Despite intelligence reports and comments from both American and Israeli officials stating that Iran will not have a nuclear weapon in 2012, or in the foreseeable future for that matter, the drums of war continue to pound when it comes to a possible strike on Iran.
President Barack Obama in a speech to AIPAC this past weekend stressed that he had Israel’s back in any possible confrontation, and said that all displays of American power are on the table.
The sense of urgency in the air at the AIPAC conference in Washington was evident to pro-Israeli warhawks, of which there are many in these days (mostly representing members of the financial elite), at least among elected officials, but further analysis shows that the PM Benjamin Netanyahu and company have been pushing a similar narrative going all the way back to 1992.
According to a popular blog post by University of Michigan professor Juan Cole, Netanyahu has been shrieking about Iran being on the verge of getting a nuke since then, when he predicted as a member of parliament that they would have such a weapon by 1997.
Cole of course is the author who has filed a Freedom of Information Act lawsuit along with the ACLU alleging that he was spied on by the CIA simply for expressing his opinions and exposing the truth about the Middle East on his blog, ‘Informed Comment.’
Here’s how the timeline goes according to Cole’s blog post which cited the original publication for the timeline of Iran nuke predictions, the Christian Science Monitor and journalist Scott Peterson:
1992: Israeli member of parliament Binyamin Netanyahu predicts that Iran was “3 to 5 years” from having a nuclear weapon.
1992: Israeli Foreign Minister Shimon Peres predicts an Iranian nuclear warhead by 1999 to French TV.
1995: The New York Times quotes U.S. and Israeli officials saying that Iran would have the bomb by 2000.
1998: Donald Rumsfeld tells Congress that Iran could have an intercontinental ballistic missile that could hit the US by 2003.
Once again, we see the same players at work here, an unholy alliance of flailing Neo-Cons and Israeli chickenhawks that put even John McCain to shame when it comes to warmongering. As the rapper M1 of Dead Prez boasts in the Lowkey hip hop track ‘Obama Nation Pt. 2,’ “Once you divorce yourself from the right-wing propaganda, it’s all simple and plain,” and these lyrics are from a music video featuring two prominent black artists lashing out at the continued Bush-like policies of the first African American president.
It’s just another example that this two-party dictatorship does not serve the interests of the American people regardless of religion or social policy leanings. And Israel’s ridiculous, long-running assertions are just another example of the type of hyperbole and indefensible saber-rattling that has defined the internationally-condemned apartheid state for decades.