KRISTOL: I think we could be in a military confrontation with Iran much sooner than people expect. I don’t think this is an issue that’s going to wait two and a half years until President Bush leaves the presidency. I think he will decide at some point next year — in 2007 — he’ll have to make some very tough decisions about what the U.S. and the world can tolerate in terms of this regime – this apocalyptic, messianic regime — which has made clear that it would use — would feel free to use weapons if it had them, that has very deep ties with terrorist groups, what we could accept in terms of their nuclear program.Look, this country hasn't liked Iran since the Ayatollah Khomeini instigated the hostage crisis in '79, thereby leading to the defeat of Jimmy Carter and the ascendency of Ronald Reagan. But by what utter hypocrisy and mental gymnastics do the NeoCons think that the United States is the sole arbiter of which country joins the nuclear bomb club or not? As pointed out by a Think Progress blogger the other day, it's O.K. if Great Britian, France, Russia, China, India, Pakistan and Israel have nuclear weapons but not Iran. And would it be O.K. if the Iranian regime were an American puppet?
QUESTION: What does that mean, what we can accept, does that mean going over and doing something about whatever they’ve got?
KRISTOL: It could mean that. I hope we’re doing things covertly to try to slow down their nuclear progress and I hope we can do much more perhaps and get some allies to do more, but I don’t think a military strike against Iran is at all out of the question. If you saw the president’s press conference yesterday, he said he hoped diplomacy would work, but I was struck by his words. I hope diplomacy would work, it would be helpful if the world spoke with a united voice against Iran, but he’s said over and over, you cannot allow this regime to have nuclear weapons and I think we may come to a real serious choice next year.
Tuesday, August 22, 2006
More on October Surprize attack on Iran
Right wing moron and Weakly Standard(and no, that is not misspelled) editor Bill Kristol ramps up the (ir)rational for a war with Iran, from Think Progress.org: