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January 16, 2006

If Iran Really Is A Threat ...

-- by Dave Johnson

Now Bush is telling us that Iran is a threat. (That's Iran with an 'n', not Iraq with a 'q'.)

Iran may well be a threat. This may well be a serious crisis. But we have a problem: a President with no credibility. Mid-2003 I wrote,

Saying there was an imminent threat from Iraq when, at the very least, the intelligence did not support such a claim, opens the public up to doubt the next time a President needs to protect us from an ACTUAL threat. .... He has broken the bond of trust between the public and the Office of the President on the most critical issue, and politicized the process, and this has placed us all in danger should there be an ACTUAL threat to our nation and our lives in the future.
And here we are - maybe. A man who defends starting a needless war by saying it was an honest mistake is now telling us that Iran is a threat, and this time it's for real. Naturally, the reaction of many in the world is that Bush saying Iran is a threat makes it more likely that not that Iran is not a threat.

There is a way for Bush to convince the world that there really is a terrible threat from Iran and that we must deal with it.

If Iran is a threat to world peace, and Bush's credibility is the obstacle to dealing with the threat, Bush should show his sincerity and concern for world peace by stepping aside.

There is precedent for my idea. On March 31, 1968 President Lyndon Johnson faced a similar problem. He had lost credibility over the Vietnam War and the country was sharply divided. He wanted to end the war, but how could he prove to the country - and to the North Vietnamese - that he meant it, that it wasn't an election gimmick? He went on TV from the Oval Office with a speech I still remember. Toward the end of the speech he spoke about how the war was dividing the country, and how politics was exacerbating the problem.

For 37 years in the service of our nation, first as a Congressman, as a Senator, and as Vice President, and now as your President, I have put the unity of the people first. I have put it ahead of any divisive partisanship. And in these times as in times before, it is true that a house divided against itself by the spirit of faction, of party, of region, of religion, of race, is a house that cannot stand.

There is division in the American house now. There is divisiveness among us all tonight. And holding the trust that is mine, as President of all the people, I cannot disregard the peril to the progress of the American people and the hope and the prospects of peace for all peoples. So, I would ask all Americans, whatever their personal interests or concern, to guard against divisiveness and all of its ugly consequences.

... With American sons in the fields far away, with America's future under challenge right here at home, with our hopes and the world's hopes for peace in the balance every day, I do not believe that I should devote an hour or a day of my time to any personal partisan causes or to any duties other than the awesome duties of this office -- the Presidency of your country.

And then Johnson shocked the nation, saying,

"Accordingly, I shall not seek, and I will not accept, the nomination of my party for another term of office as your President."
By not running for re-election LBJ effectively resigned from office to prove his sincerity and attempt to heal the divisiveness in the country.

If Bush really believes that Iran is a threat to the United States he should do the right thing to prove his sincerity and protect the country. He should say, "I understand that following the mistaken invasion of Iraq my credibility is an obstacle, but we face a terrible threat from Iran developing nuclear weapons. For this reason, and as a gesture of my sincerity when I say that we must deal with this threat I am announcing tonite that I resign the office of President of the United States."

Posted by Dave Johnson at January 16, 2006 8:05 PM

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Comments

I can guarantee Bush won't resign. If he's survived all the crap he's done out in the open up to now, what's to stop him from staying all four years? With the Republican-led House, he could kill a person and still stay in office.

Posted by: LP at January 16, 2006 10:31 PM

For sure, Bush is the boy who cried Wolfowitz.

Posted by: Nancy Irving at January 17, 2006 3:38 AM

I remember that speech, too. Even Johnson, that political hack, was capable of being a true statesman and putting the welfare of his country above his own interests.

Iran was making real progress towards developing moderate politics and rejoining the international scene until Bush named it as one of the countries in his "axis of evil." How would anyone expect the Iranians to respond to that except to consider it a threat?However, the question of whether Iran really is a threat is in itself a good one. Iran does not have any nuclear weapons. Israel has plenty of nuclear weapons. So do we. So who's a threat to whom?

Posted by: MJ at January 17, 2006 7:24 AM

President Cheney? Yikes!

Posted by: ThomasMc at January 17, 2006 8:07 AM

Russia will do anything to make a buck

Posted by: mynewsbot at January 17, 2006 9:57 AM

Iran a Threat? I've been thinking lately about the nature of the threat that Iran presents. The last time I remember hearing about Iran attacking another country was 480 B.C., when the Greeks defeated them at Salamis. Sure, there was that nasty Iran-Iraq war, but that was was started by our ally Saddam Hussein (only later would he become the evil satanic demon responsible for blowing up the World Trade Center and killing 3,000 people . .. whhops, well, anyway - a really bad guy). So besides the Iran-Iraq incident, who has Iran attacked? Well - I can't find anyone. As for Israel, as was recently pointed out in the Boston Globe by Karim Sadjadpour, an analyst with the International Crisis Group, and, Ray Takeyh is a senior fellow at the Council on Foreign Relations: "Iran has no territorial disputes with Israel, no Palestinian refugee problem, a long history of contentious relations with the Arab world, and an even longer history of tolerance vis-à-vis the Jewish people. To this day, the Jewish community in Iran is the largest in the Middle East outside of Israel."

