The balance in the internal White House debate over Iran has shifted back in favour of military action before President George Bush leaves office in 18 months, the Guardian has learned.But wait, it gets even nuttier. One of the candidates seeking the Republican nomination, Sen. Sam Brownback, has come out and said that he would preemptively strike Iran if elected president. He was interviewed by Sean Hannity on Fox News, when they had the following exchange:
The vice-president, Dick Cheney, has long favoured upping the threat of military action against Iran. He is being resisted by the secretary of state, Condoleezza Rice, and the defence secretary, Robert Gates.
Hannity: There’s probably going to come a point for the next president that they’re going to have to determine whether to go out and have that preemptive strike. And you’re ready and would be ready to do that?
Brownback: Yes, I am, and I think we have to be.
I think a lot of people look at what has happened over the past six years, and blame it purely on the Bush White House. While I am sure that he is responsible for a lot of it, we cannot forget that the entire Republican party is diseased. They are a group of people whose world view is absolutely detached from reality. We will get rid of Bush, sooner or later, but this warped way of thinking will go on.