Bush Administration Caught With Pants Down On Iran

For much of the year, we’ve heard the two pronged attack.  In one prong there was the supposed proxy wars that Iran was using to fight against us, while in the other prong, there came a threat so ominous and deadly that the mere rumored implication of which helped launch the United States into a quagmire of a war with Iran’s neighbor, Iraq.

As luck would have it, much of the administration’s justification for scarily darker and darker rhetoric against Iran has not only been predicated upon untruths, but instead occurred whilst outright ignoring the facts and intelligence at hand.

Nuclear weapons are powerful symbols, and someone trying to build a case for war can hardly be blamed for at least understanding the potential these symbols have in the realm of rhetoric.

There’s that apocalyptic mushroom cloud, the death tolls of Nagasaki and Hiroshima.  There is that great misunderstanding of nuclear radiation and its effects, and the resulting science fiction that becomes unmistakable from fact among the populace.  With the cold war still not ended long enough ago in the past to be nothing more than an unusual memory, we still conjure up images of bomb shelters and post Armageddon stories where handfuls of survivors scrape together a life in a medieval world built upon the post modern scraps left in the bomb’s wake.

Even in a post 9/11 world, nothing can quite conjure the feelings of terror as pondering a nuclear holocaust can, so it’s no mystery that the administration has employed nukes at least twice; the first time to help propel us into Iraq, and the second time in the long campaign we’ve seen taken up this year to try and propel us into a war with Iran.

In this world where we not only fear nuclear weapons, but also the machinations of radical Islamist terrorists, putting the two together must, without a doubt, be a perfect recipe for whipping up support to bomb a country to oblivion.

Except, as anyone who has been following the adventures of the IAEA in Iran could probably tell you, there wasn’t nearly the evidence of nuclear weapons in Iran as the administration’s argument would have you believe.  Not only had they not found anything, but the IAEA has reported numerous times that Iran was giving them their full cooperation.

This didn’t stop the administration and the pro war with Iran lobby from continuing to push Iran as a nuclear rogue state narrative any chance it could, and so one wonders if a newly declassified NIE that says with high confidence that Iran’s nuclear weapon program was halted back in 2003 will even act as an impediment.  These are, after all, the same folks who believed that they create their own reality, and I’m sure they’re working on a way to create a reality in which this NIE doesn’t exist.

Or, at least for the sake of saving face, hadn’t already existed for the past year.

Yes, the information in the NIE in which Iran’s nuclear weapon program was shut down has been available through most of the sabre rattling that we’ve been witness to this year.  This stands as evidence that the administration is either criminally negligent, grossly incompetent, or unabashedly stupid.

I’m left wondering, why?  I mean, if the administration was attempting to go to war, then sure, I understand.  It’s still wrong and lacking in creativity as the entire move is just cribbing off of what was done to get us into a war with Iraq.  But many defenders of the administration has called the drumbeat march to war with Iran merely posturing, engaging in tough diplomacy with scarce few carrots and real big sticks.

But if that’s the case, and this report was out there saying that the biggest thing we were trying to force Iran’s hand on had already happened four years ago, what was the entire point?

It all goes to show these guys can’t be trusted.  They can’t be trusted to walk the dog and not come back telling stories about how they slayed a dragon and kayaked in a river of lava afterward.  They can’t be trusted to deal honestly with other nations, and for as long as we allow Bush and those like him to continue on with policies such as these, we can’t even hope other nations will look upon us with anything short of disdain. 

2 Responses to “Bush Administration Caught With Pants Down On Iran”

  1. hass says:

    From IranAffairs.com:

    Iran NIE report – Are you lying now, or were you lying then?

    If the 2005 NIE report was wrong, why should the 2007 NIE report be any more credible? If Iran really had a nuclear weapons program until 2003 as the new NIE says, then why has the IAEA found no evidence of it?

    WHy should we believe that Iran EVER had a nuclear weapons program at all?

  2. Very good point.

    No, really, that is a great point. I think the significance of this report, though, is not that it says that the program was nonexistant, or even that it might have been in existance at one point in time. The real significance comes from the fact that this is internal data that the administration had for a year before declassification.

    Virtually everything else, the IAEA included, can, by the administration, at least be shooed away with some measure of creadibility by the administration in the run up to, or the immediate after math of a war. But the fact that this is our stuff, that’s hard to come back from, you know what I mean?

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