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Past Arguments Don't Square With Current Iran Policy (washingtonpost.com)
Lacking direct evidence, Bush administration officials argue that Iran's nuclear program must be a cover for bomb-making. Vice President Cheney recently said, "They're already sitting on an awful lot of oil and gas. Nobody can figure why they need nuclear as well to generate energy."
At the time lie-master Kissinger was the big honcho and he and his buddies thought that a little deal to sell nuclear technology to Iran would be a good idea. The United States was allied with the Shah, and the companies involved would make a killing, 6 billion dollars according to this article.
U.S. involvement with Iran's nuclear program until 1979, which accompanied large-scale intelligence-sharing and conventional weapons sales, highlights the boomerang in U.S. foreign policy. Even with many key players in common, the U.S. government has taken opposite positions on questions of fact as its perception of U.S. interests has changed.
If you're going to say mean things, I'm just not going to listen.
In 1975, as secretary of state, Kissinger signed and circulated National Security Decision Memorandum 292, titled "U.S.-Iran Nuclear Cooperation," which laid out the administration's negotiating strategy for the sale of nuclear energy equipment projected to bring U.S. corporations more than $6 billion in revenue. At the time, Iran was pumping as much as 6 million barrels of oil a day, compared with an average of about 4 million barrels daily today.
Story then: Short term financial gains at the expense of long-term security.
Story now: Short term financial gains at the expense of long term security.
Currently we are looking at providing Pakistan, a country prime for revolution, with more fighter planes.
Asked why he reversed his opinion, Kissinger responded with some surprise during a brief telephone interview. After a lengthy pause, he said: "They were an allied country, and this was a commercial transaction. We didn't address the question of them one day moving toward nuclear weapons."
People often wonder why I dislike Kissinger so much. Just read that quote, just read it!
If that sale had gone through before the overthrow of the Shah and the resulting clusterfuck that followed, those same nuclear reactors would now be in the hands of a clerical theocracy.
But as we all know, things didn't happen like that. Before the sale was completed, the Shah was run out of Dodge and the Mullahs took over. We decided that it might be a good idea to cozy up with Saddam Hussein in Iraq and provide him with arms, including chemical and biological weapons.
You know the rest of the story, the President of Amnesia whips us all into a frenzy about the Madman Hussien that had weapons of MASS DESTRUCTION and used them against his own (kurdish) people, and we go to war. The military budget is still huge, and we are still arming the world so that big business, companies like Boeing, Lockheed, Raytheon, General Dynamics, Northrup Grumman and more can make a ton of money.
Why do they hate us?
I'm not supposed to say. But it could have something to do with putting our own commercial interests ahead of any kind of principle. So when people hear us say things like "Freedom is on the march" they never know if we are doing it for good reasons or just to make some money for our friends.
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