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What the Hell is Going on in Iran?

Something very, very dark has been going on in the White House over the last few months. Luckily for us, Seymour Hersh, the journalist who blew open the stories on My Lai and Abu Ghraib, is on the job, and he’s opened up a crack of light for us to peer through.

It appears that something is going on with Iran. Hersh has been independently contacted by several different sources within the federal government, and each source provides him with roughly the same information: The Bush White House has:

1. Already gone through the legal motions to enable an invasion or other military operation against Iran
2. Has used “intelligence reform” to remove the CIA from any real advisory position on such an action
3. Has decided that Congress will no longer be allowed its constitutional right for oversight of the Pentagon’s ability to make war
4. There are to be no more administrative restraints within the executive branch of government to impede the ability of George W. Bush and Donald Rumsfeld alone to make decisions about whether to start new wars

These measures are similar, but even more extreme, than those taken by the Reagan Administration to create death squads in El Salvador (see The Salvador Option) and organize the Iran-Contra conspiracy in complete secret from Congress and the American people.

In addition, there are reports that American intelligence and military units are already in Iran, laying the foundation for… whatever comes next.

The facts are shadowy, and as ever it is extremely difficult to understand what is going on in the minds of George W. Bush and Donald Rumsfeld, but this much is clear: Something is going on in Iran, and we have the right to know what it is.

Yes, that’s right, Mr. Bush – in a democracy, every moment is an accountability moment. Remember that little old thing called the law?

If you want to try to understand what kinds of new disasters we can expect over the next four years, here’s a start: Read Hersh’s article in the New Yorker – just out yesterday.

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