Bush Admin Pushes US Closer To War With Iran by Dennis Kucinich

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by Dennis Kucinich

Washington, Jan 9 – Congressman Dennis Kucinich (D-OH) released the following statement after President Bush ratcheted up rhetoric in a news conference with Israeli Prime Minister Ehud Olmert this morning, further setting the stage for a war with Iran:

The President said, “Iran is a threat to world peace and that the United States would continue to keep pressure on the Iranians.” However, a National Intelligence Estimate (NIE) report released just last month reaffirmed Iran does not have an active weapons program.

“After using lies and deception to lead us to war in Iraq, the belligerent Bush Administration is doing the same with statements that suggest a preemptive attack on Iran is necessary to avoid a larger war,” Kucinich said.

Today’s press conference comes on the heels of numerous news reports that state the United States fabricated video and audio footage showing Iranian boats confronting U.S. warships in the Persian Gulf.

“If the Bush Administration were truly intent on understanding the facts of the January 6 incident, they would spend their time in the Middle East and hold high-level diplomatic talks with Iranian leaders instead of degrading the diplomatic relations further with bellicose rhetoric.

“The Bush Administration is so intent on starting another war, they will stop at nothing. They will use this incident as a green light to go to war with Iran,” Kucinich said.

Iranian officials reject the footage as fake and accused Washington of trying to stir up tension in the region. The video from Sunday’s incident shows small Iranian boats swarming around U.S. warships in the Straight of Hormuz. According to the Associated Press, the man in the recording speaking in heavily accented English threatened, “I am coming to you. … You will explode … minutes.”

“It is time to stop using war as an instrument of foreign policy. It didn’t work with Iraq and it won’t work with Iran,” Kucinich concluded.

Kucinich has consistently spoken out against the Administration’s drumbeat of war targeting Iran. He has given more than 70 speeches on the floor of the U.S. House of Representatives in 2007.

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Iran & US Navy have confrontation at sea (videos; propaganda)


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  6. OOOPS! looks like there’s less to the US version of events than claimed:

    “The list of those who are less than fully confident in
    the Pentagon’s video/audio mashup of aggressive
    maneuvers by Iranian boats near American warships in the Strait of Hormuz now includes the Pentagon itself.

    Unnamed Pentagon officials said on Wednesday that the threatening voice heard in the audio clip, which was released on Monday night with a disclaimer that it was recorded separately from the video images and merged with them later, is not directly traceable to the
    Iranian military…”

    New York Times January 10, 2008, 9:40 am


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