Friday, August 25, 2006

CIA agents needed - must be willing to issue dire warnings when needed at election time

The GOP are apparently so desperate to hang onto their seats that they're trying to bamboozle the voters into believing Iran presents a immediate threat to our safety. The obvious goal is to get public opinion behind yet another ill-advised, pre-emptive strke against yet another nation that isn't even close to presenting a credible danger, in time to save the election for them. Sadly, this repeat of the Iraq flim-flam, if carried to the level of a preemptive strike, would endanger much more so than some completley theorectical act of aggression by Iran in the dim future. The truly awful thing is, these politicians care so much more about their political future than our safety, they would further incite an already violatile situation in the Middle East, simply to justify an unneccessary act of aggression in an attempt to stay in power.

Iran is admittedly a problem but one that can surely wait for another two years, at which time we might have a president who is more likely to act on careful research and analysis instead of reacting to his "gut feelings." Certainly, it would be more prudent to deal with the powder keg of Iran by dampening it with diplomacy, rather than by throwing a match on it with a nuclear bomb.

Meanwhile, just how stupid does the GOP think we are? This latest call for "more dire" intelligence on Iran is a play by play repeat of the manipulation of the CIA's work in the run-up to Iraq. Do they think we forgot that every ethical intelligence agent quit or was run out while the White House built what we now know was their false case against Saddam? If the GOP are planning to make bombing Iran their October surprise, they may well find the surprise is on them. It's unlikely the voters will endorse the architects of yet another politically driven, unneccessary pre-emptive act of aggression that is certain to make the Middle East a bigger killing field and a larger terrorist training ground, at the ballot box.

A fool may be born every minute, but I have a feeling, that this time, the American people won't get fooled again.
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Anonymous lester said...

yeah i was confused by that. that they were complaining the CIA was "downplaying " the threat. that seems like not something you are supposed to say in public.

but they'll get their phony intel. the white house is not serving the american people. I've been reading ismail kadare. his novels are all about dictorships. onw way or another people will forget about iraq and walk into the iranian nightmare.

6:19:00 PM  
Anonymous Libby said...

There's a lot of people pushing the Iranian strike Lester, but I think the people that are digusted with Iraq are not going to buy into it. At least I hope so. If he goes for this one, he'll do it without the support of the people.

7:38:00 PM  
Blogger mikevotes said...

I'm hopeful that the American people have their eyes open, but understand, the threshold for a bombing campaign is lower than a ground force.

History shows that president's can conduct bombing with no congressional approval if an urgent case can be plead.

And the "wait two years" is the key. That's the whole reason the push is so hard. Those Curt Lemay's who want to do this know that any next president would be smart enough to not be manipulated into it.

That's the deadline. If they want it done, it has to be done before Bush leaves, so compared to the war push that's coming, this is nothing.

Really, I think this Fleitz written report is meant only to create doubt and confusion on the existing intel so that the imminent threat case can later be plead.


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3:35:00 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Porter Goss said (before he got sacked) that his job at CIA as to get them in line with administration goals.

3:40:00 PM  
Anonymous Libby said...

It's the run-up to Iraq all over again, only this time it's worse, because Iran could actually fight back and do some real damage. I'm afraid they're going to try it as an October surprise to sway the election.

We've got to sway public opinion on this one. No way can we allow this White House to deal with Iran. It can wait.

8:38:00 PM  

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