On COI #278, Kyle Anzalone and Connor Freeman cover former President George W. Bush’s viral confession- by-gaffe to war crimes in Iraq, President Joe Biden’s resistance to Kiev’s demands for long range rocket launchers, U.S./Israeli war drills aimed at Tehran, and the latest news on the Iran nuclear deal.
Kyle and Connor watch and discuss Bush’s Freudian slip rapidly making the rounds where he is giving a speech denouncing an illegal, brutal, unprovoked war in Iraq when he meant to say Ukraine. Bush was trying to paint Russian President Vladimir Putin as the ultimate mass murderer, Hitler du jour, but subconsciously realized he could just as easily be reading his own criminal charges. Bush writes this off as him just losing it in his old age. However, it is a blatant example of the fetish for projection fashionable in Washington these days, particularly among those like Bush himself who is forever covered in the blood of a million dead Iraqis.
Kyle breaks down Biden’s apparent reluctance to send Ukraine the long range rocket launchers they have requested, namely the M270 Multiple Launch Rocket Systems. These weapons would enable Kiev to launch strikes deeper beyond Russia’s borders, attacks on Russia have become an increasingly more common occurrence and threaten to uncontrollably escalate and expand the conflict.
Connor talks about a series of ongoing Israeli military exercises called Chariots of Fire. The exercises largely eye an attack on Iran and also include preparation for contingencies of a wider regional war with the Resistance Axis. U.S. Air Force refueling aircraft will soon be joining Israeli fighter jets over the Mediterranean Sea to simulate a wide scale assault on Iran. The simulation will practice how to enter Iranian territory and conduct repeated airstrikes. This comes as Israel just recently bombed Syria, killing as many as five people. Defense Minister Benny Gantz claimed they were targeting advanced Iranian military assets. This latest strike is also notable because it is the first time the Russians fired back at Israeli warplanes using the S-300 air defense systems they have provided Damascus. The new development will likely change the Israeli strategy in Syria, given that, for many years, they have taken for granted that they can bomb the country on a weekly basis virtually without consequences.
Connor continues the Iran news by detailing a series of talks with the European Union’s nuclear negotiator in Tehran. The EU has reportedly made enough progress, breaking the two months long deadlock, and relaunched indirect talks between the U.S. and Iran. Though no date for new Vienna talks has been set yet, Josep Borrell, the EU Foreign Policy Chief, says a deal is now within reach. The Iranians and the Americans have put the onus on each other to do what needs to be done politically to move things forward. Though Tehran says they now await U.S. responses to new proposals they put forward presumably during last week’s talks with Mora.