Monday, April 24, 2006
Whatever you may think about the revolt of the generals, or the extremely low opinion poll ratings of the president, Bush is sailing blithely on, confident that his way is righteous. As for his plans to unilaterally attack Iran with these so-called bunker-buster bombs (an outright act of war, declared or not, and in violation of every law of civilized nations and our own Constitution), he has been reported returning to the knee of his real guru in international crime, George P. Schultz.
Think Progress [dot] org reveals the true motive of his very recent visit to Stanford University last Friday:
Bush Meets Privately With Think Tank Promoting Military Strike On Iran
This tidbit about President Bush’s schedule was buried in today’s Washington Post:
Bush traveled Friday night to Stanford University, where he met privately with members of the libertarian Hoover Institution to discuss the war. He concluded the day with a private dinner held by George P. Shultz, a Hoover fellow and former secretary of state.
Why is this significant? The Hoover Institution is a think tank that has been aggressively promoting the viability of a preemptive military strike in Iran. Here’s just a couple of recent examples —
Thomas Sowell, a senior fellow at Hoover:
[Europe] will be able to think of all sorts of nicer alternatives to taking out Iran’s nuclear development sites. They will be able to come up with all sorts of abstract arguments and moral equivalence, such as: Other countries have nuclear weapons. Why not Iran? Debating abstract questions is much easier than confronting concrete and often brutal alternatives. The big question is whether we are serious or suicidal. [Creators Syndicate, 1/3/06]
Tod Lindberg, a research fellow at Hoover:
Whatever it is that Saddam was going to perpetrate in his remaining years in power, whatever he intended to bequeath to his sons and whatever in turn they would do to follow up on his legacy, this we have prevented… Which takes us back to Iran…I don’t think it would be a good idea to wait around in the hope that we never arrive at the moment when we realize we should have done something. [Washington Times, 4/18/06]
George P. Schultz, who hosted the event, was an “early defender of the use of pre-emptive force to deal with Saddam Hussein’s regime in Iraq.”
Be afraid, be very afraid. Personally, there is no doubt in my mind that George W. is a sociopath of the first water, and has been in a fugue state since just a little after the State of the Union speech. His sinking polls (whether he cares to admit it or not) have driven him closer and closer to the brink of a psychotic episode, in which he will take us all over the edge.
If you doubt that, just recall to your mind's eye his recent appearances on TV, where he has been jerky to the point of spasticness, verbally inappropriate ("I am the decider."), and just generally giving all the appearances of a loose cannon about to go off.
This visit with Schultz has the hallmark of a wounded child seeking advice from his neighborhood bully, and Schultz is a monster capable of commiting crimes that make even crime family bosses cringe.
Any advice from this smooth-talking hitman is certain to bring no good results to the American people.