Reports of Rumors

REPORTS OF RUMORS….Is the Bush administration planning to launch a PR campaign after Labor Day to soften up the American public for an attack on Iran? I’ll be honest: Iran rumors make the rounds of the liberal blogosphere every couple of months, and they never pan out. So I’m skeptical about the latest round of stories, despite the fact that I have little doubt about the underlying desire of George Bush and Dick Cheney to bomb Iran into the stone age if they think they can get away with it.

However, as Todd Gitlin aptly says about this, “[While I] might only be adding a link to a child’s game of Telephone, I’d rather do that than shut up. If there’s anything we understand about the occupants of the White House, it is that worst-case scenarios are, if not dead certain, to use the phrase of the day, worth taking seriously.”

Luckily for me, Todd also rounds up all the recent evidence suggesting that an attack is in the serious planning stages, so go read his post to get the whole story. There may be nothing to this, but I’d rather get paranoid now and feel a little embarrassed later than shut up now and feel like an idiot later. Forewarned is forearmed.