Friday, August 1, 2008

Casus Belli Up

Somehow, the name Seymour Hersh and the word "rejection" are two things that should never be in the same sentence. Yet, this is what happened when Hersh tried to get his employer, The New Yorker, to publish a piece in which his usual impeccable sources told him this amazing story.

I'm sure that there isn't a single reader of this blog who's forgotten about the Iranian PT boat "incident" that could've easily become the Gulf of Tonkin II. Frustrated that nothing came of it, there was a meeting held in the White House presided over by Cheney. During this meeting, some tactical genius advanced the idea that we build in our shipyards vessels that resembled Iranian PT boats, load them up with Navy SEALs and...

...I can't even finish the sentence. Just watch the video. This is the part of Hersh's story that was rejected because these dozen or so harebrained schemes were also rejected. The blood, no foul, said the New Yorker editorial staff.

However, it's not nearly good enough for me that this idea during the Cheney meeting was ultimately rejected. The very thought that a neocon would even dare think of something like this, much less advance the idea at a high-level meeting at the White House...

The fact that someone in our government, and I can perfectly imagine Cheney himself advancing the idea, would think to put Navy SEALs in harm's way, practically guaranteeing their deaths so we can have our war with Iran makes me quiver with rage in so many ways and on so many levels. They would've killed members of our armed forces in yet another ginned-up rationale in going to war with yet another country, a war that they cannot even legitimately start. And it would've been cynically timed to coincide with Bush's visit to the Middle East.

What I cannot understand is what Hersh is talking about when he claims that Americans would have been in favor of retaliation against Iran. I don't number myself among this phantom demographic and I imagine that I could speak for a large percentage of my fellow liberals in saying that it would've taken one mother of an attack in order to get me to sign on for another Bush war in another oil-rich Persian Gulf nation.

It's complete, ladies and gentlemen. Our seat of government has finally become like the war room in Dr. Strangelove, a room full of madmen who have to have their war no matter what, even if our perceived enemies will not be obligingly belligerent.

Even if Kevin Drum hadn't have thought of this, I would've:
"The U.S. was thinking of flying U2 reconnaissance aircraft with fighter cover over Iraq, painted in U.N. colours," the memo says, attributing the idea to Mr. Bush. "If Saddam fired on them, he would be in breach."

Number one question: Why hasn't this government been impeached en masse and why is the New Yorker, of all places, providing interference for Cheney's office for seriously proposing the killing of Navy SEALs to illegitimately provoke a war with yet another oil-rich country just because it was rejected?


At August 2, 2008 at 4:58 AM, Blogger clif said...

Jurrassic that is the EXACT false flag style event Hitler used as a pretense to attack Poland,

from wiki

The Gleiwitz incident was a staged attack on 31 August 1939 against the German radio station Sender Gleiwitz in Gleiwitz, Upper Silesia, Germany (since 1945: Gliwice, Republic of Poland) on the eve of World War II in Europe.

This provocation was one of several actions in Operation Himmler, a Nazi Germany SS project to create the appearance of Polish aggression against Germany, which would be used to justify the subsequent invasion of Poland.

On the night of August 31, 1939 a small group of German operatives, dressed in Polish uniforms and led by Naujocks seized the Gleiwitz station and broadcast a short anti-German message in Polish (sources vary on the content on the message). The Germans' goal was to make the attack and the broadcast look like the work of anti-German Polish saboteurs.

In order to make the attack seem more convincing, the Germans brought in Franciszek Honiok, a German Silesian known for sympathizing with the Poles, who had been arrested the previous day by the Gestapo. Honiok was dressed to look like a saboteur; then killed by lethal injection, given gunshot wounds, and left dead at the scene, so that he appeared to have been killed while attacking the station. His corpse was subsequently presented as proof of the attack to the police and press.


The Gleiwitz incident was only a part of a larger operation, carried out by Abwehr and SS forces. At the same time as the Gleiwitz attack there were other incidents orchestrated by Germany along the Polish-German border, such as house torching in the Polish Corridor and spurious propaganda output. The entire project, dubbed Operation Himmler and comprising 21 incidents in all, was intended to give the appearance of Polish aggression against Germany.

For months prior to the 1939 invasion German newspapers and politicians like Adolf Hitler accused Polish authorities of organizing or tolerating violent ethnic cleansing of ethnic Germans living in Poland.

On the day following the Gleiwitz attack, 1 September 1939, Germany launched the Fall Weiss operation — the invasion of Poland — initiating World War II in Europe. On the same day, in a speech in the Reichstag, Adolf Hitler cited the 21 border incidents, with three of them called very serious, as justification for Germany's "defensive" action against Poland. Just a few days earlier, on 22 August, he told his generals "I shall give a propaganda reason for starting the war; whether it is plausible or not. The victor will not be asked whether he told the truth."

Why would Dick Cheney want to follow in the foot steps of Adolph Hitler and Joeseph Goebbles?

You know the right wing neo-con cry like babies when they get compared to the Nazis, but they keep using the Nazi's play book.

BTW this was NOT the first time the Bush admin has suggested a false flag incident;

remember this?

Bush and Blair considered false flag event for war with Iraq

Bush and Blair discussed using American Spyplane in UN colours to lure Saddam into war. President Bush said: "The US was thinking of flying U2 reconnaissance aircraft with fighter cover over Iraq, painted in UN colours. If Saddam fired on them, he would be in breach." Bush also considered *assassinating* Saddam Hussein.

Or one of the most infamous false flag incidents which the American MSM and government have seen fit to NOT discuss at all;

USS Liberty incident

Whether in Israel or the US, war monger neo-cons are for what ever gets the war they want.

At August 2, 2008 at 10:17 AM, Blogger The Minstrel Boy said...

it wasn't just the suicidal nature of the false flag operation that disgusted me, the idea of asking SEALs to fire upon american ships is reprehensible to a degree of mind boggling proportions. that they were firm in the belief that they might find SEALs willing to do that is disappointing.

At August 2, 2008 at 11:19 AM, Anonymous Comrade Rutherford said...

Since Bush's grandfather, Prescott, was a high-level Nazi supporter, sitting on the boards of many pro-Nazi American companies, it is no surprise to me that Cheney would use the same trick Hitler did to start WWII.

The leadership of America are the descendants of Nazi Germany. Everything becomes so much clearer when that is the basis for looking at the state of America today.

The Republican base, the people that live near me, simply refuse to believe anything that makes their hero Bush look bad. They will say that Cheney would never do anything to endanger The Troops®™, and Sy Hirsch has never told anything but lies in his entire life.

Remember, Bush was appointed by God Almighty, who Himself rigged the election to install Bush as leader. That all those votes were switched by voting machines is Proof that God wanted Bush to 'win'. Diebold was merely the instrument of God.

At August 3, 2008 at 4:00 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

The Randians have been in power too long. Time for our own modern version of Bastille Day.

At August 3, 2008 at 8:12 AM, Blogger Firestarter5 said...

I could say something about 'false flag' and '9/11', but it's best I say nothing...

Welcome back JP!!


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