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No Hope For Sanity

Jonathan S. Landay of McClatchy Newspapers notes that Both McCain, Obama exaggerating Iran’s nuclear program

WASHINGTON — The presumptive Republican nominee for president and the leading contender for the Democratic nomination are exaggerating what’s known about Iran’s nuclear program as they duel over how best to deal with Tehran.

Sens. John McCain, R-Ariz., and Barack Obama, D-Ill., say that Iran is developing nuclear weapons.

The U.S. intelligence community, however, thinks that Iran halted an effort to build a nuclear warhead in mid-2003, and the U.N. International Atomic Energy Agency, which is investigating the program, has found no evidence to date of an active Iranian nuclear-weapons project.

The candidates’ comments raise questions about how carefully the two have studied the public record on what’s become a major campaign issue and is one of the most difficult foreign-policy challenges likely to confront the next president.

The issue is also significant because the Bush administration inflated assessments of the Iraqi nuclear threat and the possibility that former dictator Saddam Hussein could pass nuclear weapons to terrorists as it sought to whip up public support for the March 2003 invasion of Iraq.

Four more years of AIPAC and Likud running US Middle East policy, and people are talking about a “new era”, I don’t think so. Until the Israeli-Palestinian situation is resolved there is no possibility of peace in the Middle East, and no one with the slightest chance of winning an office wants to face reality.

We are broke, and we can’t afford this perpetual war that the Hedgemony has stuck us with – it’s that simple.

3 comments

1 Frederick { 06.04.08 at 10:19 pm }

This definitely needs to be followed up on. Maybe Jimmy Carter can take a look at it. /snark

2 Kryten42 { 06.05.08 at 3:09 am }

Oh, good. So… no matter who wins now, we will have a nut that will ignore the intel community and is hellbent on attacking Iran. Sure glad I don’t live in the USA when that shite hits the big ol’ fan and comes right back there.

I’d recommend not walking past parked cars for a few years or so! Good luck.

3 Bryan { 06.05.08 at 12:15 pm }

They are know campaign contributors, so they get whatever stupid policy they want without regard to the reality of the world.