Pity the poor paranoids and war mongers
Joe "Bomb Iran now" Lieberman and the rest of the witless boobs trying to pull the wool over American's eyes for a second time must be having a difficult time these days.
And where's the Chicken Little commenter who obsessed with arguing that I was absolutely NUTS to suggest that Iran wasn't as dire a threat as we were being told by the administration? I know you're out there. What's your story now? The laughable pretense being peddled by John Bolton that THIS National Intelligence Estimate is politically motivated and therefore suspect, but the proven politically influenced and doctored ones leading to the invasion of Iraq weren't? Good luck with that, though I suppose if anyone can spot a politically doctored intelligence assessment, it would be Bolton.
Or have people within the government finally decided to actually stick to facts, at the risk of severe punishment from those to whom reality is regarded as a threat to their lust for immensely lucrative war and control of mid-east oil?
Word is that some in the intelligence community were so thoroughly disgusted with the Bush administrations perversion of the intelligence function of government and efforts to bury data that showed Iran not to be the dire threat of World War III that Bush and minions were busy peddling that they threatened to personally leak this NIE themselves if its release continued to be blocked, even though doing so would risk imprisonment.
From Joe Conason in the NY Observer:
Even when George W. Bush tells the truth, he cannot quite bring himself to tell the whole truth. Although the White House released a new National Intelligence Estimate on Iran’s pursuit of nuclear weapons, indicating that the Iranians shut down their program more than four years ago, the president treated those conclusions as a vindication more than an embarrassment.MORE
With the usual propagandists at Fox News Channel and elsewhere filtering the N.I.E. to cover up their mistakes, it is worth reproducing a few of the new report’s most salient quotes. “We judge with high confidence that in fall 2003, Tehran halted its nuclear weapons program,” said the N.I.E. text, reflecting a strong consensus among the nation’s 16 intelligence agencies. “Tehran’s decision to halt its nuclear weapons program suggests it is less determined to develop nuclear weapons than we have been judging since 2005 [when the intelligence community prepared its last N.I.E. on this subject]. Our assessment that the program probably was halted primarily in response to international pressure suggests Iran may be more vulnerable to influence on the issue than we judged previously.”
It is encouraging to learn before, and not after, a military invasion that the weapons of mass destruction don’t exist, possibly avoiding unnecessary loss of life, treasure and national reputation. Considering that the Bush regime remains in charge, such a reversal of events can only be regarded as progress.
The NIE also contained this passage:
"Our assessment that Iran halted the program in 2003 primarily in response to international pressure indicates Tehran's decisions are guided by a cost-benefit approach rather than a rush to a weapon irrespective of the political, economic, and military costs....."
In other words, Iran determined the cost of such an effort wasn't worth the benefits.
"Tehran's decisions are guided by a cost-benefit approach rather than a rush to a weapon irrespective of the political, economic and military costs," states the NIE. Asked if this meant the Iranian regime would be "deterrable" if it did obtain a weapon, a senior official responded, "That is the implication." He added: "Diplomacy works. That's the message."
Yet according to Bush and many Republicans, and the lemmings so eager to quake in their boots and believe them, the leadership of Iran were all completely insane, evil-doing madmen.
It would appear the government of Iran is more sane than our own administration and most of the Republican party.
If only THEY'D done a cost/benefit analysis without ignoring all evidence that couldn't be twisted into justification for their reckless actions, we'd now be MUCH better off, not to mention Iran wouldn't be sitting pretty as they are now. Iran has benefitted enormously from Bush's misguided Iraq invasion.
This of course doesn't even delve into the overwhelming evidence that Bush knew about what was contained in the NIE and continued to beat the drums for war with Iran, constantly following the tired old fear and doom playbook he's stuck to for so long, then denied knowing anything about it until last week. This doesn't even pass the laugh test for most of Washington, not to mention the country.
And of course, Bush then simply did what anyone would expect from such a person. He came out and said that this evidence doesn't change anything, that we still should be very afraid of Iran, etc. etc. After all, he reasoned, what's to say they might not start a nuclear weapon program someday?
Well, what's to say Burkina Faso might not too? We better be prepared to be VERY scared for ... well, forever. What if other countries get nuclear weapons? What about Russia, China, India, Pakistan (Home of bin Laden (r)), or North Korea? Oh wait. Nevermind.
Bush simply ignored the facts of a full 14 of the country's intelligence agencies and said nothing had changed.
A pathological presidential liar, or an idiot-in-chief? Some people aren't too happy about it.