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Seymour Hersh, in the New Yorker, starts out pretty normal (for these times) with mildly awful crap like this:
There is a growing conviction among members of the United States military, and in the international community, that President Bush’s ultimate goal in the nuclear confrontation with Iran is regime change.
Then, he slides into the creepier but still fairly standard administration pap (that always ends up tasting like vomit):
One former defense official, who still deals with sensitive issues for the Bush Administration, told me that the military planning was premised on a belief that “a sustained bombing campaign in Iran will humiliate the religious leadership and lead the public to rise up and overthrow the government.” He added, “I was shocked when I heard it, and asked myself, ‘What are they smoking?’ ”
Reminds you of the theories before we invaded Iraq, don't it? When everyone who knew anything about the country was saying, "Well, even if they welcome us, and we, the experts, can't say they will -- you know, there's still several factions that despise (and like to kill) each other. Plus, guys, have you noticed, we don't have enough troops there to secure the place, much less keep out foreign insurgents, make plans to rebuild the infrastructure, and then actually rebuild the infrastructure "
The criminals that run our country banked on the fact that most Americans didn't know squat about the Middle East. And they diverted attention from their junior high plots by implying and insisting repeatedly and undeniably (because no one else had seen the so-called "intelligence") that the hijackers were in league with Hussein. And, now, they're still banking on the fact that Americans know diddly about Iran.
So, Hersh goes on for a while with a lot of references to how to intimidate a Middle Eastern country and whatnot. It's not enough to make you lose it, but it's really not getting any less creepy, is it?
[Iran Expert Patrick] Clawson said that he fears that [Iran's president Mahmoud] Ahmadinejad “sees the West as wimps and thinks we will eventually cave in. We have to be ready to deal with Iran if the crisis escalates.” Clawson said that he would prefer to rely on sabotage and other clandestine activities, such as “industrial accidents.” But, he said, it would be prudent to prepare for a wider war, “given the way the Iranians are acting. This is not like planning to invade Quebec.”
How are you feeling now? He writes a while longer about all the ways to be sure to completely dismantle Iran's nuclear capability. And, gee, it seems there really isn't any. A "former Defense Department official" is then quoted:
“Every other option, in the view of the nuclear weaponeers, would leave a gap,” the former senior intelligence official said. “ ‘Decisive’ is the key word of the Air Force’s planning. It’s a tough decision. But we made it in Japan.”