Monday, June 2, 2008

Bush likes War

Joschka Fischer, the former Foreign Minister of Germany, published an article Friday in which he outlined the events in the Middle East of late and made predictions for the near future. He wrote that Bush's recent visit to Jerusalem was less to congratulate Israel on its 60th birthday and more to give it the go ahead to attack Iran's nuclear facilities. Fischer writes:
Bush's central topic, including his speech to Israel's Knesset, was Iran. Bush had promised to bring the Middle East conflict closer to a resolution before the end of his term this year. But his final visit to Israel seemed to indicate that his objective was different: he seemed to be planning, together with Israel, to end the Iranian nuclear program - and to do so by military, rather than by diplomatic, means.

Fischer specifically highlighted that this military action is likely to take place before the end of the Bush administration because it is unclear what the next administration's strategy would be. Most likely, no matter who is elected they won't be as much of a warhawk as Bush.
And sixth, with the approaching end of the Bush presidency and uncertainty about his successor's policy, the window of opportunity for Israeli action is seen as potentially closing.

It's like when you know mommy won't let you have an ice cream so you ask daddy instead.

Is Bush high? Are we not already involved in another war? One that was also prompted by supposed weapons of mass destruction. He's like a little boy, going around blowing the tops off anthills with firecrackers. Further, and as I have mentioned before, Ahmadinejad is not stupid. If he were planning a covert attack on any country he would not give them warning beforehand. That tells me he is not about to attack Israel or the US or anyone else with the capability to fight back. He's going to goad whomever he likes into a fight, and then use their own momentum to push their faces in the dirt. And we are falling for it.

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