Tuesday, December 4, 2007

NIE: Iran Not Pursuing The Bomb; Bush: Lying

Now it comes out that government intelligence agencies in the National Intelligence Estimate unanimously agreed that Iran had stopped trying to develop a nuclear weapon. And that this assessment has been out for some time. So when recently the President goes up there and condescendingly lectures the rest of us about WWIII and Iran getting nukes, he is doing so KNOWING that he is lying to the American public.

The intel changes yet he insists it doesn't change the policy or rhetoric. What this is is an admission that the intelligence doesn't factor into the decisions. If it did he would have to adjust at least slightly. But he doesn't.

So he is admitting that he lied and mislead leading up to the Iraq invasion both with the claims of WMD and the lie that he hadn't made his mind up about attacking in the months before the invasion.

It is also creates even more suspicion of his illegal domestic spying programs and it's purpose. He doesn't care what the intelligence has to say so this must serve some other purpose. I continue to believe that it is intended to gather information on political opponents (as well as keep the GOP in line) to be used to coerce and blackmail them.

In the end, it's simply time to impeach. He clearly has contempt for the American people's right to know ANYTHING. You will never get honesty from these guys on incredibly important issues. And the other alternative, that he walks around unaware of what is in the NIE is absolutely frightening. If that is the case there simply is no argument against impeaching him.


Weaseldog said...

Bush has already decided. Facts don't mean nuthin...

And the whole idea that they had a weapons program comes from traces amounts of plutonium found on centrifuges that Iran bought from Pakistan. And Pakistan does have nuclear weapons.

Pakistan is Bush's favorite proliferator of nuclear technology, spreading the knowledge to make nuclear bombs far and wide.

If there is even a chance that Pakistan might give Iran the knowledge of nuclear weapons sometime between now and one billion years from now, then we must turn Iran into a nuclear wasteland now, argues The Decider.

Anonymous said...

And what do you think of the very popular view by a leading Israeli analyst Obadiah Shoher? He argues (here, for example, www. samsonblinded.org/blog/america-arranges-a-peace-deal-with-iran.htm ) that the Bush Administration made a deal with Iran: nuclear program in exchange for curtailing the Iranian support for Iraqi terrorists. His story seems plausible, isn't it?

Lefty said...

Well I completely buy the idea that they talk in private despite ridiculing the idea that discussions have any merit. That nonsense is for dividing the public politically.

I don't know what to think anymore. But do keep your eye on the Israeli elections in the spring - if Bibi Netanyahu returns to power then I think war will still happen despite this news.

This whole thing is really embarassing. I'm really tired of having a President who makes us look so bad.

Weaseldog said...

I think it is more likely that the Russians and Chinese forced Bush to back down.

Condileeza Rice keeps getting sent off to beg for support for a war on Iran, and keeps failing.

The problem with ridiculing the idea of diplomacy in public, is they do it convincingly. And Bush insults and humiliates world leaders in front of the cameras. For instance Bush's roast pig conversation he had with Chancellor Merkel.

Lefty said...

Well I think he only humiliated himself with the roast pig nonsense. The main problem with their approach is that when we as a country begin to realize the diminished influence we have and the actual wealth we have (or don't) then this attitude is going to hurt us when the time comes that we need help. And we will.

We just no longer have any economic or moral authority. None.