Just before Christmas, a few days after President
Bill Clinton had been impeached by the House of Representatives, Clinton received
intelligence from Iraqi exiles that Saddam Hussein and his entourage would be
spending a specific night in an underground bunker beneath one of his palaces.
Facing possible removal from office for "high crimes and misdemeanors," Clinton
decided to remove Saddam from his office, thereby diverting attention
from himself, as well as achieving the regime change in Iraq long sought by
both neo-crazies and loony lefties.
After determining the global positioning satellite (GPS) coordinates of that
and other palaces, Clinton launched a GPS-guided cruise missile attack.
Clinton publicly claimed he had launched his attack because he had intelligence
that Saddam had hidden stockpiles of weapons of mass destruction beneath his
palaces, where UN inspectors were denied access.
At first, Clinton thought he had killed Saddam.
But he hadn't.
Saddam wasn't killed by our cruise missiles because the non-nuke warheads they
carried weren't powerful enough, nor capable of penetrating deep enough, to
destroy underground bunkers.
For the neo-crazies and the loony lefties, any excuse to depose Saddam Hussein
was as good as any other. But opinion polls had told them that Saddam's possession
of nukes and the intent to use them against Americans was the only rationale
the electorate would buy for invading and occupying Iraq.
So President Bush – citing intelligence he had obtained from Iraqi exiles –
got the highly skeptical UN Security Council to pass Resolution
1441 [.pdf], requiring Saddam to disarm or face "serious consequences."
Bush then provided UN inspectors – who were granted unfettered access by Saddam
– considerable selective intelligence about dozens of suspected WMD sites in
But when the inspectors checked out those sites, they found nothing.
Mohamed ElBaradei – director general of the International Atomic Energy Agency
– reported to the Security Council that "after three months of intrusive inspections,
we have to date found no evidence or plausible indication of the revival of
a nuclear weapons program in Iraq."
Worse, ElBaradei publicly debunked the aluminum-tubes-for-enrichment report
and revealed the Niger yellowcake documents to be clumsy forgeries.
Nevertheless, just days after receiving what turned out to be highly accurate
reports from ElBaradei, Bush launched his war of aggression against Iraq.
And having got intelligence that Saddam was spending the night in a German-designed
underground bunker near Baghdad, Bush decided to try to kill him immediately,
20 hours before Operation Iraqi Freedom was officially scheduled to begin.
Bush first hit the target with powerful GPS-homing bunker-busting bombs specifically
designed to penetrate deep into the earth before exploding. After the bunker
was busted, then came the GPS-homing cruise missiles.
Like Clinton, Bush thought he had killed Saddam, for sure.
But he hadn't.
When an advance team of American liberators went to that GPS site to look for
bodies, they found no bodies. In fact, they reported that there was no evidence
that a bunker had ever been there. All they found were bunker-buster holes in
Well, here it is, three years later, and Bush is claiming that Iran
has a well-hidden nuclear weapons program, much of it in deep-earth bunkers.
However, IAEA inspectors have enjoyed virtually free access to Iran and have
– even at sites suggested by Bush's intelligence – found no indication of a
nuclear weapons program.
Two months ago, Bush got the highly skeptical IAEA Board of Governors to pass
[.pdf] requiring Tehran to indefinitely suspend all uranium enrichment activities
while the Board satisfied itself that Iran's programs were strictly for peaceful
Last month, Bush tried to get that Board resolution referred to the Security
Council for possible action under Chapter VII of the UN Charter. Bush had to
settle for the Board simply reporting the entire Iranian dossier to the Council.
And all he got from the Council this month was a "Presidential
Statement," effectively remanding the Iranian "nuclear issue" to the
IAEA Board for resolution.
Nevertheless, Bush is falsely claiming that the Security Council imposed a
deadline on Iran to suspend all nuclear-related activities, including
the completion by the Russians of the nuclear power plant at Bushehr, or face
Now comes Seymour
Hersh's stunning exposé in the New Yorker magazine about Bush
plans – which Hersh claims are already in the early stages of implementation
– to preemptively take out Iran's alleged nuke program.
Of course, almost all horror-stricken observers – especially the defiant Iranians
– realize that Bush's real intention is to effect regime change in Iran.
But using bunker-busting nukes this time.