The Administration today revealed to Fox News how it wishes to frame the debate over going to war with Iran. Instead of debating whether to go to war or not, the Administration wants to frame the debate as a question of whether to blockade Iran or bomb it into the stone age:
[A]ccording to a well-placed Bush administration source, "everyone in town" is now participating in a broad discussion about the costs and benefits of military action against Iran, with the likely timeframe for any such course of action being over the next eight to 10 months, after the presidential primaries have probably been decided, but well before the November 2008 elections.My guess is Fox News can be relied on to go along with the Administration by increasingly presenting the issue of war with Iran as not a matter of "whether" but of "how". If history is any guide, the rest of the mega-media will fall in line sooner or later -- including such purported bastions of liberal thinking as The New York Times and the major networks.
The discussions are now focused on two basic options: less invasive scenarios under which the U.S. might blockade Iranian imports of gasoline or exports of oil, actions generally thought to exact too high a cost on the Iranian people but not enough on the regime in Tehran; and full-scale aerial bombardment.
It's a very clever move on the part of the Administration that obviously hopes to eliminate or marginalize the most sane option -- no war -- at the very start of the debate.
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