Friday :: Aug 25, 2006

The Atomic Trojan Road Apple

by pessimist

During the presidential campaign of 1920, Warren Harding popularized the word 'normalcy', making it into a common word overnight despite the obscure word barely making it into the dictionaries of the time. 86 years later, George Bush is legitimizing - and de-scatologicalizing - the word 'shit'.

In the spirit of quoting our Pretzeldunce, Lindsay Beyerstein - a New York writer blogging at Majikthise - tells us that Congress is admitting "We don't know shit about Iran!" [via Alternet]

Congress published a report saying that the United States has no intel on Iran:
WASHINGTON (Reuters) - The U.S. intelligence community is ill-prepared to assess Iran's nuclear weapons capabilities and its intentions for developing weapons of mass destruction, a congressional report said on Wednesday.

Noting "significant gaps in our knowledge and understanding of the various areas of concern about Iran," the House Intelligence Committee staff report questioned whether the United States could even effectively engage in talks with Tehran on ways to diffuse tensions.

The Bush administration said it was handling the problem.

Glad to hear it. I'm sure they'll have some sexed up slam-dunk evidence in no time. If not, there's no better way to get to know a country than to invade it. - [AMERICAblog]

That may have been the Bu$hco plan all along - and they had the proof ready to use to justify the invasion.

It comes from the files of the US government.

This evidence was just waiting for the right moment, to be used when Iran could demonstrate that it had achieved the nightmare:

How to Keep the Bomb From Iran
Scott D. Sagan
From Foreign Affairs, September/October 2006

A U.S. official in the executive branch anonymously told The New York Times in March 2006, "The reality is that most of us think the Iranians are probably going to get a weapon, or the technology to make one, sooner or later."

Such proliferation fatalists argue that over the long term, it may be impossible to stop Iran -- or other states for that matter -- from getting the bomb. Given the spread of nuclear technology and know-how, and the right of parties to the Nuclear Nonproliferation Treaty (NPT) to enrich uranium and separate plutonium, the argument goes, any foreign government determined to acquire nuclear weapons will eventually do so.

Faced with only unattractive options to stem proliferation,
some Bush administration officials are reluctantly preparing
to live with a nuclear Iran.

This was to be when Bu$hCo would 'reluctanly' announce that there would need to be an invasion of Iran after all. There's only one problem to this plan - we already ARE living with a nuclear Iran. THE UNITED STATES CREATED A NUCLEAR IRAN:

U.S. Cold War gift: Iran nuclear plant
By Sam Roe, Tribune staff reporter
August 24, 2006

Now cited as evidence of weapons activity, facility was provided to shah's government

In the heart of Tehran sits one of Iran's most important nuclear facilities, a dome-shaped building where scientists have conducted secret experiments that could help the country build atomic bombs. The Tehran Research Reactor represents a little-known aspect of the international uproar over the country's alleged weapons program.
It was provided to the Iranians by the United States.
The U.S. provided the reactor when America was eager to prop up the shah, who also was aligned against the Soviet Union at the time. After the Islamic revolution toppled the shah in 1979, the reactor became a reminder that in geopolitics, today's ally can become tomorrow's threat.

Not only did the U.S. provide the reactor in the 1960s as part of a Cold War strategy, America also supplied the weapons-grade uranium needed to power the facility - about 10 pounds of highly enriched uranium, the most valuable material to bombmakers. It is still at the reactor and susceptible to theft, U.S. scientists familiar with the situation said.

The fuel is about one-fifth the amount needed to make a nuclear weapon,
but experts said it could be combined

with other material to construct a bomb.

Whoomp! There it is! Rolled right up to the front door at 1600 Pennsylvania Avanue, just waiting for the Rich White Oil Man's Wars to be successfully completed, freeing up von Rummy-Dummy's 'Army He Wishes He Still Had' to invade Iran and conquer Khorramshahr.

But who is now invading whom?

The Rutland Herald would be glad to know, as Lindsay Beyerstein reports, that Bu$hco was handling this problem, for they see a need for someone to be taking the leadership role that Congress refuses. The information that Congress admits it doesn't have is vital to the assessment of Iranian capabilities and intentions:

Editorial: Make an offer

Iran is sending mixed signals about whether it wants to enter serious negotiations about the future of its nuclear program. The United States needs to test whether Iran truly is serious. But in order to do so, the United States must also be serious.

As long as Bush treats Iran as the enemy, it will act like an enemy. Creating the conditions that will yield a peaceful resolution is the job of a leader, and at this crucial moment, leadership is what we need.

And what we don't have - and can't get - from those who had 'other priorities' when it was their turn to go to war.

Will Bu$hco rise to the challenge facing the nation, one which the US created in the past, or will they go back to hiding in Unka Dickie's Sekrit Hidey Hole, afraid someone will step in the Atomic Trojan Road Apple?

You have to ask?

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