Start a war, win an election?
Ostensibly, this article is about the German government's recent announcement that they would support no further sanctions against Iran and about how that decision is forcing administration officials to start the planning for an air campaign against Iran's nuclear enrichment facilities. But buried in the story's eighth paragraph is a quote from an anonymous, but "well-placed Bush administration source", stating that the time frame for an attack is 8 to 10 months from now..."after the presidential primaries have probably been decided, but well before the November 2008 elections."
Now imagine how that will affect the presidential race. Though the conventions haven't taken place, our super-duper early primaries have already selected the presumptive nominees. A second war will put an enormous amount of pressure on the Democratic nominee to definitively state her/his support or opposition. If the Democrat supports an Iranian War, the Democratic base falls apart. Anti-war liberals start making plans to emigrate and moderates, unwilling to support the party but with no viable alternative candidate, refuse to vote. If the Democratic nominee opposes the war, Republicans use it as a rallying cry. The right-wing noise machine goes into overdrive, tarring the Democrats as 'America haters', and the Republican base goes to the polls in droves.
Either way, it's a win for GOP, and so if the question is: Would Bu$hCo time a war to provide Republicans with political advantage in 2008? The answer seems to be an unequivocal, yes!
As to martial law, we all live with that fear now that democracy has be re-interpreted by our democratic leaders.
These aren't republicans so much as they're anti-social psychopaths (redundancy intended).
Anyone know what the climate's like in Iceland?
...hope for the best...prepare for the worst.
Octavian... No truer words. We're going to see if the Democrats can really demonstrate some conviction. I think the only way to come out of this scenario, is to go oppose the attack and go after the Republican's full bore. Nothing less will do.
Sewmouse... Got a candidate in mind? If so, could you let me know?
Dada... Agreed. I don't have any doubt that the Bush administration is psychotic enough to start a second war. Given that, why not using the timing to advantage.
While I agree that's a good, logical saying, I wonder how one would prepare for this. Let me clarify by saying one who is poor.
There would have to be some major attack on the U.S. or on the U.S. Military in Iraq that Bush could fool people into believing Iran was responsible.
If Bush is able to get the public to cheerlead for bombing Iran, then yes, this would propel the Republican candidate to the White House or bolster Bush's chance for a third term.
But if Bush just bombs Iran on a whim, I think it could very well backfire and work in favor of Democrats.
Either way, it's all very macabre to be talking about bombing a country and the death of scores of civilians in such a blaise way.
Then it's a good thing for us that Iran isn't filled with civilians, but an unholy army of jihadists ready to strike at a moment's notice!
If I may paraphrase the immortal words of Colonel Sandurz, this country has gone from suck to blow.
Mauigirl... Civil war? Between whom? Bush has already granted himself the authority to use the military for police action without the consent of the states. The population doesn't have the skill, armaments, or training to mount an insurrection. The only alternative is passive resistance.
Sumo... As I mentioned to Mauigirl...passive resistance is the only option.
Polishifter... I'm afraid I don't agree. All Bush has to do is get the Democrats to work against themselves, and the timing is key to doing that.
Randal... All part of the 'Thuglican noise machine's constant spin, eh?
I think at that point you'd see the closet anarchists come out for one last dieing gasp of a clash against big brother.
Frederick... No doubt, and unfortunately they'd be slaughtered like pigs. Passive resistance is the only option!
Blog on, Froggy, blog on all.
Windspike... The strategy may not work out as Bu$hCo desires, but that doesn't mean they won't try it.
Dave... You betcha! Korea's never ended you know. ;-)