Monday, June 9, 2008

Replacing Resisters Greases Skids for the Unthinkable?

When the Bush administration needed to pave the way for its pre-emptive war against Iraq, it compiled a core group of supporters who consistently delivered message management to a complicit media. It seems George W. could be doing likewise for his next pre-emptive attack on Iran's nuclear facilities. Admiral William Fallon, a known vocal opponent to a military attack on Iran, resigned months ago as head of Central Command.

Currently, Pentagon Chief Robert Gates is searching for the "right kind" of Air Force leadership. He's upset over "weak" past performance, particularly in the nuclear weapons arena. The New York Times reported:

Later Monday Gates is planning to visit Langley Air Force Base, Va., to address airmen and underscore the depth of his concern about weaknesses in service's leadership. He is expected to stress the importance of leadership accountability and emphasize that despite his well-publicized tensions with the Air Force, he strongly supports the service and appreciates its many wartime contributions.

On Tuesday, Gates plans to make similar speeches at Peterson Air Force Base, Colo., home of Air Force Space Command, which has responsibility for the service's nuclear intercontinental ballistic missile force, and at Scott Air Force Base, Ill., home of Air Mobility Command, whose tanker refueling aircraft are part of the nuclear bomber mission.

The hackles on the back of my neck went up reading "weak leadership" while noting the message targets are the nuclear ballistic missile force and nuclear bomber mission support. In other words, "none of you pussies better back out when the order comes to use nukes to prevent another country from obtaining same. Capiche?"

Bush wants to be Harry Truman. Could tacticul nukes drop on Iran, followed by a Middle East Marshall Plan? The faces and words that brought America its first pre-emptive war, could usher in the pre-emptive nuclear weapon strategy. Should it occur, I believe this qualifies as insanity.