12.04.2007

study confirms no nukes in iran. think it will matter?

In the news this morning:
Despite months of sabre-rattling by U.S. President George W. Bush, America's top spies have concluded that Tehran's ruling mullahs may not want a finger on the nuclear trigger after all.

As recently as October, Mr. Bush was hinting at air strikes against Iran's secretive and mostly underground nuclear sites, warning that averting World War III meant preventing Tehran from tipping its missiles with nuclear warheads.

So a key finding in yesterday's National Intelligence Estimate, that Iran shut down its nuclear weapons program four years ago, was unexpected and may avert a showdown.

May avert a showdown, eh? UN inspectors didn't find any weapons of mass destruction in Iraq, either. Thank goodness that "averted a showdown"!

Oh, wait.

Sometimes it still amazes me how the media plays along. Even fairly decent mainstream media that is critical, or at least skeptical, of the US still gives credence to its rhetoric and methods. But then, what else can be expected, when the governments of most of the world's respected nations still treat the US like it's part of the fold, a normally functioning democracy, instead of the rogue state it has become?

After the US invaded Afghanistan - and after it secured the pipeline and its energy interests there - it started laying the ground work for the invasion of Iraq. After installing the puppet government and building its permanent bases in Iraq, it started laying the ground work for Iran.

Perhaps our only hope is that the US will so impossibly overextend its military that they'll have no choice but to institute a draft. And that will - we hope - wake up the American middle class and drive them into the peace movement.

It's a bad thing to hope. I have five nieces and nephews of draft age, and they'll all be sleeping in our living room before they march off to die for US imperialism. Still, I often think it's the only way.

17 comments:

James said...

Specifically, the NIE found that Iran shut down it's nuke program in 2003 -- back when Iran was making peace overtures to the US, and Bush told them to get stuffed.

All of the "World War III" rhetoric is not only post-Iran-nuke-shutdown, but post-Bush-should-have-known-about-the-nuke-shutdown. It's so incredibly blatant -- it's things like this that make the rest of the world ask, "What's wrong with Americans? Why haven't they tossed this embarrassment out on his ear yet? He plays them for fools and they play the fool for him!"

James said...

To be accurate, I should say, "They play the fool for him in sufficient numbers for him to get away with it", but after six years of this game, it's kind of hard to give the benefit of the doubt...

L-girl said...

I agree with you, but since everyone who doesn't buy into it is completely powerless to stop it, and since both parties go along with it, what can be done?

Obviously I'm still hoping something can be done, which is why I mentioned the draft. But at this point, it will take a full scale social revolution to stop it.

redsock said...

Since the entire mainstream media is owned by (what?) five or six multi-billion dollar corporations -- whose fingers are in a lot of worldwide pies, including the defense industry -- they are merely playing their part and reciting/writing their lines -- acting suspicious every so often so they don't seem like the White House PR Dept. (sometimes the charade looks quite weak), but usually playing along.

Even if the progressive media still urges us to fight within the completely useless and broken system.

I started reading Naomi Wolf's "The End of America" this past weekend and it addresses this "new look" fascism that L refers to -- and proves in easy-to-understand language that this has been in place for quite a while in the US.

It's a pattern that even the most mainstream Americans acknowledge is going on right now in many other countries around the globe. But they can't see the exact same signposts that are right in front of them at home. Why?

Because that doesn't/can't happen here -- because America is "special".

West End Bound said...

Well done, L-Girl!

Thanks for the recent history of the "rogue state". For a more in-depth accounting of US actions over the years read Stephen Kinser's "Overthrow" if you haven't already done so. It will reveal a lot about the supposed "honourable" justifications for US imperialism. Corporate greed was the basis for all of them - What a surprise, eh?

L-girl said...

Thank you, WEB. :)

For a more in-depth accounting of US actions over the years read Stephen Kinser's "Overthrow" if you haven't already done so. It will reveal a lot about the supposed "honourable" justifications for US imperialism. Corporate greed was the basis for all of them

Anyone interested in these ideas should also study Howard Zinn's enduring classic, A People's History of the United States.

