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read 'em and start weeping...
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Gareth Porter: Cheney, Lieberman and Iran War Conspiracy - Politics on The Huffington Post

The McClatchy story says Cheney proposed such a strike within the administration "several weeks ago," citing "two U.S. officials who are involved in Iran policy." The official sources say Cheney "argued for military action if hard new evidence emerges of Iran's complicity in supporting anti-American forces in Iraq." An example of such "hard new evidence," according to one of the official sources of the report, would be "catching a truckload of fighters or weapons crossing into Iraq from Iran."

The story also indicates that the same officials say Condoleezza Rice "opposes this idea" and suggest that Secretary of Defense Robert M. Gates agrees with her position.

The Cheney proposal for an airstrike against three bases in Iran can have only one purpose -- to provoke an Iranian retaliation that would then make it possible to unleash a full-fledged strategic air attack against Iran. The provocation strategy would be an obvious way around the political obstacles in the way of an unprovoked attack.

This is not the first time that such a provocation strategy has been attributed to the Bush administration. In February 2007, Hillary Mann, the National Security Council director for Iran and Persian Gulf Affairs until 2004, told CNN that the Bush administration was "pushing a series of increasing provocations against the Iranians in, I think, anticipation that Iran will eventually retaliate, and that will give the United States the ability to launch limited strikes against Iran, to take out targets in Iran that we consider to be important."
 

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The Tonkin Gulf revisited.
It's the same old merry-go-round that's anything but.
 

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I agree with gw. This sounds like the rationale LBJ used to substantially increase the US involvement in Vietnam after the Gulf of Tonkin incident. Sadly, most of Congress agreed and gave the president this authority.
 

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If the United States hasn't already manufactured 'catching' truckloads of terrorists passing into Iraq from Iran, Bush-Cheney et al hardly deserve to be the leaders of evil we make them out to be. Even minions of evil could have arranged that.
 

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This is behaviour that's as old as the hills.

Scene: Public bar, well into the evening.
Personae: Daft laddies with a head of steam on. Scattering of lassies, raising the temperature.

"You looking at my bird?"
"No."
"Yes you are. You arguing or what?"
"No, I'm not arguing."
"You f***ing are. Hey ... you just spilt some of my pint."
"No I didn't."

Wallop.

There follows a wee (or possibly not so wee) stramash.


I think the strategists at the Pentagon/White House must have been trawling some of our seediest drinking holes to 'research' on the topic: "How to get a fight going so's you can offer some justification after the fact."
 
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