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Of Centrifuges and Spin

Thursday, Apr. 13, 2006 12:08 AM

Iran continues thumbing its nose at the White House, following its announcement of enriched uranium by restating its intention to acquire an additional 3,000 centrifuges by year's end, with a projected goal of 54,000 centrifuges for an industrial-level nuclear program.

Russia's Foreign Minister advised against a rush to judgment, calling for patience until IAEA's director general, Mohamed El Baradei, completes ongoing negotiations. The minister also points out that Iran has, "... never stated that it is striving to possess nuclear weapons."

It may seem obvious, even likely that such is Iran's ultimate goal, but I'd think Americans will want to view another 'slam-dunk' case with more caution.

It's up to our elected representatives to get off the dime, however, and revoke the powers, stated and implied, granted in the now-infamous Authorization of Force.

I particularly don't want to see the Democrats standing there wringing their hands or holding their tongues as their spines pool in a gelatinous smear on the floor.

The current dust-up about the alleged mobile biological weapons labs is one reason why America cannot afford President Bush the luxury of a long leash.

Despite a field report issued on May 27, 2003 which rejected the claims, President Bush nonetheless announced the findings as fact only two days later.

Now, White House spokesbastard Scott McClellan is criticizing the Washington Post for reporting that as proof of intent to mislead. McClellan insists the error was the result of flawed intelligence work.

Ahem. Did you see that one go by? Yes, the President was in error, but it was the fault of flawed intelligence ... which wasn't flawed. The preliminary findings were confirmed in a final report issued three weeks later, and upheld nearly a year later by an official report to Congress.

The White House also points to a CIA white paper issued on May 28, 2003, which pointed to the trailers as the, "... strongest evidence to date that Iraq was hiding a biological warfare program."

This intellectual sctoma (blind spot) seems to be a recurring hallmark of the Bush Presidency.

Intelligence agencies are responsible for the data; the President is responsible for acting on it.

Iraq's parliament is scheduled to meet next week, in hopes of settling the question of who will become the country's prime minister.

In my opinion, the 'shit or get off the pot' cheerleading coming out of the Bush Administration has been detrimental to the process, not beneficial.

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