I recommend reading it in chapter-sized doses, digesting and thinking, then coming back for more. Allan and I both refer to it on a semi-regular basis to gather facts for various discussions.

Howard Zinn is my ultimate hero in this battle - one who sees the whole picture clearly, but still somehow has the optimism and hope to continue the struggle for justice.

M@ said...

Yes, Zinn is both fascinating and terrifying! You're right, chapter-sized doses are about all I can handle.

As to the whole Iran thing -- this says it all for me.

I can't believe Iran is even an issue, I really can't.

James said...

I agree with you, but since everyone who doesn't buy into it is completely powerless to stop it, and since both parties go along with it, what can be done?

Don't you guys have all those guns that the NRA say you need to keep so you can overthrow oppressive governments?

Oh, wait... That's right, the NRA's on the side of this oppressive government. I always knew there was something wrong with that argument...

L-girl said...

I can't believe Iran is even an issue, I really can't.

I know. It's the exact same thing, the same rhetoric, the same patterns, as with Iraq, but the media and most US representatives play along as if they have absolutely no memory of the last 6 years.

L-girl said...

Don't you guys

Forgive me for picking on what must be an innocent typo. But what do you mean, "you guys"????

:)

L-girl said...

But seriously folks...

That's right, the NRA's on the side of this oppressive government. I always knew there was something wrong with that argument...

The serious militia gunnies that do believe the govt is oppressing them are apparently against all government. I definitely believe in government and the power of government to help people's lives. So my idea of revolution and their idea of revolution would be diametrically opposed.

And of course, as you imply, those types are relatively few (and powerless). Most of the pro-gun types are authoritarian. They would prefer we not ask questions and do as we are told.

David Cho said...

Bush says that Iran shut down its nuke program means they are a threat.

Clinton is attacking Obama for what he wrote in a kindergarten essay.

I think my fundamentalist brethren are right. The end is near.

Nikolas said...

...and now good ole' Georgie boy has started his saber rattling again saying it doesn't matter and Iran NEEDS to be dealt with.


Sigh...when will this man ever go away!

M@ said...

I know. It's the exact same thing, the same rhetoric, the same patterns, as with Iraq, but the media and most US representatives play along as if they have absolutely no memory of the last 6 years.

Exactly. I don't mean to make light when I say it's like a case of battered wife syndrome on a massive scale.

L-girl said...

I don't mean to make light when I say it's like a case of battered wife syndrome on a massive scale.

On the contrary, that's one of my favourite metaphors. I use it in regard to liberal and progressive people voting Democrat.

I've interviewed and worked alongside a lot of domestic violence survivors, and none of them went back to their abusive husbands as many times as liberal people keep voting Democrat, hoping that "this time it will be different".

I think women who did that must eventually have been killed.

Amy said...

It does feel like "deja vu all over again," as Yogi Berra famously said. As someone who never believed there were WMD in Iraq, I was not shocked by this report. Bush has done more to destroy US credibility than any other 20th century president. That's a good thing, I suppose. Like the boy who cried "Wolf" too many times, maybe the rest of the world as well as Americans will stop believing the government and question authority more aggressively and thoroughly.

redsock said...

it's things like this that make the rest of the world ask, "What's wrong with Americans?"

The "Americans" are being shouted down by the voting machines.

...

Something were were talking about at dinner: Bush/Cheney knows that a draft would be absolutely ruinous for them -- too much dissent (a huge peace movement and general anger) to throw elections. Sad that most people are so selfish -- nothing is wrong until it affects my family -- but it's true.

(Also, it is my belief that the occupation of Iraq would be supported by huge amounts of Americans if US troops were not dying so often. Torture, rape and murder of thousands of innocent children and adults -- it would be no big deal, as long as US deaths were low.)

If they could get away with a draft, BushCo would have cranked it up at least four years ago -- and there would be about five or six separate US wars by now.