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If the Bush administration, the New York Times, and the Washington Post get their way, the US military will commence with missile and air strikes against Iranian targets before the November elections.

Articles this morning both the Washington Post and the New York Times reprised their roles in the run-up to the Iraq war by beating the drums for war against Iran. Al Qaeda is no longer their favorite bogeyman as their focus has shifted to the regime in Iraq's neighbor to the east.

Clearly, both the New York Times and the Washington Post understand full well that their unquestioning regurgitation of administration talking points in late 2002 and early 2003 were low points in their journalistic enterprises. As such, it is difficult to understand how both news organizations could be retracing the same journalistic mistakes they made before the Iraq war with highly unreliable reporting from the likes of Judy Miller.

Let's be clear, we are not fighting Iranians or Al Qaeda in Iraq. We are fighting the Iraqis who are trying to gain control and drive out the US military occupation force. Any marginal influence by Al Qaeda or Iran is irrelevant compared to dealing with homegrown, Iraqi militias.

This is always the case with protracted military occupations of foreign countries. We tried to blame Cambodia for the problems in Vietnam, and began secretly bombing that country during the Vietnam War. As long as the US military occupies Iraq, and sows the seeds of civil war in that nation by our very presence, we will be fighting Iraqi militias on both sides of that civil war. A civil war made possible by US military intervention.

Bombing Iran under the pretense that they are engaging in a proxy war in Iraq will not solve any problems, but will exacerbate all problems faced by the US military there. It is possible that the administration is bluffing in order to prod Iran to back down on a number of issues. But that does not seem to be the Bush administration’s style, which prefers riding in on horseback and shooting wildly in all directions. Don't even bother asking questions later.
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Considering the now constant din of administration warnings concerning Iran it seems likely that they are intent on widening the war in the Middle East before the fall elections here in the US. With the help of news organizations such as the Washington Post and New York Times they hope to drum up enough support for such actions. But if the American people have any say in the matter, the US will pull its troops out of the Middle East, rather than widening and deepening the conflict.

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John R. Moffett PhD is a research neuroscientist in the Washington, DC area. Dr. Moffett's main area of research focuses on the brain metabolite N-acetylaspartate, and an associated genetic disorder known as Canavan disease.


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Clearly, both the New York Times and the Washingto... by Harold Smith on Saturday, Apr 12, 2008 at 8:07:22 AM
that both WAPO and NYT have been CIA organizations... by richard on Saturday, Apr 12, 2008 at 8:55:24 PM
Entitling this article "the Coming War w... by Mac McKinney on Saturday, Apr 12, 2008 at 8:14:33 AM
That's why I ended the article by saying "... by John R Moffett on Saturday, Apr 12, 2008 at 8:24:49 AM
For the few that are paying any attention we know,... by Mr M on Saturday, Apr 12, 2008 at 9:09:33 AM
I don't know why I even continue to bother, bu... by Harold Smith on Saturday, Apr 12, 2008 at 10:21:49 AM
Americans are still too fat, happy, and hyper-ente... by John R Moffett on Saturday, Apr 12, 2008 at 10:28:54 AM
dr blix asks us all to take a powder and call him ... by Wolfie on Sunday, Apr 13, 2008 at 7:37:13 PM
What you fail to grasp is that it IS a done deal--... by Randje Mitchell on Sunday, Apr 13, 2008 at 7:19:27 PM
Keep an eye on Egypt and/or Saudi Arabia. They may... by Tim Hanami on Saturday, Apr 12, 2008 at 10:01:07 AM
I'm not so sure that the cheney and bush remar... by Mr M on Saturday, Apr 12, 2008 at 12:09:31 PM
If they are insane enough to attack Iran at all, u... by Harold Smith on Saturday, Apr 12, 2008 at 12:37:05 PM
well, far fetched i'd say----------almost as f... by hlg on Saturday, Apr 12, 2008 at 11:04:40 AM
...it will be Israel who does a False flag, and we... by Mme Zaratamara on Sunday, Apr 13, 2008 at 6:35:12 AM
we are not to fat or entertained-just geneticly we... by TRADESMAN on Saturday, Apr 12, 2008 at 12:43:44 PM
Below is a taste of the blatant bellicos... by Munich on Saturday, Apr 12, 2008 at 1:51:35 PM
  You are not to saavy. Stealing Iraqs oil is... by GUY P. FRASER on Saturday, Apr 12, 2008 at 6:55:55 PM
A fine article, thank you. I do not believe t... by William White on Saturday, Apr 12, 2008 at 3:21:13 PM
First, I don't think you fully understand... by Harold Smith on Saturday, Apr 12, 2008 at 5:39:13 PM
The problem is, even if they know they are being s... by Leon on Saturday, Apr 12, 2008 at 4:58:19 PM
Another late night here in Tehran - just finished ... by Chris Gelken on Saturday, Apr 12, 2008 at 5:03:04 PM
The enablers like to criticize their great decider... by Kathlyn Stone on Saturday, Apr 12, 2008 at 5:13:43 PM
negotiate with Iran, but all options are on the ta... by Stanimal on Saturday, Apr 12, 2008 at 5:43:18 PM
All this carnage caused by these fascist chicken-h... by Harold Smith on Saturday, Apr 12, 2008 at 6:45:53 PM
I am certain that the corpstream media would love ... by Rob Kall on Saturday, Apr 12, 2008 at 7:21:45 PM
Rob; I usually agree with you, but in this case, ... by William Cormier on Saturday, Apr 12, 2008 at 7:45:27 PM
I agree with you Rob. US forces are too tied up in... by Niloufar Parsi on Sunday, Apr 13, 2008 at 8:14:56 AM
What nobody ever talks about when they say that Ir... by JC Garrett on Saturday, Apr 12, 2008 at 8:30:50 PM
Dr. Moffet, bravo, an excellent article and you se... by Sandy Shanks on Saturday, Apr 12, 2008 at 9:41:06 PM
Never, ever doubt the federal government's inv... by Michael McCoy on Sunday, Apr 13, 2008 at 7:31:52 AM
With sensible assessmets of the pre-Iraq invasion ... by Michael McCoy on Sunday, Apr 13, 2008 at 7:44:45 AM
It will simply insure that Bush's clone, McCai... by Douglas Smyth on Sunday, Apr 13, 2008 at 10:25:46 AM
With all due respect, Mr. Smythe, I stand by my co... by Sandy Shanks on Sunday, Apr 13, 2008 at 7:48:38 PM
I meant "prediction."... by Sandy Shanks on Sunday, Apr 13, 2008 at 7:50:32 PM
Working too fast. I meant to say, "... please... by Sandy Shanks on Sunday, Apr 13, 2008 at 7:55:36 PM
I hate to bring up his name here (okay, I admit it... by Dooglio on Thursday, Apr 17, 2008 at 4:50:11 PM