Send a Tweet
Most Popular Choices
Poll Analyses
Share on Facebook 1 Share on Twitter 1 Printer Friendly Page More Sharing
OpEdNews Op Eds   

Obama Warned Over Dumb War With Iran

By presstv  Posted by Lance Ciepiela (about the submitter)       (Page 1 of 1 pages) (View How Many People Read This)   2 comments
Author 14196
Follow Me on Twitter     Message Lance Ciepiela
US President Barack Obama for yet another "dumb war"?   

A group of former US intelligence officials have issued a memorandum to US President Barack Obama, advising him against starting another long "dumb war", this time against Iran.

"Another Long War is not in America's or Israel's interests, whatever Israel's apologists claim," US Veteran Intelligence Professionals for Sanity (VIPS) wrote in the letter published on the consortiumnews.com  website on Wednesday. 

In 2002, Obama, then a fierce opponent of the war, delivered a speech lambasting the Iraq war as "dumb," "rash," and a "cynical attempt" by the George W. Bush administration to "shove their own ideological agendas down our throats." 

The intelligence officials said the militarists, who "represent one Muslim country after another as major threats to US security," this time are using a "dubious report by the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA)" to portray Iran as a major threat to the US. 

The White House has stepped up its anti-Iran war rhetoric after the IAEA released a report in November, accusing Tehran of activities aimed at developing nuclear weapons before 2003 and speculating that these activities "may still be ongoing". 

Iran, however, has categorically refuted the allegations as "baseless", saying that as a signatory to the Nuclear Non-Proliferation Treaty and a member of the IAEA it has the right to develop and acquire nuclear technology for peaceful purposes. 

The accusations come despite the fact that the IAEA makes regular inspection visits to Iran's nuclear facilities and has TV cameras monitoring those facilities around the clock. 

Former IAEA Director-General Mohamed ElBaradei has said in a published report that during his time at the IAEA he had not seen "a shred of evidence" that Iran was "building nuclear-weapons facilities and using enriched materials." 

Robert Kelley, a former IAEA director and nuclear engineer, has also said he was "quite surprised" by the lack of new information in the report, further stressing that the report is "highly misleading." 

Referring to the failure of US to find any Weapons of Mass Destruction in Iraq, Washington's justification for the invasion of Iraq in 2003, the VIPS members said, "We are seeing a replay of the 'Iraq WMD threat'." 

The VIPS officials added, "We are currently winding down what you (Obama) labeled a 'dumb war;' we should not undertake another dumb war against a country almost three times larger than Iraq, that would set off a major regional war and create generations of jihadist." 

Iranian officials have promised a crushing response to any military strike against the country, warning that any such measure could result in a war that would spread beyond the Middle East.

"Such a war, contrary to what some argue, would not make Israel or the US safer," the ex-US intelligence officials concluded. 

 

News 1   Supported 1   Valuable 1  
Rate It | View Ratings

Lance Ciepiela Social Media Pages: Facebook page url on login Profile not filled in       Twitter page url on login Profile not filled in       Linkedin page url on login Profile not filled in       Instagram page url on login Profile not filled in


Lance Ciepiela is a retired senior who had an interesting career in government service - a United States Marine Corps (USMC) Vietnam-Era veteran, who became interested in restoring the Constitution after I realized that W Bush had attacked (more...)
 

Go To Commenting
The views expressed herein are the sole responsibility of the author and do not necessarily reflect those of this website or its editors.
Follow Me on Twitter     Writers Guidelines
Contact EditorContact Editor
Support OpEdNews

OpEdNews depends upon can't survive without your help.

If you value this article and the work of OpEdNews, please either Donate or Purchase a premium membership.

STAY IN THE KNOW
If you've enjoyed this, sign up for our daily or weekly newsletter to get lots of great progressive content.
Daily Weekly     OpEdNews Newsletter
Name
Email
   (Opens new browser window)
 

Most Popular Articles by this Author:     (View All Most Popular Articles by this Author)

A War Crimes Trial - Bush Jr/Blair

9/11-Last Man Out

An American Chilcot Report

Nuremberg At the Dawn of the 21st Century - The Crime of Aggression

End [Their Federal Reserve System = An Exclusive Banking Cartel]

9/11 - Larry Silverstein Said "Pull It" and Three Towers Fell That Day

To View Comments or Join the Conversation: