Want to see just how bad Neocon tunnel vision is? Here’s how bad it is, as illustrated by one of the War Party’s loudest cheerleaders:
I mentioned that something good might come of the latest WikiLeaks document dump, but I wasn’t expecting it so soon.
The headline at this morning’s Los Angeles Times hardcopy reads: “Hidden Diplomacy Exposed: Among the WikiLeaks disclosures are pleas by Arab nations to the U.S. to destroy Iran’s nuclear facilities.”
So, Muslims are “pleading” that the US start another aggressive war againt Muslims, huh? Here’s the story in the Los Angeles Times:
Leaders of oil-rich Arabian Peninsula monarchies who are publicly reluctant to criticize Iran have been beseeching the United States in private to attack the Islamic Republic and destroy its nuclear facilities, according to a series of classified diplomatic cables released by the WikiLeaks website.
The cables show that both Saudi King Abdullah and King Hamed ibn Isa Khalifa of Bahrain, which hosts the U.S. 5th Fleet, are among the Arab leaders who have lobbied the United States to strike Iran.
Wait a minute — “hosts the U.S. 5th fleet”? In other words, these are US puppets propped up US military power, not by the consent of their people.
What do ordinary Arabs think about Iran? Fortunately, Brookings’ Arab Public Opinion Poll, published this August, gives us some insight into this. It seems the vast majority of Arabs see things a little differently. Unlike their US-backed rulers, 77% of Arabs believed that Iran has a right to a nuclear program. (And as a signatory to the Nuclear Non-Proliferation Treaty — which Israel and India ARE NOT — Iran does indeed have that right.) When asked which foreign country they saw as a threat to them, 88% said Israel, and 77% said they feared the US more. Only 10% of Arabs polled feared Iran.
So keep this simple rule in mind whenever you read something from a known Neocon: Just believe the opposite of whatever they say.