On Monday, December 3, 2007, the intelligence agencies of the United States of America cut the legs out from under George W. Bush, Dick Cheney, and the entire neo-conservative movement to launch another war of aggression in the Middle East. Bush's lies to the American people are ably outlined here by Dan Froomkin.
On Monday, the Office of the Director of National Intelligence released a new national intelligence estimate in which the nation's 16 intelligence agencies concluded that Iran suspended its nuclear weapons program four years ago -- a dramatic rejection of an earlier set of findings.Read the record: Bush and Cheney were trying to start another war over weapons of mass destruction they knew did not exist. Sadly, Hillary Clinton went along with Bush and Cheney, voting in favor of the Kyl-Lieberman amendment, a piece of legislation our own Senator Jim Webb characterized as an invitation to Bush and Cheney to attack Iran. But I digress.
But a close examination of his word choice over the past year suggests that he learned something around August that got him to stop making claims that were apparently no longer supported by American intelligence.
Instead of directly condemning Iranian leaders for pursuing nuclear weapons, he started more vaguely accusing them of seeking the knowledge necessary to make such a weapon.
Even as he did that, however, he and the vice president accelerated their rhetorical efforts to persuade the public that the nuclear threat posed by Iran was grave and urgent. Bush went so far in late August and October as to warn of the potential for a nuclear holocaust.
Monday's NIE effectively put an end to Bush and Cheney's governance by war decree. For the first time in his administration, Bush is facing serious questions about his own honesty and character, long overdue.
On Monday, December 3, 2007, President George W. Bush lost most of his power to steer foreign affairs in the direction he desires: Armageddon. We are all a little safer.