Why Bush Will Nuke Iran

The neoconservative Bush
administration will attack Iran with tactical nuclear
weapons, because it is the only way the neocons believe
they can rescue their goal of US (and Israeli) hegemony
in the Middle East.

The US has lost the war in Iraq and
in Afghanistan. Generals in both war theaters are
stating their need for more troops. But there are no
troops to send.

Bush has tried to pawn Afghanistan
off on NATO, but Europe does not see any point in
sacrificing its blood and money for the sake of American
hegemony. The NATO troops in Afghanistan are
experiencing substantial casualties from a revived
Taliban, and European governments are not enthralled
over providing cannon fodder for US hegemony.

of the willing”

has evaporated. Indeed, it never existed. Bush`s
was assembled with bribes, threats, and intimidation.
Pervez Musharraf, the American puppet ruler of Pakistan,
let the cat out of the bag when he told CBS
on September 24, 2006, that Pakistan had no choice about
joining the

Brute coercion was applied. Musharraf said Assistant
Secretary of State Richard Armitage told the Pakistani
intelligence director that
are with us”

or “be
prepared to be bombed. Be prepared to go back to the
Stone Age.”

Armitage is trying to deny his threat, but Dawn Wire
Service, reporting from Islamabad on September 16, 2001,
on the pressure Bush was putting on Musharraf to
facilitate the US attack on Afghanistan, states:
has the option to live in the 21st century or the Stone
is roughly how US officials are putting their case.”

That Musharraf would volunteer this
information on American television is a good indication
that Bush has lost the war. Musharraf can no longer
withstand the anger he has created against himself by
helping the US slaughter his fellow Muslims in Bush`s
attempt to exercise US hegemony over the Muslim world.
Bush cannot protect Musharraf from the wrath of
Pakistanis, and so Musharraf has explained himself as
having cooperated with Bush in order to prevent the US
destruction of Pakistan:
has to think and take actions in the interest of the
nation, and that`s
what I did.”
Nevertheless, he said, he refused Bush`s
demand that he arrest Pakistanis who publicly
demonstrated against the US:
expressing views, we cannot curb the expression of

defeats in Iraq and Afghanistan and Israel`s
defeat by Hezbollah in Lebanon have shown that the
military firepower of the US and Israeli armies, though
effective against massed Arab armies, cannot defeat
guerillas and insurgencies. The US has battled in Iraq
longer than it fought against Nazi Germany, and the
situation in Iraq is out of control. The Taliban have
regained half of Afghanistan. The King of Saudi Arabia
has told Bush that the ground is shaking under his feet
as unrest over the American/Israeli violence against
Muslims builds to dangerous levels. Our Egyptian puppet
sits atop 100 million Muslims who do not think that
Egypt should be a lackey of US hegemony. The King of
Jordan understands that Israeli policy is to drive every
Palestinian into Jordan.

Bush is incapable of recognizing
his mistake. He can only escalate. Plans have long been
made to attack Iran. The problem is that Iran can
respond in effective ways to a conventional attack.
Moreover, an American attack on another Muslim country
could result in turmoil and rebellion throughout the
Middle East. This is why the neocons have changed US war
doctrine to permit a nuclear strike on Iran.

Neocons believe that a nuclear
attack on Iran would have intimidating force throughout
the Middle East and beyond. Iran would not dare
retaliate, neocons believe, against US ships, US troops
in Iraq, or use their missiles against oil facilities in
the Middle East.

Neocons have also concluded that a
US nuclear strike on Iran would show the entire Muslim
world that it is useless to resist America`s
will. Neocons say that even the most fanatical
terrorists would realize the hopelessness of resisting
US hegemony. The vast multitude of Muslims would realize
that they have no recourse but to accept their fate.

Revised US war doctrine concludes
that tactical or low-yield nuclear weapons cause
relatively little

or civilian deaths, while achieving a powerful
intimidating effect on the enemy. The

disheartens the enemy and shortens the conflict.

University of California Professor
Jorge Hirsch, an authority on nuclear doctrine, believes
that an American nuclear attack on Iran will destroy the
Non-Proliferation Treaty and send countries in pellmell
pursuit of nuclear weapons. We will see powerful nuclear
alliances, such as Russia/China, form against us. Japan
could be so traumatized by an American nuclear attack on
Iran that it would mean the end of Japan`s
sycophantic relationship to the US.

There can be little doubt that the
aggressive US use of nukes in pursuit of hegemony would
make America a pariah country, despised and distrusted
by every other country. Neocons believe that diplomacy
is feeble and useless, but that the unapologetic use of
force brings forth cooperation in order to avoid

Neoconservatives say that America
is the new Rome, only more powerful than Rome.
Neoconservatives genuinely believe that no one can
withstand the might of the United States and that
America can rule by force alone.

Hirsch believes that the US
opposition to the use of nuclear weapons against Iran
has been overcome by the civilian neocon authorities in
the Bush administration. Desperate to retrieve their
drive toward hegemony from defeat in Iraq, the neocons
are betting on the immense attraction to the American
public of force plus success. It is possible that Bush
will be blocked by Europe, Russia and China, but there
is no visible American opposition to Bush legitimizing
the use of nuclear weapons in behest of US hegemony.

It is astounding that such
dangerous fanatics have control of the US government and
have no organized opposition in American politics.



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.