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Thanks again, Paul.
This relates powerfully to the question of how the attack on Iran will be played.

Such a situation also changes the debate with respect to attacks on Iran in that, once in defensive mode, any attacks are seen as Shi'a (read Iranian) provocation.  The normal - and I use the term advisedly - military reaction will be to throw missiles and bombs in the general direction from which the attack originated.  (Forget invasion - that has been nothing but a bluff for some time now.)

Yes, the idea of an invasion of foot-sloggers has always seemed a real stretch, given the current situation and the forces that might need to be neutralized--a pretty experienced and pretty numerous opponent.
However, I suspect the Iran chronology will be well advanced before the partitioning of Iraq could become a factor. The house around the Neocons has been crumbling for a long time, and is pretty well advanced. I think what the Asia Times may have meant was that if Bush does not move soon, --- a lot of his buddies may be breaking Rocks, and he and Dickie may be too busy with lawyers themselves to do it right.
Odd that the courts seem to have emerged as the real defender of the constitution.
 Damn! Aint that the way it was supposed to go?

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by geezer in Paris (risico at wanadoo(flypoop)fr) on Wed Aug 29th, 2007 at 09:17:58 AM EST

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