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I'm going to be on the Sean Hannity radio show with Scott Johnson of Powerline talking about Bush's big Iraq speech at around 4:10 to 4:15 PM this afternoon. Readers will doubtless be shocked to learn that I'm not a regular Hannity listener, so I have no idea what station that might be in your local area. Also -- no Hannity! -- it's a guest host.

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I never knew that asking the administration and the right wing to stop using deceptive arguments was an "insult" before. Sheesh.

Posted by: Jon Parker | Jun 29, 2005 7:31:54 PM

Sean Hannity is like O'Reilly. There is no possible justification for being on the show of a conscienceless propagandist who will only shut you up if you disagree with him. Not a good choice.

Posted by: Mackthespoon | Jun 29, 2005 9:21:14 PM

On general principle I have to agree with MactheSpoon. There's very little good that can come of this.

So OK, prove me wrong.

Posted by: J Thomas | Jun 30, 2005 3:17:09 AM

What do you get out of this Matt? A Nobel Peace Prize nomination?

Posted by: Porco Rosso | Jun 30, 2005 9:52:40 AM

I will put up a longer argument on my own blog but my strong belief is that what Bush has achieved in Iraq is to make it inevitable that a nuclear armed Iran run by the mullahs will become the regional superpower.

There are only three options for the US in Iraq: admit defeat: bring in a draft to provide the troops needed to stay indefinitely in the hope the situation improves, withdraw and let the country slide into civil war or declare victory and withdraw.

I do not think that Bush has the necessary political capital to call for a draft. The biggest lie used to justify the war was that it would be painless and costless.

That leaves the various withdrawal options. The Iraqi government is nowhere near strong enough to maintain order on its own, its only option would be to call on foreign assistance. The only power in the region strong enough to do this is Iran.

Iran's military is much smaller and less well equiped than the US of course but they have many advantages. Their supply lines are much shorter: any material they need can simply be brought in by truck. Their troops speak the local language and have considerable support from the S'hia community. Most of all they are not infidels suspected of invading Iraq to loot the oil and protect Israel.

The neo-cons appear to have realised this, I think this is what is behind their rhetorical attacks on Iran. Their idea seems to be that the way to get out of Iraq is to invade Iran first, take out the mullahs and install a democracy there.

Needless to say the idea is even stupider than the original Iraqi invasion. Any attack on Iran, wheher by the US or Israel would lead to reprisals against Israel and major civilian casualties there. There is a significant risk of escalation to nuclear war. Besides which Sistani can force the US to quit Iraq at any time he choses. If the US or a proxy were to attack Iran he would have no choice.

In short, the New American Century hawks have achieved the precise opposite of their aims. They have enabled Iran to become the regional superpower and broken the US military in the process.

Posted by: phill | Jun 30, 2005 9:56:12 AM


You totally held your own last night, considering the way the cards were stacked against you. I happened to be driving home late, from a dinner in Cambridge, and I was flipping through the dials, and I heard you. It was one of the most successful examples I've heard of someone not letting a right wing radio host cut them off.

Ted Gilchrist

Posted by: Ted Gilchrist | Jun 30, 2005 10:43:56 AM

Is the show archived online somewhere? Or can you only listen to it after the fact if you're a Hannity Insider? (Which ain't happening.)

Posted by: Becks | Jun 30, 2005 4:30:44 PM


Love your blog's posts! I'll try to find you on the radio in Providence, RI.

I just started blogging (http://coasm.blogspot.com/). How do you get that picture at the top?

Confessions of a Soccer Mom

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Thanks for the tips! (via e-mails)


Posted by: Beth Crowley | Jul 3, 2005 11:13:37 PM

phil said:

"The biggest lie used to justify the war was that it would be painless and costless."

Democrats would have a much better chance of getting some of us to return to the party if less of you went around spouting nonsense such as this.

I would also like to know why the majority opinion among democrats seem to be that the Iraqis will never be capable of governing, policing or protecting themselves?

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