Bending the Third Rail
Because We Should, We Can, We Do
Tuesday, March 14, 2006
This, via Dan Froomkin, is very instructive about the exact nature of the United States image in the world:
Karl Vick and David Finkel write in The Washington Post: "Prominent activists inside Iran say President Bush's plan to spend tens of millions of dollars to promote democracy here is the kind of help they don't need, warning that mere announcement of the U.S. program endangers human rights advocates by tainting them as American agents. . . .

" 'We are under pressure here both from hard-liners in the judiciary and that stupid George Bush,' human rights activist Emad Baghi said as he waited anxiously for his wife and daughter to emerge from interrogation last week. 'When he says he wants to promote democracy in Iran, he gives money to these outside groups and we're in here suffering.' "
The U.S. image is the worst it's been in my memory. Simply the mention of our affiliation with a cause is enough to poison it.

There is something else I want to predict. I think President Cheney and Bush plan to attack Iran. I suspect these will be in the form massive air strikes. It's important to remember that a lame duck President is also one who has nothing to lose. He may wait until after the midterms, but I have little doubt that the P.R. effort has begun to justify an attack. And make no mistake about it. An attack on Iran poses a serious risk to a regional war.

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