahmadinejad both talk with God, following that meeting, Bush will say to Ahmadinejad, ‘You know, after our latest conversation with the almighty, I now know that we must talk first, bomb later, rather than the other way round. How about lunch?’ Alternatively, after having heard of this scenario, their respective power elites will remove them from office or at least from power, and the world can then move on to finding a peaceful solution to the Middle East Crisis, including that in Israel/Palestine, a la, for example, the Report of the Iraq Study Group.”
Steven Jonas, MD, MPH is a TPJ contributing author. He is a Professor of Preventive Medicine at Stony Brook University (NY) and author/co-author of over twenty-five books.
Dr. Jonas is also: a Columnist for the webmagazine BuzzFlash (http://www.buzzflash.com/); a Contributing Editor for the Moving Planet Blog (http://www.planetarymovement.org/); a Contributing Columnist for the Project for the Old American Century, POAC (http://www.oldamericancentury.org/); a regular contributor to the weblog Thomas Paine’s Corner (http://civillibertarian.blogspot.com/); and a regular contributor to the weblog The Daily Scare (http://www.dailyscare.com/). He has his own website for short pieces entitled “Dr. J.’s Short Shots, II” (http://drjsshortshots.wordpress.com/).
In his book The New Americanism, Dr. Jonas presents his proposal for that “new vision and mission” for the Democratic Party that so many, for so many years, have been urging it to find. A new vision and mission are obviously needed with increasing urgency as with increasing speed and determination the Georgites drive our nation towards frank theocratic fascism. Dr. Jonas finds the needed vision and mission in the Declaration of Independence and the Constitution. “The New Americanism: How the Democratic Party Can Win the Presidency is available from Amazon.com (go to “Books;” enter the full title) and BarnesandNoble.com (same).
He is also the author of The 15% Solution: A Political History of American Fascism, 2001-2022. Under the pseudonym “Jonathan Westminster” this book was originally published in 1996. It was republished with a New Introduction in 2004. Under Georgite rule, the “fictional non-fiction” scenario of this work of “future history” is, most unfortunately, becoming all too real, now almost day-by-day. Both versions are available at www.amazon.com and www.barnesandnoble.com (go to “Books;” enter the title). The 2004 edition is also available at www.xlibris.com (click on “Bookstore,” then “Search” with the title).
Feb 7,2007 “On George Bush And Religion, II, Redux”
Jan 31, 2007 “The Iraq War And The One In Spain:
Similarities That Are Ignored At Our Peril”
Jan 17, 2007 “On George Bush And Religion I, Redux, Part 2”
Jan 11, 2007 “On George Bush And Religion I, Redux, Part 1”
Jan 4, 2007 “The ‘I’ Word”
Dec 14, 2006 “Exiting IRAQ, The Georgite Way, Revisited”
Nov 30, 2006 “‘Are The Democrats Going To Blow It?’
That All Depends Upon what The ‘IT’ Is”
Nov 16, 2006 “On Republican IRAQ Policy And Why No Grand Theft Election
Nov 12, 2006 “Democratic Ideas: Post-Election 2006”
Nov 2, 2006 “The US Enabling Act, 2006, Part II: Why Bush Wanted It”
Oct 26, 2006 “The US Enabling Act, 2006, Part I: What It Is And Some Comparative History”
Oct 12,2006 “Democratic Ideas, XIV: Attack On Defense Revisited”
Oct 5, 2006 “Iran Nukes, Revisited” (Expanded Edition)
Sept 28, 2006 “Democratic Ideas, XIII: Controlling The Agenda”
Sept 21, 2006 Reran article dated October 14, 2004 “GEORGE BUSH’S AMERICA”
Sept 14, 2006 “Democratic Ideas, XII: Focusing On The Constitution”
Sept 7, 2006 “Let’s Hear It For Strict Constructionism,” V. 3, Part 3”
Aug 16, 2006 “Let’s Hear It For Strict Constructionism, V. 3, Part 2”
Aug 10, 2006 The Dick Durbin Disaster – reran
Aug 3, 2006 Democratic Ideas, IX:, “Let’s Hear It For Strict Construction (V. 3), Part 1”
Jul 27, 2006 “What’s It All About, Alfie?”
