by: MJ Rosenberg on June 17th, 2014 | 2 Comments »
The neocons are back, although not by popular demand.
Yesterday, the New York Times ran a nauseating profile of Robert Kagan, one of the Flying Wallenda, I mean Kagan, war tribe consisting of Robert, father Donald, and brother Frederick. Tough guys all!
The justification for the article is that the Kagans have come out of hiding because their Iraq policy has proven a success. Their thinking goes like this:
Yes, we helped steamroll the US into invading Iraq and we were right. The problem we are seeing today is that George W. Bush got cold feet about escalating the war and then that coward Obama pretty much ended it. So look what you have now. Disaster. And it’s because you didn’t leave our allies Cheney and Rumsfeld in charge.
No need to rebut any of that for this audience. Most of my readers believe that all the architects of the Iraq war belong at The Hague not in loving New York Times profiles.
To be honest, I don’t know what we should be doing in Iraq now but I do think it is our obligation to do something. The United States is responsible for everything that has gone wrong in Iraq since we invaded. We are obligated to help the Iraqi people as genocidal monsters descend on the country. After all, had we never gone in, they wouldn’t be there either.
I’m glad the administration seems willing to work with Iran to help Iraq and, frankly, help us. There is no other force in the region that appears either capable or willing to do so. The Saudis, of course,won’t; they don’t have problems with Sunni terrorists. But Iran does, even worse problems than we have.
So working with Iran is a natural and pretty much everyone is for it except…the Israel Firsters.
And why? Because Boss Netanyahu opposes any U.S. dealings with Iran and so they are duty bound to do the same.
No matter that ISIS (Islamic State in Iraq and Syria) is committing war crimes (maybe even genocide) in Iraq just as they did in Syria; the Firsters don’t care. Actually, many of them do care, and are chomping at the bit to see American “boots on the ground” to fight ISIS. But involve Iran to ensure that Americans don’t have to fight in Iraq again. NEVER.
That is because the Firsters are exclusively dedicated to what they think is in Israel’s interests (they are wrong, of course). So even if we could crush ISIS with Iran’s help, they will say NO because saving Iraq (and even America?) from ISIS would score propaganda points for Iran. That is what it means to be an Israel Firster (more precisely, a Netanyahu Firster). No matter what the situation you must decide, “good for Bibi” or “bad for Bibi.” They would even make decisions about domestic sugar subsidies using that yardstick.
Watch as the debate continues. See if you can predict who will oppose cooperating with Iran to defeat ISIS. I think you can. And you know why.
Let me know if any Israel Firster strays from the line from Jerusalem.
Don’t hold your breath.
Not waiting for that or for the neocons to repent for their role in sending 4500 young Americans to die in a war of choice for absolutely nothing.