“U.S. Ponders Ways to Use Force on Iran”
“Here’s How the U.S. Could Invade Iran”
“U.S. Said Set to Attack Iran”
“Does [the U.S. President] Plan to Invade Iran?”
“Saudis Deny U.S. Planned to Attack Iranian Oilfields”
“U.S. May Attack Iran Missiles: White House Mulls Ways to Protect Gulf”
“[U.S.] Navy Denies Plan to Attack Iranian Ships in Persian Gulf”
“U.S., Allies Setting Stage to Attack Iran, Says Paper”
“Chavez Warns Against U.S. Attack on Iran”
“Iran’s Top Leader Warns of U.S. Attack”
“Iran: U.S. Attack May Mean ‘Slaughterhouse’”
“Sharon on the Warpath: Is Israel Planning to Attack Iran?”
“Israel Has Plans to Attack Iran, Says London Times”
“U.S. Planning Nuclear Strike on Iran”
“The Coming War with Iran”
“Report: Israel Asks for ‘Air Corridor’ to Attack Iran”
“News from Israel: [U.S. President] Wants to Attack Iran Soon”
“Iran in U.S. Crosshairs”
Do those headlines sound familiar? Judging by the recent deluge of print, web, television, and radio reports and discussions, America and Israel have responded to a growing “drumbeat for war,” as some have put it, and are on the brink of launching an overt military attack on Iran. As the real newspaper and web headlines cited above clearly show, the U.S. and its ally in the Levant have failed to learn the proverbial dangers of a land war in Asia, and are furiously building toward another engagement with another Islamic country.
But wait. The dates on those headlines are, respectively, November 1979, December 1979, August 1980, August 1980, June 1984, June 1987, March 1988, November 1992, November 1993, December 1996, June 1997, August 2004, March 2005, April 2006, July 2006, February 2007, May 2008, and February 2009.
That’s right: the claim that America or Israel is on the cusp of attacking Iran is as old as the Islamic Republic itself. Such assertions have peppered media reports, op-eds, and other commentary for three decades and change at this point – a fact which should give folks pause about taking such claims any more seriously now than at any point in recent history.
Read the rest at Red State.