Jul 19, 2006 “Democratic Ideas, VIII: Let’s Play Capture The Flag”
Jul 13, 2006 “Ann Coulter: The New Face Of The Republican Party”
Jul 6,2006 “Ideas For Democrats, VII: Bipartisanship On Iraq”
Jun 29, 2006 “Ideas For Democrats, VI: Attack On Defense, II”
Jun 22, 2006 “Ideas For Democrats, V: Attack On Defense”
Jun 15, 2006 “Ideas For Democrats, IV: The Ten Commitments, Re-visited”
Jun 8, 2006 “Ideas For Democrats, III: Dealing The DLC”
Jun 1, 2006 “Ideas For Democrats, II: Why Don’t The Democrats?”
April 25, 2005 “Bush Is Not Hitler, I”
April 20, 2006 “Some Thoughts On The ‘Immigration Problem'”
April 13, 2006 “The Georgite State Of The Union Address Revited”
April 6, 2006 “A Firebell In The Night: The So-Called ‘Gay Marriage’ Amendment, II”
April 2, 2006 “A Fireball In The Night:
The So-Called ‘Gay Marriage’ Amendment, I
Feb 22, 2006 “The German Reichstag Fire of 1933 and 9/11: Some Comparisons. A Revisit,
Feb 16, 2006 “The German Reichstag Fire Of 1933 And 9/11: Some
Comparisons. A Revisit, Part1″
Feb 9, 2006 “A Comment On The Democratic Alchemy,’
Appearing In The American Prospect”
Feb 2, 2006 “Vengeance Is Mine, Saith The LORD”
Jan 26, 2006 “George Bush And The Doctrine Of Original Intent”
Jan 19, 2006 “Let’s Hear It For Original Intent (Version 2)”
Jan 12, 2006 “A Quick Visit To Mexico”
Jan 5, 2006 “Why The Patriot Act, Redux: Fascism In The Here And Now, Cont.”
Dec 22, 2005 “Why The Patriot Act, Redux: Fascism In The Here And Now”
Dec 15, 2005 “An Iraq Exit Proposal”
Dec 10, 2005 “Exiting Iraq, The Georgite Way”
Dec 1, 2005 “The Future Of The Democratic Party, VIII:
A Politically Viable Progressive Position On The War”
Nov 25, 2005 “The Future Of The Democratic Party, VII: ‘The Ten Commitments’”
Nov 17, 2005 “The Future Of The Democratic Party, VI: An Organizing Proposal For Progressives”
Nov 10, 2005 “The Future Of The Democratic Party, V:
There Is No Middle Ground”
Nov 3, 2005 “On The (Possible) Indictments.”
Oct 27, 2005 “The Future of the Democratic Party, IV:
Bush, Bennett, Miers, and the DLC.”
Oct 20, 2005 “The Future Of The Democratic Party, III:
First Thoughts On Dealing With The DLC.”
Oct 13, 2005 “The Future Of The Democratic Party, II: On The Republicans”
Oct 6, 2005 “The Future Of The Democratic Party, I”
Sept 29, 2005 “The Bush Flood, And The Georgites: New Orleans, III”
Sept 22, 2005 “On The Great New Orleans Flood Of 2005, II”
Sept 15, 2005 “On The Great New Orleans Bush Flood Of 2005, I”
Sept 8, 2005 “Let’s Hear It For Original Intent”
Sept 1, 2005 “An Iraq Solution”
Aug 25,2005 “Some Thoughts On The Atomic Bombing Of Japan”
Aug 18, 2005 “Why God Sent Us George W. Bush”
Aug 12, 2005 “John Bolton And The Nuclear Option II”
Aug 5, 2005 “The Significance Of The Karl Rove Speech”
May 26, 2005 “Pat Buchanan’s ‘What If?'”
