"One member of Cheney’s national security staff, David Wurmser, worried out loud that Cheney felt that his wing was "losing the policy argument on Iran" inside the administration — and that they might need to "end run" the president with scenarios that may narrow his choices. The option that Wurmser allegedly discussed was nudging Israel to launch a low-yield cruise missile strike against the Natanz nuclear reactor in Iran, thus "hopefully" prompting a military reaction by Tehran against U.S. forces in Iraq and the Gulf. When queried about Wurmser’s alleged comments, a senior Bush administration official told the New York Times, "The vice president is not necessarily responsible for every single thing that comes out of the mouth of every single member of his staff." " Steve Clemons
We seem to have returned to 2002. In that year, it was fashionable and easy to decry the idea that the Bush Administration could be so foolish as to invade Iraq. Those who said that we would invade Iraq were thought to be a little daft. A radio station in Boise, Idaho that had asked my opinion about this began to ridicule the idea on the air after I insisted that an invasion was likely. Now we have Steve Clemons doing much the same thing.
A decision to attack Iran would be just that. Only the president can make such a decision. Once he makes that decision, nothing could prevent war. There is not a constitutional or legal way to prevent him from ordering whatever size attack he wants. He, the slavish Congress and the Jacobin neocons structured various pieces of post 9/11 legislation in such a way that he already has all the authority needed to give the orders.
Clemons’ discussion of the ongoing argument within policy circles over whether or not Bush will give that order is reasonably accurate.
It is also irrelevant. Only the decider will decide. He will decide with the help and advice of his pal, "just plain Dick," and after the "Italian Letter" crowd have done their worst.
I learned recently that Dick, when fishing in his native mountains, has the guides herd the fish towards him "just to make sure."
It seems to me that that a 2003 outcome is likely, but, you never know…. pl