Day of Infamy
The March 20, 2008 US Declaration of
War on Iran
By John McGlynn
28/03/08 "ICH" -- -- March 20, 2008, destined to be another day of infamy. On this date
the US officially declared war on Iran. But it's not going to be the kind of war many have
No, there was no dramatic televised announcement by President George W. Bush from
the White House oval office. In fact on this day, reports the Washington Post, Bush spent
some time communicating directly with Iranians, telling them via Radio Farda (the USfinanced
broadcaster that transmits to Iran in Farsi, Iran's native language) that their
government has "declared they want to have a nuclear weapon to destroy people." But not
to worry, he told his listeners in Farsi-translated Bushspeak: Tehran would not get the
bomb because the US would be "firm."
Over at the US Congress, no war resolution was passed, no debate transpired, no lastminute
hearing on the Iran "threat" was held. The Pentagon did not put its forces on red
alert and cancel all leave. The top story on the Pentagon's website (on March 20) was:
"Bush Lauds Military's Performance in Terror War," a feel-good piece about the
president's appearance on the US military's TV channel to praise "the performance and
courage of U.S. troops engaged in the global war on terrorism." Bush discussed Iraq,
Afghanistan and Africa but not Iran.
But make no mistake. As of Thursday, March 20 the US is at war with Iran.
So who made it official?
A unit within the US Treasury Department, the Financial Crimes Enforcement Network
(FinCEN), which issued a March 20 advisory to the world's financial institutions under
the title: "Guidance to Financial Institutions on the Continuing Money Laundering Threat