Friday, May 09, 2008

For Mothers' Day: I’d Banner Out a Warning...

As the song goes, it’s sometimes (unfortunately) necessary to issue a warning.

That was the case last Halloween when Bush-Cheney and their neo-con advisors deliberately pitched their desire to bomb Iran in the mainstream press. This was before the Administration was forced to release the Intelligence Community’s NIE refuting their claims of imminent danger from Iran’s nuclear program.

But that NIE has turned into nothing but a small speed bump in the road for committed neo-cons. In addition to Bush intelligence officials (DNI) Michael McConnell’s and (CIA) Michael Hayden’s constant backpedaling and discrediting of their own NIE intelligence product, Bush was successfully able to designate the Iranian Revolutionary Guard (QUDS) as a “terrorist” group. With their incessant attempts at publicizing “proof” that “special groups” of Iranian QUDS are helping the Iraqi “terrorists”, comes a shift in what the rationale for a strike will most likely be: from pre-empting Iran’s nuclear threat to countering “terrorists”. This is good news and bad. The good news, little as it is, is that the plan of a year ago which called for massive bombing of hundreds of sites may have morphed now to a more limited one designed to “send a message”. (Some people, it seems, do still believe in the “Shock and Awe” theory.)

The problem is threefold with any such plan for a more limited strike on Iran:
  1. The significant chance is that this method of sending a message won’t work.
  2. It could escalate quickly.
  3. It’s easier to start than finish.
By all accounts, the Administration’s plan to bomb Iran does not involve getting congressional or public approval this time but hinges on a stealth campaign (with assistance again of “message multipliers” in the mainstream press). Bush believes he’s the Decider after all and that it will be a simple matter to manufacture a pretext “casus belli” after the fact, given the tense circumstances of the U.S. occupation of Iraq.

Last fall’s fluorescent “orange alert” in the Twin Cities did catch many motorists’ attention. So we think it’s high time to do it again. Our banner brigade will issue a second warning both legally and effectively. If you’d like to help us by holding the side of one of the orange banners, please meet us this Sunday at 3 pm at the arched footbridge just west of Snelling that spans 94 in St. Paul. There’s plenty of street parking on both frontage roads that run just north and just south of 94 where the footbridge starts. The warning will hopefully look a little like the photo below only it will be more nicely arched, twice as long, and, in all probability, it will get the attention of about ten lanes of traffic safely moving underneath it.

So come bring your mother and celebrate Mothers Day* in the same true way that inspired it ---not waiting in line at a busy restaurant!

4 Moderated Comments:

Blogger Coleen Rowley said...

* In the United States, Mother's Day was loosely inspired by the British day and was imported by social activist Julia Ward Howe after the American Civil War. It was intended as a call to unite women against war. In 1870, she wrote the Mother's Day Proclamation as a call for peace and disarmament.

5/09/2008 08:18:00 PM  
Blogger Soros' Proxy said...

You're absolutely right, Agent Rowley. We don't need to fear the braying of the right-wing media such as Fox News nor the right-wing press such as the WSJ. They are predictable.

What is far worse and dangerous is the insidious 'stealth campaign of message multipliers in the mainstream media'.

5/09/2008 08:52:00 PM  
Blogger Utah Savage said...

Great post Vig.

5/09/2008 09:07:00 PM  
Blogger Vigilante said...

Not mine, Utah. This one belongs to Agent Coleen Rowley. You can thank her for it. And, after you read her bio, you can thank her for her service to our country.

5/09/2008 09:15:00 PM  

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