Learning from the past, just in the wrong way
Those of you who're older might remember back in 1990, during our FIRST foray into Iraq, how Poppy Bush threw a bunch of justifications for that war at the wall (WMD programs, New World Order, "free sale of oil at market prices", threat to Saudis, Iraqi mistreatment of Kuwaitis, etc.) and it was the WMD justification that stuck, allowing his idiot son 13 years later to jump feet-first into the quagmire.
Well, evidently Junyer Bush isn't amiss to learn from his elders, as long as it's in the service of his dark satanic master (i.e. Cheney) - he's evidently decided that since the "Iran's nuclear program" justification for his next glorious war has pretty much fallen flat, he's going to sell it as anti-terrorism":
Hersh: You can also sell counter-terror, it’s much more logical. You can say to the American people, we’re only hitting these people that are trying to kill our boys and the coalition forces and so that seems to be more sensible, The White House think s they can actually pitch this, this would actually work…
Hersh's article in the New Yorker says that the new idea is to have a "limited" attack on the IRGC training camps, "surgical strikes" in the words of one former senior American intelligence official.
Furthermore, according to "a senior European official" Hersh spoke to:
The European official continued, “A major air strike against Iran could well lead to a rallying around the flag there, but a very careful targeting of terrorist training camps might not.” His view, he said, was that “once the Iranians get a bloody nose they rethink things.” For example, Ali Akbar Rafsanjani and Ali Larijani, two of Iran’s most influential political figures, “might go to the Supreme Leader and say, ‘The hard-line policies have got us into this mess. We must change our approach for the sake of the regime.’ ”
Um.... yeah. Everyone who believes THAT, please raise your hand.
Evidently the IRGC is perfectly willing to play tit-for-tat with the Pentagon, as well:
The adviser said that he had heard from a source in Iran that the Revolutionary Guards have been telling religious leaders that they can stand up to an American attack. “The Guards are claiming that they can infiltrate American security,” the adviser said. “They are bragging that they have spray-painted an American warship—to signal the Americans that they can get close to them.” (I was told by the former senior intelligence official that there was an unexplained incident, this spring, in which an American warship was spray-painted with a bull’s-eye while docked in Qatar, which may have been the source of the boasts.)
I'll say it again - there's NO WAY this will all turn out well.