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Bush Obfuscates on Iran

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Posted on Feb 12, 2007
Bush on Iran

You won’t believe (or maybe you will) what the leader of the free world has to say about the public perception that he’s prepping an attack on Iran. (Hint: It’s both intellectually dishonest and grossly inarticulate.)


During an interview with C-SPAN today, President Bush impersonated the concerns of his Iran critics. “I guess my reaction to all the noise about, you know, ‘He wants to go to war’ is, first of all, I don’t understand the tactics, and I guess I would say it’s political,” he said.

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By Frank, February 14, 2007 at 11:54 am Link to this comment
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Truthdig, I must protest this article. I think it is unfair to the President to publish a headline about him containing words that he clearly does not understand and can not spell.

Rather than “Obfuscate”, I feel a more fair, appropriate choice of words would be “blurrify” or “confuserize”.  That way the President will at least have the ability to respond to the accusation.

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By Elsie M. Paradise, February 13, 2007 at 5:12 pm Link to this comment
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What can one expect of a man who has an I.Q. of 90?  And Cheney let’s him think that he’s president.

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By michele, February 13, 2007 at 3:23 pm Link to this comment
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Pentagon Caught Red Handed in an attempt to Frame Iran: Iran Does Not Manufacture 81MM Mortar Shells

by Kurt Nimmo

Global Research, February 13, 2007
Another Day in the Empire - 2007-02-12

Pentagon carelessness fabricating bogus “evidence” against Iran is really quite stupendous. As I wrote here yesterday, the 81mm mortar shell offered up to the complaisant corporate media as “evidence” Iran is supplying weaponry to the Shi’a of Iraq is an obvious ruse, as the date on the proffered shell does not follow the Muslim calendar and other markings are in English when it only makes sense they would appear in Persian script.

But it gets worse.

As a recent email points out, Iran does not manufacture 81mm mortar shells. According to a report offered by the Jaffee Center for Strategic Studies at Tel Aviv University, connected to the Saban Center for Middle East Policy at the neocon Brookings Institute, the smallest mortar produced by Iran is the 107mm M-30. This information is included in the JCSS’s “Middle East Military Balance,” updated last February. It can be read in this PDF file on page 15. According to JCSS, “The Middle East Military Balance has been the most authoritative source on Middle Eastern Armies since 1983.” It is quite fortunate for us the hubris-filled neocons care not to double check their engineered lies—erroneously described as a “machining process”—before unleashing them on an unwitting public.

As Iranian Foreign Ministry spokesman Mohammad Ali Hosseini told the Associated Press, the “United States has a long history in fabricating evidence,” an undisputed fact more than underscored by the lead-up to the Iraq invasion when the neocons claimed Iraqi weather balloon trailers doubled as biological weapon labs and clumsily recycled a student’s homework as evidence Saddam was dabbling in weapons of mass destruction.

Considering the shoddiness of the mortar ruse, it makes perfect sense so-called “experts” involved in the scam told “a large gathering of reporters” (more accurately described as script readers and errand boys) “they not be further identified,” lest blame be delivered to their doorstep.

“Why are US officials hiding behind the cloak of anonymity when presenting the most detailed evidence yet that Iran is supplying anti-US forces in Iraq with weaponry?” muses Eason Jordan. “After weeks, if not months, of US official planning to present a damning ‘dossier’ of incriminating evidence against Iran, and after this same US administration presented us with lopsided, erroneous information about the capability and evil intentions of the Saddam Hussein regime, the best the US government can give us today is incendiary evidence presented at a Baghdad news conference by three US officials who refuse to be quoted by name?…. The American people deserve straight talk from identified US officials.”

Of course, such “straight talk” will not be forthcoming—not now or after Iran is destroyed, as Iraq was destroyed before it.

Maybe, if we are lucky, at some point in the future, the names of these “experts” will emerge in the course of a new Nuremberg trial.

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By particle61, February 13, 2007 at 2:20 pm Link to this comment
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Tactics? gwbush and the imperial bastards know only how to make war.

redstateupdate follows imperial wars and the politicians who make others die to achieve their straussian goals.
see stories-
Iran Slide Show Confirms Threat: US Ready to Invade
Report Warns of Long, Hard Cakewalk
Congressional Iranian Weapons Report Bombs at United Nations

sadly- the front running dems are right on board with all of that ‘geo-political strategizing’...

