A decade prior to the birth of George W. Bush and well before John Wayne immortalized the American cowboy as a hero in the Oscar-winning film, "True Grit," America had a leader whose swagger and bravado exemplified what soon became the reputed character of our nation.




Long before Bush stepped into the spotlight of scrutiny and declared his decrees to both American citizens and those of other nations around the world, FDR was paving the road to dictatorship by forcing through Congress radical legislation, assuming control of the banking industry and shaking the balance of powers by threatening the Supreme Court. Since FDR, every leader serving in the Oval Office has assumed a dictatorial role.




Perhaps the reason why Americans have yet to recognize the true power of the bully pulpit is due to internal political noise that distracts us from hearing what our leaders dictate to the rest of the world.




During the Civil Rights Era, a voice crying for justice was heard to utter, "by any means necessary." Malcolm X could never have guessed his prophetic words would be used by President Jimmy Carter in 1980 to issue a warning to the world.




"Let our position be absolutely clear: An attempt by any outside force to gain control of the Persian Gulf region will be regarded as an assault on the vital interests of the United States of America, and such an assault will be repelled by any means necessary, including military force."




Although Carter couched his words carefully, any cursory look at the history of U.S. involvement in the Middle East reveals an open display of America's western hostility toward oil-rich nations within the Mideast region that failed to strike a deal with the swaggering cowboy that took control of the Persian Gulf.




History reveals this chilling message: Beginning with Iran (Persia) in the aftermath of WWII &

whose elected government was undermined by the CIA in 1953 &

the United States has been the principal instigator of war and terror in the Aryan land.




In 1979, after losing control over Iran, the U.S. befriended Saddam Hussein and began its campaign of hostility against Iranians, which included support for Iraq in an eight-year war against Iran.




When Iraq fell out of favor, America sent its own troops to remove Hussein and take control. Given the targeting of Iran since Harry Truman was in office, it's no surprise to hear the saber-rattling continuing today. What is surprising is the number of deaf ears upon which the cries of the Iranian people have fallen in this country.




Former National Security Advisor (to Carter) Zbigniew Brzezinski told a deaf Senate Foreign Relations Committee in February of this year that a plausible scenario in the buildup toward the U.S. attacking Iran would be a staged terrorist attack on U.S. soil blamed on Iran. Such a scenario seems quite easy to implement, since many Americans still dismiss any scrutiny of the elaborate concoctions proliferated by the Bush administration in the aftermath of 9/11. Even Oregon's Senator Ron Wyden, who sits on the Senate Intelligence Committee, stated unequivocally he believes our government would never do what Brzezinski characterized as "plausible."




Since the U.S. takeover of Babylon, Iran has known America is moving into position for yet another invasion of the Aryan nation. Surrounded on all sides by nuclear-capable countries, including the U.S., Iran is feeling quite vulnerable. And the pressure to accommodate America's dictatorial decrees regarding nuclear technology is increasing. But no white flag has yet been waved.




Instead, Iran's President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad has taken steps no leader has ever taken in a monumental effort to gain the attention of the American people.




Ahmadinejad has spoken candidly through the media. He has written an 18-page letter to the U.S. citizenry. He has followed up with a letter to our president. And this year he humbled himself by accepting an invitation to speak on the campus of a hostile American university, only to be faced with ridicule and scorn. Today, Ahmadinejad is calling for a transition in oil currency, potentially sending the American dollar (and our economy) into a catastrophic tailspin.




Is he starting to get your attention?




It is time we looked past the lies and obfuscations of many corrupt American leaders and listened to those voices who have been in the crosshairs of our hunting rifles for generations. Persia is crying out with an important message that history and our national media has failed to convey. Perhaps it is time we considered what Iran is saying before we authorize the next trillion-dollar invasion in the Middle East.




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