Now, let's look at the Untied Staes. How many wars have we been involved in?

Well:

The American Revolution - 1775-1783
The Indian Wars - 1775-1890
Shay's Rebellion - 1786-1787
The Whiskey Rebellion - 1794
Quasi-War With France - 1798-1800
The Barbary Wars - 1800-1815
The War of 1812
Mexican-American War - 1846-1848
United States Civil War - 1861-1865
U.S. Intervention in Hawaiian Revolution - 1893
The Spanish-American War - 1898
U.S. Intervention in Samoan Civil War - 1898-1899
U.S.-Philippine War - 1899-1902
Boxer Rebellion - 1900
The Moro Wars - 1901-1913
U.S. Intervention in Panamanian Revolution - 1903
The Banana Wars - 1909-1933
U.S. Occupation of Vera Cruz - 1914
Pershing's Raid Into Mexico - 1916-1917
World War I - 1917-1918 (American involvement only)
Allied Intervention in Russian Civil War - 1919-1921
World War II - 1941-1945
The Korean War - 1950-1953
The Second Indochina War "Vietnam War" - 1956-1975
U.S. Intervention in Lebanon – 1958
Dominican Intervention - 1965
Civil War & Foreign Intervention
Rebels in the Dominican Republic
U.S. Libya Conflict - 1981, 1986
U.S. Intervention in Lebanon - 1982-1984
U.S. Invasion of Grenada - 1983
U.S. Invasion of Panama - 1989
Second Persian Gulf War "Operation Desert Storm" - 1991
U.S. Intervention in Somalia - 1992-1994
NATO Intervention in Bosnia (Operation Deliberate Force) - 1994-1995
Civil War,Foreign Intervention & Inter-State War
U.S. Occupation of Haiti - 1994
U.S. Embassy bombings and strikes on Afghanistan and Sudan - 1998
Kosovo War - 1999
Afghanistan War (Operation Enduring Freedom) - 2001-Present
War against Terrorism
The Taliban and Osama bin Laden's Al-Qaida organization
Third Persian Gulf War "Operation Iraqi Freedom" - 2003-Present
Intervention in Haiti - March, 2004


Additionally, the US is the only nation ever to use nuclear weapons on a civilian population. And now, let me guess, Geroge W. Bush wants to attack Iran. Hmmmmmmmmmmmmmm.

Posted by: robert lewis at January 17, 2006 1:18 PM

I've been looking for a list like that robert. Thank-you. Considering it does not even take into account uncounted dirty wars sponsored by the C.I.A. and like minded organizations, America does not appear to be one of the peace loving democracies that Bush is constantly muttering about.

Posted by: Gary Boatwright [TypeKey Profile Page] at January 17, 2006 3:38 PM

There's a distinct difference between the 2 Presidents. Lyndon Johnson recognised his actions as wrong and had enough conscience to do the right thing.
Bush has no conscience and would never sincerely admit he was wrong.

Also I believe that Bush doesn't care what others think of what he is doing. He will Lie cheat and deceive every inch of the way if that is what is needed. He has never ever had to play by the rules everyone else had to follow. His Dad was the head of the CIA and then VP and then President.
Moreover, being a Born again Fundi. he believes he is doing Gods work. He can justify what ever happens in this way.
If the world crumbles it was what was meant to happen. It was Gods will.
Besides, he is a selfish greedy individual Why else would he invade Iraq if not for money and power? (and I do realise there were several other reasons but I have no doubt that he did it for wealth and power.

He is a an absolute disgrace and a complete disaster for World peace. But he doesn't care, this is to attain power for a select few and to keep that power within that circle of friends.
He needs to be dragged from the White House kicking and screaming and then hauled before an International court for his crimes.

Bush will not resign because he couldn't give 2 fucks what America or the how the rest of the world sees him or the US.

Posted by: Anonymous at January 17, 2006 10:00 PM

To add to the list of military actions above, the US bombed Cambodia at the end of the Vietnam war killing a couple of hundred thousand Cambodians because the Government (CIA?) believed the NV must have had a massive army inside the Cambodian border. Of course they didn't. This led to the eventual collapse of the Cambodian Government and the Khmer Rouge came into power.

Also the Bay of Pigs in Cuba.

although not wars they were still direct military action against nations not at war with the US.

and Apologies if my facts are not 100 percent correct, I'm on a bus and this is just from memory!

Posted by: Anonymous at January 17, 2006 10:19 PM

Bush in his own words:
"Who cares what you think?"
July 4. 2001

Posted by: pogo at February 5, 2006 5:21 PM

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