Thursday, January 18, 2007


I read this article today and it further enforces my fears over President Bush's agenda regarding Iran. Lately, I have been hearing references by not only the President but also his Press Secretary and others in the Bush "cadre" which should worry all of us. Not only does Bush seek to further engulf us in Iraq's civil war, he is now making threatening gestures towards Iran. Just when will the President stop his push to further blemish the reputation of the United States with his "folly"?

Here is part of the AP article:

By ALI AKBAR DAREINI - Associated Press Writer

TEHRAN, Iran(AP) President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad lashed back over the U.S. military buildup in the Gulf, saying Thursday that Iran is ready for any possibility in its standoff with the West over its nuclear program.

The president made clear he was not backing down in his tough rhetoric toward the United States, despite criticism at home. At the same time, his top national security official, Ali Larijani, sharply denounced U.S. policy in Iraq, accusing Washington of fueling Shiite-Sunni hatreds.

Washington has accused Iran of backing militants fueling Iraq's violence and has tried to rally its Arab allies in isolating Tehran. The Iraq crisis has increased tensions between the U.S. and Iran amid the dispute over Iran's nuclear program, which Washington says aims to produce nuclear weapons.

The United States sent an aircraft carrier, the USS Stennis, to the Gulf this week _ the second to deploy in the region _ a buildup that Defense Secretary Robert Gates said was intended to impress on Iran that the four-year war in Iraq has not made America vulnerable.

In an apparent reaction to the deployment, Ahmadinejad vowed Thursday that Iran would not back down over its nuclear program, which Tehran says is being developed only to produce energy.

Comment: I am truly beginning to worry over this buildup of forces in the Gulf which is antagonizing Iran and pushing them to harden their stance. Instead of using diplomacy, yes, we can talk with our enemies to find "some" common interests which would build on itself to enhance relations with other countries, yet this President seems to feel that "military force" is the only answer to any problem. He refuses to engage in talks to help diffuse the Iran influence in Iraq, refuses to discuss anything at all with Iran. When a country feels threatened, you can bet they will fight back and it appears our President is fully aware of this and is hoping for just that. Congress should get into action and prevent President Bush from further destruction and unrest in the region. Preventing President Bush from escalating things in the region should be at the forefront of Congress's agenda.

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