It’s the same scary neocon leitmotiv of 'WMD, woe and war' that we saw a led-by-his-nose George Bush applied to poor Iraq, a country that is now a quagmire of destruction, devastation and daily deaths, thanks to his 'regime change' claim after the original WMD lie was discredited.
Only that now Bush's new target is another country, Iran, even preposterously accused by him of having the inclination or potential to initiate a WWIII.
Over the last couple of days, we have read in various international press of the report by the US intelligence community that said Iran had halted a drive for atomic weapons in 2003.
Despite the availability of such intelligence, as was in the case of Iraq, the US under George Bush has for years accused Tehran of actively seeking a nuclear bomb. Fuelled by the same set of lies that Iraq suffered from, Bush no doubt wants to start with his standard economic sanctions (including much needed medical supplies for children) to be followed by indiscriminate bombings, but perhaps for Iran, avoiding the invasion and a US humiliating defeat a la Vietnam and Iraq.
The slap in Bush’s face by his own National Intelligence Estimates (NIE) for his war-mongering lies and misinformation somehow didn't faze the discredited US President. Bush continues to be thick-skinned defiant, warning that Iran remains a threat.
OK, he is low-brow stupid, even moronic, but why is Bush so insistent that Iran is a 'threat' to be dealt with in the way that Iraq had been?
Well, the Star Online reported that: “Israeli Defence Minister Ehud Barak suggested that American spies had suffered a ‘disconnect’.”
'Disconnect'? Hey, the NIE mirrored the estimates of the IAEA.
While idling in a library recently I also came across an article in Aviation Week magazine (November 19, 2007 issue) which said:
“Israeli officials want Washington to understand that Cold War deterrence doctrine doesn’t work in their neck of the woods … An Iranian bomb test could energize every Islamic extremist from Malaysia to Europe. … the official says, but the real threat to this country comes from Iran with the combination of weapons of mass destruction and ballistic missile delivery systems.”
Well, at least Malaysia rated a mention about our being ‘energized’ by a Shiite Iranian bomb test, though I am disappointed that Sunni Pakistan with a number of bomb tests, bombs, long range missiles, the nesting of al Qaeda within its borders and its proliferative entrepreneurial Dr AQ Khan weren’t.
But then, Israel does have a thing about Iran!
Scott Thompson tells us that “there were significant signals as early as late 2005 that Iran had already done what Saddam Hussein had done in Iraq several years before the false war of Bush administration propaganda started grinding up its war scenarios for that country, namely to purposively slow down, if not close, the military nuclear programme.”
“Yet what have we been subjected to in the meantime? Ah, the Prince of Darkness, Vice-President Dick Cheney, telling us that Iran ‘would not be allowed’ to develop nuclear weapons, as if the intelligence community was denying access to the fruits of its analysis to America’s most powerful person. The boy president meantime was telling us that if we wanted to avoid World War III (and who was he suggesting had the power to start that?) we must prevent an Iranian bomb. And so forth.”
Ignoring the Aviation Week article, I would say Scott Thompson has been kind to Israel in stating that “In all fairness to Israel, Jerusalem was always more measured in its assessment of the ‘threat’ from Iran, but at least they might have to face a real threat in due course, especially if Washington were determined to create its own self-fulfilling prophecy.”
Well, I am less generous ;-). I recall that Dick Cheney was on the Board of Advisors for JINSA, the Jewish Institute for National Security Affairs.
Please see my post The 'O' in SWOT regarding the 3 'I'-s in the ME to have a feel of why kaytee thinks the US has been bamboozled into taking such an idiotic stand against Iran in the same way it has foolishly expended over 3500 young American lives in attacking and occupying Iraq based on blatant lies. The fact has been there was no Iraqi threat to the neo-colonialist USA.
However, I don't think Iran is completely safe yet from George Bush, though the danger from a crazy American strike has now lessened somewhat. So long as Israel is frantically egging an imbecilic Bush on to bomb the Iranian nuclear facilities, the possibility continues to exist.
(1) George Bush's farewell gift to Israel?
(2) Will Bush parcel out Iran toward the four winds of heaven?
(3) Lies & power behind US invasion of Iraq
(4) Anything for dear old Israel
(5) Why President Bush is so against Iran