Saturday, August 13, 2005

Done Messing Around
Bush Threatens Iran

I've been waiting for this. I've waited so long, I started to think I had been wrong, and that Bush had lost his resolve. But, here we are. From the BBC, via The Astute Blogger:

US President George W Bush says he still has not ruled out the option of using force against Iran, after it resumed work on its nuclear programme.

He said he was working on a diplomatic solution, but was sceptical that one could be found.
The UN's atomic watchdog has called on Iran to halt nuclear fuel development.

Iran, which denies it is secretly trying to develop nuclear arms, restarted work at its uranium conversion plant at Isfahan on Monday.

"All options are on the table," said Mr Bush, when asked about the possible use of force during an interview for Israeli TV.

"The use of force is the last option for any president. You know we have used force in the recent past to secure our country," he said.

In recent days, Iran's Chief Negotiator to the UN has threatened Western nations with "grave" consequences, if they so much as refer the issue of Iranian nuclear weapons program to the U.N. Security Council.

Yesterday, former Iranian President Akbar Hashemi Rafsanjani, said that Western opposition to Iranian nuclear weapons program would "cost them dearly."

Bush's threat here goes well beyond anything the toothless U.N. would ever approve.

The battle lines are drawn. Who will blink?

Honestly, my hands are shaking as I type this.

You know what is amazing? That this would come down the pike such as it has. All of America is focused on trivial political minutiae, like Cindy Sheehan, and meanwhile we are about to move into possibly the most frightening time in history since the Cuban Missile Crisis. And no one is even acknowledging it.