Next Up in the "Battling Cage"?
Bush announced "the game is over"
for Iraq and began an invasion. Even before
end of the first inning, cheerleader G.W. declared
I say go, you say fight
Go, fight. Go, fight.
When I say win, you say tonight
Win, tonight. Win tonight.
Go, fight. Win, tonight!
poor Iraq, led by Jr. Pee Wee league washed
up coach Saddam Hussein facing the U.S. Allstars
with more experience and talents than one hundred
U.S. team's political lineup included pitcher
Don Rumsfeld and catcher Colin Powell, first
baseman Paul Wolfowitz, Condi Rice did a great
job at Second Base, with Ari Fleisher at Shortstop,
and Bill Kristol on Third...all coached by Richard
Perle and managed by Carl Rove. The MVP award,
naturally, went to Dick Cheney who, while barely
visible, still manages to provide the edge on
the Senate field.
fans cheered lustily from the stands and familiar
faces dotted the crowd: Henry Kissinger, George
Bush Sr., James Woolsey, Harold Brown, Dan Quayle
and James Schlesinger.
victory was almost assured from the start.
who's up next on the US-league Middle East roster:
Syria, Iran, Pakistan, Saudi Arabia or someone
else? Based on the administration's new doctrine
for military intervention there's lots of fair
territory to cover; ties to terrorism, lack
of civil freedoms, and weapons of mass destruction
(WMD), just for starters.
one of these countries strikes out regarding
their claims to not supporting terrorism. From
the financial, training, and organizational
aid given by Syria and Iran to the Lebanese
militia Hezbollah to the embarrassing Saudi
background of Osama Bin Laden and al-Queda the
position of these teams is fairly weak. According
to Gen. Thomas A. Schwartz, testifying before
the Senate Armed Services Committee warns, "North
Korea has reportedly sold at least 450 missiles
to Iran, Iraq, Syria, Pakistan and others."
also hits fouls when it comes to democracy.
President Asad of Syria seized power during
a military coup in 1970. Iran became a theocracy
in 1979 after Ayatolla Khomeini lead a revolution
to overthrow CIA-installed Shah Pahlavi. In
1999, Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff,
Gen. Musharraf overthrew the democratically
elected government of Pakistan, suspended the
constitution, and became the Chief Executive.
And, Saudi Arabia is an absolute monarchy run
by Ibn Saud's descendants.
these teams are capable of getting hits, even
grand slams. Pakistan holds nuclear bombs in
reserve. Syria is close to Israel and has long
been an irritant to that country. "Few
other states world-wide, maintain this scale
of military effort of Saudi Arabia," according
to the Center for Strategic and International
Studies. And many are concerned about Tehran's
ultimate goals in the region. "Iran is
a big country and it worries its neighbors just
like a big muscular person would," says
analyst Nayef Ebeid, of the UAE-based Sheikh
Zaid Center for Strategic Studies.
if these teams appear to be underrated, plans
of the "coalition of the willing"
also look like they need some updates.
the past century, America and Great Britain
have both coveted the title "Winner-Middle
East World Series!" But despite colonial
rule, installation of puppet regimes, and "peace
talks" neither country seems to make much
headway in the region. Could it be that the
pinch-hitters of American foreign policy are
still playing with an outdated cold-war strategy
playbook containing chapters like: Domino Theory,
"Pax Americana", and Anglo-American
to handicapping the odds for the "next
place my bets on Iran. Whether the war in Iraq
turns out to be a "Texas leagur" or
a shutout, the U.S. has had many years to draw
up plans for an invasion of Iran.
the current team doesn't get sent to the showers
because of their handling of Iraq, Iran will
then be completely surrounded by U.S. military
troops. Many policy makers, within both political
parties, still remember how Iran bloodied our
country's nose in the 1979 defeat when Iran
took 52 Americans hostage after seizing the
U.S. Embassy in Tehran. There are plenty who
feel that there is unfinished business and old
scores to settle.
Bush as singled out Iran as one of three "rouge
states" along with Iraq and North Korea.
Policy papers and military strategies also support
some idea that Iran will get the next green
light. The 2000 report by the influential Project
for the New American Century (PNAC) titled "Rebuilding
America's Defense Strategies, Forces and Resources
for a New Century" specifically articulates
the need for a substantial American force presence
in the Gulf that transcends the issue of the
regime of Saddam Hussein. It states "Iran
may well prove as large a threat to U.S. interests
in the Gulf as Iraq has."
V. Pena, a senior defense analyst at the Cato
Institute recently posed, "If toppling
Saddam Hussein goes as quickly and easily as
advocates of war against Iraq assume, then why
not take on the rest of the axis of evil (not
to mention the other dozen or so countries that
the Pentagon says are engaged in weapons of
mass destruction programs and represent a threat
to the United States? Clearly, Iran is a logical
Syria, South Korea. What's your pick? Summer
is already heating up and we're in for an interesting
season any way we go. It's anyone's guess what
the long-term outcome will be.
America certainly sounds like its playing to
win, but many still thinks it's all just trash
the citizens of sovereign nations going to be
ejected from their own ballparks like unruly
Will "God" intervene and cause a rainout?
Or are season ticket-holders going to get fed
up with the entire thing and force a management
tuned. In the mean time, a big Bronx Cheer to
those who insist on war every time they go to
need a friendly ump.
Peace - Charlie
founder of Texans for Peace, recently returned
from his second trip to Iraq, undertaken through
the Christian Peacemaker Teams organization
of Chicago. He is a high-tech CEO and lives
with his two sons in San Antonio.