Dave Gallagher

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Ledeen - Still Brazen After All These Years

In 1999 NeoConservative and Iran Contra alumni Michael Ledeen wrote "…of course, we can always get lucky. Stunning events from outside can providentially awaken the enterprise from its growing torpor, and demonstrate the need for reversal, as the devastating Japanese attack on Pearl Harbor in 1941 so effectively aroused the U.S. from its soothing dreams of permanent neutrality.

Of course in September of 2001, the Neo-cons got "lucky". The 9-11 attacks became the excuse to put their bad ideas into action. Those who start from a standpoint of skepticism quickly suspected that the tragedy of Manhattan, Washington and Shanksville would in fact be used as an excuse to initiate the military action the Neo-Cons long craved.

Ledeen has been an advocate of toppling the regime in Tehran for some time now. Anyone who has read his columns in NRO or the Jewish World Review is no doubt familiar with his refrain of Faster Please.

In his Pajamas Media blog of the same name, Ledeen today Is ranting about an AP report warning of increasing tensions that could lead to the a major conflict between the US and Iran. A conflict the AP writer suggests neither side really wants:

"DOHA, Qatar (AP) - Tensions between the United States and Iran have risen to the point where a war could be kicked off by mistake, an outcome that neither Tehran nor Washington wants, U.S. military officials and private analysts say…

"A mistake could be made and you could end up in something that neither side ever really wanted, and suddenly it's August 1914 all over again," the U.S. officer said on condition of anonymity, because of the sensitivity of the issue. "I really believe neither side wants a fight."

Amazingly after reciting the ubiquitous Neo-Con talking points that Iran has been waging war on the United States for 30 years, Ledeen opines:

"Which brings us to the historical mystification: World War I was an accident (Sarajevo 1914). I know lots of historians have said that, but it's nonsense. Germany prepared for war, had a clear strategy for it, had well defined objectives, and when they saw a good excuse, went to war. And good excuses aren't all that hard to find if you really want one.

Huh ... ya think?

And thus I am in agreement with Mr. Ledeen on more than one point.


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