"Iran far from posing existential threat." - Former Mossad Chief Ephraim Halevy.In 2003, a senior official in the Bush White House said, "Anyone can go to Baghdad. Real men go to Tehran."
Israel Attack on Iran "Stupidest Thing I’ve Ever Heard." - Former Mossad Chief Meir Dagan.
An Attack on Iran "Will Not Happen On My Watch." - Former Commander of U.S. Central Command Admiral William Fallon.
"We’re marching towards, with the neocons and others who are advocating it, another war with Iran. And the military wants out of that. There are some in the military who’ll go right along with it, of course, but the basic leadership of all the services and the Joint Chiefs of Staff kept George Bush and Dick Cheney from going to war with Iran by their reluctance to go along and their constant drumbeat of ‘You can’t mean it, Mr. President. Another theatre in Western Asia?’" - Former Chief of Staff to Colin Powell Col. Lawrence Wilkerson.
I saw this quote repeated often, and it is worth reflecting on it.
We need to define the qualities of a "real man," and begin asking some introspective questions about the crisis of manhood in Western culture.
Why do men in this culture allow warmongers to speak in the name of men?
Why has masculinity and male toughness been hijacked in America and the West by chicken hawks and weaklings like neoconservatives? These people dream of wars in think tanks because they don't have the guts to face the real thing on the battlefield.
Men like Paul Wolfowitz, Richard Perle, Dick Cheney, Donald Rumsfeld, George Bush, Barack Obama, Bibi Netanyahu, and Ehud Barak are not real men. These politicians and pseudo intellectuals are madmen who want all out war in the Middle East and they must be stopped.
The real tough guys in the American and Israeli military establishment don't want to fight a war with Iran, not because they are scared, but because they are not crazed maniacs.
Former Mossad Directors Ephraim Halevy and Meir Dagan believe that attacking Iran is a stupid and bad idea. Halevy has said that an attack on Iran "will impact region for 100 years."
Col. Wilkerson, the former Chief of Staff to Colin Powell, says an attack on Iran by Washington will lead to a constitutional crisis in America. Back in 2008, Admiral William Fallon stopped a U.S.-Iran war from taking place.
The problem is that real men in America and Israel are led by screwballs and dangerous and narcissistic demagogues.
In 1962, at the height of the U.S.-Soviet missile crisis, the opposite was true. Back then, the civilian leadership, America's Kennedy and Russia's Khrushchev, were the reasonable and rational men who stopped the dangerous military generals in their camps.
America and Israel may have the finest militaries, but they are being exploited for the political gain of crazed politicians, criminal civilians, banksters, corporate fascists, and other groups.
Real men create peace and defend civilization from the barbarism of war. Real men don't start wars without a moral justification. Real men don't abuse power and kill innocent people. And real men don't torture.
It is too bad that real men have been elbowed out of decision-making roles in government in the West and Israel, allowing fake men like George Bush, Dick Cheney, Bibi Netanyahu, Tony Blair, Nicolas Sarkozy, and Barack Obama to rise and pose as war heroes after military operations in Libya, Iraq, Gaza, and Lebanon.
America and Israel are losing real tough guys in government at a time when they are most needed. Richard Silverstein wrote on November 5th:
"The tragedy for Israel is that Dagan and Halevy, retired from active duty, cannot personally stop such an attack. They’ve left the field to the megalomaniacs like Barak and Bibi, and there’s no telling whether they can be restrained."The triumph of fake men over real men has created a big crisis in Western civilization.
We need to flip the script, and say "Any chickenhawk can advocate to bomb Iran. Real men stop the madness of war by telling the truth about 9/11."