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The 48 Hour Media-blitz for War with Iran

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In the last 48 hours all the major players in the Bush administration have issued statements warning of the impending danger of Iran.

Cheney blasted the Islamic regime saying there would be "meaningful consequences " if it refuses to comply with international demands to stop its nuclear program.

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Condoleezza Rice said, "We face no greater challenge from a single country than Iran ... This is a country that seems determined, it seems, to develop a nuclear weapon in defiance of the international community that is determined that they should not get one. "

Donald Rumsfeld warned at a press conference on Wednesday, "I will say this about Iran. They are currently putting people into Iraq to do things that are harmful to the future of Iraq. We know it, and it is something that they, I think, will look back on as having been an error in judgment. "

Bush chimed in too, "Iran must not have a nuclear weapon. The most destabilizing thing that can happen in this region and in the world is for Iran to have a nuclear weapon. "

And then there was Bolton, the most vehement of all, saying that the Security Council should issue a "vigorous response " to Iran 's nuclear ambitions or the United States might have to consider other steps.

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Undersecretary of State Nicholas Burns said, "It 's going to be incumbent on our allies around the world to show that they are willing to act. "

Congress also added their support led by Rep. Tom Lantos (D-CA) "Iran 's quest for nuclear arms requires us to do two things: squeeze Iran 's economy as much as possible and do so without delay. " Lantos claims that more than 300 lawmakers will support sanctions.

Israel 's Defense Minister joined the chorus as well, " If the UN Security Council is incapable of taking action to stop Iran from acquiring nuclear weapons, Israel will have no choice but to defend itself. "

Bush, Cheney, Bolton, Rice, Rumsfeld, Burns, Congress, and Israel.

Whoa! That 's quite a line-up.

All in the last 48 hours!

Was it spontaneous or a calculated public-relations campaign?

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Beyond the political speechmaking are literally hundreds of articles, full of the same predictable fictions and demagoguery which have mischaracterized Iran 's nuclear program from the get-go; fueling the hysteria for another preemptive war.

Did Iran become nuclear superpower overnight?

Apparently, so. But, just for the sake of argument, let 's remember that according to the IAEA there is "no evidence of a nuclear weapons program or any diversion of nuclear material. "

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