Iranian Missle Crisis
Take a close look at the debate clips when Bush talked about Iran's nuclear program. Consider that the Iranian government was watching one of the most feeble, nonsensical and incoherent performances by an American President in history. "We have a good strategy. I hope it works." "We already put on sanctions. We can't put on any more sanctions." "Foreign ministers are carrying the message to the Mullahs."
Yeah, and the Mullahs are sending a message to Israel: so much as blink at our reactor and we'll strike first. They've publicly stated they don't fear America because we're bogged down in Iraq. And they can 'tweak' the insurgency any time they want to make things worse for us. Iran shows contempt for Bush, and he can't do anything because he blundered prematurely into a glue trap in Iraq. What message does that send to the world?
I doubt the Mullahs were impressed by Bush's squinting, drawling and banging on the podium. They think Bush is easily outmaneuvered.
To protect his slim hopes of a stable Iraq, President Neville is appeasing Iran over nuclear weapons. If either America or Israel shoots at Iran's reactor, Iran will shoot at Israel, the whole region will explode and Iraq is lost. By invading Iraq, Bush has handed the Iranians a trump card.
Now what is Israel supposed to do, let Hezbollah become a nuclear power?
Would Roosevelt, Truman, Kennedy, Nixon, or Bush Sr. have failed to anticipate the Iranian play before invading Iraq? Hell no.
And the question still remains, were we fed false intelligence by Iran to bait us into Iraq, precisely for the purpose of distracting us while Iran goes nuclear. Were the Iranians thinking that far ahead of George Bush and Dick Cheney?
If Nixon had strategized this poorly, the Soviets would have won the Cold War (or the Cold War would have gone hot).
And don't give me that homily, "9/11 changed everything." Yes, 9/11 changed everything. Post 9/11, I fear Iranian nukes more than I would fear Soviet missles in Cuba.
When the Iranian crisis comes to a head, Bush will bungle it just like he bungled Iraq. Where is Nixon when you need him?