Regime Change in Iran

Hmm. I just realized that the Cheney comments about Iran’s nuclear threat that I discussed in mylast post came ahead of an inaugural speech in which Bush said:

Today, America speaks anew to the peoples of the world:

All who live in tyranny and hopelessness can know: the United States will not ignore your oppression, or excuse your oppressors. When you stand for your liberty, we will stand with you.

Democratic reformers facing repression, prison, or exile can know: America sees you for who you are: the future leaders of your free country.

The rulers of outlaw regimes can know that we still believe as Abraham Lincoln did: “Those who deny freedom to others deserve it not for themselves; and, under the rule of a just God, cannot long retain it.”

The leaders of governments with long habits of control need to know: To serve your people you must learn to trust them. Start on this journey of progress and justice, and America will walk at your side.

Yes, Bush is doing what Lincoln did in the Emancipation Proclamation, converting a war about politics to a war about morality. But more directly, he is exhorting the people of Iran to overthrow their government! The combination of Cheney talking about the necessity for military action to take out Iran’s nuclear capabilities and Bush’s claiming that we will also support Iranian reformers is exciting and should be making Iran’s leadership very very nervous.

Note: Yes, the speech is also addressed to Egypt, Saudi Arabia, Pakistan, etc. But Iran is obviously top of mind given Cheney’s comments.

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3 Responses to Regime Change in Iran

  1. “Today, America speaks anew to the peoples of the world:”

    translation: boy, i’m sorry that you think i’m such an asshole. perhaps the reality of my being around for another four years will make you think twice about dismissing me for being a murderous moron.

    “All who live in tyranny and hopelessness can know: the United States will not ignore your oppression, or excuse your oppressors. When you stand for your liberty, we will stand with you.”

    translation: we’ll bankrupt our society to give you what we think you want, even if you consider the cure worse than the disease.

    “Democratic reformers facing repression, prison, or exile can know: America sees you for who you are: the future leaders of your free country.”

    translation: we’re actually running out of money, but it makes us feel really good to know that the occasional opportunistic demagogue can use our good name to turn over a domino or two.

    ‘The rulers of outlaw regimes can know that we still believe as Abraham Lincoln did: “Those who deny freedom to others deserve it not for themselves; and, under the rule of a just God, cannot long retain it.”‘

    translation: just like lincoln, i’m prepared to eliminate many, many civil liberties to make sure that our country and ALL THE REST OF THEM are safe for christianity.

    ‘The leaders of governments with long habits of control need to know: To serve your people you must learn to trust them. Start on this journey of progress and justice, and America will walk at your side.’

    translation: blah blah blah de blah yackity smackity boop boop de boop boop. i’m the boss now, so you people had better trust me.

  2. webpublica says:

    http://expers.net/index.php?blog=6

    .on war with Iran.

    Whoman: => If you were to attack a country, would you let your intelligence people (whetether at Pentagon or CIA) give away you secret plans to several journalists and indirectly put the target country on-guard?…

    Alex Jacobso…

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