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A Neocon Admits the Plan to Bomb Iran

By Robert Parry | Consortium News | March 16, 2015

Not exactly known for truthfulness, U.S. neocons have been trying to reassure the American people that sinking a negotiated deal with Iran to limit its nuclear program would be a painless proposition, but at least one prominent neocon, Joshua Muravchik, acknowledges that the alternative will be war – and he likes the idea.

On Sunday, the neocon Washington Post allowed Muravchik to use its opinion section to advocate for an aggressive war against Iran – essentially a perpetual U.S. bombing campaign against the country – despite the fact that aggressive war is a violation of international law, condemned by the post-World War II Nuremberg Tribunal  as “the supreme international crime.”

Given that the Post is very restrictive in the op-ed pieces that it prints, it is revealing that advocacy for an unprovoked bombing campaign against Iran is considered within the realm of acceptable opinion. But the truth is that the only difference between Muravchik’s view and the Post’s own editorial stance is that Muravchik lays out the almost certain consequences of sabotaging a diplomatic solution.

In his article headlined “War is the only way to stop Iran” in print editions and “War with Iran is probably our best option” online, Muravchik lets the bloody-thirsty neocon cat out of the bag as he agrees with Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu’s hysterical view of Iran but recognizes that killing international negotiations on limiting Iran’s nuclear program would leave open only one realistic option:

“What if force is the only way to block Iran from gaining nuclear weapons? That, in fact, is probably the reality. … Sanctions may have induced Iran to enter negotiations, but they have not persuaded it to abandon its quest for nuclear weapons. Nor would the stiffer sanctions that Netanyahu advocates bring a different result. …

“Does this mean that our only option is war? Yes, although an air campaign targeting Iran’s nuclear infrastructure would entail less need for boots on the ground than the war Obama is waging against the Islamic State, which poses far smaller a threat than Iran does. … Wouldn’t destroying much of Iran’s nuclear infrastructure merely delay its progress? Perhaps, but we can strike as often as necessary.”

Typical of the neocons, Muravchik foresees no problem with his endless bombing war against Iran, including the possibility that Iran, which Western intelligence agencies agree is not working on a bomb, might reverse its course if it faced repeated bombing assaults from the United States.

This neocon-advocated violation of international law also might further undermine hopes of curbing violence in the Middle East and establishing some form of meaningful order there and elsewhere. This neocon view that America can do whatever it wants to whomever it wants might actually push the rest of the world into a coalition against U.S. bullying that could provoke an existential escalation of violence with nuclear weapons coming into play.

Never Seeing Reality

Of course, neocons never foresee problems as they draw up these war plans at their think tanks and discuss them on their op-ed pages. Muravchik, by the way, is a fellow at the neocon-dominated School of Advanced International Studies at Johns Hopkins and the Washington Post’s editorial page is run by neocons Fred Hiatt and Jackson Diehl.

But, as U.S. officialdom and the American people should have learned from the Iraq War, neocon schemes often don’t play out quite as well in the real world – not that the neocons seem to care about the hundreds of thousands of dead Iraqis or the nearly 4,500 U.S. soldiers who died fighting in the neocons’ Iraq debacle.

For the neocons, their true guiding star is to enlist the U.S. military as the enforcers of Netanyahu’s strategic vision. If Netanyahu says that Iran – not al-Qaeda and the Islamic State – is the more serious threat then the neocons line up behind that agenda, which also happens to dovetail with the interests of Israel’s new ally, Saudi Arabia.

So, Americans hear lots of scary stories about Iran “gobbling up” its neighbors – as Netanyahu described in his lecture to a joint session of the U.S. Congress this month – even though Iran has not invaded any country for centuries and, indeed, was the target of a Saudi-backed invasion by Iraq in 1980.

Not only did Netanyahu’s wildly exaggerate the danger from Iran but he ignored the fact that Iran’s involvement in Iraq and Syria has come at the invitation of those governments to help fight the terrorists of al-Qaeda’s Nusra Front and the Islamic State. [See’sCongress Cheers Netanyahu’s Hatred of Iran.”]

In other words, Iran is on the same side of those conflicts against Sunni terrorists as the United States is. But what we’re seeing now from Israel and the neocons is a determined effort to shift U.S. focus away from combating Sunni terrorists — some backed by Saudi Arabia — and toward essentially taking their side against Iran, Iraq and Syria.

