10 April 2006

Nuclear Iran

Seymour Hersch at The New Yorker reports that Bush is determined to prevent Iran from getting nuclear weapons ... and is seriously considering nuking them to do it.
A government consultant with close ties to the civilian leadership in the Pentagon said that Bush was "absolutely convinced that Iran is going to get the bomb" if it is not stopped. He said that the President believes that he must do "what no Democrat or Republican, if elected in the future, would have the courage to do," and "that saving Iran is going to be his legacy."

One former defense official, who still deals with sensitive issues for the Bush Administration, told me that the military planning was premised on a belief that "a sustained bombing campaign in Iran will humiliate the religious leadership and lead the public to rise up and overthrow the government." He added, "I was shocked when I heard it, and asked myself, 'What are they smoking?' "

Recall that Hersch was ahead of the curve on the Abu Ghraib story. Read the whole horrifying thing. And may Providence save us from the President's messianic certainty.


Erik said...

If it were anyone but Hersch, I'd dismiss this as alarmist. Sadly, Hersch has a track record of being right when we really wish he was wrong.

Joe said...

Second place I've seen mention of this issue today.

I don't know where to start with this. I suspect it WILL happen. A lot of my Persian friends will see their relatives die on the news in a 300 Kiloton shockwave. W will blubber out something that sounds like a speech pretending he has command of English as his native language, that he understands death is more that a wiped out video game sprite AND that he cares about the people he's nuking in the name of freedom.

Then of course the real fun begins. Never would there be more motivation for an Islamic group to purchase a weapon on the black market.

And all W. will be able to say after two or three US cities lie in ruin is ... "Uh, they hate our freedom!"

The mind reels.