Thursday, July 20, 2006

NeoCon Dreams Slow to Fade

The NeoCons are big fools.

Either way they try to go now, will leave 130,000 of our troops like sitting ducks in a shooting gallery.

The Israel-Lebanon conflict has opened up a possible route for George W. Bush and his neoconservative strategists to achieve a prized goal that otherwise appeared to be blocked for them; military assaults on Syria and Iran aimed at crippling those governments.

After the fall of Baghdad in April 2003, after only three weeks of fighting, the question posed by some Bush administration officials was whether the U.S. military should go, left or right, to Syria or Iran. Some joked that 'real men go to Tehran.'

According to the neocon strategy, 'regime change' in Syria and Iran, in turn, would undermine Hezbollah, the Shiite militia that controls much of southern Lebanon, and would strengthen Israel's hand in dictating peace terms to the Palestinians.

But the emergence of a powerful insurgency in Iraq, and a worsening situation for U.S. forces in Afghanistan, stilled the neoconservative dream of making George W. Bush a modern-day Alexander conquering the major cities of the Middle East, one after another.

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