The Forever War

Months ago Seymour Hersh warned that the Bush administration was determined to go to war with Iran. And that, just as they had with Iraq, all they were waiting for was some sort of attack on America that they could use as a pretext.

At the time, most people dismissed his claims. “No way they would try the same scam twice, especially with Iraq going so poorly,” went the conventional wisdom.

But of course, wisdom has nothing to do with it.

Following revelations of a George W. Bush administration policy to hold Iran responsible for any al Qaeda attack on the U.S. that could be portrayed as planned on Iranian soil, former national security adviser Zbigniew Brzezinksi warned last week that Washington might use such an incident as a pretext to bomb Iran.

Brzezinski, the national security adviser to President Jimmy Carter from 1977 through 1980 and the most senior Democratic Party figure on national security policy, told a private meeting sponsored by the non-partisan Committee for the Republic in Washington May 30 that an al Qaeda terrorist attack in the United States intended to provoke war between the U.S. and Iran was a possibility that must be taken seriously, and that the Bush administration might accuse Iran of responsibility for such an attack and use it to justify carrying out an attack on Iran.

Michael Sky