Tuesday, February 20, 2007

On the eve of the UN deadline for Iran to halt uranium enrichment, US strike plans and the triggers for a strike against Iran are set and another aircraft carrier has joined "a strike group of ships" in the Sea of Oman.

Even so, Robert Gates, the Defense Secretary, says, “We are not looking for excuse to go to war with Iran, we are not planning a war with Iran.”

I'm remembering a time in 2003 when Colin Powell pushed for talks with the Iranians and was rebuffed, as was that recommendation from the Baker Hamilton report.

George dumped Rummy and rearranged the remaining deck chairs, but what has changed?


At 5:21 PM, Blogger basheert said...

Nothing has changed .. the Titanic will still sink but the chairs will be in different positions.

Amazing aren't they?

At 5:22 PM, Blogger The Speculator said...

considering the precedent this administration set with Iraq, I'm expecting air strikes against Iran the second the deadline passes.

Of course, the positive uncynical side of me still holds out the hope that this is just a ruse and Bush will actually open diplomatic negotiations with Iran ... but that would be a rational step, and this administration seems to do everything in its power to avoid the rational.

At 5:32 PM, Blogger Mike O'Leary said...

Yeah, I'd love to see negotiations, and I guess you are thinking this too, but why now when they've had so many opportunities.

But then, I do think the Administration's backing out of claims that Iran's govt was behind the killing of US troops in Iraq was a way to back out of a strike. If that's true, maybe some cooler heads in the administration prevailed, this time!

At 6:42 PM, Blogger Mary Ellen said...

But Rummy is still in charge. Didn't Pelosi say he still has an office in the Pentagon? I'll bet he's calling the shots, not Gates. I'll also bet when this thing gets as f*#&d up as Iraq, Gates will point the finger at Rummy and say he was just following orders.

We're in deep trouble, my friends.


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