When Exactly Is World War III Coming Mr. President?
Things are going bad for the White House when Pat Buchanan and Rachel Maddow agree that the Bush administration attemted to hoodwink the American public about Iran's nonexistent nuclear weapons program. Republican strategist Jack Burkman has the unenviable task of saying the NIE proves that Iran is an immediate threat. The National Intelligence Estimate states Iran ended it's nuclear weapons program in 2003.
From the NIE:
We assess with moderate confidence Tehran had not restarted its nuclear weapons program as of mid-2007, but we do not know whether it currently intends to develop nuclear weapons.
We continue to assess with moderate-to-high confidence that Iran does not currently have a nuclear weapon.
Tehran’s decision to halt its nuclear weapons program suggests it is less determined to develop nuclear weapons than we have been judging since 2005.
There is nothing ambiguous about that statement. Dan Abrams tells the panel that the NIE strengthens Bush's and Cheney's case.
Jack Burkman: I think this makes the President's case stronger. I think he was charitable today.
Burkman gets a new one torn three ways from Dan Abrams, Maddow and Buchanan. Burkman never directly answered the question of was the White House honest about Iran's nuclear program.
The White House was already aware that Iran suspended their program when Bush made his infamous World War III quote.
THE PRESIDENT: I think so long -- until they suspend and/or make it clear that they -- that their statements aren't real, yeah, I believe they want to have the capacity, the knowledge, in order to make a nuclear weapon. And I know it's in the world's interest to prevent them from doing so. I believe that the Iranian -- if Iran had a nuclear weapon, it would be a dangerous threat to world peace.
But this -- we got a leader in Iran who has announced that he wants to destroy Israel. So I've told people that if you're interested in avoiding World War III, it seems like you ought to be interested in preventing them from have the knowledge necessary to make a nuclear weapon.
National Security advisor Stephen Hadley said Bush was brief on the suspension of Irans weapons program in "August or September." Bush made his World War III quote and stated that Iran hadn't suspended it's program on October 17, 2007.
Jack Burkman is either incredibly stupid or dishonest. Wonkette reports ole Jack is willing to pay $1,000 for three way action.