A nice long article from Esquire (I couldn't find the name of a particular author) that reviews the history of the Bush Cheney pursuit of war with Iran. It also contains some new tidbits as to how they managed to shut down Powell's efforts and others. There's also the powerful description of a meeting with the Saudi monarch.
The article also conveys how Bush and Cheney have intimidated former high level officials to keep them from revealing even more.
Another tidbit: Even Kissinger understood (does he still?) that war with Iran is total madness. Another clue as to the real intentions of the White House.
No gang, Bush's wars are not for oil. You'd think that $100/barrel would be a sufficient clue.And they are only partly for Israel. Their purpose is simply war and the destruction of civilization and they make use of Israel's similar interest in perpetual war to make extending the war first to Iraq and now Iran possible.
Esquire -- November 2007
The Secret History of the Impending War with Iran That
the White House Doesn't Want You to Know
Two former high-ranking policy experts from the Bush
Adminstration say the U.S. has been gearing up for a
war with Iran for years, despite claiming otherwise.
It'll be Iraq all over again.
In the years after 9/11, Flynt Leverett and Hillary
Mann worked at the highest levels of the Bush
administration as Middle East policy experts for the
National Security Council. Mann conducted secret
negotiations with Iran. Leverett traveled with Colin
Powell and advised Condoleezza Rice. They each played
crucial roles in formulating policy for the region
leading up to the war in Iraq. But when they left the
White House, they left with a growing sense of alarm --
not only was the Bush administration headed straight
for war with Iran, it had been set on this course for
years. That was what people didn't realize. It was just
like Iraq, when the White House was so eager for war it
couldn't wait for the UN inspectors to leave. The steps
have been many and steady and all in the same
direction. And now things are getting much worse. We
are getting closer and closer to the tripline, they
"The hard-liners are upping the pressure on the State
Department," says Leverett. "They're basically saying,
'You've been trying to engage Iran for more than a year
now and what do you have to show for it? They keep
building more centrifuges, they're sending this IED
stuff over into Iraq that's killing American soldiers,
the human-rights internal political situation has
gotten more repressive -- what the hell do you have to
show for this engagement strategy?' "
But the engagement strategy was never serious and was
designed to fail, they say. Over the last year, Rice
has begun saying she would talk to "anybody, anywhere,
anytime," but not to the Iranians unless they stopped
enriching uranium first. That's not a serious approach
to diplomacy, Mann says. Diplomacy is about talking to
your enemies. That's how wars are averted. You work up
to the big things. And when U.S. ambassador to Iraq
Ryan Crocker had his much-publicized meeting with his
Iranian counterpart in Baghdad this spring, he didn't
even have permission from the White House to schedule a
The most ominous new development is the Bush
administration's push to name the Iranian Revolutionary
Guards a terrorist organization.