Tuesday, April 11, 2006

Meaningless Bush Denial

According to CNN and other outlets, Bush denies something or other on Iran:
President Bush on Monday dismissed as "wild speculation" reports that his administration has considered nuclear strikes against sites in Iran to prevent the nation from building nuclear weapons.

Bush addressed the issue during comments at Johns Hopkins University's School of Advanced International Studies in Washington.

He emphasized that his administration is trying to resolve concerns over Iran through diplomacy. (Watch Iran's tough targets --1:34)

"The doctrine of prevention is to work together to prevent the Iranians from having a nuclear weapon," the president said.
Maybe someone can help me with the translation of that last paragraph. Bush sounds like a second-grader but perhaps I'm missing some subtle point.

If we are to believe Bush, he dismisses the notion that he might use nuclear weapons against Iran as wild speculation. After that, it's not clear what he's denying. Bush's record on telling the truth and the whole truth is dismal after five years in office.

Of course, it must be noted that neoconservatives like Richard Perle and Bill Kristol are beating the drums on Iran along with neoconservative wannabe Newt Gingrich (he was late to the game on Iraq and has never been much of a foreign policy type but he tries to keep his fingers in various pies). Now if Bush is seriously considering action against Iran, it would not surprise anyone that he has given the green light to various neoconservatives to speak out, just as they did before the invasion of Iraq.

Let's keep in mind that Bush's tactic on Iraq was initially to provoke Saddam Hussein into war, thus saving Bush the trouble of declaring war. It didn't work.

At the very minimum, some voices in Congress need to speak out against the possibility of a third pointless war by the Bush Administration. Let's not pretend this late in the game that the gang that can't shoot straight knows what its doing. If diplomatic solutions still exist, somebody needs to make some noise.

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