Friday, February 16, 2007

BOMB IRAN: James Woolsey & The Short Count sing the hits of Vince Vance

Arnaud de Borchgrave, aka The Short Count, editor-at-large for United Press International, recruited by the CIA at least twice and author of the best-selling techno-thriller, The Spike, furnished a blast from the past in today's World Peace Herald commentary,
World War IV.

"In response to my question about how he rated the odds of a bombing campaign against Iran, R. James Woolsey, the former CIA director, hummed an answer for me on the sidewalk as we exited the Metropolitan Club [not to be confused with the Serbian Crown Room, which is not members-only]. It was a parody of the Beach Boys hit 'Barbara Ann': 'Bomb Bomb Bomb, Bomb-Bomb Iran.'

"Bombs-Away-Over-Iran has become a hot topic in the nation's capital. 'We're not going to invade Iran,' President Bush assures his audiences. But why invade, when you can bomb? Some see this as a Wagnerian exit from Iraq, others as a critical battle in World War IV," continued The Short Count.

They were humming the old novelty parody by Vince Vance & The Valiants.

DD recalls it from the Iranian hostage crisis and when a grad student in chemistry at Lehigh University. Although I can't tell you what radio station it was aired on, someone was playing it regularly in southeastern Pennsylvania in '80-'81 or so, as it was heard on a transistor set at the lab in Bethlehem.

Vince Vance is still alive and kicking.

"Vince Vance & the Valiants [have] recorded 22 singles, 11 albums of which two are number one hits: Bomb Iran of 1980-81, written during the Hostage Crisis, and All I Want for Christmas is You of 1989-2005," informs the website, rather genially.

The picture is apparently taken from a white-label pressing of single. White labels are generally sent around as promotional copies and the photo of this one was cadged from a net salesman of novelty records.

Vance's discography also shows he issued a single, "Bomb Iraq," to coincide with the start of the war in 2003.

While World War IV may commence in coming months, "The Metropolitan Club is one of Washington’s oldest and most valued private institutions. Since its founding in 1863, it has vigorously pursued its primary objectives of 'literary, mutual improvement and social purposes.' Its proximity to the White House and other seats of American power has made it among the world’s most fascinating waypoints for local, national and international leaders, including almost every U.S. President since Abraham Lincoln. The Club’s unique location and dedication to the traditions of social civility provide its members with a convenient haven from the bustle of Washington business while offering the amenities of contemporary urban living."

Bomb Iran, the reality: USAF strategy document on WMD program-neutralizing counterforce strikes.


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