According to former weapons inspector Scott Ritter, the U.S. plans to attack Iran in June. Sensible people might wonder if this could possibly be true, given the utter and bloody Vietnam-style shambles that characterizes the tenuous American occupation of Iraq. Nor is the situation very different in Afghanistan, where U.S. personnel venture out of Kabul very much at their own risk.
Iran is a country with roughly three times the population and area of Iraq, plus a mountainous terrain that would be ideal for guerrilla resistance. But the 'chicken hawks' and 'Dr Strangeloves' of the present American administration by definition are not sensible men. As Bush and Co. are also being prodded along by the inevitable Israel lobby and contractors like Bechtel and Halliburton - who seem to make a good living out of reconstructing destruction - it does seem likely that Ritter is correct. Indeed some other analysts have predicted an even early attack on Iran, possibly involving special forces attempting to destroy the Iranian reactor at Bushehr.
Ritter's contention was backed up by veteran journalist Seymour Hersh, who also claimed that the U.S. has been conducting secret reconnaissance missions in Iran for at least a year. But anyone with a grasp of history can understand that this is all in vain.
As William River Pitt comments: "It seems all too clear that this third American empire is threatening to collapse under its own ponderous weight. The movement conservatives cannot contain the forces that have been unleashed against them. The American military is proving itself to be incapable of sustaining the unreasonable demands being placed upon it."
Meanwhile, in the manner of the militarised late Roman Empire, the United States sinks lower and lower at home. One American friend commented to me: "'We are a third-rate, third-world country that just happens to have plenty of arms."
True enough - the U.S. has about the highest child poverty rate of any industrialised nation, with Britain tagging along in second place after them, much as Blair dutifully follows Bush.
China has recently overtaken the United States as the biggest consumer nation, to which country the U.S.A. has already exported over 1 million jobs. Unsurprisingly, the manufacturing base of the nation of Edison and Ford is slowly crumbling away.