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Hornberger’s Blog, March 2008

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Monday, March 31, 2008 Attacking Basra on the Way to Iran? by Jacob G. Hornberger As most everyone knows, since last week the Iraqi government, supported by U.S. troops and warplanes, has been engaged in fierce battles for control of Basra. The question, of course, is: Why now, and why is control over Basra so important? We can only hope that the answer does not lie in any plans that President Bush might have to bomb Iran. As things stand right now, the Shiite leader Moqtada al-Sadr and his fighters control Basra. Al-Sadr is closely aligned with the Shiite regime in Iran. In fact, one could easily argue that matters in Basra are effectively controlled by Iran. What would an Iraqi-U.S. assault on Basra have to do with a possible plan to bomb Iran? The answer is found in a recent article entitled “Operation Cassandra” by William S. Lind, an expert on military affairs. Lind outlines the danger of a potentially catastrophic outcome on U.S. ...

Hornberger’s Blog, January 2007

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Wednesday, January 31, 2007 Why Bush Wants War with Iran by Jacob G. Hornberger First of all, please don’t fail to read Chalmers Johnson’s terrific new article that we link to in today’s FFF Email Update: “Why Nemesis Is at the U.S.’s Door.” No one has a better handle on U.S. foreign policy and the damage it is causing our country than Chalmers Johnson. I highly recommend purchasing his newest book Nemesis,along with his two previous books Blowback and The Sorrows of Empire. As most everyone knows, President Bush — who refers to himself as the Decider — might attack Iran on his own initiative or, better yet, induce Iran to attack first in response to the ever-tightening noose and growing U.S. provocations against Iran, just as Japan did in response to the noose that FDR tightened around Japan prior to Pearl Harbor. Why is the president looking for a war with Iran? In my opinion, there are two reasons: first, to try to ameliorate ...

Hornberger’s Blog, October 2004

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October 30, 2004 Like a bad dream, Osama bin Laden is back, having released a videotape stating that terrorism against the United States is rooted in U.S. government foreign policy in the Middle East rather than in hatred for America’s “freedom and values.” This is also what the CIA agent “Anonymous” emphasizes in his recent book Imperial Hubris: "No, I don't think they hate everything that they — that we stand for. In fact, the same polls that show the depths of their hatred of our policies show a very strong affection for the traditional American sense of fair play, the idea of rule by law, the ability of people to educate their children. I think the mistake is made on our part to assume that they hate all those things. What they hate is the policy and the repercussions of that policy, whether it's in Israel or on the Arabian Peninsula. It's not a hatred of ...