Saturday, April 08, 2006

Our useless mainstream press

All right. Agence France Presse has reported on the Sy Hersh article I blogged about below. The article is entitled, "US Considers Use of Nuclear Weapons Against Iran". But does CNN mention it on their website?? Noooooo. I wonder just how many ordinary Americans are even aware of the news that has people in the progressive blogosphere absolutely horrified.

Here's part of what the article says:

The administration of President George W. Bush is planning a massive bombing campaign against Iran, including use of bunker-buster nuclear bombs to destroy a key Iranian suspected nuclear weapons facility, The New Yorker magazine has reported in its April 17 issue.
A senior unnamed Pentagon adviser is quoted in the article as saying that "this White House believes that the only way to solve the problem is to change the power structure in Iran, and that means war."
One of the options under consideration involves the possible use of a bunker-buster tactical nuclear weapon, such as the B61-11, to insure the destruction of Iran's main centrifuge plant at Natanz, Hersh writes.

But the former senior intelligence official said the attention given to the nuclear option has created serious misgivings inside the military, and some officers have talked about resigning after an attempt to remove the nuclear option from the evolving war plans in Iran failed, according to the report.

"There are very strong sentiments within the military against brandishing nuclear weapons against other countries," the magazine quotes the Pentagon adviser as saying.

The adviser warned that bombing Iran could provoke "a chain reaction" of attacks on American facilities and citizens throughout the world and might also reignite Hezbollah.

"If we go, the southern half of Iraq will light up like a candle," the adviser is quoted as telling The New Yorker.

Maybe I was wrong in my earlier post. Maybe Bush is not insane. Maybe he is just plain evil.

UPDATE: Here's a comment I found on AMERICAblog about this topic:

Seriously, this could actually destroy the US. One [nuclear] bomb in Iran, and the rest of the world would come together against the US.

And here's another:

The Christian right wants desperately to see the end times. Armageddon, Rapture, etc. Looks like Bush is determined to see that they get it whether God is ready or not. This man and his crowd are beyond scary.

I have to say, I agree with both.

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