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Monday, June 19, 2006

A Particularly Big Bush Bungle - Iran 2003

During a tenure of non-stop bungling, this massive bungle by the Bush administration will probably go mostly unnoticed.

But this is a biggie... especially if Iran ever gets nukes or -- God forbid -- we go to war with them.

Just after the lightning takeover of Baghdad by U.S. forces three years ago, an unusual two-page document spewed out of a fax machine at the Near East bureau of the State Department. It was a proposal from Iran for a broad dialogue with the United States, and the fax suggested everything was on the table -- including full cooperation on nuclear programs, acceptance of Israel and the termination of Iranian support for Palestinian militant groups...

But top Bush administration officials, convinced the Iranian government was on the verge of collapse, belittled the initiative.

Remember back 2003? The neo-Cons were openly talking about the virtues of "benevolent empire" and touting their sophomoric "reverse domino theory" where if Iraq stood up as a democracy, all the other Muslim nations would automatically stand up, too.

Seems to me that the Bush administration has four (main) Achilles' heels, if that's possible.

1) Arrogance
2) Ignorance
3) Cronyism
4) Corruption

I'm guessing that #1 and #2 were mostly at play here. After the speedy invasion they thought they were rulers of the universe. They still believed that nonsense they were saying that Muslims only respond to power and the neo-Cons were the sheriff that had come to town. (And, of course, they knew next-to-nothing about the region.)

I strongly recommend taking a few minutes and reading the whole article
In 2003, U.S. Spurned Iran's Offer of Dialogue
before we move on to the next Bush scandal or bungle.

If -- God forbid -- this administration triggers a war with Iran, remember this article because you know the conservatives will blame Clinton and the liberals when it goes wrong... and, of course, it will go horribly bad if the Bush administration does it.

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