Well, according to President Bush’s 2006
National Security Strategy,
"America is at war.
"This is a wartime national security strategy required by the grave challenge
we face – the rise of terrorism fueled by an aggressive ideology of hatred and
murder, fully revealed to the American people on September 11, 2001.
"This strategy reflects our most solemn obligation: to protect the security
of the American people."
The 2002 NSS [.pdf] was
issued more than a year after the events of 9-11, and almost a year after Bush
had invaded, conquered and occupied Afghanistan – presumably in search of Osama
bin Laden, the man Bush claims is his principal opponent in the "War" on "Terror."
However, the 2002 NSS focused – as does the 2006 NSS – on "rogue states," rather
than terrorists, themselves.
According to both strategies, these states –
- brutalize their own people and squander their national resources for the
personal gain of the rulers;
- display no regard for international law, threaten their neighbors, and callously
violate international treaties to which they are party;
- are determined to acquire weapons of mass destruction, along with other
advanced military technology, to be used as threats or offensively to achieve
the aggressive designs of these regimes;
- sponsor terrorism around the globe; and
- reject basic human values and hate the United States and everything for
which it stands.
In the 2002 NSS, the rogue states named were Iraq, Iran and North Korea.
The 2006 NSS focuses mostly on Iran and the nuclear weapons program Bush-Cheney-Bolton
claim – without a shred of evidence – Iran has.
Iran denies that it now has – or has had, since the CIA-installed Shah fled
– a nuclear weapons program.
For more than two years, inspectors from the International Atomic Energy Agency
have been conducting intrusive inspections of all Iranian civilian nuclear sites
– as well as numerous military sites suggested by the CIA. Iran has been voluntarily
cooperating with the IAEA, even though the number and scope of these inspections
go far beyond that required of Iran by its Safeguards agreement, even beyond
that would be required if an Additional Protocol to Iran’s Safeguards agreement
was in force, which it is not since it hasn't been ratified by Iran's parliament.
As best the IAEA can tell, the Iranians are telling the truth, even about things
they have told the IAEA that they were under no obligation to tell.
In report after report, IAEA Director-General Mohamed ElBaradei says that all
"declared source and special nuclear materials" are now accounted for and that
there is "no indication" of undeclared materials, nor of a nuclear weapons program
So, back to the 2006 NSS.
The best way to block aspiring nuclear states or nuclear terrorists is to deny
them access to the essential ingredient of fissile material.
Therefore, our strategy focuses on controlling fissile material with two priority
First, to keep states from acquiring the capability to produce fissile material
suitable for making nuclear weapons; and second, to deter, interdict, or prevent
any transfer of that material from states that have this capability to rogue
states or to terrorists.
The first objective requires closing a loophole in the Non-Proliferation Treaty
that permits regimes to produce fissile material that can be used to make nuclear
weapons under cover of a civilian nuclear power program.
In return for Iran’s subjecting all nuclear-energy related activities to IAEA
Safeguards – for the exclusive purpose of the IAEA’s being able to verify that
such things as fissile material are never used to make nuclear weapons – the
NPT guarantees Iran’s inalienable right to produce and use such
That guarantee is one of the three pillars of the NPT.
Achieving the NSS first objective requires nothing less than the destruction
of the foundation of the NPT.
But that’s OK with Bush-Cheney-Rice-Bolton.
You see, another NPT pillar is the commitment – reaffirmed by President Clinton
at the 2000 NPT Review Conference – to get rid of all our nukes.
Then, there’s the NPT prohibition against Bush’s assisting India with its nuclear
And the NPT prohibition against Bush’s preventing Russia and China from facilitating
Iran’s enjoyment – without discrimination – of the peaceful uses of nuclear
Truth to tell, the United States has been the most frequent and flagrant violator
of its NPT obligations, and deserves to be reported to the UN Security Council.
Interestingly enough, if the members of the Security Council bother to read
the IAEA dossier on Iran that Bush-Cheney-Rice-Bolton forced ElBaradei to forward
to them last week, they will realize that.