That’s why the neocons are downplaying the atrocities of al-Qaeda and the Islamic State – or for that matter the chopping off of heads by Israel’s Saudi friends – while hyping every complaint they can about Iran. [See’sThe Secret Saudi Ties to Terrorism.”]

Muravchik favors this reversal of priorities and doesn’t seem to care that a U.S. bombing campaign against Iran would have a destructive impact on Iran’s ability to blunt the advances of the Islamic State and Al-Qaeda. The neocons also have been hot for bombing Syria’s military, which along with Iran represents the greatest bulwark against the Islamic State and Al-Qaeda.

The neocons and Netanyahu seem quite complacent about the prospect of the Islamic State or Al-Qaeda’s Nusra Front hoisting their black flags over Damascus or even Baghdad. Yet, such a move would almost surely force the U.S. president – whether Barack Obama or his successor – to return to a ground war in the Middle East at enormous cost to the American people.

The obvious alternative to this truly frightening scenario is to complete the international negotiations requiring Iran to accept intrusive inspections to ensure that its nuclear program remains peaceful – and then work with Iran on areas of mutual interests, such as rolling back the advances of the Islamic State in Syria and Iraq and Al-Qaeda’s Nusra Front in Syria.

This more rational approach holds out the prospect of achieving some stability in Iraq and – if accompanied by realistic negotiations between Syria’s President Bashar al-Assad and his political opponents – reducing the bloodletting in Syria if not ending it.

That pragmatic solution could well be the best result both for the people of the region and for U.S. national interests. But none of that would please Netanyahu and the neocons.


Investigative reporter Robert Parry broke many of the Iran-Contra stories for The Associated Press and Newsweek in the 1980s. You can buy his latest book, America’s Stolen Narrative, either in print here or as an e-book (from Amazon and

March 17, 2015 - Posted by | Mainstream Media, Warmongering, War Crimes | , , ,


  1. Will someone in high authority in the military please arrest the war criminals who are steering the human journey off a cliff? Start here:


    Comment by rediscover911com | March 17, 2015 | Reply

  2. What would one expect from a board member of the Jewish Institute for National Secuity Affairs. Is he a Jew also?


    Comment by richard123456columbia | March 17, 2015 | Reply

  3. I was born in the usa, but everyday I imagine a world without the insane, off the farm entities who man the helm of DC, Inc. I say ‘entities’ because they are not Human. I’m not sure what part of the slime pit they crawled out of, but I wish they would go back into the pit and stop terrorizing the entire planet.

    As everyone spends their time reacting to the insanity, instead of thinking critically an clearly, the insanities just keep on keeping on with an agenda of chaos, destruction, and perpetual war – while using their media lapdogs to justify what there is no justification for.

    The Corporate US, Inc – the Corporation of Washington DC, Inc is a predator state. An extremely ignorant predator state.

    I usually don’t waste my time commenting on their actions because the only hope for the Organized Crime Syndicate of DC, would be if they were to commit suicide en mass.

    Then, the planet might see a little peace.


    Comment by Lion | March 17, 2015 | Reply

  4. Thank God for Robert Parry and truth-telling men and women journalists like him. Pray their messages of truth reach more and more people around the Earth so this madness starts coming to an end.


    Comment by Jerry "Peacemaker" | March 17, 2015 | Reply

  5. Reblogged this on TheFlippinTruth.


    Comment by joekano76 | March 18, 2015 | Reply

  6. Here’s an interesting possibility:

    “I think that Iran has had multiple nukes for years, and the logic becomes clear – why the fuck haven’t we attacked them yet? Because they have nukes, and all the intelligence services know about them, and still they continue this charade about ‘enrichment’, and let the warmongers blather on, knowing nobody will ever pull the trigger, because it would truly mean the end not only of Israel, but of us as well.”

    (quoted from a comment at


    Comment by traducteur | March 18, 2015 | Reply

    • Actually, Iran has a conventional missile deterrent which seems to have kept Israeli aggression at bay. The Zionists need a full on massive first strike which would require US collaboration. Even then they would be taking a huge risk of losing Tel Aviv to rubble.


      Comment by aletho | March 18, 2015 | Reply

  7. Life was filled with guns and war. And everyone got trampled on the floor. I wish we’d all been ready……


    Comment by Dave P. | March 4, 2017 | Reply

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