More War on the Horizon

No pullout from Iraq while
I`m president, declares George W. Bush.

On to Iran, declares Vice
President Cheney.

Israel is a
"peace-seeking state"
that needs $30 billion of US
taxpayers` money for war, declares
Department official Nicholas Burns.

The Democratic Congress,
if not fully behind the Iraqi war, at least no longer is
in the way of it.

Nor are the Democrats in
the way of the Bush regime`s build up for initiating war
with Iran.

The Bush regime says it is
going to designate part of Iran`s military—the
Revolutionary Guards—a terrorist organization, whose
bases and facilities Bush intends to bomb along with
Iran`s nuclear energy sites. Three US aircraft carrier
strike forces are deployed off Iran. B-2 Stealth Bombers
are being fitted to carry 30,000 pound "bunker-buster"
bombs to use against hardened sites. Politicized US
generals assert that Iran is providing arms and aid to
the Iraqi resistance to the US occupation. The media is
feeding the US population the same propaganda about
nonexistent Iranian weapons of mass destruction that
they fed us about nonexistent Iraqi weapons of mass
destruction. A former CIA Middle East field officer,
Robert Baer, has written in Time magazine that
the Bush regime has decided to attack the Revolutionary
Guards within the next 6 months. Remember the
"cakewalk war"
? [Prelude
to an Attack on Iran
, August 18, 2007]Well, this
time the neocons think that an attack on the
Revolutionary Guards will free Iran from Islamic
influence and cause Iranians to back the US against
their own government.

Lies, unprovoked
aggression, and delusional expectations—the same
ingredients that produced the Iraq catastrophe—all over
again. The entire Bush regime and both political parties
are complicit, along with the media and US allies.

According to Baer, the
Bush regime has given no consideration to whether Iran`s
response to a US attack might be different than to
welcome it as liberation. What if Iran really were to
arm the Iraqi resistance and/or to sink our

aircraft carriers?
How can any government, even one
as incompetent, delusional and unaccountable as the Bush
regime, initiate war without any thought to the

The Bush regime`s planned
war against Iran casts light on the large increase in
military armaments that the US is supplying to Israel.
With Iraq in chaos and civil war, an attack on Iran
leaves as opposition to Israel only Syria and Hezbollah
in southern Lebanon. Israel cannot finish off the
Palestinians until Hezbollah is destroyed. An Israeli
attack on Syria while the US attacks Iran would leave
Hezbollah without supplies in the face of a new Israeli

The agenda unfolding
before our eyes may be the neoconservative/
Israeli/Cheney plan to rid the Middle East of any check
to Israeli territorial expansion.

Nicholas Burns said that
the $30 billion in military aid was not conditional on
any Israeli concessions or progress toward resolving the
conflict with the Palestinians. Israel`s ghettoizing and
ethnic cleansing of the Palestinian West Bank proceeds

Meanwhile in America,
while more money is poured into more war, condemned
bridges collapse killing Americans who trusted their
government to provide safe infrastructure. Devastated
residents of

New Orleans
remain unaided. Financial difficulties
deepen for more Americans as falling home prices and
jobs lost to offshoring push more Americans into
desperate straits. The

US dollar continues to fall
as the government`s war
debts build up abroad.

Except for the armaments
industry, where is the gain to America in Bush`s wars?
Before Bush invaded Afghanistan, the Taliban had stamped
out drug production. The US invasion has brought it

On August 22 Bush told the
Veterans of Foreign Wars that US troops are the

"greatest force for human liberation the world has ever
Tell that to the 650,000 dead Iraqis and
the 4 million displaced Iraqis, and the tens of
thousands of slaughtered Afghans, and the coming
civilian deaths in Iran. Tell that to all the bombed
civilians from Serbia to Africa who are blown to pieces
in order that a US president can make a point. Bush goes
far beyond George Orwell`s

in his novel, 1984, when Bush
equates US hegemony with liberation.

America`s hegemonic hubris
is a sickness. A country that tolerates a war criminal
while he openly plans to attack yet another country is
definitely not a light unto the world.



Paul Craig Roberts

] was Assistant
Secretary of the Treasury in the Reagan Administration.
He is the author of

Supply-Side Revolution : An Insider`s Account of
Policymaking in Washington
and the Soviet Economy

Meltdown: Inside the Soviet Economy
and is the co-author with Lawrence M. Stratton of

The Tyranny of Good Intentions : How Prosecutors and
Bureaucrats Are Trampling the Constitution in the Name
of Justice
. Click

for Peter
Forbes Magazine interview with Roberts
about the recent epidemic of prosecutorial misconduct.