Well that tears it. At least for you who considered
President Barack Obama our best chance to avoid a war of aggression with Iran.
Apparently Obama has been invaded by the same spirit that has long been speaking
through Dick Cheney.
According to his campaign
aides, Obama told a synagogue in Philadelphia last week that:
"As president, I will do everything that I can to help
(Israel) protect itself ... We will make sure that it can defend itself from
any attack, whether it comes from as close as Gaza or as far as Tehran."
Cheney, last month, just prior to meeting with Israel's Prime Minister Ehud
Olmert, had told
"America's commitment to Israel's security is enduring and unshakable,
as is our commitment to Israel's right to defend itself always against terrorism,
rocket attacks and other forces dedicated to Israel's destruction,"
On the other hand, John "Bomb, Bomb, Bomb – Bomb-Bomb Iran" McCain
acknowledged this week that it would be "difficult"
to convince the American people of the necessity of going to war with Iran.
Why? Because the scare campaign waged in 2002 by the Cheney Cabal and associated
media sycophants to convince the American people of the necessity of going to
war with Iraq has been proven to be totally unfounded.
They told you then that Saddam was pursuing a nuclear weapons programs, totally
unbeknownst to the International Atomic Energy Agency, which, after years of
totally intrusive inspections, had, since 1997, annually certified Iraq to be
"in compliance" with its Safeguards Agreement.
The Cheney Cabal and associated media sycophants have been similarly telling
you for years now, that the Iranian Mullahs are pursuing a nuclear weapons program,
totally unbeknownst to the IAEA, which, after years of totally intrusive inspections,
annually certifies Iran to be "in compliance" with its Safeguards
Then came the National
Intelligence Estimate on Iran of 2007, which contained this "assessment":
"We assess with high confidence that until fall 2003, Iranian military
entities were working under government direction to develop nuclear weapons."
Followed by this "judgment";
"We judge with high confidence that in fall 2003, Tehran halted its nuclear
"[For the purposes of this Estimate, by "nuclear weapons program" we mean
Iran's nuclear weapon design and weaponization work and covert uranium conversion-related
and uranium enrichment-related work; we do not mean Iran's declared civil work
related to uranium conversion and enrichment.]"
So, Iran may have done some "weaponization' work prior to 2003,
but after thousands of man-hours of go-anywhere see-anything inspections, at
sites "declared" by the Iranians and at others, some military, suggested by
our intelligence community, IAEA Director-General ElBaradei has declared there
is "no indication" that Iran has – or ever had – a nuclear weapons program.
So, that ought to be that. Right?
You see, according to the Likudniks, in Israel and elsewhere, Iran's Safeguarded
civil nuclear programs are a threat to Israel.
Well, according to Cheney et al, "Iran has a stated policy that
their objective is the destruction of Israel." Hence, any program or policy
that strengthens Iran is a threat to Israel that must be countered or defended
In an interview aired on
MSNBC's "Imus in the Morning" show, a few hours before President Bush's second
inaugural address, Vice-President Cheney wryly noted that "the Israelis
might well decide to act first" to eliminate Iran's "fairly robust new
nuclear program" and "let the rest of the world worry about cleaning
up the diplomatic mess, afterwards."
Was Cheney referring to the international crisis – which, according to UN
Security Council Resolution 487, potentially had "grave consequences
for the vital interests of all [UN] States" – that resulted from the "premeditated
Israeli air attack" of June 7, 1981 on Iraq's IAEA Safeguarded nuclear
research center "in clear violation of the Charter of the United Nations"?
UNSCR 487 "strongly condemns" the military attack on Iraq and "considers"
that the attack on IAEA Safeguarded facilities "constitutes a serious threat
to the entire [IAEA] safeguards regime …which is the foundation of the Treaty
on Non-Proliferation of Nuclear Weapons."
On that occasion, the diplomatic "mess" which resulted from the destruction
of an IAEA Safeguarded research reactor – with little or no loss of life, but
in the midst of a decade-long war of aggression by Iraq against Iran, which
resulted in hundreds of thousands of deaths on both sides – was, nevertheless,
such that the United States dared not veto UNSCR 487.
Now, in the aftermath of the first Gulf War the IAEA was able to determine
from examination of captured Iraqi records that Saddam Hussein did not have
a nuclear weapons program in 1981. He could not have produced weapons-grade
plutonium in the IAEA Safeguarded research reactor, nor had he any intention
of withdrawing from the NPT in order to produce nuclear weapons.
So, the Israeli destruction of IAEA Safeguarded facilities in Iraq – which
the Likudniks claimed to be a threat to Israel – was as UNSCR 487 declared,
"a serious threat" to the IAEA-NPT nuke proliferation prevention regime.
Can there be any doubt that the premeditated destruction of dozens of IAEA
Safeguarded facilities in Iran – which the Likudniks again claim
to be a threat to Israel – will be anything less than cold-blooded murder
of the IAEA-NPT nuke proliferation regime?
In 1981, under Ronald Reagan, the United States condemned Israel for
its premeditated attack on IAEA safeguarded facilities, and called upon
Israel to "refrain in the future from any such acts or threats thereof."
So, truly alarmed at the threats being made by Likudniks, in general, and by
advisors to some of our current Presidential candidates, in particular, to commit
many such acts against Iran and the IAEA-NPT regime in the near future, all
our leaders and would-be leaders take great pains to warn Israeli officials
that – at a minimum – we would once again join the international community in
condemning such acts. And in the event Iran was somehow able to retaliate against
Israel, we would make no effort to prevent that.
That's what Bush and Cheney and McCain and Hillary and Obama have all told
the Israelis. Isn't it?