It's not a matter of whether the war is real, Victory is not possible. The war is not meant to be won, it is meant to be continuous. Hierarchical society is only possible on the basis of poverty and ignorance. -George Orwell paraphrase from 1984
I was reading the other day that Mahmoud Ahmadinejad victory in Iran was by a small margin (elected in a run off in June 24, 2005). Since then his and his country's open hostility towards the US has driven up his approval ratings to huge margins. Sound familiar?
Well it should, because GW did the same thing following 911. He barely (if at all) defeats Al Gore and then uses a platform of fear and retaliation against those who took place in the attack to drive up his poll ratings to astronomical highs. Used the same formula for going to war in Iraq.
The war machine theory. There is no reason for the US to listen to anything Iran has to say and in essence Iran shouldn't care either because as long as there is conflict between the two, the governments of those respective countries benefit. While we have seen GW's poll numbers taking a free fall I guarantee you that when election talk comes up again you will see the President and those in power (Republicans) using the war/fear and fighting Iran as their main platform to get themselves re-elected. Worked before we shall see if it works again.
Its kind of like Rove, who was able to brilliantly strategize getting fundamentalist anti-civil rights/anti-gay Christians to show up in record numbers by putting anti-gay marriage referendums, bills, etc. etc. on State ballots. You can't get people to believe in your vision, in your plan for the future, but you sure can scare the hell out of them.