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IRAN: Speaking Softly, Carrying No Sticks

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As debate over Iran's nuclear program swells, one could be forgiven for mistaking the events of 2006 for those of another mid-term election year, 2002. President Bush said then, "I want to take a few minutes to discuss a grave threat to peace. .... The threat comes from Iraq. ... It is seeking nuclear weapons." Now, President Bush says, "Iran, armed with a nuclear weapon, poses a grave threat to the security of the world." Now, as then, disenchanted exiles with suspect pasts and annotated satellite images are trotted out, while commentators on the right suggest that the time for negotiations is already over, that war may be just around the corner. And if the point hasn't been driven home yet, Fox News will happily spell it out: an on-screen graphic reads, "Iran Situation Similar to Iraq in 2002 & 2003." [A War'n We Will Go, A War'n We Will Go...With What Army and Whose Money???]

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