Words of Advice:

"We have it totally under control. It's one person coming from China. It's going to be just fine." -- Donald Trump, 1/22/2020

“We will not see diseases like the coronavirus come here..and isn't it refreshing when contrasting it with the awful presidency of President Obama."
-- Trump Press Secretary Kayleigh McEnany, 2/25/20

"I don't take responsibility for anything." --Donald Trump, 3/13/20

"If Something Seems To Be Too Good To Be True, It's Best To Shoot It, Just In Case." -- Fiona Glenanne

"Flying the Airplane is More Important than Radioing Your Plight to a Person on the Ground Who is Incapable of Understanding or Doing Anything About It." -- Unknown

"There seems to be almost no problem that Congress cannot, by diligent efforts and careful legislative drafting, make ten times worse." -- Me

"What the hell is an `Aluminum Falcon'?" -- Emperor Palpatine

"Eck!" -- George the Cat

Friday, February 24, 2012

Iranian Nukes-- Why is Nobody Talking About This?

You can find lots of chatter across the Internets about the Iranians trying to build nuclear weapons and how this year is The Year of War and all of that.

So why is it that nobody seems to care that our own spooks don't believe that the Iranians are trying to build one?
The most recent report, which represents the consensus of 16 U.S. intelligence agencies, indicates that Iran is pursuing research that could put it in a position to build a weapon, but that it has not sought to do so.

Although Iran continues to enrich uranium at low levels, U.S. officials say they have not seen evidence that has caused them to significantly revise that judgment. Senior U.S. officials say Israel does not dispute the basic intelligence or analysis.
So why the big neocon drumbeat for yet another war? Have we not shed enough blood and treasure to slake the bloodthirstiness of the blasted souls of the Kagans?

Maybe the neocons are trying to destroy this country from the inside, by getting us to be embroiled in so many wars that our economy collapses and they can finally institute a religious-themed plutocracy?


Improbable Joe said...

What is it that they say about attributing to malice what can be blamed on stupid?

It is a real testament to the collapse of the Republican Party that we can't even tell if they're evil or just really really dumb.

Unknown said...

Read http://mediamatters.org/blog/201202210012 for "For Conservative Media, Iran Is Always A Year Away From Having Nukes"

Stewart Dean said...

Goring interviewed during his war crime trials:
""...after all, it is the leaders of the country who determine the policy and it is always a simple matter to drag the people along...voice or no voice, the people can always be brought to the bidding of the leaders. That is easy. All you have to do is to tell them they are being attacked, and denounce the pacifists for lack of patriotism and exposing the country to danger. It works the same way in any country. "

Fear sells. Remember when America was (somewhat more) the home of the free and the land of the brave?

BadTux said...

Iran is five years from having nukes.

Of course, the same is true for almost every single other nation on the planet that doesn't have nukes, because we ain't exactly talkin' rocket science here. We're talking about 1940's technology that took a whole five years to develop from scratch, that is easily implemented by any nation that can, say, build a jet engine, a technology that's newer and more difficult than building an atomic weapon. Like, erm, Iran, which has been building jet engines for F-5 fighter jets for over a decade now to both keep their old F-5's in the air and to build new ones (yes, Iran reverse-engineered the F-5 and is building new ones to handle the ground attack role while reserving their precious weapons cash for air superiority fighters from Russia, we're talking early 1960's technology after all, not exactly advanced technology).

Meaning that if Iran doesn't have a nuclear weapon it's because they don't want one. Because if they wanted one, they'd already have it -- would have had it ten years ago, actually.

- Badtux the Pragmatic Penguin

OldRetiredDude said...

according to the GOP, what's good for Haliburton is good for the country!

w3ski said...

Hey don't we know :War Is Sexy ! From the price of bullets and bombs and rockets and planes and stuff, to the Military careers, and Medals and all the way to the Theaters back home! Never mind those pesky dead people we "hear of", pay them No mind. It's all for Glory, and PROFIT!
What they NEED to do is "SHOW US" each and every soldier lost; pictures before And After war. I think that 'might' change a few minds. Then with the current mind set that might backfire too.
"We have been killing each other since Cain slew Able and Not one good has come from that yet", can't we ever try something Else???
NO MORE WAR , just like when I was a kid.

BadTux said...

The "after" looks fake compared to the gore that the average American kid sees every day on the video games they play or the violent movies they watch. I've seen the "after" pictures (not on American media of course, I mean in foreign media). It doesn't look like movie gore or video game gore at all, it's much tamer than that. (Though the smell of dead body, a few days after, after it's been curing for a while under a bunch of rubble in a destroyed city... *that* would send more than a few people retching and fleeing for cleaner air).

In other words, I think your suggestion assumes that Americans would be disgusted with gore when sales figures of violent video games and violent movies pretty much blows that hypothesis into the weeds. As for the notion that the average American can empathize and identify with before-and-after photos, I've seen no evidence of that capability in the average American. To the average American, it's just pixels on a screen.

Hmm... there's a song in that. Later.

w3ski said...

Badtux you are so right there.
Without 'smell a vision' and the screaming involved it would not be comprehensible to the average person. Too much saturation in 'video' death. If there were only some way to show and express the actual Horror of war and death, but then it would have ended sanely, long ago....
a sad for our species