Don't Let Them
Trick Us Into Another War
Yes, Iran does need fuel.
"The Bush administration has alternately said that Iran
has a secret nuclear weapons program or wants one.
Without being able to prove those claims, the White
House has made its case by implication, beginning with
the point that Iran has ample oil reserves for its
Ford's team commended Iran's decision to build a massive
nuclear energy industry, noting in a declassified 1975
strategy paper that Tehran needed to "prepare against
the time -- about 15 years in the future -- when Iranian
oil production is expected to decline sharply."
Estimates of Iran's oil reserves were smaller then than
they are now, but energy experts and U.S. intelligence
estimates continue to project that Iran will need an
alternative energy source in the coming decades. Iran's
population has more than doubled since the 1970s, and
its energy demands have increased even more."
"Lacking direct evidence, Bush administration officials
argue that Iran's nuclear program must be a cover for
bomb-making. Vice President Cheney recently said,
"They're already sitting on an awful lot of oil and gas.
Nobody can figure why they need nuclear as well to
Yet Cheney, Defense Secretary Donald H. Rumsfeld and
outgoing Deputy Secretary Paul Wolfowitz held key
national security posts when the Ford administration
made the opposite argument 30 years ago."