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Why is that improbable? We're talking about Cheney et al.

Because if that's all it is, then we're talking a kind of group insanity to think this would be worth risking any American lives. Or that it could ever be acceptable. Because that reason has never leaked and somebody would have said, "wait a minute. . . ." That's the kind of secret that always gets out eventually.

If they were all on an "America is the sole superpower" trip and wanted to show the world, or if they thought they could bully Muslim nations into submission, then not only are they insane, they're just plain dumb. Granted, there are many who feel in their heart-of-hearts this way, but say what you will, from the evidence of how well they played both the bureaucratic game as well as (what passed for) the journalism game, they aren't dumb. In fact, they were quite determined, and able to figure out how to get from point A to point B. Point B was getting us into Iraq. I'm trying to figure out what point C is.

Can I believe that the game is to cleanse the West Bank of Palestinians? Yes. The West Bank is a huge salient that the IDF would love to have under sole Israeli control. And the religious extremists in Israel want nothing more than to settle all of eretz Yisrael.

Maybe that's the play. With Americans in Iraq, the Israelies have much more leeway to do as they will in the West Bank. Syria aren't about to lift a finger with the US army behind their backs. Jordan, the Saudis and Egyptians are all bought...that could be it.

Come to think of it, that's the only reason I can come up with (sick though it is, but remember, I'm trying to put myself in their shoes). Iraq was always the target. Has Israel merely siezed the opportunity the US presented? Or was it coordinated?

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by papicek (papi_cek_at_hotmail_dot_com) on Sun Apr 26th, 2009 at 09:10:26 PM EST
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