Obama, 2004:
“The big question is going to be, if Iran is resistant to these pressures, including economic sanctions, which I hope will be imposed if they do not cooperate, at what point are we going to, if any, are we going to take military action?...launching some missile strikes into Iran is not the optimal position for us to be in…(but)having a radical Muslim theocracy in possession of nuclear weapons is worse. So I guess my instinct would be to err on not having those weapons in the possession of the ruling clerics of Iran. ... And I hope it doesn’t get to that point. But realistically, as I watch how this thing has evolved, I’d be surprised if Iran blinked at this point.”
Clinton, 2006:
“let’s be clear about the threat we face now: A nuclear Iran is a danger to Israel, to its neighbors and beyond. The regime’s pro-terrorist, anti-American and anti-Israel rhetoric only underscores the urgency of the threat it poses. U.S. policy must be clear and unequivocal. We cannot and should not – must not – permit Iran to build or acquire nuclear weapons…And we cannot take any option off the table in sending a clear message to the current leadership of Iran”
Edwards, 2007:
“Iran threatens the security of Israel and the entire world. Let me be clear: Under no circumstances can Iran be allowed to have nuclear weapons.”

it seems that politicians can only be motivated to win elections, as opposed to seek peace.  Conclusion: there is no ‘war party’ in DC, more like war-warped-political-midgets.  I always thought that bush’s stance was understandable given the fact that he is basically a stunted adolescent bully-boy, what’s the excuse for Obama, Clinton and Edwards??
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and a new gwbush comic every week

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By Dale Headley, February 13, 2007 at 12:10 pm Link to this comment
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You would think that when Bush flapjaws and stumbles and malaprops his way through an unscripted (things he hasn’t memorized) interview, people would take the substance of his inarticulate blathering as a hint that he is lying.  Sadly, it doesn’t matter how many times he has been caught red-handed in monstrous prevarications, 30% of Americans believe him when he says he doesn’t intend to attack Iran.  And when he does attack Iran?  Those same 30% will forgive him and move on to acquiesce to his next lie.  By the way: when he squints that right eye the way he does?  He’s lying!  But when he doesn’t squint that right eye the way he does?  He’s lying!

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By lawlessone, February 13, 2007 at 11:36 am Link to this comment
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Those who want to continue Bush’s War uninterrupted continue to harp on the undisputed bact that finally recognizing its folly and ending the foreign occupation will generate fresh expenses and consequences.  There’s no question it will.  Extrication from the landslide of accumulating miscalculations and mistakes that embedded us in this fiasco to our present depth cannot help but be costly.

  However, Bush’s Pavlovian supporters never address the three other essential issues.  First, is there any realistic possibility that continuing this misadventure indefinitely will actually achieve any truly worthwhile goals and at a cost that we can or will pay?  Second, if not, then is the cost of staying in lives, emptied treasury, new terrorist recruitment, international credibility, etc. greater than the cost of leaving Iraq to the misery we caused it? 

  A Hobbsian choice to be sure, but Bush has already squandered all our other more desirable options.

[more irreverence at and  Link to them if you like.]

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By d.alon, February 13, 2007 at 9:32 am Link to this comment
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Ya know…they are such fantastic liers!  I mean…they are so good, in fact, that I am almost inclined to believe that they don’t want to attack Iran!  I almost want to leave the past six years of mind-numbing hell at the door step and say, “He really doesn’t want to start another war because not only does he say so, but because the consequenses for the world and nation would be devestating.  Surly the person in the greatest seat of power on earth knows this”.  Ahh! But theirs the rub - His lust to know the boundaries of his power has clouded his judgment. An addict that needs the fix.  Its not just Bush.  Its all those creepy backroom psychophants & ghouls who have been so long deprived of their self-percieved right to rule and kill.  “Just one more invasion, then we can quit.  Well…OK, since we’re already there, we might as well take care of Seria too. Quick alert the press…Intelligence just learned someone in Seria just talked smack on a jew”.  Whatever dick…there’s an old saying down in Texas…“You can fool me once, shame on somethin….won’t get fooled again”.

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By Jim Yell, February 13, 2007 at 8:20 am Link to this comment
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Now if Bush/Cheney were impeached and convicted and removed from office this would be bad for America because?

It was correct for Bush supporters to preempt the process of government over the personal bad manners of Clinton and the personal lies he told, but the lies of Bush/Cheney that has gotten thousands killed and many thousand more mutilated is not worthy of the one Constitutional mechanism created for just such criminal behavior by elected officials?

The process to control bad behavior is not to be used, because someone might get upset by its use, even though Bush/Cheney have been consistent in declaring that they are above the law, above Congress, are not administrators but originators of laws. By their own words they admit their criminality, but impeach, that is more horrible than what Bush/Cheney have done and are still doing? They will call it the death of America, but really it will just be suicide.

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By Bukko in Australia, February 13, 2007 at 7:44 am Link to this comment
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What a fine actor! Did you see the way he did a Cheney impersonation, with the twisty-mouth sneer, instead of his usual chimpanzee smirk? I hope his face doesn’t freeze like that. It’s bad enough that it happened to Cheney’s mug!

