Bending the Third Rail
Because We Should, We Can, We Do
Sunday, February 25, 2007
My Theory
..... Reinforced again. This quote is from Sy Hersh's article on the regional situation in the middle east. This is a Saudi diplomat commenting on the situation with Iran:
“We have two nightmares,” the former diplomat told me. “For Iran to acquire the bomb and for the United States to attack Iran. I’d rather the Israelis bomb the Iranians, so we can blame them. If America does it, we will be blamed.”
I could quote from Hersh's article all day. Rather, I'm going to suggest you take a few moments and give it a read. Hersh does a great job summarizing the complexities of the whole situation including the extreme involvement of the Saudi's in American decision-making. Once again, the U.S. is hostage to our SUV proclivities. What may be most disturbing is the tendency for the Saudi/U.S. plan in the middle east to actually be embracing elements of the Sunni al Qaeda! The ironies are enough to kill ya.

Hersh further mentions evidence that the administration is running covert operations throughout the middle east "off the books", a la Iran-Contra. He cites Negroponte's recent resignation (and reassignment to the State Dept.) as due to his unwillingness to participate given his experiences in the past scandal. While Negroponte supports the administration goals, he refuses to participate in illegal covert ops.

Update: Go here and watch a CNN interview of Hersh where he discusses the above.