by Chris Hedges
The failure by Barack Obama to chart another
course in the Middle East, to defy the
Obama, in a miscalculation that will have grave consequences, has given his blessing to the widening circle of violence and abuse of the Palestinians by Israel and, most dangerously, to those in the Bush White House and Jerusalem now plotting a war against Iran. He illustrates how the lust for power is morally corrosive. And while he may win the White House, by the time he takes power he will be trapped in George Bush's alternative reality.
We need to get out of
House Judiciary Chairman
John Conyers, in a letter to President Bush on May 8, threatened to open
impeachment proceedings if Bush attacked
"Our concerns in this area have been heightened by more recent events," Conyers wrote. "The resignation in mid-March of Admiral William J. `Fox' Fallon from the head of U.S. Central Command, which was reportedly linked to a magazine article that portrayed him as the only person who might stop your Administration from waging preemptive war against Iran, has renewed widespread concerns that your Administration is unilaterally planning for military action against that country. This is despite the fact that the December
2007 National Intelligence
Estimate concluded that
The administration, in
rhetoric that is eerily similar to that used to build the case for a war
against Iraq, asserts that the Iranian Quds Force is
arming anti-American groups in Iraq and providing them with high-tech roadside
bombs and sophisticated rockets. It dismisses the National Intelligence
Estimate conclusion that
Conyers' threat is too little too late, especially if the Bush White House, possibly assisted by Israel, launches airstrikes on some or all of 1,000 selected Iranian targets in the final weeks of the administration. But it is an effort. Conyers tried.
This is more than we can say for the presumptive Democratic nominee.
Obama went before the American Israel Public Affairs Committee
(AIPAC) on Wednesday and
said he will stand with the right-wing Israeli government, even if this means
backing an attack on
"As president I will
use all elements of American power to pressure
Obama went on to blame the Palestinians for the conflict, although the ratio of Palestinians to Israelis killed in 2007 was 40 to 1.
This is an increase from 30 to 1 in 2006 and 4 to 1 in 2000-2005.
"I will bring to the
White House an unshakable commitment to
Obama spoke about Israelis whose
houses were damaged by the crude rockets, most made out of old pipes, fired
The deterioration of the conflict in Israel, which would be accelerated by airstrikes on Iran and an ensuring regional war, will propel us into the Armageddon-type scenario in the Middle East relished by the lunatic fringes of the radical Christian right. And so, with Obama's enthusiastic endorsement, we barrel toward a Dr.
No one will be able to say we did not go out with a spectacular show of
firepower, gore and death. Our European and Middle Eastern allies, who are numb
with consternation over our death spiral, are frantically trying to reach out
The instant we attack
This price increase will
devastate the American economy. The ensuing retaliatory strikes by
The Israeli leadership, like the Bush White House, is increasingly bellicose and threatening. The Israeli prime minister, after a 90- minute meeting with Bush in the White House on Wednesday, said the two leaders were of one mind. "We reached agreement on the need to take care of the Iranian threat," Ehud Olmert said. "I left with a lot less questions marks [than] I had entered with regarding the means, the timetable restrictions and American resoluteness to deal with the problem. George Bush understands the severity of the Iranian threat and the need to vanquish it and intends to act on the matter before the end of his term in the White House."
This time around, unlike
about the war with
" … There is no greater
when we need sane leadership the most, has proved feckless and weak. He, and
the Democratic leadership, is as morally bankrupt as those preparing to ignite
our funeral pyre in the
Chris Hedges, who graduated from Harvard Divinity School and was for nearly two decades a foreign correspondent for The New York Times, is the author of "American Fascists: The Christian Right and the War on America."
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