By Dr. Erick San Juan
The recent report about the declassified National Intelligence Estimate (NIE) of the US on Iran carried in the December 5, 2007 issue of the International Herald Tribune should open the latchdoor to a flurry of criticisms on the very basis for the dangerous warmongering policy pursued by US President George Bush.
This report has shown Bush's threats against Iran to be without any concrete basis. The NIE has concluded that Iran had not developed its nuclear weapons system since 2003 even if it continues work on uranium enrichment.
An unkind cut on Bush's saber-rattling, the report dashes to smithereens the current administration's visceral hatred of Iran, which apparently has pursued work on the peaceful use of nuclear energy from 1985 to 2003, 18 full years of a secret endeavor that has succeeded in arming Tehran with the weapon to produce cheaper electricity and use nuclear power for other purposes, from medical to agricultural applications.
One does not help but heave a sigh of relief at the NIE's conclusion. It also pushes many to believe that Bush has not come clean on his decisions, relying on his fundamentalist beliefs to throw thousands of servicemen into wars he could not leave without losing a lot of taxpayer's money.
The NIE also blasts the previous assessments made by the White House, from the willy-nilly conclusion that Iraq was building weapons of mass destruction and that its leadership had harbored the Al Qaida and Osama bin Laden, whose family had been a partner of the Bush family in cornering large construction projects in Saudi Arabia.
What the NIE says contradicts Bush's very article of faith. It also vindicates the fears of many US officials that their President has been pushing the country to the brink of war against the planet, imagining enemies where there are none. Hail to the American Patriots in the U.S. government!