Thursday, June 26, 2008

Iran resolution vs. the Iran National Intelligence Estimate (NIE) of 2007

As early as next week, the House may vote on an Iran War resolution, H. CON. RES. 362, titled, "Expressing the sense of Congress regarding the threat posed to international peace, stability in the Middle East, and the vital national security interests of the United States by Iran's pursuit of nuclear weapons and regional hegemony, and for other purposes."

The text includes this disturbing item:

Whereas the November 2007 National Intelligence Estimate reported that Iran was secretly working on the design and manufacture of a nuclear warhead until at least 2003, but that Iran could have enough highly enriched uranium for a nuclear weapon as soon as late 2009;

Now, I remembering hearing that the NIE re Iran's nuclear program pretty much made plain that there was NO threat from Iran on a nuclear level. So what is the truth here?

Compare the statement in the resolution above to the statement in the actual NIE:

We judge with moderate confidence that the earliest possible date Iran would be technically capable of producing enough HEU for a weapon is late 2009, but that this is very unlikely.

The statement in the resolution is not technically a lie, but it completely misrepresents the NIE statement.

Isn't there one mainstream journalist curious enough to look inside a resolution to find out what it actually says? It's not even a long one. And the NIE is only 9 pages, five of which are intro re NIEs. Seriously. What has happened to journalism in this country?


Anonymous Anonymous said...

"Isn't there one mainstream journalist curious enough to look inside a resolution to find out what it actually says? It's not even a long one. And the NIE is only 9 pages, five of which are intro re NIEs."

Short answer: No.
Long answer: No again.

"Seriously. What has happened to journalism in this country?"

Short answer: Neutered.
Long answer: Had its balls cut off.

I'm trying to find some humour in this situation because the reality is too awful to contemplate. I wouldn't mind if all those odious creatures slavering for war would just go and fight the damn thing themselves, armed only with swords, shields and spears. That way they would show some guts at least, while also spilling them. Unfortunately they are going to bring us all down with their crazy misadventure.

There have been some seriously mentally challenged US presidents but I never thought I'd live to see the day when one was so stupid as to publicly announce he was giving up playing golf because a wartime president has to "make sacrifices too."

The saddest part of it all is that the American public didn't rise up
as one and laugh the SOB right out of office.

I'm afraid the dumbing down process has gone too far now. The Romans had bread and circuses. We've got expensive bread (soon to be no bread) and teevee.

The loyal opposition in Congress will do nothing about it. Like the media hacks, most of them have been bought and paid for. There are a mere handful of honourable people in either party (it's the same in any organisation); the rest are busy cosying up to power in exchange for the baubles they receive.

Sorry if this sounds negative but anyone who feels things are just dandy and everyone is going to be fine, well, they must be a few cards short of a full deck.

Have a nice weekend!

Live every day as though it were your last. For one day you are sure to be right.

3:46 AM  
Blogger thinking dove said...

The Iranians are working towards nuclear weapons. Can you blame them?

It is a defensive move. and a wise one at that.

Notice that the only two nations that stand up to U.S. Imperialism are North Korea, and Pakistan. What do they have in common?
They have nukes.

Nuclear Proliferation will restore justice and peace to our world. It will make our nation stop bullying the world. We should support Nuclear Proliferation!

Nuclear weapons make war obsolete because they make victory impossible. It was mutually assured destruction that kept the peace between the Soviet Union and the United States. The peace lasted for decades.

It is bigotry to think that a hereditary Islamic theocracy couldn’t grasp the concept of mutually assured destruction. When both parties have nuclear weapons it is suicide to attack. Governments want to stay in power,, they don’t want to be incinerated.
What government would ever order a suicide attack?

The United States needs to step aside and allow the natural spread of nuclear technology. Technology throughout history has always spread. Gunpowder started in China, which was the most powerful, most advanced, and wealthiest nation on earth at the time. Now,, everyone has gunpowder. The most isolated illiterate tribesman carrys an automatic rifle when they go to war.

In the future, every Mullah, Generalismo, and War Lord will have access to nuclear weapons. All of them will be able to unleash an atomic fireball, but all of them will know that the same thing will come back at them. As rational beings that will realize this is unthinkable.

Once everyone who wants an atomic bomb has one,, Peace will prevail!

Support Iran’s nuclear program. Support Nuclear Proliferation. Help bring forth the new age of Atomic Peace

9:56 PM  
Blogger Real History Lisa said...

Thinking Dove, while I have some sympathy with that viewpoint, I'd feel better if countries that had nukes also had extremely stringent controls on their security and democratically elected governments. But who are we to talk, when we have a twice-unelected president at the helm, i.e., Bush? (Yes, I honestly believe, having studied the evidence, that Bush only gained the office through the mass disenfranchisement of voters who did not support him.)

11:59 AM  

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