Tuesday, June 19, 2007

The Isolationist "Blame America" Right

A number of commentators on the Right are beginning to grasp the big picture of the regional war with Iran. As far as I can tell, commentators on the Left are not even engaged with the issue; they want to pretend that global warming and hedge fund profits are the biggest threats to America. But I should also mention that there is one facet of the Right that seems to be joining the Left in blaming every problem in the Middle East on America.

Below, Pat Buchanan seeks to revive every aspect of the old caricature of the "isolationist" conservative. As Iran mounts a growing offensive against the West, Buchanan says that the real problem in the Middle East is American aggression against Iran. Call him a "blame America first" conservative.

"On the Escalator to War with Iran," Patrick Buchanan, RealClearPolitics, June 15 With Lebanon, Palestine, Iraq and Afghanistan convulsed by ever-widening civil wars, a new danger is that the United States, tied down in two of those wars, may be about to lash out and launch a third—on Iran.

"I think we've got to be prepared to take aggressive military action against the Iranians to stop them from killing Americans in Iraq," Joe Lieberman blurted on "Face the Nation," adding, "To me, that would include a strike over the border into Iran, where we have good evidence that they have a base at which they are training those people coming back into Iraq to kill our soldiers."…

Joe's call for air strikes follows the GOP debate where several presidential hopefuls did not even rule out the use of tactical atomic weapons to deal with Iran's uranium enrichment program.…

What Iran is being publicly charged with here, by responsible US officials, are acts of war—arming insurgents and terrorists to kill US soldiers and civilians….

What is going on? The most logical explanation is that the White House is providing advance justification for air strikes on camps of the Iranian Revolutionary Guard that are allegedly providing training for and transferring weapons to Afghan and Iraqi insurgents….

President Bush will then have his casus belli to take out Natanz and all the other Iranian nuclear facilities, as the Israelis and the neocons have been demanding that he do….

Where is the Congress? Why is it not holding public hearings and sifting the evidence to determine if Tehran is behind these attacks on Americans and if the United States has not itself been aiding insurgents inside Iran?

Or is it all up to George W. as to whether we launch a third and wider war in the Middle East, which could result in an economic and strategic disaster for the United States?

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