Iran and nuclear weapons

First, I applaud NBC Nightly News for trying to place the newest National Intelligence Estimate into context. I have spliced yesterday’s Nightly News together with tonight’s.  I think that the picture of what’s going begins to come into focus.

Secondly, so, what happened?  How did this happen?  Didn’t we hear World War III rhetoric just recently?  I find it very interesting that the intelligence community put this report out.  You know that the Bush administration had to have fought to keep it under wraps.

I would like to add since Hillary Clinton was getting beaten up in an NPR debate that the Iranian Revolutionary Guard is a terrorist organization.  We have known this for more than 10 years (Read Richard Clarke’s book Against All Enemies.)  So, that isn’t the question.  The question is why do we label this organization now.  It is fact that the IRG has supported several terrorist groups in the region.  Why does the Senate in concert with the White House vote on this now?  If it isn’t to support Bush’s case for “strong, aggressive” action then what was the purpose?

Finally, it is time to pull in the reigns on the Bush administration.   Yes, there are problems in Iran.  Yes, they have a leader who is crazy and playing to his base (the Iranian leader…who did you think that I was talking about).  We, the American people, has an opportunity to get our foreign policy right.  I think that the Intelligence Community has no desire to be the scapegoat again.  This is why they forced the issue and wouldn’t cave under pressure.

Update:  There are those on the other side of the political spectrum who claim that Progressives are dancing in the streets.  Stating that Progressives believe that Iran poses no threat to the region or to anyone.  Wrong.  There are those that hear whatever they want to hear.  The key is we need diplomacy.  Real diplomacy to get Iran to open its borders so that we can see what’s inside.  With the crazy man at the helm we have to assume that he means some of what he is saying.  Hopefully, through engagement we can convince Iran that being a rouge nation is only fun on TV.

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From WaPo:

President Bush asserted today that Iran’s nuclear program remains a danger to international security despite an assessment in a new U.S. intelligence report that the Tehran government stopped work four years ago on a suspected effort to build nuclear weapons.

In a White House news conference, Bush argued that Iran continues to develop the capability to enrich uranium and that this know-how ultimately could be transferred to a new clandestine weapons program.

“Look, Iran was dangerous,” Bush said. “Iran is dangerous. And Iran will be dangerous if they have the knowledge necessary to make a nuclear weapon.”  (more…)

  • margaret

    This is good and bad news. How much lower can Bush put our whole country’s image in the worlds eyes?

  • hm

    I say the damage to our economy, higher oil prices, and more from the fear of war has been too much on us. We are hurt because of Bush’s war plans. When are we going to impeach him?
    Read bellow its fun

    Iran Stopped Bomb Research in 2003
    Filed under: Civil Rights— @ 3:20 am

    Bush withheld info as he lobbied for war!!

    by Charles Coughlin

    An intelligence report by our own spy agencies concluded that Iran stopped any research on a nuclear bomb back in 2003. This raises the question: How long was the Bush regime sitting on this vital piece of information? For the last two years, George Bush and every neocon pundit with a Cable talk show has been beating the drum for a war on Iran. The failure to tell the public about this intelligence report is yet another serious, deliberate deception by the Bush regime and an another excellent reason to impeach both Bush and Cheney.

    A normal, sane individual might be a little bit repentant after getting caught deceiving the American public, but not George Bush. A recent Reuters article reports “President George W. Bush said on Tuesday that Iran remains a danger to the world despite a U.S. intelligence report it halted its atomic weapons program four years ago, and vowed to keep up pressure on Tehran. Bush also said ‘all options’ are on the table for dealing with Iran…”

    So the fact that Iran stopped research on nuclear weapons four years ago makes no difference to old Dubya and “all options are on the table” meaning he may still go to war with the Iranians because…. they are there?

    A news article on CNN entitled “Democrats incredulous over Bush’s account of Iran report” notes that “Democratic presidential candidate Sen. Joe Biden on Tuesday said he can’t believe President Bush hasn’t known for months about a recent intelligence estimate that downplays the nuclear threat from Iran.” [Bush probably knew about this fact for YEARS from earlier intelligence reports and hid it from the public for that long.]

    Senator Joe Biden asked “Are you telling me a president that’s briefed every single morning, who’s fixated on Iran, is not told back in August that the tentative conclusion of 16 intelligence agencies in the U.S. government said they had abandoned their effort for a nuclear weapon in ‘03? I refuse to believe that… If that’s true, he has the most incompetent staff in modern American history, and he’s one of the most incompetent presidents in modern American history.”

    The CNN article also notes “In an October 17 news conference, Bush said that ‘If you’re interested in avoiding World War III, it seems like you ought to be interested in preventing them from having the knowledge necessary to make a nuclear weapon.’ And four days later, Vice President Dick Cheney told a Washington think tank that Iran would face ’serious consequences’ from the international community if it continued to enrich uranium.” (There are two levels of enriching uranium -by the way. Low level enrichment is for fuel for nuclear power stations. High level enrichment for a nuclear weapon is much more difficult. Bush and Cheney never point out the difference and seem to pretend it doesn’t exist.)

    Does anyone need any more proof that Bush and Cheney are too crazy to stay in power? Even if Iran did build a nuclear bomb, how much different would this be than India, Pakistan or Israel building a nuclear bomb? Iran has not waged any wars of aggression for over 200 years while Israel has repeatedly attacked its neighbors. If any nation should be denied nuclear weapons, Israel should be at the top of the list.

    The US sat around idly as Joseph Stalin developed an A-bomb after World War Two. Stalin was a proven mass murder, who aggressively invaded the Baltic states, Poland and Finland, and who placed half of Europe under a communist tyranny. If we could tolerate Stalin getting an A-bomb then why is it so intolerable that Iran might theoretically get one? Is it because of paranoid little Israel? Do we have to bomb into rubble every single Muslim nation that wants to set up a nuclear power station because of Israeli paranoia?

    The Bush regime is full of liars and warmongers. This latest episode of hiding important intelligence information from the public as they pushed for a war on Iran is inexcusable. We should impeach Bush and Cheney immediately for lying to the public and promoting wars of aggression. Even if there aren’t enough votes in Congress for a successful impeachment, it’s vitally important to put these two criminals on the DEFENSIVE for the rest of their term. There is a threat to world peace out there, but it isn’t coming from Iran; it’s coming from the White House and a criminal regime of lying neocons, who belong in prison, more than anywhere else.

  • HM –

    Thanks for your thoughts.

    Keep those comments coming.