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February 11, 2007

"The Year Of Iran"


Some senior administration officials still relish the notion of a direct confrontation. One ambassador in Washington said he was taken aback when John Hannah, Vice President Cheney's national security adviser, said during a recent meeting that the administration considers 2007 "the year of Iran" and indicated that a U.S. attack was a real possibility. Hannah declined to be interviewed for this article.

John Hannah replaced Scooter Libby as Cheney's national security adviser when Libby resigned. He also was a primary author of the case on Iraq that Cheney's staff wanted Colin Powell to use at the UN, but Powell threw out as crap. And given what Powell did use, that must have been some pretty crappy crap.

(Thanks to Seth Ackerman for pointing this out.)

Posted at February 11, 2007 03:01 PM | TrackBack

I nominate this statement by an unnamed administration official as the funniest sentence in the English language:

'"We truly believe this combination can succeed," a senior official said.'

Posted by: Bernard Chazelle at February 11, 2007 05:09 PM

The spring offensive, to coincide with the Taliban's spring offensive. I'm not missing out this time. When we go over the berm, I'm investing in Halliburton stock and maybe General Dynamics and I'm subscribing to the NY Times. (still have an outhouse)

Posted by: Mike Meyer at February 11, 2007 10:37 PM

So, der Fuhrer, Congo-Lisa and Bobby "Don't call me Daryl" Gates are definitely NOT going to attack Iran. However, they will be attacking the country formerly known as Persia very soon. Stay tuned to Fox for more shock and awe!

Posted by: JLaR at February 12, 2007 01:40 AM

I've often wondered about the wisdom, enacted since Vietnam, of keeping the 'homefront' economically pacified & in general not feeling the immense cost of a war effort. I always considered a WWII media blitz/war bond selling effort the best way to get the public behind you. I realize now you don't need the public behind you - you just need them not asking too many questions.

I had two interesting conversations this weekend, with the same person. Driving a new Lexus SUV he told me how, as a small business owner, he was Republican because he is sick of being 'taxed to death'. On war with Iran he said they would deserve it for 'the hostages and everything'.

He votes.


Posted by: Dave at February 12, 2007 06:43 AM

The year I-Ran with a chainsaw in a US Congress meeting...

Posted by: at February 12, 2007 07:05 AM

The year I-Ran with a chainsaw in a US Congress meeting...

Posted by at February 12, 2007 07:05 AM

To Whomever,

You obviously are not posting a name to avoid being carted off to the gulag on Diego Garcia for committing an act of terrorism! However, this is my kind of freedom-fighter, but as my pappy used to say "One man's meat is another man's poison!"

Posted by: JLaR at February 12, 2007 07:46 AM

So I gotta ask, (again) "Why are WE STILL PAYING these people?".

Posted by: Mike Meyer at February 12, 2007 01:20 PM

Dear Jonathan;
We notice that someone from your great site hit us during construction of a rant on those 5-minute House speeches on Escalation. Our local rep, Buck McKeon, is a classic neocon idiot and we aim to make that known before the 2008 election. We hope that you encourage a million punk blogs like ours to take action against those in Congress on the payroll of War Profiteers and Big Oil. Here is the completed text on Buck:
The Dems in the House were brilliant. They forced each member to go on the record in a five minute speech on the Escalation. Did you ever flip over a big rock when you were a kid and watch all the slimmy creatures scurry away from the sunlight? That was the Neocons in the House this week.
Buck McKeon is my local rep in CA.

Here is Buck's speech with bold highlighted comments from yours truly.
Mr. Speaker, I rise today in opposition to H. Con. Res. 63 and in support of a just cause that is facing a critical turning point. The outcome hangs in the balance, and, Mr. Speaker, we should not kid ourselves into believing that victory is foreordained (Even though it is impossible to WIN an OCCUPATION).
Churchill (Who was a lot like like Bush...a drunk, but ten times smarter) once said that there would not be war if both sides did not believe that they could win it (But again, the only way you can WIN an occupation is to stay there forever). The enemy we face in Iraq and in the broader war against the radical Islamists is driven by an apocalyptic vision of God (Like our own American Taliban, Jerry Falwell and Pat Robertson), and because such apocalyptic visions are rooted in faith and not facts (Just like our own Rapture-Ready Born-Agains), they are very hard to dispel. We, therefore, face an opponent who is neither open to reason nor to compromise, nor will he necessarily be defeated by calculations of military strategy and prudence (A Bush, SR much brighter than his spawn).
We face the paradox of a perilous time (The jig is up!). At the opening of the 21st century, we are opposed by an adversary who preaches the savagery and barbarism of the 12th century (Here it is: the HOLY CRUSADE reference...1099 when stupid white men from Europe invaded the Middle East to kill anyone who wasn't down with Jesus...That war lasted 300 years. Are you willing to hit "Replay"?). We face in Iraq an enemy that will allow us absolutely no quarter, and, Mr. Speaker, I am bound to say that I think we in this chamber, and, indeed, even in the country at large, have been slow to grasp that fact. (All Arabs are just like Nazis, except this time WE invaded and THEY are occupied)
As Lincoln (Just like Bush, but 100 times smarter) said in the Gettysburg Address, ``We cannot dedicate, we cannot consecrate, we cannot hallow this ground. The brave men, living and dead, who struggled here, have consecrated it, far above our poor power to add or detract.'' (Although the Iraq OCCUPATION has already lasted longer than our own Civil War or WWII)
...never let us forget the Twin Towers (9/11, 9?11, 9/11...Throw me a frigging bone here!)

"Click here to link to what your rep in the House said about the Escalation":
A wonderful ref provided by "True Majority":
If you don't like what youe rep said SPEAK UP, E-mail Congress, donate, make phone calls, go house to house, DO SOMETHING to get these parasites off OUR payroll!

Posted by: Greg Giacona at February 17, 2007 06:52 PM