Iran’s weapons program has been frozen for four years. That’s the conclusion of an assessment called the National Intelligence Estimate, which is the consensus view of all 16 American spy agencies.
The Bush Administration has been in possession of this information since the summer. According to Scott Horton, “the White House, and particularly Vice President Cheney,” has been fighting doggedly to prevent publication of the Intelligence report.
As recently as October 17, President Bush was giving public remarks in which he pointed to the threat of a nuclear-armed Iran as World War III on the horizon. Indeed, a quick check shows the mushroom cloud analogy … flowing from the lips of President Bush, Vice President Cheney, [National Security Advisor Condoleezza] Rice and Director of National Intelligence McConnell–with increased frequency since the post-Labor Day “roll out.”
But the American people have heard all this before. They know better than to trust the Bush administration when it starts rattling its sabers, right?
A majority of likely voters — 52% — would support a U.S. military strike to prevent Iran from building a nuclear weapon, and 53% believe it is likely that the U.S. will be involved in a military strike against Iran before the next presidential election.
What’s the old saying? “Fool me once …”. How does it go again?
That’s it, “… you can’t get fooled again.” Except apparently you can.
btw, here’s a question worth asking. Did the current crop of presidential candidates resist Bush / Cheney on Iran?