Bomb Bomb Bomb…

by Brien Jackson

It was entirely predictable, of course, that the neocons would use the situation in Iran to urge the ratcheting up of rhetoric or some esoteric American action with regards to the situation, but that doesn’t really make it any less depressing. The worst offenders, from a moralist standpoint, are probably Max Boot and John Podhoretz, neither of which is really able to contain their sheer glee at the possibility that someone might launch a new military attack they could cheer on. What’s more, both of them, particularly Boot, seem downright happy about the situation, giving the lie to the notion that the neoconservative right-wing is in any way concerned about “the Iranian people.” But certainly the most unnerving remarks came from Senator McCain, who demanded that we “act?” Against whom? Beats me, and McCain doesn’t know either. In fact, none of us really know the answer to that, because we don’t really have any idea who exactly is involved in the conspiracy.

Ultimately this is just a reminder that the only way to understand the neoconservative mindset is through that of a child. Preferably a spoiled pre-adolescent. It completely lacks empathy, any sense of patience, and any understanding that everything is not about them. But that’s how neoconservatives see the world, as how it relates to them, and what they’re going to do about it. McCain is the bona fide poster child for this, as more or less everything about the world is filtered through his head this way.

On the other hand, it really is worth pointing out that we have no idea what is going on behind the scenes in Iran, and that the neoconservatives are playing off of that.

Here’s Jeffrey Goldberg, for example. Goldberg has been advocating for war with Iran for some time, that’s what he does, after all, but you’ll notice that, like Podheretz, he makes reference to “the regime.” So my question would be, what in the hell is “the regime.” Wouldn’t the Grand Ayatollah who accompanied Mousavi at his rally yesterday likely be part of the “mullahcracy?” What about the head of th Assembly of Experts, a former close ally of Khomieni himself, who was a major Mousavi supporter. What’s infurating about this warmongering is that, like the absurd assertions leading up the Iraq war, there’s just a large amount of obvious hackery going on, and people like Goldberg are smart enough that it has to be deliberate.

On a more positive note, the Obama administration is doing exactly the right thing by questioning the results, and little more. Obviously the US doesn’t have a lot of goodwill built up within Iran, and given the results of our last political intervention there, any explicit support for the opposition will create an immediate baclash against the reformers, who will be painted as US stooges. And, as I said earlier, there’s also the problem of not knowing exactly who is behind the coup, and to what extent various actors are involved. Waiting for a more complete picture to come into focus before any action is taken, or any direct rhetoric deployed, is far and away the best course of action. Indeed, it’s really the only one available to us.