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06-12-08 CD-Deadly ‘Diplomacy’ by Norman Solomon

06-12-08 CD-Deadly ‘Diplomacy’ by Norman Solomon

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Published on Thursday, June 12, 2008 byCommonDreams.org 
Deadly ‘Diplomacy’
by Norman SolomonWith 223 days left in his presidency, George W. Bush laid more flagstones along apath to war on Iran. There was the usual declaration that “all options are on thetable”  and, just as ominously, much talk of diplomacy.Three times on Wednesday, the Associated Press reports, Bush “called a diplomaticsolution ‘my first choice,’ implying there are others. He said ‘we’ll give diplomacy achance to work,’ meaning it might not.”That’s how Bush talks when he’s grooving along in his Orwellian comfort zone, eagerto order a military attack.“We seek peace,” Bush said in the State of the Union address on January 28, 2003.“We strive for peace.”In that speech, less than two months before the invasion of Iraq began, Bushforeshadowed the climax of his administration’s diplomatic pantomime. “The UnitedStates will ask the U.N. Security Council to convene on February the 5th to considerthe facts of Iraq’s ongoing defiance of the world,” the president said. “Secretary of State Powell will present information and intelligence about Iraqi’s legal  Iraq’sillegal weapons programs, its attempt to hide those weapons from inspectors, and itslinks to terrorist groups.”A week after that drum roll, Colin Powell made his now-infamous presentation to theU.N. Security Council. At the time, it served as ideal “diplomacy” for war  filled withauthoritative charges and riddled with deceptions.We should never forget the raptures of media praise for Powell’s crucial mendacity. Akey bellwether was the New York Times.The front page of the Times had been plying administration lies about Iraqi weaponsof mass destruction for a long time. Now the newspaper’s editorial stance, ostensiblyantiwar, swooned into line  rejoicing that “Mr. Powell’s presentation was all themore convincing because he dispensed with apocalyptic invocations of a struggle of good and evil and focused on shaping a sober, factual case against Mr. Hussein’sregime.”The Times editorialized that Powell “presented the United Nations and a globaltelevision audience yesterday with the most powerful case to date that SaddamHussein stands in defiance of Security Council resolutions and has no intention of revealing or surrendering whatever unconventional weapons he may have.” Bysending Powell to address the Security Council, the Times claimed, President Bush“showed a wise concern for international opinion.”Bush had implemented the kind of “diplomacy” advocated by a wide range of warenthusiasts. For instance, Fareed Zakaria, a former managing editor of the elite-flavored journal Foreign Affairs, had recommended PR prudence in the quest for aconfrontation that could facilitate an invasion of Iraq. “Even if the inspections do notproduce the perfect crisis,” Zakaria wrote the previous summer, “Washington will still

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