disclosure that the latest National Intelligence Estimate concludes that Iran
halted its nuclear weapon program several years ago, assuming Iran ever had
such a program, has caused consternation among neoconservatives, right-wing
Israeli government officials, and Bush regime ranks.
Members of the right-wing Israeli government have denounced
the NIE finding as contrary to Israel�s interests. Former Bush regime official
John Bolton accused America�s intelligence agencies with conspiring to
discredit President Bush with politicized intelligence. According to Bolton, it
is US intelligence agencies, not the neoconservatives, who have their �own
agenda.� President Bush has promised to continue his threats against Iran
regardless of the NIE finding.
The NIE finding puts Bush on the spot by bringing US
intelligence up to speed with the International Atomic Energy Agency, whose
director has repeatedly reported, as he did on December 4, that �the agency has
no concrete evidence of an ongoing nuclear weapons program or undeclared
nuclear facilities in Iran.�
Bush has been trying to work up an attack on Iran based on a
nonexistent nuclear weapon program. When asked how he could be threatening
World War III with a nuclear-armed Iran when US intelligence (and the
International Atomic Energy Agency) cannot find evidence of an Iranian nuclear
weapons program, Bush said that �nobody told me� about the new finding.
Absurd say intelligence officials. The White House has known
about the finding for six months while Dick Cheney tried to suppress the NIE
finding. Neocon National Security Advisor Steve Hadley even lied to the press
that the NIE finding was new and that�s why Bush didn�t know about it.
The unasked question is: What is the real reason the Bush
Regime is so determined to attack Iran? We now know for certain that the reason
has nothing whatsoever to do with Iranian nukes any more than the US invasion
of Iraq had to do with Iraqi nukes. What is the real reason that is driving the
Bush Regime to seek to overthrow, with military invasions, the only MIddle
Eastern states that are not US puppets or dependents?
Until we have the answer to this question, we cannot know
why the Bush regime wasted two administrations and $1 trillion at the minimum
in order to kill and maim civilians in Afghanistan and Iraq.
Bush�s insane wars have seen the US dollar plummet in value,
the price of oil skyrocket, American�s soft power destroyed, and the hardening
of opposition to the US worldwide.
What has been gained by these extraordinary sacrifices?
How can the American people and their representatives in the
two parties in Congress tolerate a criminal executive branch that uses lies and
deceit to lead them into illegal wars for secret reasons?
Surely, no one believes that Bush invaded Iraq because
Saddam Hussein had weapons of mass destruction, or that Bush and Cheney were
working up an attack on Iran because the executive branch did not know of the
intelligence findings of its own agencies.
The invasion of Afghanistan also remains unexplained. The
Taliban are not al Qaeda and had nothing to do with 9/11 even in the official
version of that event. Bush clearly did not invade Afghanistan in order to
capture Osama bin Laden and al Qaeda, who escaped scot free. The Bin
Laden/Sept. 11 rationale for Bush�s wars has completely disappeared.
Osama and 9/11 were never more than public excuses for a
Why do the US media and the investigative committees of
Congress have no interest whatsoever in finding the agenda behind Bush�s wars?
How can Americans be a free people living under the rule of
law when the president can commit the country to catastrophic wars on the basis
of deception and escape all accountability?
And Bush has the chutzpah to call on Iran to �come clean�
about its nuclear program or face diplomatic isolation. When is Bush going to
�come clean� and tell us the real agenda behind his lies, deceptions, and wars?
Craig Roberts [email him] was Assistant Secretary of the Treasury in the
Reagan Administration. He is the author of Supply-Side
Revolution : An Insider's Account of Policymaking in Washington; Alienation
and the Soviet Economy and Meltdown:
Inside the Soviet Economy, and is the
co-author with Lawrence M. Stratton of The
Tyranny of Good Intentions : How Prosecutors and Bureaucrats Are Trampling the
Constitution in the Name of Justice. Click here for Peter
Brimelow�s Forbes Magazine interview with Roberts about the recent epidemic of