When Is Bush Going to Come Clean?
Paul Craig Roberts
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recent disclosure that the latest National Intelligence Estimate
concludes that Iran halted its nuclear weapon program several
years ago, assuming Iran ever had such a program, has caused
consternation among neoconservatives, right-wing Israeli
government officials, and Bush regime ranks.
Members of the right-wing Israeli government have denounced the
NIE finding as contrary to Israel’s interests. Former Bush
regime official John Bolton accused America’s intelligence
agencies with conspiring to discredit President Bush with
politicized intelligence. According to Bolton, it is US
intelligence agencies, not the neoconservatives, who have their
“own agenda.” President Bush has promised to continue his
threats against Iran regardless of the NIE finding.
The NIE finding puts Bush on the spot by bringing US
intelligence up to speed with the International Atomic Energy
Agency, whose director has repeatedly reported, as he did on
December 4, that “the agency has no concrete evidence of an
ongoing nuclear weapons program or undeclared nuclear facilities
Bush has been trying to work up an attack on Iran based on a
non-existent nuclear weapon program. When asked how he could be
threatening World War III with a nuclear-armed Iran when US
intelligence (and the International Atomic Energy Agency) cannot
find evidence of an Iranian nuclear weapons program, Bush said
that “nobody told me” about the new finding.
Absurd say intelligence officials. The White House has known
about the finding for six months while Dick Cheney tried to
suppress the NIE finding. Neocon National Security Advisor
Steve Hadley even lied to the press that the NIE finding was new
and that’s why Bush didn’t know about it.
The unasked question is: What is the real reason the Bush Regime
is so determined to attack Iran? We now know for certain that
the reason has nothing whatsoever to do with Iranian nukes any
more than the US invasion of Iraq had to do with Iraqi nukes.
What is the real reason that is driving the Bush Regime to seek
to overthrow with military invasions the only MIddle Eastern
states that are not US puppets or dependents?
Until we have the answer to this question, we cannot know why
the Bush regime wasted two administrations and $1 trillion at
the minimum in order to kill and maim civilians in Afghanistan
Bush’s insane wars have seen the US dollar plummet in value, the
price of oil skyrocket, American’s soft power destroyed, and the
hardening of opposition to the US worldwide.
What has been gained by these extraordinary sacrifices?
How can the American people and their representatives in the two
parties in Congress tolerate a criminal executive branch that
uses lies and deceit to lead them into illegal wars for secret
Surely, no one believes that Bush invaded Iraq because Saddam
Hussein had weapons of mass destruction, or that Bush and Cheney
were working up an attack on Iran because the executive branch
did not know of the intelligence findings of its own agencies.
The invasion of Afghanistan also remains unexplained. The
Taliban are not Al Qaeda and had nothing to do with 9/11 even in
the official version of that event. Bush clearly did not invade
Afghanistan in order to capture Osama bin Laden and Al Qaeda,
who escaped scot free. The Bin Laden/Sept. 11 rationale for
Bush’s wars has completely disappeared.
Osama and 9/11 were never more than public excuses for a
Why do the US media and the investigative committees of Congress
have no interest whatsoever in finding the agenda behind Bush’s
How can Americans be a free people living under a rule of law
when the president can commit the country to catastrophic wars
on the basis of deception and escape all accountability?
And Bush has the chutzpah to call on Iran to “come clean” about
its nuclear program or face diplomatic isolation. When is Bush
going to “come clean” and tell us the real agenda behind his
lies, deceptions, and wars?
Dr. Roberts was Assistant Secretary of the US Treasury for
Economic Policy in the Reagan administration. He is credited
with curing stagflation and eliminating “Phillips curve”
trade-offs between employment and inflation, an achievement now
on the verge of being lost by the worst economic mismanagement
in US history.
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