Memo to: Republican senators
Buried down in Saturday's New York Times
report on President Bush reaffirming his unqualified support for John Bolton
as UN ambassador is the reason why almost all of you are ready to vote for his
"Republicans are hoping to shame Democrats into a quick vote on Mr.
Bolton. They argue that he needs to be in place by June so that the United States
will have the latitude it needs to press its concerns about Iran's suspected
nuclear weapons program before the Security Council."
Why the big rush? My reliable sources tell me it is because there is a timetable
that makes it urgent for Bolton to be ready for action in June in order to cripple
the Nuclear Nonproliferation Treaty (NPT) as part of the plan to bomb the Iranian
nuclear power plant at Bushehr. That's because Bushehr, under construction with
Russian supervision, will soon be ready to receive the Russian fissionable material
enabling it to produce power. In 1981, remember Republican senators, Israel
bombed the Osiraq nuclear power plant near Baghdad just before it was to be
fueled by its French contractors. Once fueled, bombing is out of the question
because of the radiation that would be emitted, with clouds traveling who knows
Of course, you must know by now that at the time the Israelis blew up Osiraq,
the situation was quite different. We were in the midst of the Cold War, the
United States was supporting Iraq in its war against Iran, and the Russians
were supporting Iran. So when the billion-dollar Osiraq plant went up in smoke
(with the help of the neocons who were already occupying the Pentagon in that
first year of the Reagan administration), there was no reaction from Russia
because the Israelis were essentially bombing us!! We also know by now that
Iraq did not have a nuclear weapons program at the time, but only began its
(unsuccessful) clandestine effort after Osiraq.
The same is now true of Iran. If a month or two from now you are advised by
President Bush that it is necessary to take out Bushehr to prevent Iran from
acquiring nuclear weapons, you would have to wonder if the neocons and their
Likud allies in Tel Aviv aren't simply threatening World War III on a faulty
premise. Wouldn't you? The situation now is quite different, with Bushehr a
Russian project in Iran.
On a recent, quite incredible Fox
News special, Lt. Gen. Thomas McInerney said we are already moving aircraft
carriers into positions from which we could strike. He was then asked: "If
you had to put a percentage on it, the chances that the U.S. will eventually
have to take military actions against Iran, what would you put it at?"
to which McInerney replied casually: "Well, I would put 1 percent of using
ground forces, boots on the ground in Iran, I would put up 50 percent on a blockade,
and I would put up 50 to 60 percent on precision air strikes on their nuclear
development sites." He also observed casually that Iran wouldn't dare take
on the United States. Perhaps the 60 million Iranians would greet our bombers
with garlands and sweets. Do you see what I mean? Fox News, as you may know,
is commonly known as "The War Channel," for similar work it did in promoting
the war against Iraq.
Is Iran this kind of threat to anyone? As far as I can tell, ladies and gentlemen
of the GOP Senate, the answer is "absolutely not," at least as long
as they remain members in good standing of the NPT, which means they will permit
the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) to inspect intrusively and constantly,
as they have been doing. It has been the mission of John Bolton and his underling
Stephen Rademaker to "reform" the United Nations in a way that dissolves
the NPT and the need for the IAEA, not only to pave the way for the bombing
of Bushehr, but also to get out from under the NPT provisions that require all
the nuclear weapon powers to make progress toward making the world a nuclear-free
If you wish to really understand what's going on, instead of getting briefed
by the same people who briefed you prior to the invasion of Iraq, please read
Dr. Gordon Prather's commentaries on the crisis just around the corner. First,
he writes "Strengthen
the NPT – or Else," in which he walks us through the misinformation
that Bolton, Rademaker, and the neocons have been spreading on Iran's alleged
violations of its treaty obligations. Dr. Prather, who by the way came to Washington
under the patronage of Sen. Pete Domenici, Republican of New Mexico, and is
no left-wing liberal, also penned a second column today for Antiwar.com, "Bush's
Nutty Referral," which you have to read to realize how "nutty"
There is also on the Antiwar.com Web site an overview of this looming crisis
that I highly recommend, as it was highly recommended to me by Dr. Prather,
"The Iran Crisis
in Global Context." If you and your staffs do take my suggestions seriously
and go to these links, I think you may have greater doubts about the Bolton
nomination than you have now. If you have any doubts about Dr. Prather, check
with your colleague Senator Domenici, who was instrumental in getting Prather
an appointment as the Army's chief scientist during the Reagan administration.
This isn't too much to ask, is it? For good measure, I'd hope those of you
who are reading this memo to the GOP senators and are among their constituents
would urge them to take a second look before they send Bolton to the United
Nations. His mission is not to clean up the so-called "Oil-for-Food Scandal"
or promote UNICEF gift cards. It is to bomb the nuclear facilities in Iran after
undermining the work of IAEA and the need for the NPT.