Hand Of The Arch Chancellor

This NIE story gets more and more interesting by the minute.  Now it turns out that not only has the report been around for some time, but contrary to Bush who is trying to spin having no usable knowledge about the NIE whatsoever, it appears as though the administration, particularly Cheney, have been trying to get the estimate stuffed into obscurity for months now.

Is there really any need to explain that this isn’t all that good?

Here’s what I want to know because after all the parsing, it’s the one part I don’t understand.  What is so important about bombing the crap of Iran that you have to hide all evidence and arguments to the contrary?

Okay, I get it, the Arch Chancellor wanted to bomb Iran really bad, and to do so not only did he have to build the narrative, but he had to bury anything that contradicts the narrative.  No problem, and hey, he’s already gotten some practice and lessons learned from when he helped do the exact same thing with Iraq.

But WHY?  What are we accomplishing?  Just a look at the headlines today, the only thing that Cheney, Bush, and the rest of the neoconservative elite have created is utterly absurd chaos.  Iran is chastizing the US now for its accusations, and I’m sad to say they have more than a little ground to stand on with that.  Meanwhile, Bush has turned into the international thought police:

“Iran was dangerous, Iran is dangerous and Iran will be dangerous if they have the knowledge necessary to make a nuclear weapon,” Bush said, pointing out that Tehran continues to try to enrich uranium for civilian purposes and therefore develop technology that could be used for a weapon.

And if that doesn’t sound silly to you, just let it sink in for a moment.  I mean, I know a thing or two about nuclear physics, does that make me dangerous?  And even if it is, does the president have the right to regulate my knowledge, or the knowledge of other nations.

Even better, how does he intend to make them give up that knowledge?  Is he going to round up ever Iranian nuclear scientist and order them to immediately forget?  Really?  Knowledge is knowledge, it’s out there, and it’s not illegal to have.  And yes, that makes for a lot of danger in the world, but it’s the kind of danger that you have to live with.  You don’t get to go bombing a country because they know something.  Let’s not be ridiculous.

And I’ll just do a quick nod in the whole pot calling the kettle black vibe going on here.

So why?

What is it about all this war making that is so damn vital that we have to lie just to justify our actions?  I’m dead serious here.  What’s the big idea?

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