It would be one thing if a president’s legacy were to make peace with a former foe, or restore environmental health to a ravaged region, but Bush’s legacy is militarized by his belief in divine mission, which could get a lot of innocent people killed, a higher slaughter rate than the ongoing fiasco in Iraq. If Seymour Hersh’s sources are creditable (and I think we can all agree on Hersh’s track record ), Bush has made up his one-track mind for the rest of us that he will not leave office without neutralizing the threat of Iran.
It’s a terrifying probability. Consider that Bush knows he is politically toast; moreover, he knows that his Middle East/War on Terra policies will be, at the least, radically reorganized on Realist grounds after 2008 (and he will have in all likelihood after this fall a Congress with a little more backbone than he is accustomed to). In effect, then, Bush’s attitude to Iran can be seen as neoconservatives’ last grand stab; their window of opportunity is fast closing and they know it.
Bush cares as little for public opinion as he cares for book-learnin’. He and Tha Lord have an understanding, and anyway (so he might say with the True Believer’s false humility which is so very like egomania) aren’t Tha Lord’s servants ‘posed to be unpopular in this wicked old world? Sadly, yes! Why, just look at the polls! So Bush (Jesus Jr. to Jesus’ own God Jr.) must do His work while there’s still time, before Satan himself (yes, the Democratic Party) regains control of God’s own earthly instrument, the great Youessofaye. Meanwhile the Cheneys, Kristols, Podhoretzes — a clever if deeply cynical lot — say embarassed amens for show because it means getting on with the Imperial Program, Bomb Iran.
Bombing Iran is the last great act they can take, the last great mess they can make. The temptation, I’m sure, is irresistable. And what have they to lose? Jesus Jr is sure he’ll see a better place in the afterlife because of it, though who knows if he will be attended by any virgins there, meanwhile the neocons are sure History (which they still think of in a Marxist way) will be kind to them but even if it’s not, well there’s always a corporate teat to be sucked at AEI, where are they are sure to spend the rest of their days writing autohagiographies. Regardless, a strike on Iran insures for Bush and his enablers a special place in the Heavens of their respective ideologies. Attention, Evil: with their last political breath, the Bushies stab at thee!