December 5, 2007

Bush's Latest Tactic: What? Lie to the American People?

These Washington Post writers all hit the editor's desk at a dead run today -- and the editor judged it a tie.
U.S. Finds That Iran Halted Nuclear Arms Bid in 2003 -- by Dafna Linzer and Joby Warrick
Tuesday, December 4, 2007

A major U.S. intelligence review has concluded that Iran stopped work on a suspected nuclear weapons program more than four years ago, a stark reversal of previous intelligence assessments that Iran was actively moving toward a bomb.

The new findings, drawn from a consensus National Intelligence Estimate, reflected a surprising shift in the midst of the Bush administration's continuing political and diplomatic campaign to depict Tehran's nuclear development as a grave threat. The report was drafted after an extended internal debate over the reliability of communications intercepts of Iranian conversations this past summer that suggested the program had been suspended.
A Blow to Bush's Tehran Policy -- by Peter Baker and Robin Wright
Tuesday, December 4, 2007

President Bush got the world's attention this fall when he warned that a nuclear-armed Iran might lead to World War III. But his stark warning came at least a month or two after he had first been told about fresh indications that Iran had actually halted its nuclear weapons program.

The new intelligence report released yesterday not only undercut the administration's alarming rhetoric over Iran's nuclear ambitions but could also throttle Bush's effort to ratchet up international sanctions and take off the table the possibility of preemptive military action before the end of his presidency.

Click here for the first article and here for the second.
Uh huh--
Do we REALLY think Bush [well, Cheney, anyway] hasn't known this since 2003?
And do we REALLY think it'll make a whit of difference when banging the drum for war?
Since when has this administration let little things like facts stand in its way?


Mary Ellen said...

...and guess who is helping to spread the GOP talking points that Bush's policy of no diplomacy is working on Iran? Hillary Clinton. She's right in line with the rhetoric of Joe Lieberman, Rush Limbaugh, Sean Hannity, Bill O'Reilly, and Karl Rove. Nice, eh?

Anonymous said...

no te puedes imaginar el rencor que os tienen en general los ciudadanos de los paises pobres del planeta, desde luego originado por la prepotencia en esquilmar todos los intereses económicos en sus paises, sobre todo por alentar la corrupción y las dictaduras militares.
Es importante que para enseñar hay que dar ejemplo, y en eso estáis bastantes perdidos.
También es necesario que la ecomomía esté supeditada al control político y no al revés, que es en USA donde las corporaciones financieras dominan todo el ambito social, y donde los medios son más importantes que los fines.
En fin os pido más humildad, ante tanta soberbia.
un saludo

an average patriot said...

two crows
As you know, the repugnant liar has never tol the truth and never will. He got caught lying but what's new?
The issue with Iran will get worse now and go further underground until it erupts into war.
Bush will not relent now changing to Iran cannot have nuclear knowledge. Israel will not relent and are convinced Iran has a nuclear weapons program. Iran will do their share and now say we will be punished for lying about Iran and damaging them. Nothing has changed beyond war coming closer.

two crows said...

omg, M E--
she agrees with the sack-o ---?
nope, stop with the potty mouth, tc.

if you've read my blog much, I imagine you know that I'm not into requiring the learning of English.

however, being a mono-lingual American [yes, it's arrogant but I'm 60 y-o now so that boat's pretty well sailed], I'm not qualified to answer your comment.

hey, AAP--
yes, I fear so.
facts never _have_ been a factor in what these folks have done.

LET'S TALK said...

Now I'm thinking that someone should really investigate this President and the Iraq war. I know that I'm not the smartest man out hear, but it just do not take much to see that this guy lied to us about the war in Iraq and had started to lie to us and promote his agenda for going to war with Iran.

phil_in_ny said...

Yes, again. Lie number 4,785.

two crows said...

hey, LT
yep, the lies are getting pretty thick on the ground, aren't they?
I'm setting up a post for tomorrow or the next day on the latest Iran saber-rattling.
if Congress lets us be dragged into a THIRD war, I wash my hands of em all and will do whatever I can to get rid of ALL incumbents [unless the only alternative is a republican].

hi, Larry--
are you SURE you counted right? I could've sworn there were lots more than that! :(

Snave said...

I couldn't believe Clinton was parroting the talking points of the rightwing nutjob commentators. What a tool she is. I absolutely hope she doesn't get the GOP nomination.

Facts sure haven't been a factor in anything the Bush administration has done, except as being something to be ignored if they don't support your agenda. Facts are there to be suppressed, to be rephrased, to be spun in whatever way is most expedient for the neocons. War is peace, freedom is slavery, and of course, ignorance is strength.

More from "1984":

"The Party seeks power entirely for its own sake… We are different from all the oligarchies of the past, in that we know what we are doing. All the others, even those who resembled ourselves, were cowards and hypocrites. The German Nazis and the Russian Communists came very close to us in their methods, but they never had the courage to recognize their own motives. They pretended, perhaps they even believed, that they had seized power unwillingly and for a limited time, and that just round the corner there lay a paradise where human beings would be free and equal. We are not like that. We know that no one ever seizes power with the intention of relinquishing it. Power is not a means, it is an end. One does not establish a dictatorship in order to safeguard a revolution; one makes the revolution in order to establish the dictatorship. The object of persecution is persecution. The object of torture is torture. The object of power is power."

Are there any candidates out there who aren't just in it for the power? I think those who will do or say anything to get elected are desperate to gain power. I think this includes all of the GOP candidates and now Hillary Clinton as well.

two crows said...

hi, Snave--
haven't seen you in this neck of the woods for a while. wb.
and, yeah-- more and more I'm beginning to agree with those who say this country is really a one-party state that The Party is trying to keep the rest of us from realizing.

just sayin.

TomCat said...

Anon, I agree that the economic and military policies of the US have been devastating to poor nations. I hope you understand that Bush and the GOP do not represent the will of the people of the US.

TC, my fear is a small proxy attack Iran from Israel, a retaliation by Iran, and a lie from Bush, the GOP and the MSM that Iran initiated the violence.