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Saturday, May 26, 2007

Same Game, Different Stories

Darth Cheney gave a nonpolitical speech to the new graduating class at West Point today.

Vice President Dick Cheney on Saturday urged the 978 new graduates of the U.S. Military Academy to provide leadership to troops fighting terrorists in Iraq and Afghanistan.

Noting that West Point is about 50 miles north of where terrorists struck lower Manhattan on Sept. 11, 2001, the vice president said, “Nobody can promise us we won’t be hit again.”

He received standing ovations before and after he spoke to a crowd of about 20,000. To the emerging Army second lieutenants, Cheney appealed for them to defend freedom against those who would destroy it and carry forward the academy’s values of duty, honor and country...

Darth Cheney, you keep using those words. I do not think they mean what you think they mean. He must have left his audience confused, because there was no rush to the podium to apprehend the man whose lust for money and power has besmirched the Academy's values.

Meanwhile, the DIA's Ministry of Truth released the following to the world's press, Iran's Top Seekrit Plan to Win in Iraq:

Iran is secretly forging ties with al-Qaida elements and Sunni Arab militias in Iraq in preparation for a summer showdown with coalition forces intended to tip a wavering US Congress into voting for full military withdrawal, US officials say.

"...Iran is fighting a proxy war in Iraq and it's a very dangerous course for them to be following. They are already committing daily acts of war against US and British forces," a senior US official in Baghdad warned. "They [Iran] are behind a lot of high-profile attacks meant to undermine US will and British will, such as the rocket attacks on Basra palace and the Green Zone [in Baghdad]. The attacks are directed by the Revolutionary Guard who are connected right to the top [of the Iranian government]."

Yes, I'm sure that the Wah'habi Sunni Saudi Al Qaeda are aligning themselves with their mortal enemies, the heretic Iranian Shiites, to gain control of the oil fields in Iraq they both want. While the newly elected Iraqi government cozys up to the Iranians to develop their oil without the intervention of Western corporations.

You just can't make this stuff up, it's such idiocy. But Bu$hCo-Cheneyburton can, and does repeatedly. It spouts this silliness as it's selling its allies its soft cop approach.

It's all rather like Dear Leader claiming he would use invasion of Iraq as a last resort. It certainly helped that he couldn't imagine any first resort.

Meanwhile, an Iranian village lost its own idiot who enjoys his own brinksmanship:

...Iran's Supreme Leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei, while addressing a gathering of religious figures in the holy city of Mashhad on May 16, posed the question, "How is it possible to hold talks with the US's arrogant, bullying, expansionist administration and its impolite, reckless and demanding officials?"

There are no easy answers. As the countdown began for the Baghdad talks, in a series of moves, Washington rebuffed Iran's search for "logical, principled and fair ties" (to quote Foreign Minister Manouchehr Mottaki) with the US.

First, Washington has adopted an inexplicably obdurate stance over the detention of five Iranian diplomats who were kidnapped by US forces in the northern Iraqi town of Irbil in January. Their continued detention is illogical insofar as their kidnapping itself has turned out to be a fiasco, a case of mistaken identity. The US has turned down the Iranian request for consular access to the detainees, sought through the International Committee of the Red Cross.

Arguably, the US is provoking a "hostage crisis" with Iran. Tehran understands Washington's game plan. So far it has reacted with prudence. However, patience is wearing thin. Mottaki said on May 18, "In meetings with the Iraqi president, prime minister, foreign minister and other senior officials, I have told them clearly that the Iraqi government is responsible for releasing the kidnapped Iranian diplomats, and no excuse is acceptable." A crisis is no doubt brewing unless Washington releases the diplomats during the next couple of weeks.

Within two days of Mottaki's warning, Tehran charged a noted American scholar at the Smithsonian Institution's Woodrow Wilson International Center for Scholars, Haleh Esfandiari (who was visiting Iran), with subversive activities against the Iranian regime. The Iranian authorities have detained four Iranian-American nationals in recent weeks...

Of course, our village idiot's brinksmanship seems to have also done wonders for Syria's, where, just like Iran, the strongmen get stronger.

And those reinforcements crowding the Persian Gulf even further? Sounds like another last resort in search of the first one. Doubtless the soft cop approach Dear Leader's trying to sell the British public so they $elect him another poodle.

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