Thursday, August 24, 2006
It began with incendiary al Qaeda-connection rhetoric and dire warnings of WMD stockpiles, designed to arouse Americans' fears of another horrific terrorist attack. It ultimately led to the invasion of Iraq, and an occupation that's been disastrous, deadly and never-ending. Apparently, the lessons of this debacle have yet to be learned, as a blood-thirsty band of delusional Bushevik neocons would love to invade Iran and go for President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad's head. According to the NY Times Thursday, these administration officials and GOP lawmakers are frustrated over what they believe to be the U.S. intelligence community's downplaying of the Iranian threat.
In a chilling repeat of the faulty intelligence found in the 2002 National Intelligence Estimate which framed the justification for the Iraq war, the House Intelligence Committee this week, led by Rep. Peter Hoekstra (R-MI), cited in a new report the growing weapons threat from Iran and its ties to terrorists. "Intelligence community managers and analysts must provide their best analytical judgments about Iranian W.M.D. programs and not shy away from provocative conclusions or bury disagreements in consensus assessments," the report said.
The consensus of the intelligence agencies is that Iran is still years away from building a nuclear weapon. This assessment angers some Bushevik and Pentagon officials who want to confront Iran directly over the WMD and terrorist threat. It's deja vu all over again.
The Bush neocons created a colossal, bloody mess in Iraq, and its become a tremendous political liability. As a result, many pundits believe--and the polls seem to reflect this contention--that the November midterm elections will be a referendum on the war and the GOP. Is a military action against Iran possible as the Repugs' much-anticipated "October surprise?" Can these war-mongering maniacs truly be going down the same deadly path as they did in 2002/03? If so, is there anything that can stop them?