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Are They Out Of Their Minds?

Monday, May 21, 2007
Rumors have been going around for quite some time that Bush wants to attack Iran, but nothing thus far has come of it. But now according to ThinkProgress, the mysterious "Plan B" if the surge fails might is this long-suspected offensive against Iran.

The stupidity of such a move is beyond description. Leaving aside our depleted military and Iran's potential defensive strength, has Mr. Bush considered the response in the rest of the world? Is there any domestic political support for this course of action, or is he just planning to lie us into another war?

As anyone who has read this blog awhile will know, I am a obsessed with history, especially that of early modern Spain. In the 16th century Philip II was bogged down in a war in the Netherlands, unable to reach a decision, alienating the rest of Europe, and bankrupting the Spanish monarchy. His last desperate effort to break the deadlock was to eliminate the main supporter of the Dutch rebels - Elizabeth of England. So he gambled Spain prestige and treasury on a harebrained "grand design" that became known as the Spanish Armada. We all know how that turned out, don't we?

The parallels with out present situation are more than a little alarming.
Posted by Arbitrista @ 2:17 PM
2 Comments:
  • I don't know anything about Spanish history - but I would like to point out that I totally predicted this back in January! http://shrinkydinkkitten.blogspot.com/2007/01/what-exactly-made-bush-think-we-wanted.html

    By Blogger shrinkykitten, at 5:53 PM  
  • Fair enough. I don't know if it's going to happen, but even contemplating it is the folly.

    By Blogger Arbitrista, at 7:50 AM  
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