For the past week or so I have refrained from commenting on politics in this very political season, but I have watched the escalating talk amongst the GOP runners for the Presidency with the same alarm as I felt back in 2000. Then I told a group of friends, many of whom were Republicans rooting for Bush, that if he was elected he would take this country to war with Iraq.

This was pre 9/11.

I was right.

The war with Iraq had nothing to do with 9/11, but everything to do with a desire to oust Saddam Hussein and provide a buffer against Iran. Any student of history who read REBUILDING AMERICADEFENSES – Strategy, Forces and Resources For a New Century –  A Report of The Project for the New American Century Dated September 2000″ would have seen the way the Neo-Cons/Tea Party think. It is their desire to control the Middle East, especially Iran. Always has been.

And now we see Romney and Ryan ramping up the rhetoric against Iran, with Benjamin Netanyahu stoking the fires of intolerance and ignorance.

In my novel AN UNQUIET AMERICAN I tell the story of the politics of the 2008 elections set against the experiences and historical knowledge of a former British Special Forces Officer who lived in the Middle East and Far East as a child. These experiences are based largely on my own, having been born in Hong Kong, lived in India, Iran and Libya, where I experienced the 1969 revolution, indeed was at the center of it. My father was a low level MI6 Intelligence operative, so my childhood and early adulthood was steeped in the Middle East and the heavy handed miscalculations of the US and British Governments in Iran and the rest of the Middle East.

Least we forget, the troubles in Iran date back to the coup in 1953 against a Democratically elected Government, instigated by Kermit ‘Kim’ Roosevelt Jnr, a CIA political action officer and grandson of President Theodore Roosevelt. The Democratic Government of Prime Minister Mosaddeq was overthrown and the oppressive regime of the Shah reinstated.

All for the sake of oil.

Now Romney, Ryan and Netanyahu are pushing for military action against Iran citing the very same reasons that Bush/Cheney cited for war against Iraq.

Those politicians that have no plan for the economic recovery of the country and simply want the status quo of the rich and powerful, always look to find a war in the making to bolster their inability to govern properly. With War, all social issues go on the ‘back burner’, as happened during the Bush years. The rich get richer and the rest of the people are left to foot the bill for a war they never wanted in the first place.

I really don’t want to see more coffins headed back to this country from the Middle East, do you?

I urge all those undecided voters and those supporting Romney/Ryan to read the real GOP military agenda as laid out in 2000 by the very people who are giving Romney Foreign Policy advice – the Neo-Cons who now call themselves Tea Partiers and who want to take this country back to war.

Read, learn and make up your minds based on solid fact, an insight into the real GOP agenda, and a decision based on education and not listening to scare tactic speeches designed to frighten you into casting an ill conceived and ignorant vote.

Is our present Government the absolute best we could possibly hope for?

No.

Is it the best we have had in a long time?

Probably yes.

There is the old adage that a country gets the Government it deserves. If America deserves to rise out of this economic recession with strength, dignity and peace then be very sure you do not vote for Policies of division, fear and the dogmatic arrogance of moral certitude.

My favourite quote about Government comes from HL Mencken:

“The worst government is often the most moral. One composed of cynics is often very tolerant and humane. But when fanatics are on top there is no limit to oppression.”