Lately some folks have wondered if Bush, egomaniac that he is, might not take kindly to being ignored and shunted to the side during a presidential campaign in which his own parties candidates will not breathe his name. Therefore, as contrary to good sense as it may be, we cannot dismiss the possibility that Bush will want to go out with a bang, in the form of a war against Iran. After all, when you talk to God, what do the facts matter.
If you thought that the National Intelligence Estimate, which concluded that Iran does not have a nuclear program, put the kibosh on such a war, think again. If Bush has proven anything in the last seven years, it is that he and the folks who pull his strings don’t let facts get in the way. Already, as Josh Marshall points out, Bush is subtly distancing himself from the NIE, and in a short while they may just start pretending it doesn’t exist. After all, this is the guy that to this day claims Saddam wouldn’t let the inspectors into Iraq before the war there. And of course, we have the overly hyped and likely fabricated (also see here) incident in the Strait of Hormuz. (By the way, we probably don’t have a legal leg to stand on so far as that incident goes, not that it matters to Bush or any other politician for that matter.).
I stumbled across this video at Truthdig, which is well worth watching. Scott Ritter explains why Iran is not a threat. Of course, be warned, this is the guy whose sanity was questioned by our media when he told us in 2002 that Iraq didn’t have WMDs. Some people never learn. How does he expect to get a column in the New York Times if he’s constantly proven right?
By the way, the article at the link above (the sanity link) makes for some ironic reading right now. There’s Paula Zahn telling Ritter that he has “drunk Saddam’s Kool-Aid” while she spouts Bush talking points. Meanwhile, everything he says we now know was 100% correct. You have to ask, who had been drinking Kool-Aid?