"This White House believes that the only way to solve the problem is to change the power structure in Iran..."
"...and that means war"
This of course coming from the new Seymour Hersh article on Iran Plans
Publicly flaunting diplomacy while at the same time planning an intense air attack. Just in January I heard Mr. Bolton speaking in Berlin patently denying any possibility that the US pursues military options for dealing with the "Iran issue". He actually yelled at the poor kid in the audience who asked about it - using Iraq as the precedent.
With support for the Iraq war so low, and international trust in the tank, its rather disconcerting that this information has gotten out. Of course it is only a plan (one which includes a nuclear option!), but after the example of Iraq it's extremely difficult for me to believe that the current administration takes the option of diplomacy seriously. This sums it up well...
One former defense official, who still deals with sensitive issues for the Bush Administration, told me that the military planning was premised on a belief that “a sustained bombing campaign in Iran will humiliate the religious leadership and lead the public to rise up and overthrow the government.” He added, “I was shocked when I heard it, and asked myself, ‘What are they smoking?’ ”
Any ideas how the Dems can challenge this foreign policy point, without siding with the bad guys?