PETER'S NEW YORK, Friday, August 10, 2007---Realizing that it is running out of time and trying American's patience, the Bush Administration is grasping at straws to portray the troop surge as successful while continuing to demonize Iran, most likely in preparation for an attack on Iran.

The Associated Press, which acts as a virtual mouthpiece for the Bush Administration, ran two stories today, one titled "Iraq critics concede  military progress"; the other, "Bush says Iran destabilizing force in Iraq." Bush basically characterized Iran as  in the second article as "very dangerous for world stability."

We can see that, as America supports a large battle group off the coast of Iran, it is certainly poised to strike at that country and demonstrate "shock and awe." That's expensive stuff floating out there. They are not keeping it out there for nothing. Then, there is the construction of the $600 million American embassy in Baghdad, another sign that there will be no movement to withdraw troops. U.S. House Speaker Nancy Pelosi's refusal to support impeachment of President George Bush and Vice President Richard Cheney, and her scheduling of a vote on a bill for increased surveillance measures, which quckly passed and was signed into law, demonstrate that her actions are only designed to buy time for the Bush Administration and stall anti-war factions that are waiting for her to do something to stop the war.

In the meantime, Bush has indicated in one of his  executive orders that any move against the U.S. invasion and occupation of Iraq can be met by the seizure of assets. This means, as many have said, that the Bush administration can seize the assets of anyone who voices opposition to the war. Congress has just passed legislation that will allow the Bush Administration to monitor communications of American citizens merely on the belief that they are either overseas, or are communicating to a party overseas. No connection with terrorism is needed, and there is no judicial oversight whatsoever.

America is tumbling toward greater exposure in the Middle East if something radical does not happen. The plan to control Mideast oil is still on the front burner and is going full steam ahead. There is nothing to stop it.