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Iran: Like Iraq, only with weapons inspectors!

Based on the ever-so-trustworthy intelligence gathering capabilities of the Project For The New American Century braintrust, the Bush Administration has been ramping up their sabers against Iran.

The Iraq-style mushroom cloud speech is still somewhere in Condi's portfolio, no doubt. It's recyclable. Just change that "q" to an "n".

Except there's a hitch in the giddy-up: The IAEA has been allowed to do their job.

UK Independent:

The UN nuclear watchdog is preparing to publish evidence that Iran is not engaged in a nuclear weapons programme, undermining a warning of possible military action from President George Bush.

The US President told Israeli television that "all options are on the table" if Iran fails to comply with international calls to halt its nuclear programme. Both the US and Israel - the Middle East's only nuclear-armed power - were "united in our objective to make sure Iran does not have a weapon", he said.

However, Iran is about to receive a major boost from the results of a scientific analysis that will prove that the country's authorities were telling the truth when they said they were not developing a nuclear weapon. The discovery of traces of weapons-grade uranium in Iran by UN inspectors in August 2003 set off alarm bells in Western capitals where it was feared that Iran was developing a nuclear weapon under cover of a civil programme. The inspectors took the samples from Iran's uranium enrichment plant at Natanz, which had been concealed from the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) for 18 years.

Those who wish to learn from history will be taking note of the fact that this same IAEA was forced out of Iraq before they were able to finish their inspections due to Bush's invasion. In addition:

ElBaradei, who has been monitoring the situation day to day, also confirmed that he and Blix had received an invitation from Baghdad "to visit Iraq with a view toward accelerating the implementation of our respective mandates." He did not say whether he or Blix had accepted.

"I should note that in recent weeks, possibly as a result of increasing pressure by the international community, Iraq has been more forthcoming in its cooperation with the IAEA," he said, adding that inspectors still have found no evidence that Saddam Hussein has revived his nuclear program.

The disdain tossed toward the UN by the rightwing blogpunditry class will no doubt extend to the IAEA on this issue. After all..the IAEA is disagreeing with Bush. Those who come out in disagreement with Dear Leader are branded as traitors and terrorist sympathizers. There's no room for dissent. Cindy Sheehan is an "ignorant cow" for demanding to know why her son was sent to Iraq.

This ought to provoke some juicy tidbits of rightwing labeling.


Posted by Carla Ryan at August 15, 2005 7:33 PM