NORMAN — The Transcript’s reprint of LA Times’ 11-11-13 op-ed “Case for a deal with Iran” was an excellent review of the current situation. It is especially important to note the difference between “weaponization” and “nuclear capability” for medical and energy needs. I agree: “ ... if Iran agrees to restraints that effectively stop the clock on weaponization, the international community should be willing to reciprocate with a measured relaxation of sanctions.”
As expected, Israel’s Netanyahu is responding with “hair-on-fire” rhetoric. However, there are others with a long history of anti-Muslim talk lurking in the background.
If you have read the Aug. 27 letter to President Obama urging a strike against Syria (see Weekly Standard), you might get a déjà vu feeling. The parallel with similar letters to Pres. Bush (Sept. 20, 2001) and Pres. Clinton (Jan. 26,1998) is unmistakable.
In case you missed it, this group (Donald Rumsfeld, William Kristol, Paul Wolfowitz, Richard Armitage, John Bolton, Richard Perle, Dick Cheney and others) make up the shadowy neo-con cabal Project for a New American Century, which argued (and still argues) for U.S. global domination through “military strength and moral clarity.”
Yes, global domination is their stated goal. They have urged intervention in Iraq, Afghanistan, Syria and Iran and targeting of Hezbollah and the Palestinian Authority. Libya and North Korea were later added to the list.
Another war would undoubtedly maintain the shameless profiteering, as documented by U.S. Inspector General Stuart Bowen Jr., who reported “... corruption remains endemic in Iraq. Unless checked, it is doubtful that many U.S.-funded reconstruction efforts will be able to achieve their intended purpose.”
Should the neo-con proposal of military action against Syria and Iran be implemented, as it was in Iraq and Afghanistan, another opportunity for corruption and profiteering would be achieved.