William Kristol, cu un limbaj de "Scânteia pe invers", scrie următoarele:
"For while Syria and Iran are enemies of Israel, they are also enemies of the United States. We have done a poor job of standing up to them and weakening them. They are now testing us more boldly than one would have thought possible a few years ago. Weakness is provocative. We have been too weak, and have allowed ourselves to be perceived as weak.
The right response is renewed strength--in supporting the governments of Iraq and Afghanistan, in standing with Israel, and in pursuing regime change in Syria and Iran. For that matter, we might consider countering this act of Iranian aggression with a military strike against Iranian nuclear facilities. Why wait? Does anyone think a nuclear Iran can be contained? That the current regime will negotiate in good faith? It would be easier to act sooner rather than later. Yes, there would be repercussions--and they would be healthy ones, showing a strong America that has rejected further appeasement.[?!?!?!?!?]
But such a military strike would take a while to organize. In the meantime, perhaps President Bush can fly from the silly G8 summit in St. Petersburg--a summit that will most likely convey a message of moral confusion and political indecision--to Jerusalem, the capital of a nation that stands with us, and is willing to fight with us, against our common enemies. This is our war, too."
Mai devreme cu doi ani, în iulie 2004, Michael Ledeen se bagă şi el singur în seamă, inflamându-şi textele de război împotriva Iranului cu dorinţa sinceră şi totodată cretinoidă de a vedea un atentat pe teritoriu american în a doua jumătate a lunii octombrie:
"Scores of Iranian intelligence agents are found in Iraq, some in the act of preparing bombs? Some bright bulb in the intelligence community puts out the line that Iran is actually helpful to us, and has actually restrained Hezbollah. We find Iranian involvement in the bombing of Khobar Towers in Saudi Arabia? The evidence is quashed by the Saudis, with the complicity of State [Department, nota mea] and large sectors of the intelligence community.
So why should the men in the blood-soaked turbans fret over the consequences of aiding and abetting yet another murderous assault against Americans? I'm unfortunately betting on the second half of October, based on their happy experience with the Spanish elections last March."
Succes şi la alte pariuri viitoare, băi, Ledeen! Că la ăsta, din 2004, nu ţi-a ieşit.Cele două texte bolnave se pot accesa la http://weeklystandard.com/Content/Public/Articles/000/000/012/433fwbvs.asp?pg=1 şi http://www.nationalreview.com/ledeen/ledeen200407190838.asp
Despre viaţa dubioasă a lui Michael Ledeen, menţiuni la http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Michael_Ledeen
Caricatura este preluată de la http://upload.wikimedia.org/wikipedia/commons/6/6c/Attack_Iran!.jpg