Syria-ously Reactive

The Bush Administration appears to be getting pretty serious about continuing their campaign of aggression in the Middle East. They are providing cover for Israel's activities (like the bombing of the alleged Syrian reactor site) while apparently setting the stage for their own planned bombing campaign against Iran.

In typical BushCo style, they act, then they attempt to provide evidence:

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U.N. Nuclear Agency to Study Claims of Secret Syrian Reactor, By REUTERS, Published: April 26, 2008

VIENNA (Reuters) — The United Nations nuclear watchdog pledged Friday to investigate whether Syria had secretly built an atomic reactor with North Korean help, but the agency also criticized the United States for delaying the release of intelligence.

The United States disclosed its intelligence material on Thursday, saying the Syrian reactor was "nearing operational capability" a month before Israeli warplanes bombed it on Sept. 6.
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Of course, the UN wasn't too happy about the seriously long delay in providing alleged "proof" that there was a reactor there.

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Mohamed ElBaradei, the head of the International Atomic Energy Agency, was briefed yesterday by the US under-secretary of state for arms control, shortly before the director of the CIA, Michael Hayden, briefed members of Senate and House committees on the same intelligence.

"The director general deplores the fact that this information was not provided to the agency in a timely manner, in accordance with the agency's responsibilities under the nuclear non-proliferation treaty, to enable it to verify its veracity and establish the facts," ElBaradei said in a statement today.
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Why the criticism? Well, perhaps because of this:

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Syria's ambassador to Britain, Sami al-Khiyami, described the video as ridiculous: "Unfortunately the scenario of taking and retaking pictures looks like what happened before the Iraq war, when the US administration was trying to convince the world that Iraq had nuclear weapons."

In the run-up to the invasion of Iraq, the Bush administration showed photographs and other material to the UN security council that it claimed amounted to evidence of Saddam Hussein's pursuit of weapons of mass destruction, but the claims were subsequently proven to be false.
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False? The claims of the Bush Administration were found to be false? ...wow, what an unexpected turn of events.

It's not like the Bush folks would intentionally plan to do something to try and provoke a war in the region...then again, this is the George W. Bush Administration:

U.S.-contracted ship fires toward Iranian boat

It's almost like the earlier incident, 'cept without the shooting:

Degrees of Confidence on U.S.-Iran Naval Incident

Gee, could the Bush Administration be planning something?

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U.S. Weighing Readiness for Military Action Against Iran
By Ann Scott Tyson, Washington Post Staff Writer,Saturday, April 26, 2008; Page A07

The nation's top military officer said yesterday that the Pentagon is planning for "potential military courses of action" as one of several options against Iran, criticizing what he called the Tehran government's "increasingly lethal and malign influence" in Iraq.

Adm. Michael Mullen, chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, said a conflict with Iran would be "extremely stressing" but not impossible for U.S. forces, pointing to reserve capabilities in the Navy and Air Force.
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If only they could get the UN to go along with their various and sundry accusations...

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Iran nuclear ambitions are major Gulf threat: NATO, By Mohammed Abbas, REUTERS, Thu Apr 24, 2008 12:31pm EDT

NATO's secretary-general told Gulf Arab states on Thursday that Iran's nuclear ambitions were a major threat to regional stability.

"Iran's pursuit of uranium enrichment capability in violation of its U.N. Security Council obligations is a serious concern not just for Iran's neighbors but for the entire international community," Jaap de Hoop Scheffer told a conference to promote ties between NATO and Gulf Arab states.
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Hmmm...can you say 'lackey'? Sure you can.

Nothing like a new war -- or two -- to distract people from the domestic disasters they've unleashed and the economic drain of...er, war.

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