Saturday the London Daily Telegraph reported
that "British officials gave warning yesterday that America�s commander in
Iraq will declare that Iran is waging war against the US-backed Baghdad
government. A strong statement from General David Petraeus
about Iran�s intervention in Iraq could set the stage for a US attack on
Iranian military facilities, according to a Whitehall assessment." [British
fear US commander is beating the drum for Iran strikes - Telegraph, By
Damien McElroy, April 5, 2008]
lacky Petraeus has had his script written for him by Cheney, and Petraeus
together with neocon warmonger Ryan Crocker, the US governor of the Green Zone
in Baghdad, will present Congress tomorrow and Wednesday with the lies, for
which the road has been well paved by neocon propagandists such as Kimberly
Kagan, that "the US must recognize that Iran is engaged in a full-up proxy
war against it in Iraq."
Don�t expect Congress to do anything except to egg on the
attack. On April 3, the International Herald Tribune reported
that senators and representatives have made millions of dollars from their
investments in defense companies totaling $196 million. [AP]
Rep. Ike Skelton, the Democrat chairman of the House Armed
Services Committee, is already on board with the attack on Iran. The London
Telegraph quotes Skelton: "Iran is the bull in the china shop. In all
of this, they seem to have links to all of the Shi�ite groups, whether they be
political or military."
All Skelton knows is what the war criminal Bush regime tells him.
If Iran really does have all these connections, then it behooves Washington to
cease threatening Iran and to make nice with Iran in order to stabilize Iraq
and extract the US from the nightmare.
Reporting from Tehran on April 4, Reuters quotes Mohsen Hakim, whose
father, Abdul Aziz al-Hakim, leads the Supreme Islamic Iraqi Council, an ally
of the Maliki US puppet government in Iraq: "Tehran, by using its positive
influence on the Iraqi nation, paved the way for the return of peace to Iraq
and the new situation is the result of Iran�s efforts."
Instead of thanking Iran and working with Iran
diplomatically to restore stability to Iraq, the Bush regime intends to expand
the nightmare with a military attack on Iran. Ryan Crocker was quick to dispute
Hakim�s report that Iran had used its influence to end the fighting in Basra.
Crocker alleged that Iran had started the fighting. The
absurdity of Crocker�s claim is obvious as even the neocon US media reported
that the fighting in Basra was started by the US and Maliki in an effort to
clear out the Shi�ite al-Sadr militias. Most experts saw the attack on al-Sadr
for what it was: an effort to remove a potential threat to the US supply line
from Kuwait in the event of a US attack on Iran.
Crocker alleges that the rockets dropping on the Green Zone
during the Basra fighting were made in 2007 in Iran. As should be obvious even
to disengaged Americans, if Iran were to arm the Iraqi insurgency, the
insurgents would have modern weapons to counter US helicopter gunships and heavy
tanks. The insurgents have no such weapons. The neocon lie that Iran is the
cause of the Iraqi insurgency is just another Bush regime lie, like the lie
that Saddam Hussein had weapons of mass destruction and connections to al Qaeda
and the lie that the Taliban in Afghanistan attacked the US.
The Bush regime will tell any lie and orchestrate any event
in order to "finish the job" in the Middle East.
"Finishing the job" means to destroy the ability
of Iraq, Iran, and Syria to provide support for the Palestinians and for
Hezbollah in southern Lebanon against Israeli aggression. With Iraq and Iran in
turmoil, Syria might simply give up and become another American client state.
With Iraq and Iran in turmoil, Israel can steal the rest of the West Bank along
with the water resources in southern Lebanon. That is what "the war on
terror" is really about.
The entire world knows this. Consequently, the US and Israel
are essentially isolated. The US can only count on the support that it can
bribe and pay for.
At the NATO-Russian summit in Bucharest, Romania, on April
4, Russian President Putin said:
"No one can seriously think that Iran would dare attack the U.S. Instead
of pushing Iran into a corner, it would be far more sensible to think together
how to help Iran become more predictable and transparent."
Of course it would, but that is not what the warmonger Bush
Perhaps the British government has derailed the plot to
attack Iran by leaking in advance to the London Telegraph the
disinformation Cheney has prepared for Petraeus and Crocker to deliver to the
complicit US Congress this week.
On the other hand, the US puppet media is likely to bury the
real story and to trumpet Petraeus claims that Iran has, in effect, already
declared war on the US by sending weapons to kill US troops in Iraq.
By Thursday, we will know, from the way the Petraeus-Crocker
dog and pony show plays in the US Congress and media, whether the Bush Regime
will commit yet another war crime by attacking Iran.
Craig Roberts [email him] was
Assistant Secretary of the Treasury during President Reagan�s first term. He
was Associate Editor of the Wall Street Journal. He has held numerous academic
appointments, including the William E. Simon Chair, Center for Strategic
and International Studies, Georgetown University, and Senior Research Fellow,
Hoover Institution, Stanford University. He was awarded the Legion of Honor by
French President Francois Mitterrand. He is the author of Supply-Side
Revolution : An Insider's Account of Policymaking in Washington; Alienation
and the Soviet Economy and Meltdown:
Inside the Soviet Economy, and is the co-author with Lawrence M. Stratton
Tyranny of Good Intentions : How Prosecutors and Bureaucrats Are Trampling the
Constitution in the Name of Justice. Click here for Peter
Brimelow�s Forbes Magazine interview with Roberts about the recent epidemic of