Where There's Smoke, There's Fire
One by one, day by day, voices of dissent are landing like bombshells. I was going to say where they were landing, but then my spider-sense warned me the those two phrases in the same sentence would be a very stupid move on my part, in this climate.
Six retired Generals have now stepped forward to make clear that the failures in this war, and they are many, rest largely on the shoulders of Donald Rumsfeld. They feel that he is responsible to such a degree that he should be ashamed of himself and resign. Notice that only retired Generals have the nerve to attach their names to their statements. These men are not stupid; they know what happens to whistleblowers, naysayers, buzz-killers.
West Point grads are also standing together on this issue of honor, decency and truth, saying this,
"When we West Point graduates took our commissioning oath of office one past June morning, we swore to protect our nation against all enemies, foreign and domestic. The deceitful connivances of the current administration have resulted in a war catastrophic to our nation's interests: politically, economically, militarily, and morally. We now stand to protect our nation from these deceivers. We will not serve their lies."
And now we have Seymour Hersch telling us that senior officers are threatening to resign if Bush doesn't take out the changes that have been made to the Defense Dept's "Nuclear Posture Review Report". This report, issued in January '02, describes under what circumstances nukes could be used to 'compliment other military capabilities'.
It was revised in September '05 to outline specifically that they could be used to strike nuclear facilities and WMD bunkers 'to destroy known enemy stockpiles of nuclear, biological, and chemical weapons'. It also includes a new strike plan called CONPLAN 8022 that allows for pre-emptive nuclear strikes against WMD facilities anywhere in the world. Daily Kos has the spine-chilling details.
This is getting bad. Actually it's already bad and it's getting worse. Bush's plan all along has been to invade the entire Middle East, just as every fundamentalist Muslim has predicted, and Iraq was only the first step. China, North Korea, Pakistan, France, and Russia ALL HAVE NUCLEAR WEAPONS RIGHT NOW. Iran does not and won't for many years.
But Iran has oil. And because of that simple fact, diplomacy will not be an option. And just like the Iraq war, good intel will be ignored (or destroyed), Donald Rumsfeld will tell us that they know where the weapons are - they're north, south, east and west of Tehran, and he'll explain to us once again,
"There are known knowns. These are things we know that we know. There are known unknowns. That is to say, there are things that we know we don't know. But there are also unknown unknowns. There are things we don't know we don't know."
I don't have any real fear that Bush is going to get away with this plan to stay in office indefinitely; too many people are prepared to fight him on it. My fear is that he will strike Iran anyway, knowing that the military doesn't support him, and deliver a mighty Fuck You! to us all, because I fear that he really is that stupid.
Just like Bush didn't let anyone stop him from invading Iraq, nothing will stop him from invading Iran. And then what happens? Will the only people left in the Pentagon with honor and guts resign like they threatened, weakening our entire military infrastructure? Or will they lead their troops to fight and die in another needless war, not for Bush, but for us - the innocents who voted for Kerry and the guilty alike?
Unfortunately, regretably, and to my great sorrow, Bush is the only one who can decide.