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Waiting For a Tonkin in the Persian Gulf

From Newsweek (via Think Progress):
At least one former White House official contends that some Bush advisers secretly want an excuse to attack Iran. “They intend to be as provocative as possible and make the Iranians do something [America] would be forced to retaliate for,” says Hillary Mann, the administration’s former National Security Council director for Iran and Persian Gulf Affairs. …

A second Navy carrier group is steaming toward the Persian Gulf, and NEWSWEEK has learned that a third carrier will likely follow. Iran shot off a few missiles in those same tense waters last week, in a highly publicized test. With Americans and Iranians jousting on the chaotic battleground of Iraq, the chances of a small incident’s spiraling into a crisis are higher than they’ve been in years. (emphasis in original)

It should be evident by now that despite all claims to the contrary, the Bush administration has already made the decision to go to war with Iran and is merely waiting for an excuse to do so. This media blitz we have been witnessing is an effort to cement the image of Iran as public enemy #1 in the eyes of Americans and make them more accepting when the missiles start to fly.

More here.

Update: Paul Krugman on this ill-advised sequel.