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The Generals and Iran

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February 25, 2007

By ROB KEZELIS

What a sorry state of affairs.

Here in the US of A, our MSM concentrates not on the trial of the highest ranking person in the VP’s office, but on a bald, out of control performer, and even more on a dead, silicon augmented bimbo. This constitutes news in America.

In the meantime, others in the world are learning that the same bullshyte that led to the misbegotten, misguided, and misdirected invasion of IraqNam is being repeated all over again. Deja vu, but with far worse ramifications. We (and/or Israel) will soon invade Iran. Yes, the country that offered to make peace with Israel, the country that offered close ties on terror and the country that warned us that Saudi wahabists were the real problem is about to face the brunt of US military might. Get out the flags and wave, folks! Our destiny is at hand! Are you rapture ready?

Perish the thought

Today’s LA Times reports (This – from a Trib paper!) “Since 2002, pretty much all the intelligence that’s come to us has proved to be wrong,” said a senior diplomat at the IAEA. Another official here described the agency’s intelligence stream as “very cold now (because) so little panned out.”

Translated from diplo-speak, this means that the US is lying, again, to create the basis for attacking yet another country that had nothing to do with 9/11. Once again, the administration hides under the cloak of a “war on a noun” defined as “violence or threats of violence used for intimidation or coercion;”

The LA Times article can be found here:

http://www.latimes.com/news/nationworld/world/la-fg-usiran25feb25,0,4451045.story?coll=la-home-headlines

There is good news, surprisingly good news. While our congress dithers away at non-binding resolutions, which signify sound and fury, but nothing else, and while the president augments the numbers of his toy soldiers on his dinner table, the IraqNam quagmire continues to grow more deadly. But it appears as though our military is about to say “no mas” to George’s next little muddle east adventure.

Reports in the US and UK confirm that 5-6 top level US generals will not only balk at orders to invade Iran, but will actually resign to make the point perfectly clear.

Check this out:

http://www.theaustralian.news.com.au/story/0,20867,21284150-601,00.html

“SOME of America’s most senior military commanders are prepared to resign if the White House orders a military strike against Iran, according to highly placed defence and intelligence sources.

“Tension in the Gulf region has raised fears that an attack on Iran is becoming increasingly likely before President George Bush leaves office. The Sunday Times has learnt that up to five generals and admirals are willing to resign rather than approve what they consider would be a reckless attack.

“There are four or five generals and admirals we know of who would resign if Bush ordered an attack on Iran,” a source with close ties to British intelligence said. “There is simply no stomach for it in the Pentagon, and a lot of people question whether such an attack would be effective or even possible.”

The fact that Australia is reporting on UK reports about US generals should make us wonder, but the fact that it is being reported at all is significant. (Perhaps, Howard’s growing troubles in Iraq, his Obama-gate, and the rising levels of dislike and mistrust over his leadership has something to do with it. Cheney’s visit has not helped him either)

If our generals do this, it means that they are standing up to one of the most evil administrations in the history of this fine country. Of course, the military code advises officers that they cannot follow illegal orders, lest they themselves be charged with taking illegal action. If the generals believe that an order to attack Iran is illegal, their duty is to just say no. And resign.

This raises the prospect of yet another legal battle with the White House and Alberto Gonzales’ and Darth Cheney’s neat unitary executive theory. Simply put, that theory states that the president is above the law. What he says goes. His orders are the only ones that matter, especially since we are at war of our own making, the concocted, immoral invasion of Iraq.

I hope that if the generals are forced to do this, the rest of our country will sit up and take notice. It might be enough to kick start impeachment hearings. Or not. Hard to tell with some of the Congresscritters. Harder to tell with the spineless White House stenographers populating the Senate. That is why I suspect that these 5-6 generals deliberately leaking this as a warning to the White House. They are sending a signal directly to Darth and George, saying stop this nonsense before it gets out of control.

