Watch out! They’re still telling us

I have revised my opinion that there will be no war with Iran. This isn’t because I think it makes sense, or can be won, or anything like that. It’s because I read the _Daily Telegraph_ to find out what the warmongers want us to believe. It was the _Telegraph’s_ leaders, in the summer of *2002,* that made it plain that Iraq would be invaded[1] at a time when all reasonable people thought a war could be avoided.

So here is the relevant passage from [“yesterday’s leader”:http://www.telegraph.co.uk/opinion/main.jhtml?xml=/opinion/2006/03/17/dl1702.xml&sSheet=/opinion/2006/03/17/ixopinion.html] on the subject. Could anything say more clearly that the Americans are going to go ahead and bomb, no matter what the British think or believe is in their interests?

bq. The document, published yesterday, reasserts the right to pre-emptive strikes as a means of self-defence should the union deem itself liable to devastating attack by weapons of mass destruction. This reflects Washington’s view of Iran as a threat not just to Israel and Iraq, but also to America itself, a perception inadequately understood on this side of the Atlantic.
It also exposes the repeated assertion by Jack Straw, the Foreign Secretary, that military action against Teheran is not on the cards, for what it is: an attempt to forestall criticism from the Labour Party and from his Muslim constituents in Blackburn, rather than an honest assessment of American options.

The interesting split here is between the neocons writing leaders, and the specialist correspondents, who have a much closer understanding of what the army thinks.

fn1. oh and the fact that the husband of their then religious affairs correspondent, a 36-year-old Lietenant Colonel, was posted away from Northern Ireland to Istanbul. You don’t send officers that young and smart to places where there won’t be any fighting.

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5 Responses to Watch out! They’re still telling us

  1. Dj says:

    Daily Telegraph in 202* – “Are the Gaul’s weapons of mass destruction with the Celts?”….

    Or did you mean 2002? 🙂

  2. David Weman says:

    Unlikely. They have to get out of Iraq first, but even if they do it’s unlikely, though not unthinkable. But pundits making hawkish noises isn’t very compelling evidence.

  3. acb says:

    David, these aren’t pundits: they are propagandists for the gang now running the White House. The whole point is that this leader will have been written as a result of a briefing from someone very close to Rumsfeld. That the course of action they propose is disastrous will not deter them. They are still thinking that empires make their own reality — which, in a sense, they do, but not the reality they believe they are making.

  4. David Weman says:

    GOP pundits often take cues from the White House. Nevertheless it’s not very compelling evidence, because they’ll do that with or without any cues.

  5. David Weman says:

    Make hawkish noises, that is.

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