May 18, 2005 “The Schiavo Case, V: The Attack On Science”
May 12, 2005 “Possible Explanations For Bush-Behavior On And Around 9/11″
May 5, 2005 “Bill Frist’s Declaration Of War”
April 28, 2005 “The Schiavo Case, IV: The Definitions Of Life And Death”
April 24, 2005 “The Schiavo Case, III: Further Legal Considerations And Their Political Implications”
April 14, 2005 “The Schiavo Case, II: William Bennett And The Beginning Of The End Of The Separation Of Powers”
April 7, 2005 “The Schiavo Case And The Locus Of The ‘Police Power'”
March 31, 2005 “John Bolton And The Nuclear Option”
March 22, 2005 Of “Moolahs,” Putin and Bush
March 17, 2005 Georgite “Freedom And Democracy”
March 10, 2005 “We Won’t Have To Worry Any More”
March 3, 2005 “Iranian Nukes”
February 24, 2005 “Going Nuclear In Iran”
February 16, 2005 “The Georgite Social Security Scam: Bases For Suspicion”
February 10, 2005 “The Georgite Version of ‘Freedom and Democracy’ ”
“The Coming 2nd Civil War (Unless),” No. 6
Feb 3, 2005 “WMD Discovered — In Washington”
Jan 27, 2005 “Comparing George W. Bush And Adolf Hitler”
Jan 18, 2005 “The Bush Second Inaugural: A Preview” “The Coming 2nd Civil War
(Unless),” No. 5
Jan 13, 2005 “The Georgite Concept of Constitutionalism and the Rule of Law”
Jan 6, 2005 “The ‘Unless’ Of The ‘Coming Second Civil War’ Series; Part II”
Dec 30, 2004 “The ‘Unless’ of the ‘Coming Second Civil War’ Series, Part I”
Dec 23, 2004 “The Real Meaning Of The ‘Faith-Based Presidency;’ Part II”
Dec 15, 2004 “The Coming Second Civil War (Unless)”
Dec 9, 2004 “The Real Meaning Of The ‘Faith-Based Presidency’ ”
Sept 30, 2004 “Four 800 Lb. Gorillas In The Campaign Room”
Sept 23, 2004 “Fixing The Kerry Campaign, 9/15/2004”
Sept 16, 2004 “Lessons From Japan. Part II: Successful Occupations”
Sept 9, 2004 “Thoughts On the Third Anniversary of the Tragedy of 9/11/2001″
Sept 2, 2004 “Lessons From Japan, Part 1”
August 26,2004 “Dealing with the Republican National Convention and Related
August 18, 2004 “The Best Of Dr. Jonas”
August 12, 2004 “Some Thoughts For and About The Kerry Campaign, VI”
August 5,2004 “Some Thoughts For and About The Kerry Campaign, V”
July 29, 2004 “Some Thoughts For and About The Kerry Campaign, IV”
July 22, 2004 “Some Thoughts For and About The Kerry Campaign III”
July 15, 2004 “Some Thoughts For And About The Kerry Campaign II”
July 7, 2004 “Some Thoughts For And About The Kerry Campaign,I”
July 1, 2004 “Counsel To The President”
June 24, 2004 “ ’You Know me Al:’ On the German Reichstag Fire of Feb. 27, 1933
and the 9/11/01 Bombing of the World Trade Center, Part II”
June 17, 2004 “ ‘The Ralph Nader Problem’ — A Re-run plus”
June 10, 2004 “Ronald Reagan’s Legacy”
June 3, 2004 “’You Know Me Al:’ On The Reichstag Fire Of Feb. 27, 1933 And The
9/11/01 Bombing Of The World Trade Center, Part I”
May 27, 2004 “On Fascism — And The Georgites”
May 20, 2004 “On John Ashcroft — And Jefferson Davis”
May 13, 2004 “Karl Rove’s Personal Political Notebook”
May 6, 2004 “Possible Explanations For Bush Behavior And 9/11”
April 29, 2004 “On George Bush and Religion, Part 2”
April 22, 2004 “What Condi Rice Might Have Said”
April 8, 2004 “On George Bush And Religion”
April 1, 2004 “Some Political Thoughts For Senator Kerry”
March 25, 2004 “Brief Essays”
March 16, 2004 “You Know Me Al: The Iraq War — So What Was It About, Anyway?
March 11, 2004 “A Word (Or Two) On Ralph Nader”
March 4, 2004 “A Firebell In The Night”
February 27, 2004 “On Doctor Dean”