The next war will be in Washington
The idea that we're on an irreversible course to attack Iran and launch WW IV seems more and more unreal to me. This report from Wayne Madsen says that the next battle is going to be an internecine one, between the neocons and the Bush family, over who takes the blame for the mess of Iraq.
October 24, 2006 -- There is something afoot, in a very Shakespearean way, in the White House.Politics and power-alliances are never as simple as they seem. Bush Jr. took office as a political naif. The neocons used the occasion of 9-11 to bring him to their side.
Preparing for a post-election massacre of the GOP and the resignation of Donald Rumsfeld as Defense Secretary, two factions are emerging within the White House.
One is the neo-con faction surrounding potential scapegoat Vice President Dick Cheney. This faction includes Cheney's own staffers and his and Rumsfeld's sympathizers in the Pentagon, National Security Council, State Department, and media and think tanks.
The other is the faction coalescing around the other potential scapegoat -- George W. Bush. This is the most interesting faction as it consists of George H. W. Bush and his closest friends -- James Baker III, Lee Hamilton, former CIA Director Robert Gates, Alan Simpson, Sandra Day O'Connor, and other past luminaries of the George H. W. Bush administration.
George W. Bush has had to admit that his presidency has been a failure and now must have his father and his father's friends bail him out. The Iraq Study Group of Baker and Hamilton, which is negotiating with the Iraqi Resistance, Iran, and Syria against the wishes of Cheney's faction, was a step in the direction of bailing out Junior.
This editor was recently approached by someone close to George W. Bush and White House Press Secretary Tony Snow who made it clear that George W. Bush was fighting elements "further to his right." Flabbergasted, I responded that I didn't think many people were further to the right than Bush. But that was before the impending scapegoating issue became clear. "Further to the right" means Cheney, some members of the Christian fundamentalist Right, and their followers.
Bush Sr. is an old-line WASP establishment type, no special friend of Jews. GWOT has made lots of money for the Carlyle Group, but now that it's likely to become a permanent blot on the Bush family name, the marriage of convenience between the old line establishment and the neocons is breaking up - so is their plan of buying a summer palace in Iran.
And where do 'we the people' stand in this new war?
Right where we've always stood, along with the rest of the world - directly in the line of fire.