Gulf of Tonkin – Redux?
I can’t help but wonder, is this what El Pollo Loco, and his puppet-master, The Prince of Darkness, have been waiting for? Is this going to be the modern-day equivalent of the Gulf of Tonkin incident?
From the Associated Press:
Iranian naval vessels seized 15 British sailors who had boarded a ship suspected of smuggling cars in the Persian Gulf off the Iraqi coast on Friday, officials said.
The British government demanded “the immediate and safe return of our people and equipment.”
The seizure comes at a time of rising tensions between Iran and the West, which accuses the Islamic republic of violating a U.N. calls for it to halt uranium enrichment and open its nuclear program for inspection. It also comes amid U.S. accusations that Iran is funding and arming Shiite militias in Iraq, worsening sectarian tensions there.
So, how long before Bush is telling us that he’s ordered a strike by the Air Force? [Because even BushCo can’t start a ground war with the tattered and stretched Army and Marines they have now.]
I’m starting to feel paranoid, but with this particular bunch of crooks and liars, things that seemed paranoid 10 years ago are absolutely possible today.
Who would imagine a President who would lie us into war, constantly shift the reasoning for that war, and refuse to stray from his course even in the face of unmitigated failure? Who could have imagined an Attorney General’s underlings conspiring with the White House underlings to fire US Attorneys for political reasons?
Who could have imagined a government that outed a covert officer because her husband said their evidence and reasoning for war was forged? Who would imagine the President insisting “we don’t torture” even as his Vice-President was haunting the halls of the Rubber-Stamp Congress seeking exemptions to the McCain Torture Doctrine?
Who would imagine that a major city would be left to drown? Who would have imagined Osama Bin Laden would still be on the loose? Who would have imagined pallets of cash being flown to Iraq and just handed out willy-nilly? Who would imagine… Jeebus Christmas but the list goes on forever.
And that’s why I’m expecting a major “incident.” Something that kills US troops. I dread such a thing, but – unfortunately – because of the current misAdministration’s actions over the past six years…well, we know that all options are on the table. Even the crazy ones. [Or should that be “especially” the crazy ones?]
Is this why two carriers and a strike group were ordered to the Gulf recently?
From the same article:
The United States, Britain’s chief ally, has built up its naval forces in the Gulf in a show of strength directed at Iran. Two American carriers, including the USS John C. Stennis — backed by a strike group with more than 6,500 sailors and Marines and with additional minesweeping ships — arrived in the region in recent months, ratcheting up tensions with Iran.
I’m really starting to believe that, at some point, probably within the next few months, there will be an attack, US troops will be killed, and all “evidence” will point to Iran. Bushie will whip up the outrage, someone will testify at the UN, the talking heads will trip over themselves to endorse this new war, networks will spend millions on graphics like, “War in Iran” and “America Fights Back” and then: BOOM!
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