That leaves us with this unpleasant question. Will the president and foreign policy sidekick listen? Or will they continue down their path of mass destruction?

(Robert Kezelis is a lawyer, sculptor and writing curmudgeon based south of Chicago.)

16 Responses to The Generals and Iran

  1. mojibyrd

    February 27, 2007 at 2:52 pm

    If bush/cheney and the neo-cons are going to bomb iran, it is going to happen as soon as they find enough reason to do so or are pushed by those pulling their puppet strings irregardless of who agrees or will resign, they will just fill the position with someone who agrees with them.

  2. Rob kezelis

    February 27, 2007 at 5:00 pm

    Frank, While I might disagree that US authority exists legally only within the District of Columbia (the article of Confederation, and the later US Constitution existed long before the Code of Federal Regulations, and trump it as the source of law) I totally agree that we are approaching a dangerous situation in the US.

    When Mussolini took over, people cheered. He made the trains run on time (an amazing achievement for a country that goes on strike as often as it breaks for lunch), he fixed a smoldering economy, and he put pride back into the general population. When Hitler took over in Germany (Take notes, Condi), he had the support of slightly more than 50% of the population, with large groups opposed to him. The large communist party in Germany was exterminated. The liberal party was made illegal.

    We have not reached that form of fascism in the US, but we are one hell of a lot closer than I ever thought possible.

  3. Kent Shaw

    February 27, 2007 at 5:54 pm

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    I think when Bush cancels the 2008 election because we are at war and cannot afford the disruption we will just about be there. Maybe then Joe Sixpack and Donna Camaro will look up from the sports page and Entertainment Tonight and take notice.

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  4. Ed II

    February 28, 2007 at 4:22 am

    GWB has already declared that he is not bound by the Constitution. I would not be surprised if, quite soon if the Congress resists him too much, he declares it suspended and usurps all power himself more openly than he does now. After all, God has told him personally to lead the world, so who are we to doubt his arrogance?

  5. Kent Shaw

    February 28, 2007 at 11:03 am

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    Bush has said on more than one occasion that God literally speaks to him. So, why is this man still in office? If I told a mental health counselor that God literally speaks to me, he would try to have me committed to an asylum. So, why is Bush still in office?

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  6. Kent Shaw

    February 28, 2007 at 11:05 am

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    In fact, Bush has said that God told him to invade Iraq. Why are we letting this happen? This is literal insanity. Are we SO blase about all this? I guess so. I guess as long as profits are up no one would care if we had a serial killer as president. Oh… Wait…

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  7. Carl Nemo

    February 28, 2007 at 2:46 pm

    Superbly written…Rob!

    Kent Shaw says…

    “The Generals and Admirals should show some real guts and NOT resign, but REFUSE an illegal order thus precipitating a constitutional crisis. If the generals declare the order to attack Iran illegal the Congress will look pretty stupid if they fail to begin impeachment proceedings.”

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    Kent you are on-the-mark with your reco. Simple resignation is the “pink weanie” way out. They simply retire on a $10,000+ per month pension, although they won’t be getting jobs in the M.I. Complex as most do when they leave… :)) Of course Bush could have the last man standing, who follows orders, arrest all of them for insubordination, but that would be highly risky and politically explosive. Rest assured there’s always someone who will follow orders. Truman didn’t hesitate to relieve Douglass MacArthur of command during the Korean debacle. http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Douglas_MacArthur

    MacArthur was a military “blue-blood” and that didn’t stop Truman from asserting he was the Commander-in- Chief. Then again Bushco seems to emulate more of a Third Reich style of leadership and he might simply have them all arrested and summarily shot without due military process!?

  8. Xerion

    February 25, 2007 at 2:05 pm

    There is still hope then. Great article!

  9. california rick

    February 25, 2007 at 4:40 pm

    Great article and great wake-up call, Robert. We need to get our typing fingers limber to email and to directly call our Representative in Congress to stop the madness of King George and his Royal Court.

