Tuesday, March 14, 2006

The Republican Party Defensive Strategy For 2006

The United States failed today to get Chinese and Russian support for it's efforts to get Iran to suspend it's nuclear enrichment activities. The Bush administration, with approval ratings in free fall, has begun it's 2006 campaign to retain Republican control of Congress. The plan is the same it followed in 2002. Accuse a Middle east country of a weapons program, pretend to use diplomatic channels to try and diffuse the situation, and bolster the propaganda and fear campaign to keep American citizens misinformed and frightened about a nuclear Iran.
Iran is having Russia build them a nuclear power plant at Bushehr. They have begun enrichment of uranium. So far, no problem. Now, some people are questioning why an oil rich country would need nuclear power when they have all that oil at their disposal. While it's true that Iran has oil it can use, it lacks refineries to turn the oil into a usable fuel. Another reason why they might choose nuclear power is the fact that along with oil, Iran has deposits of uranium as well. So how can we know that Iran is enriching it's uranium for peaceful purposes and not for defensive purposes? So far, it has 3000 centrifuges to enrich it's uranium, it takes 60,000 to enrich enough uranium for nuclear weapons, a difference of 57,000 (for those of you who can't do the math). How long does it take to build 57,000 centrifuges? (Hint: US intelligence sources say Iran is at least ten years away from the bomb)
The strategy worked in 2002 with Iraq. Democrats were forced to vote for the war or look soft on the war on terrorism, like the war on drugs, an unwinnable war designed to take away our rights and line the pockets of defnse contractors. Since July of last year, Dick Cheney has had a hard-on for Iran, asking STRATCOM to draw up plans for bombing the country in the case of a terrorist attack, whther or not Iran is linked to said attack. Which has some people thinking that we'll have another staged terror event like 9/11, to bolster Bush's approval ratings and give him a blank check to invade Iran.(Personally, I don't see it for two reasons: Bush still gets a lot of mileage by chanting 9/11 at every opportunity, and another "terrorist" attack would not only make Bush look even more incompetent, but also show how ineffective the new Patriot Act is at fighting domestic terrorism)
Anonymous sources here at unbrainwashed have placed the invasion set for January or February of next year. That gives the president and the Republicans a lot of time to swagger about and talk tough about terrorism while getting voters to forget about the rampant corruption with in the Republican controlled Congress(and the Republican's unwillingness to do anything about it). In the meantime, we have this war's "Niger" documents (fixed intelligence), a laptop computer that happened to fall in our laps, which we claim has the plans for a nuclear bomb on it, however the expert are still out on whether this is true.
So expect a lot of anti-Iran propaganda in the corporate media over the next nine months. It's president has committed the ultimate in thought crimes, he has dared to question the Holocaust. That alone is enough for Israel to call for military action against Iran. He also had said that Israel should be wiped off the map.(after Israel, first suggested that if Washington did not stop Iran's nuclear program "we will take action ourselves") This will be followed by stories about those persecuted under the theocracy in Iran, designed to enrage those who wish to institute a theocracy in the US.
So there is the strategy. Keep the masses good and frightened (last weekend they brought back the terror alerts that worked so well last time) so they can't think straight and will run to good old daddy Republican to protect them from evil terrorists. It never fails. What's that they say in Texas?


Granny said...

I'm ignorant. What do they say in Texas? I know what Barnum said and that might fit as well.

Lew Scannon said...

"Fool me once, shame on....you. Fool me you can't get fooled again."

Jason H. Bowden said...

lew --

If Democrats toughen up on defense, maybe they can finally take some seats back.

I support destroying Iran's weapons program. Israel will not be "wiped off the map," no matter what Ahmadinejad says.

Iran’s Ahmadinejad: Sharon dead and “others to follow suit”

"“We must prepare ourselves to rule the world and the only way to do that is to put forth views on the basis of the Expectation of the Return”, Ahmadinejad said, referring to the Shiite Muslim belief that the Mahdi, on his return, will establish justice in a world consumed by chaos and corruption."

There is no reason to trust looney toons Ahmadinejad with nuclear weapons.

Lew Scannon said...

Much better we should trust loonies toons like Rumsfeld and Cheney, who are using nuclear weapons(DU) in Iraq and are planning on using them in Iran.
So it's perfectly okay for Israel (which refuses to sign the NPT, and has nuclear weapons)to make threats against Iran's nuclear power program (which is all it is, there has been no evidence found otherwise)but not okay for Ahmadinejad to threaten Israel in defense of it's sovereignty. Seems a bit hypocritical. And if you support "destroying Iran's weapons program", why aren't you joining the Army? They need good patriots like yourself, and I can put you in touch with a good recruiter.Or is your patriotic blood too good to be spilled for Israel.The only difference between the Christianazis and the Islamofascists is who gets stuck on earth to battle the Jews.

Ron Nasty said...

I don't think the Army'd take someone who still plays with Transformers. Even Connor and Cody find that show to be hokey, and they're only six.

Granny said...

Thanks Lew - I remember that coming out of Dubya's mouth now. I learned it a little differently.


I've read Mr. Bowden elsewhere. Nice to see him spreading the cheer. One wonder what exactly he means by 'toughening up' on defense. 9/11 happened while the Republicans held power. And what have they used their power to do since? Bogus inquiries? Crerating another level of bureaucracy while supposedly talking about smaller government? Yeah, lets create more government to help us coordinate the ineffective bureaucracy we already have. When exactly will they start that, anyway? To their credit they did color code the heuristics.

Its easy to say 'toughen up on defense' but some suggest that if we didn't piss off so many people, we might not need a defense budget that is so astronomical. Exactly HOW MUCH money do you propose? And how does DEBT help our security? And destroying manufacturing, how will that help us if needed in a war? Will we import from our enemies?

Clearly they get the money, huge amounts-what do the Repubs do with it? THATS the question.

They've had control of government, the excuse that the Democrats are soft on defense no longer holds. We are arguably just as vulnerable to terror and we have really won NOTHING. Yet we have a paper troll of 000000's and the biggest deficit of all time. Is that money well spent? It just goes to show writing checks is not the way to safety.

One wonders also why Mr. Bowden does not think N Korea enters into the lonney discussion? No crimp in the petrodollar plan?

Jason H. Bowden said...

lew, lily --

I used to think the left was against religious fundamentalism. However, the left falsely imposes a Marxist interpretation on foreign events, viewing terrorists as mistreated kids acting out when they are really religiously inspired. While I'm not a fan of religion in general, I can tell the difference between a fanatic bent on exterminating millions and someone who believes in an invisible friend for afterlife insurance.

ron --

Camp is one of my guilty pleasures. You can probably guess I'm a big Bruce Campbell fan.

Troll Watcher said...

Dick Cheney: Fanatic bent on exterminating miilions