'Intelligent discontent is the mainspring of civilization.' -- Eugene V. Debs

Friday, February 13, 2009

Destroy All Remaining Drafts of that Letter 

Remember a couple of weeks ago when it appeared that the Obama administration was going to send a letter to Tehran as a gesture towards reestablishing relations? Forget about it, the neoconservatives have won this one.

At his press conference on Tuesday, President Obama quite deliberately repeated the old canard that Iran is attempting to develop nuclear weapons, as did his incoming CIA director Leon Panetta in testimony before Congress. As recognized by antiwar.com, they did so despite a 2007 National Intelligence Estimate to the contrary:

While the Iranian government continues to express its desire to improve relations, Obama and associates just keep hurling accusations at Iran’s civilian nuclear program. There’s one thing the administration is missing though, and that’s evidence. Officials concede there is no evidence that undercuts the 2007 findings, but like the Bush Administration, the newcomers don’t seem to want fact to get in the way of good rhetoric.

Indeed, Tuesday, February 10, 2009 may be recalled as a seminal day in the history of the Obama administration. It was the day in which President Obama publicly embraced the broad contours of the neoconservative policies of his predecessor, while his Treasury Secretary, Timothy Geithner, announced a bank rescue plan that perpetuated the principle of saving US banks at all costs bequethed to him by Hank Paulson and Ben Bernanke. The transcripts of their public comments on this most important day of all days should be filed away for future reference.

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