  10. Sandy Price

    February 25, 2007 at 5:01 pm

    You can count on me Rob to send this to my reps with a cover letter of warning they must not ignore the information.

  11. Doreen

    February 25, 2007 at 7:57 pm

    Great piece. I too will be making the round of calls to my representatives, along with sending this article. I hope these brave generals can really put the brakes on this the most corrupt, evil, anti-America/democracy criminals who are holding our constitution and 1600 Pennsylvainia Ave hostage. Hope you all will be out participating in March (17-19)at the various protests taking place (NYC, DC, CA, just to mention a few). They need to be even bigger than the January 27th protest.

  12. Blake

    February 26, 2007 at 7:31 am

    A few generals or admirals resigning doesn’t mean diddly squat to people such as Bush and Cheney who never served in the military and have shown through their actions to not give a damn about the men who serve and protect this country. The decider will still attack Iran with the brass he has left and then enforce a MSM news blackout and then attempt to silence the dissenters under the cloak of national security prior to the attack. However if a majority of the senior officers in the Pentagon refused to follow what they felt was an illegal order and resigned, than this would be too hard to ignore even by our rubber stamp Congress, compliant media and asleep public. One can only hope for the sake of our nation and our world that something like that happens to wake up the dynamic duo from their delusions of grandeur.

  13. […] The Generals and IranCapitol Hill Blue – Tension in the Gulf region has raised fears that an attack on Iran is becoming increasingly likely before President George Bush leaves office. The Sunday Times has learnt that up to five generals and admirals are willing to resign rather than approve […]

  14. Ray

    February 26, 2007 at 3:54 pm

    We can only hope and let congress know how we fee, not that it matters now any more than it mattered before to the rubber stamps. I’ll applaud any commander who just says NO to the maniac Bush and his neocon sponsors. How Bush could ever imagine this country being able to afford additional expense is beyond any sense of sanity. We are already beyond bankrupt and huge bills are yet to come that will need paid. Is he planning on doubling income tax? Maybe the coming terrorism global tax that is being setup. Everyone on the planet will have a new tax to add to the long list we have already. Tax and spend, spend and tax, that is how these evil bastards get financing to conduct thier raids and robberies. Us citizens finance the plundering and murder of countless people. Doesn’t that Suck?

  15. Kent Shaw

    February 26, 2007 at 8:35 pm

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    The Generals and Admirals should show some real guts and NOT resign, but REFUSE an illegal order thus precipitating a constitutional crisis. If the generals declare the order to attack Iran illegal the Congress will look pretty stupid if they fail to begin impeachment proceedings.

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  16. frank v

    February 27, 2007 at 6:12 am

    “Here in the US of A, our MSM concentrates not on the trial of the highest ranking person in the VP’s office, but on a bald, out of control performer, and even more on a dead, silicon augmented bimbo.”

    Mr Kezelis – it may seem a small point, but you are not in the “US of A”. This fact goes a long way towards explaining the legitimate complaints in your article.

    The ‘US of A” or the “United States” is a corporation. To quote directly from the US code, Title 28 (definitions):

    “(15) “United States” means—

    (A) a Federal corporation;

    (B) an agency, department, commission, board, or other entity of the United States; or

    (C) an instrumentality of the United States.”

    http://www.law.cornell.edu/uscode/uscode28/usc_sec_28_00003002—-000-.html

    People who sign up for the military are not fighting for their country. They are fighting for a corporation called the “United States”. Sadly, they are blissfully unaware of this fact. Happily, this corporation has no legal jurisdiction beyond the ten square miles that constitute the District of Columbia. They only pretend they do – and through bullying, propaganda and coercion have convinced the nation (America, not the ‘US’) that their law is the law of the land. It is not.

    We need look no further than Mussolini for the correct definition of a corporate form of government – fascism. Viewed from this perspective, the corporate media can be seen for what it really is – the propaganda machinery of a fascist state (District of Columbia).