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?