Monday, March 06, 2006

Iraq pt. II, presented by AIPAC

Disclaimer: If you think the following is anti-semetic, fuck off because it isn't.

It looks like the build up to war in Iran officially got kicked off this weekend at, of all places, the annual AIPAC conference.

Pamela, who is like Debbie Schlussel, but tanner, was there live-blogging. First up was David Kay. Yes the same David Kay who couldn't find WMD in Iraq, despite the fact that the UN said there were no WMD in Iraq.

"Iran has spent he last 20 years understanding the inspection process. They know how to get around the the inspection process." "The Iranians themselves have been inspectors." Essentially we can learn nothing from inspections."

And essentially Kay can learn nothing from previous mistakes.

"They [the Iranians}do not do their clandestine work at the sites that are inspected. They have become the world's best deceivers." "They have been lying for 20 years, this not from the US. this is from the IAEA."

Hmmm, "He ( IAEA Director General Mohamed ElBaradei) told reporters that during the IAEA's inspections, it had not seen indications of diversion of nuclear material to nuclear weapons or other nuclear explosive devices."

Of course this is the same Mohamed ElBaradei that Dick Cheney said with regards to Iraq, "I think Mr. ElBaradei frankly is wrong," Cheney said during the interview. "[The IAEA] has consistently underestimated or missed what it was Saddam Hussein was doing. I don't have any reason to believe they're any more valid this time than they've been in the past."

I don't know, call me crazy but where exactly does the credibility gap lie?

Back to Kay:

"Iranians lie."

Nothing ironic about broad, negative generalizations at a conference hosted by an Israeli PAC.

Everything is a struggle to understand.

Maybe it's their thick Persian accents?

"The culture of such institutions within the UN is the trouble they have making moral distinctions."

The U.S. and Israel are good, everyone else is ok, except the Muslim countries who are untrustworthy and dangerous.

"Until you can make those distinctions, weapons [ineffectual or not] are useless." Inspections inevitably produce ambiguous results.

Like they did in Iraq.

You can't throw someone against the wall and say ......"

John Bolton would.

"The fact is we won't know where Iran is in their nuclear weapons process until they test their nuclear bomb."

Because we have no interest in performing inspections that would tell us if they are making weapons.

"In closing, international inspections can not stop a nation state from producing nuclear weapons if that his intent."

Conclusion: we should commence carpet bombing immediately.

Next up, rabid sheepdog, John Bolton.

"Simply put, there will no destruction of the state of Israel."

Great, what a profound statement. For some reason, Pamela found this so profound that she bolded it. I for the life of me can't see why anyone would think it would be destroyed. Is Israel suddenly going to capitulate to the suicide bombings it currently uses to garner political sympathy? I especially wonder why this would need to clarified at an AIPAC rally?

"We must use all the tools of our disposal to stop Iran's clear and unrelenting drive to develop nuclear weapons."

Translation: We are going to bomb the shit out of Iran.

Let me clear, the longer we wait [to take action on Iran's development of nuclear weaponry] the harder it will be to solve. We must not ignore Tehran's refusal to engage the international community.

Translation: We are going to bomb the shit out of Iran.

Iran in talks [with Russia] doublespeak.

We're 2 for 2 in the "Iranians are liars" talking point. I look forward to months of hearing how Iranians are liars on CNN ad naseum.

There are a number of options available, failure to act is not one of them. The security council should note if they fail to will do serious damage to the credibility of the council. Rest assured we are not relying solely on the security council ........

Translation: We are going to bomb the shit out of Iran.

may be too soon to begin sanctions but many countries are using such language. They [Iran] must be isolated.

Translation: We are going to starve Iran, then bomb the shit out of Iran.

Iran has long been a rogue state.

Probably because we isolate them.

The largest state sponsor of terror.

I thought that was the UAE?

It is surreal to hear the kind of rhetoric [from a nation's leader] that we thought was relegated to the historical dust bin.

He shouldn't talk about his boss that way. After all, Bush went out on a limb to appoint him during a Congressional recess.

"Iran has a far more dangerous foe -- democracy."

Actually, it's the bombs we're going to drop on them.

The US wishes to reach out t the Iranian people. The US fully supports their aspirations for a free and better future.

Translation: We are going to bomb the shit out of Iran.

A couple of months ago, AIPAC wasn't happy with George's handling of Iran (and thanks to their spies in the Pentagon, they have the inside scoop). I hope they feel better now that a couple of incompetent boobs have reaffirmed our mutual bloodlust for the punishment of any Muslim state that doesn't meet Israel's approval.

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