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2 Sep, 2007 11:44

Bush sees Iran as new threat to U.S.

U.S. President George W. Bush has turned up his rhetoric about the war on terror. In a speech to U.S. wartime veterans, he suggested that Iran is as much of a threat to world security as Al-Qaeda and the Taliban.

Russia Today’s military analyst Evgeny Khrushchov presented his view of the story.

From the pulpit of the American Legion President Bush pontificated his grand vision Urbi et Orbi camouflaged as a sermon on how to save the world.

“We meet today at a critical time for our country. America is engaged in a great ideological struggle – fighting Islamic extremists across the globe,” Mr Bush said.

On the face of it, this is just another routine speech of the lonesome star president to the only receptive audience – the American veterans.

Iran has long been a source of trouble in the region. It is the world’s leading state sponsor of terrorism. Iran’s actions threaten the security of nations everywhere. We will confront this danger before it is too late.

George Bush

“Once again, America finds itself a nation at war. Once again, we’re called to assume the mantle of global leadership,” the president stated.

Bush demonstrated to Congress that the vets stand by their Commander-in-Chief before requesting from lawmakers extra $ US 50 BLN for the war in Iraq. According to initial interpretations, Al-Qaeda, hosted by the Taliban, attacked the United States on 9/11.

The U.S. dispatched GIs to kill or capture UBL in Afghanistan but the bad guys did a vanishing act.

It’s hard to believe, but they peacefully plot and perpetrate attacks in Pakistan against America, according to the latest National Intelligence Estimate.

Unabashed, President Bush unveils a dramatic revision of strategic threat assessment to the United States.

“On September the 11, 2001, we learned that there’s another region of the world that directly threatens the security of the American people – and that is the Middle East,” George Bush highlighted.

Trouble is both Afghanistan and Pakistan, the Forward Operational Base and sanctuary for Al-Qaeda and the Taliban, are not part of the Middle East period.

“I’m going to explain why defeating the extremists in this troubled region is essential to our national security,” the U.S. President said.  

With the benefit of the doubt, listeners would assume Bush was alluding to the fact that all 9/11 attackers are from the Middle East, most of them Saudi.

“America has enduring and vital interest in the region,” he mentioned.  

This disarming revelation has a double message. First, the conspicuous omission of the real McCoy Al-Qaeda and the Taliban in Pakistan. For them the message is ‘out of sight, out of mind ’.

Second, the ominous admonition to Iran – as the imminent threat to the whole world and thus a ‘clear and present danger’ to the U.S.  

“Iran has long been a source of trouble in the region. It is the world’s leading state sponsor of terrorism. Iran’s actions threaten the security of nations everywhere. We will confront this danger before it is too late,” Mr Bush announced.   

The message to Tehran is: read my lips, my way or the highway, because casus belli or an excuse for hostilities is only a question of time.

“I have authorised our military commanders in Iraq to confront Tehran's murderous activities,” the president said.  

With a promise of ‘strategic patience’ from Bush, Al-Qaeda has managed to convert operation Iraqi freedom from a war of distraction to a war of attrition.

Come to think of it, the major benefactors of this oratorical exercise are Al-Qaeda and the Taliban in Pakistan and their Wahhabi spiritual leaders in Saudi Arabia.  

Somehow they figure out that George Bush is not a flip-flopper. They can trust him as a man of his word, because he does what he says and he says what he believes.