On April 29th of 2006, at the White House Correspondents’ Dinner, Steven Colbert of Comedy Central’s the Colbert Report was invited to make a lampoon of President George H. W. Bush. Said Mr. Colbert, “The greatest thing about this man is he’s steady. You know where he stands. He believes the same thing Wednesday that he believed on Monday, no matter what happened Tuesday. Events can change. This man’s beliefs never will.”
In an October 17th news conference, Mr. Bush said that, “If you’re interested in avoiding World War III, it seems like you ought to be interested in preventing [Iran] from having the knowledge necessary to make a new-que-lar weapon.” Could someone please take the time to teach the President how to pronounce the word nuclear!
Earlier this week the President admitted he had given his warning that Iran’s nuclear development risked World War III about two months after his intelligence chief told him a reassessment of Iran’s nuclear ambitions was under way. It turns out that Admiral Mike McConnell, the director of national intelligence, told the President back in August that the intelligence community was reassessing Tehran’s nuclear ambitions. According to last week’s national intelligence estimate, developed by a collaboration of American intelligence agencies, Iran had actually had ceased its attempt to develop a nuclear weapon back in 2003.
But despite the potential of this new information and the fact that a new report was on the way, the President felt obligated to ratchet up the rhetoric against another country and threaten annihilation just two months later. The President claims although he was told that there was some new information regarding Iran, Mr. McConnell failed to inform the President exactly what that information was. Mr. Bush did say that he was told that it would take time to put the new report together. I guess after two months the President got tired of waiting. The update didn’t come until the end of November. However, it is rather hard to believe that, given this President’s paranoia with Iran, he had no idea until recently that the country had abandon its nuclear ambitions.
Mr. Bush did say that this report would not change the United State’s policy toward Iran. Incredulously, the President said, “”Iran was dangerous. Iran is dangerous. And Iran will be dangerous if they have the knowledge necessary to make a new-que-lar weapon. They had the program. They halted the program. It’s a warning signal because they could restart it.” Sounds like more gibberish to try and justify another preemptive strike against another country doing its best to mind its own business.
Given the history of this administration’s willingness to manipulate facts and distort reality it really is astonishing to see so many people continue to support this warmonger of a President. The push for the attack against Iraq was made under similar circumstances. The information about bogus weapons of mass destructions and documentation of a yellow cake uranium purchase by Iraq in Nigeria were nothing but figments of some Tom Clancy wannabe. A half trillion dollars later and four thousand service men and women’s lives later, not to mention all the Iraqi civilians lives lost, many people are ready to employ the same exact game plan against Iran.
It isn’t enough to say things like, they could restart the program so technically they are still a danger. It’s irresponsible to threaten people with World War III based on thinking that runs along the lines of would of, could of, should of. In the serious business of war and nuclear exchanges and one country attacking another, one would hope that our leadership would focus on things based on the reality of facts and avoid hunches based on beliefs that run contrary to the evidence. Technically, since the United States already started one war with a country based on faulty information, this country is still a danger to others.
People aren’t allowed to attack other people simply because they believe their neighbor could potentially go and buy a gun. Even if somebody’s neighbor was to buy a gun there is a problem making an assumption that the neighbor is going to use the gun offensively. The person who attacks somebody based on such beliefs should be locked up for sure. It’s just a question of whether it will be in prison or a mental institution.
But one thing that cannot be denied is that the world should know exactly where President Bush stands. He believes the same thing this December that he believed back in August despite the national intelligence estimate that was released in November from a collaborative effort by America’s intelligence agencies. Like gravity around a black hole the distortion of normality is so strong around the Bush administration that the truth of reality will never see the light of day. Events can change. This man never will.