The u-hauls, it seems, are packing up all the power left in the White House and crossing town to the Pentagon. Donald “Rummy” Rumsfeld is doing everything in his power to make sure the second term is his term. Though I have not one ounce of sympathy for the people at the CIA, it seems that nor does Rummy. He has gone out of his way to create his own spy agency, so he does not have to deal with though pesky members of congress. This of course is why every CIA member is running as fast as they can to the press. They can at least get book deals and some kind press before they lose their jobs. The CIA is very quickly becoming the whipping boy for this administration. The CIA gets to deal with all of the public heat (well deserved, though not for these reasons) and the bureaucratic quagmire of government, while Rummy gets ready for bigger things.
What are these plans? Rummy gets to plan his invasion of Iran. Learning from the continuing mistakes of Iraq, the need to spread freedom (aka fear) and liberty (aka torture) to all of the Middle East. This is not simply about Iraq anymore. The Middle East holds some of the most bountiful resources available. Power tends to be consolidated to a very few, and America’s racism is never far from the surface. All of these things are a recipe for more force in the Middle East.
All of this reminds me of a lesson in high school history class called “The US Sphere of Influence.” Basically, the US realized that formal colonizing was not popular and it was a practice that would eventually pass away. Also, the US was way behind on the colonizing trend, so we though around it. Moving in and bribing or forcing the locals to operate in the interests of the US did the same as colonizing, and it made the mother country look a lot a better. It seems the US has worked with the locals in the Middle East long enough, and is now in the market for creating threats and stamping them out.
Is anyone taking bets on when we invade Iran?