For an encore, Chimpy Boy, let’s hear you do your impression of Karla Faye Tucker begging not be executed after she found Jayzus in jail. You slay me. OK, not me personally, but how many hundreds of prisoners in Texas, and how many thousands U.S. troops, and how many tens of thousands of Afghans, and how many hundreds of thousands of Iraqis, and how many million Iranians have you slain? Whoops! That last one hasn’t happened yet…

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By Jim Michie, February 13, 2007 at 6:10 am Link to this comment
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Google “dry drunk” and you will come to appreciate just how sick this “leader of the free world” really is.

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By Julius Major, February 13, 2007 at 4:49 am Link to this comment
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For GWB, another lie on his part pertaining to Iran will not change the scope of blunders caused by him and his administration.  There are a few discrepancies which cannot be overlooked, such as weapons and munitions issued without any accountability whatsoever presently missing as noted by auditors last year.  Added to that, the billions of dollars also disbursed without accountability, no records were kept.  With all those dollars merely floating through that country it would be reasonable to suspect that any militant with half a brain would find it rather easy to access money like that to purchase explosives, arms, and munitions through arms dealers under the radar of neighboring countries without the consent or knowledge of that particular government through blackmarket channels, not to mention better transportation.  But GWB, wrongly chooses not to see this, but instead, faults Iran for the difficulties our troops now face in Iraq, when the monies, weapons, and munitions which he authorized to be released there is actually the root, if not the primary problem fueling this absurd war that he initiated, something which no American is willing to buy more of that alternative analysis Aka lies because things do not appear as rosy as they did when he had all that so-called political capital.  Had he really been serious about supporting our troops, he would not have lied to them about Iraq from the start… and they would not be there dying because of his incompetence.

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By joneden, February 13, 2007 at 1:16 am Link to this comment
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Bush lies 24/7. Our bigger tragedy is that our press is to cowardly, and embedded, to stop him or any other powerful politician. Without a strong and independent media, our system cannot function as a democracy.

For some relevant irreverence on the most recent climate change report, see:

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By dorsay dejam, February 13, 2007 at 12:27 am Link to this comment
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im not a bush fan,but i think with iran he is right. I am 25 and have iranian parents yet was born in the U.S. The regime in iran has been causing havoc all over the world for years, they are funding Hamas and Hezbollah, they have been behind numerous terrorist acts, the Top Leader(Khamenai) has said that “the day iraq is quiet is the day our regime is doomed” , there is mountain’s of evidence that they are arming and training insurgents in iraq, the majority of the iranian people are against the regime 88% in the recent us gallop pole, the regime has the 2nd most public executions, right behind china, and is the only country that executes people below the age of 13….This regime does nothing for mankind, andis behind the majority of problems in the middle east

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By Carl Baydala, February 12, 2007 at 10:07 pm Link to this comment
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I see disingenuous behavior and poorly developed social skills. Firstly, he is acting intellectually dishonestly by mimicking his critics. He indicates his lack of respect for fellow human being in the process.

Secondly, he is displaying child-like behavior in his speech and mannerisms. I think also the type of personality would be one that is not OK with himself. He has a losing personality and this indicates a degree of a lack of self confidence and understanding of his social environment.  He is compensating for his shortcomings by trying to bring others down to his lower level of socio-psychological development.  His actions are similar to that of the teenage girl teasing someone for the sake of teasing someone. She wants to hurt someone because she does not feel good about herself and wants others to feel badly as well.  A similar trait occurs among young boy losing a game and acting badly in the process. This type of behavior shows a similar lack of maturity.

He clearly has a losing personality and does not belong in a leadership role where he can influence others.


Mr. Baydala

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By TomJ, February 12, 2007 at 8:31 pm Link to this comment
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Talk about disingenuous—we have three—say it again we me—THREE—carrier battle groups floating within spittin’ distance from Iran.  Why would he think anyone my suggest he has war on his mind?  Liar.

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By Chaseme, February 12, 2007 at 6:45 pm Link to this comment
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“50bush” ‘Get richer or die trying, the trilogy.’


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By Christopher Robin, February 12, 2007 at 6:30 pm Link to this comment
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“dishonest and grossly inarticulate.” - that’s the George I know!

If he didn’t have those two qualities? What qualities would he have?

I saw that C-Span interview….as much as I could tolerate. I detect he enjoys all the hand wringing on Iran. He wants to bluster Iran, and all the war speculation just plays into his bullying.

You need to watch his eyes and smirks that pass over his face momentarily when posed with a question to get his honest reaction. 

Where’s that O’Reilly body language expert when we need her?

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By Quy Tran, February 12, 2007 at 5:45 pm Link to this comment
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Where’s Karen Hughes ? Bush really needs you to teach him how to speak with the press.

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