Here we go again. While postwar Iraq continues to crumble, the Bush administration
is now setting its sights on a new target - Iran - in its so-called effort to
reshape most of the Middle East and bring democracy to countries ruled by vicious
dictators. But the Bush administration is again relying on flimsy evidence and
thin intelligence information in claiming that the Iran poses an immediate threat
to the United States.
The U.S. still hasn't uncovered any weapons of mass destruction in Iraq, which
was the prime reason for launching an attack against the country. Rumsfeld said
in an interview reported by CNN Tuesday that it's possible the WMD in Iraq may
have been destroyed before the war. So right now, the Bush administration doesn't
have much credibility here or with countries that rightfully opposed the war in
Ari Fleischer, Bush's press secretary, said during his daily press briefing
Tuesday that Iran hasn't taken the appropriate steps to round up al Qaeda terrorists
allegedly hiding out within its borders. Moreover, Iran's pursuit of nuclear weapons
puts the U.S. in grave danger. Therefore, regime change is in order.
"The future of Iran will be determined by the Iranian people, and I think
the Iranian people have a great yearning for government that is representative
of their concerns," Fleischer said.
Fleischer also said Iran's claim that its nuclear program is designed to produce
fuel for civilian nuclear reactors is a "cover story".
"Our strong position is that Iran is preparing instead to produce fissile
materials for nuclear weapons," Fleischer said. "That is what we see."
An Iranian opposition group says the Iranian government is building two secret
nuclear sites that might already be partially operational, producing enriched
uranium that could be used in nuclear weapons.
Alireza Jafarzadeh, a spokesman for the National Council of Resistance of Iran,
claims the Iranian government has "planned it" so that it can "be
able to get the bomb by 2005".
The NCRI provided detailed information about the previously undisclosed sites,
Lashkar-Abad and Ramandeh, about 25 miles west of Tehran, but offered no direct
Iranian officials have denied harboring al-Qaeda operatives and said the country
would vigorously defend itself against any U.S. threat, which in the eyes of the
Bush administration could set the stage for another war and further increase anti-American
sentiment and put the U.S. in more danger of terrorist attacks, according to several
However, the real cover story is the one the Bush administration is spinning
in order to win public support for what was already planned for Iran months ago,
well before "Operation Iraqi Freedom".
Before the United States military decimated Iraq, the neocons at the highly
influential think tanks the American Enterprise Institute
and the Project for the New American
Century were already advising Bush administration officials, like Secretary
of Defense Donald Rumsfeld, on how to overthrow the ruling parties in Iran, Libya
and Syria after the war in Iraq was over.
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