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I find I have a serious 'perceptual gap' with many regarding the whole Iranian situation. Finding a story making parallels between Rovian political style and Ahmadinejad's campaign makes me think - as in Canada - outside 'consultants' affected the normal course of political events in the country.
Finding problems with international 'consensus' on Iran is equally easy. Truthdig noted years ago Russia was much more of a nuclear threat than Iran was ever likely to be - yet silly games deploying missile silos in once Eastern Europe contrary to the terms of withdrawal of Soviet land forces threatened Russia in ways similar to the Cuban Missile Crisis. In that era, NATO installed US missiles in Turkey...and everyone was supposed to be surprised that they chose to respond in kind by siting missiles in much-abused Cuba.
'Yellowcake' - a non-fissile material - was the supposed impetus for invading Iraq. Check the Arms Control Wonk commentary on that in 'Uranium' on the Links page - it was a Cheney disinformation scam. The same 'department' - the VP's private fiefdom - ran up further nonsense about Iran.
Yet the Wilson couple were in the thick of this. The Ambassador dutifully reported Nigeria had not arranged the sale of yellowcake to Iraq : no surprise, since deposits of it littered Iraq.
Meantime Valerie Plame was 'outed' as a CIA NOC and the Brewster-Jennings network 'blown' : so the Middle East nuclear threat desk was taken down by the White House.
Too much possibility of b.s. being shown for what is was.
Even so, two separate reports by the C.I.A. said there was no ongoing Iranian nuclear weapons program.
Now Iran is supposedly a potential 'threat' - hyped repeatedly. This despite no differentiation or explanation being made when Russia noted the differences between fissile and fusion fuels and technology.
I always had a big problem with the scenario that Russia, under confrontation for centuries in the Great Game, knowingly supplied the means for Iran to threaten her. That would be the same Russia at pains to proclaim 'hands off' in terms comparable to considering Iran Russian territory !