- US President Barack Obama for yet another “dumb war”?
A group of former US intelligence officials have issued a memorandum to US President Barack Obama, advising him against starting another long “dumb war”, this time against Iran.
“Another Long War is not in America’s or Israel’s interests, whatever Israel’s apologists claim,” US Veteran Intelligence Professionals for Sanity (VIPS) wrote in the letter published on the consortiumnews.com website on Wednesday.
In 2002, Obama, then a fierce opponent of the war, delivered a speech lambasting the Iraq war as “dumb,” “rash,” and a “cynical attempt” by the George W. Bush administration to “shove their own ideological agendas down our throats.”
The intelligence officials said the militarists, who “represent one Muslim country after another as major threats to US security,” this time are using a “dubious report by the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA)” to portray Iran as a major threat to the US.
The White House has stepped up its anti-Iran war rhetoric after the IAEA released a report in November, accusing Tehran of activities aimed at developing nuclear weapons before 2003 and speculating that these activities “may still be ongoing”.
Iran, however, has categorically refuted the allegations as “baseless”, saying that as a signatory to the Nuclear Non-Proliferation Treaty and a member of the IAEA it has the right to develop and acquire nuclear technology for peaceful purposes.
The accusations come despite the fact that the IAEA makes regular inspection visits to Iran’s nuclear facilities and has TV cameras monitoring those facilities around the clock. Continue reading